Feed Love

Posted By on April 5, 2012

Our children are so impressionable. Imagine what they absorb when they are infants. Please be careful what you share with them. Some of us have inherited so much from our family of origin, our ancestors and culture. Some of our inheritance serves us still and some do not, so how do we gracefully let them go? What is worth keeping? In this case, the melody is quite beautiful, but I am willing to let go the fear and feed love instead.

I sing this revised song to my children at bedtime almost every night.

One night, Clayton (7) asked, “Did you make up that song?”

“I made up the words, yes.”

“There is another one that’s really mean.” Said Jing Wen (10). “The baby falls off a tree and dies.”

“I like yours more, mom.” Said Clayton. “Can you sing it to me now?”

Then I proceed to sing the song to them with their own names in each. Their chatter quiets, they listen and fall asleep soon after.

About The Author

I am a Chinese-American mother of three boys, parenting with the traditions worth keeping from the East and West. I continue to learn new ways of raising a family and myself.

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2 Responses to “Feed Love”

  1. blissdragon says:

    I like your lyrics. Thanks for posting! When I became a first-time mama, the search for the worthy lullaby was ongoing.
    For this one, I’d settled on using “when the bough breaks, the cradle will fall…But mommy will catch you, cradle and all!”.
    Yours is super sweet and right on, of course!

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