Raising Resilient Children
By Peter Stewart
he itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Like our children
Ready to sprout
We wish they’d wait for one more day
To spread their wings and fly away
From our protective loving arms
Into the world that can do them harm
We say, “Take risks! Learn and try.”
And then stand back to watch them fly
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Despite our efforts
They hurt, have doubt
Humpty Dumpty had his spill
Down he came like Jack and Jill
The world is just too big a place
To keep them safe with our embrace
We say, “I’m sorry that your pain is real.
I know exactly how you feel.”
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
Clouds always pass
Morning comes again
We know that they will stumble and fall
Like that baby, cradle and all
And though our children make mistakes
The human spirit is too great to break.
We say, “Every day starts anew with promises for me and you.”
So the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again
Bring on the wind
And the rain!
We know that only through living we learn
Every trial we face is another turn
To try again another way
Tomorrow can be better than today
We say, “Peace be with you. Live and Learn!
We’ll give you all our love when you return.”
Peter Stewartis a multifaceted teacher, performer, author, and composer. Currently, he is the director of Sing and Learn Music, founder of Project Pride, and leader of the Potato Chip Band. He can be reached by email at
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