Parenting Tip Tuesday

Roots and Wings

The quote "Good parents give their children roots and wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what's been taught them." is credited to Jonas Salk, best known for his work to develop the first sucessful polio vaccine. Other authors and speakers have used this analogy, also. Looking at the symbolism of roots, I think stability, nurturing, foundation. The wings make me think of flying, navigating, freedom and even, self-confidence. Here is a poem by Dennis Waitley, author and motivational speaker: 

Roots and Wings

If I had two wishes, I know what they would be

I'd wish for Roots to cling to, and Wings to set me free;

Roots of inner values, like rings within a tree,

and Wings of independence to seek my destiny.

Roots to hold forever to keep me safe and strong,

To let me know you love me, when I've done something wrong;

To show me by example, and helps me learn to choose,

To take those actions every day to win instead of lose.

Just be there when I need you, to tell me it's all right,

To face my fear of falling when I test my wings in flight;

Don't make my life too easy, it's better if I try,

And fail and get back up myself, so I can learn to fly.

If I had two wishes, and two were all I had,

And they could just be granted, by my Mom and Dad;

I wouldn't ask for money or any store-bought things.

The greatest gifts I'd ask for are simply Roots and Wings.

I hope this pastes ok into my browser. Sometimes it give me trouble. I'd like to know what you think about Roots and Wings. What does it mean to your family?

P.S. Check out my article on coming this Thursday. It's about the importance of dads. I hope you all like it! heart