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A Child's Poem- Did You Shine Today?

Updated on December 26, 2011

Being a Parent is Not About the Parent-It is About the Children

A Child's Poem-To Teach Positive Attitude and a Giving Approach to Life

Were you the Sun today?

Did you put to sleep the darkness?

Did you scare away the Boogie Man?

And Monsters that hide under the bed,

And shine for all to see?

Were you the light that filled the empty rooms?

Did you shine through the clouds in the afternoon?

Did you give your dog a shadow to chase?

Did you light up the day and never hesitate?

And shine for all to see?

Were you the happiness that kept away the rain?

Did you shine down on the park, while children play?

Were you able to sing on the merry go round?

Did the happy children make happy sounds?

Did you shine for all to see?

Did you show the flowers how to grow wild?

Was there laughter heard from a little child?

One thing is for sure, I must tell you something,

You’re always my Sun,

Who makes the darkness run,

And you always shine for me.

Parents that love their children...

Being someone's light, doesn’t mean that you are always deemed the winner. Many parents forget to tell and teach their children that they don’t have to win every race, do be great. If parents could teach their children how to view themselves, then the world would be viewed as having more opportunity. Unfortunately many parents don’t think about what they say or what they do and the way that their children absorb their rotten vulgar attitudes. They teach their children without ever knowing, that it is all about what you can earn and do for yourself, even at the expense of others. So children lie, they cheat, they steal, to get ahead. They pick on other children, and diminish their own views of their worth and capabilities. It is important to teach our children compassion and understanding-if we don’t, how will they ever learn it?

Parents should ask themselves- Did I shine today? Did I make someone's life brighter rather than darker? Did I help guide someone down a path by being the light at the end of the tunnel? Or did I spend my time-stepping on heads, attempting to earn more, be more, achieve more... for me?

Doesn't the world have enough dark empty corners? It is so easy to lend a hand and your light to brighten the world for someone besides yourself, and in the process- you may find that you are teaching your children kindness and self worth.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read this poem. I hope you enjoyed it. If you would like to read some more of my work, might I recommend one of these two related hubs

Childhood is Temporary-The Effects of Childhood are Forever


A Child's Poem-Butterfly Dreams

Teach Them The World


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    • tammyswallow profile image


      7 years ago from North Carolina

      This is outstanding!

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      carmel- thanks for the feedback, I am glad you enjoyed the poem....Humanity still rests within me...always :)

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      8 years ago

      Nice to know the earth still contains so humanity, appreciate your time and effort. Thought provoking, well done x

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lone Star State

      Vellur - THANKS! I am glad that you liked this poem. I have a few children's poems I have written and someday hope to publish so children may actually be able to sit and read them all with their parents. I appreciate you reading this one

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      Loved this poem.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Lone Star State

      Ben- you are back! hope you are enjoying the newest addition to your family. :) thanks for the comment and no i don't mind- i truly appreciate the link, and i will check out the new hub :)

    • Ben Zoltak profile image

      Ben Zoltak 

      9 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Loved it H.C., another great hub, another great poem, and sound words of advice. I was truly inspired to see you made it over 100 hubs (we joined hubpages the same month) congratulations! I included a link to your poem on my latest hub, hope you don't mind me posting the link...

      Great to see you caring for your baby!


    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Lone Star State


      thanks for reading-and im glad you enjoyed the poem :)

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      9 years ago

      how cute!

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Lone Star State

      Nadia, You are too kind- I love the lines of that poem you quoted in your comment, very beautiful. Thank you for being such a great believer in 'Involved Parenting' and always leaving such encouraging comments-they are all very much appreciated.


    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Lone Star State

      Sophs, Thanks for taking the time to read and to comment on this hub and on the pictures. I too love that picture of me and my daughter, wish it was with a better camera-rather than taken with the cell phone. I think that is a beautiful idea, to write a poem based around that photo, I will let you know when I get it done. :) Thanks again


    • nadiaazhar profile image


      10 years ago from kuwait

      Dear H.C it's beautifuly written, i feel there are very few parents who try to find the best in their kids rather then pushing to get the best,whatever is the best in their eyes.your kids are lucky to have you.your writings show how sensitive person you are.

      i like the following piece of writing so thought to share:

      If I had my child to raise all over again,

      I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.

      I'd finger-paint more, and point the finger less.

      I would do less correcting and more connecting.

      I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.

      I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.

      I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.

      I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.

      I'd do more hugging and less tugging.

      -- Diane Loomans, from "If I Had My Child To Raise Over Again"

      lovely pictures.keep smiling,enjoy each moment of motherhood,love,Nadia

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      10 years ago

      I absolutely love this! So beautiful and moving and shows what a caring and nurturing person you are, and the pictures are gorgeous! I love the third one, you both look so happy! :) Oooooo I think you should write a poem around this picture, that'd be a lovely poem! Great writing H.C :)

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Lone Star State


      Thanks for the great comment. I am glad that you are able to be someones light-in doing so I am sure your children will be the light for their children. We pass on what we teach :)

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Lone Star State

      Thanks Mike for your comment- if more people knew what they were actually teaching their children, I have hopes that they would change to make their child a more generous person, rather than selfish and cruel, like so many people can be.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Lone Star State

      Ann, Thanks so much for your comment- always a pleasure being able to make another person smile-even if it is just for a moment.

    • ChristinaScibona profile image


      10 years ago from The Heart of the Finger Lakes

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful poem. It made me smile and think about my children and it helped me to remember that I am the light that guides their path!

    • Mike Lickteig profile image

      Mike Lickteig 

      10 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      A great poem and such wonderful pictures. YOur love of family certainly "shines," HC, and it is wonderful to see.

      You are correct about what we teach our children. We teach kids that to win, there must be losers. That we achieve at the expense of others. We teach children that weaknesses are faults, and that others' weaknesses are opportunities to exploit.

      Thanks for sharing, I always find your views so uplifting.


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      Ann Nonymous 

      10 years ago from Virginia

      What a delightful poem and hub, H.C. Made me smile!

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Lone Star State

      heymcs, thanks so much for the comment- it is probably one of the greatest things to hear, when someone reads something that you wrote and enjoys it enough to share it with a loved one. I appreciate you stopping by and reading this poem

    • heymcs profile image


      10 years ago from Utah and DC

      Very nice. I can't wait to share it with my nieces and nephews.

    • H.C Porter profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Lone Star State


      Thanks for your comment. You are correct the smile of a child can warm the coldest of days- it is such a shame that adults dim the light of a smile for selfish reasons, without ever thinking twice


      Thanks for stopping by with your simple but kind comment :)


      As always, I am so glad you were able to read this one. I thought you might like it-being a busy mommy as well :) I feel for the children who think that if they are not perfect they are not anything-each child needs to learn to look at this world and the people within it as endless possibilities, each of us having our own strengths and weaknesses. Weaknesses don't make us worth any less-they make us understand ourselves and our reasons for being here-just as much as our strengths do.

      Thanks again to each of you-for reading and commenting :)

    • Veronica Allen profile image

      Veronica Allen 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      H.C. - this poem hit the nail right on the head. Parenting is all about the kids. We tend to forget that though we want our kids to be successful, it's so important to let them know that they don't have to succeed at everything. We as parents don't and can't succeed at everything, so why should we expect that of ourselves.

      This is such a great reminder - I really needed this. Thanks - you take care of yourself and those little ones. I love the pictures.

    • artrush73 profile image


      10 years ago

      Nice poem :)

    • prettydarkhorse profile image


      10 years ago from US

      sweet HC, beautiful, a smile of a child always warms me up, nice pics, keep on smiling!


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