Children Poems

Children Poems

Poems on Children and Parents

Children are the ultimate gift to two people who love each other and the ultimate inconvenience to parents that don't. There is no bigger responsibility, and yet a relationship with a child can bear the greatest rewards. Children intuitively know when they are wanted and when they are not. The way that they raised from the cradle will affect the people they will become. There is a famous saying that children spell love T I M E. There may be many compelling reasons why you cannot be with your children but none of them can replace time. It is gone forever.

65 Inspirational Poems on Children

  1. 1. The Children's Hour

    The Children's Hour was first published in 1860 in The Atlantic Monthly. The 3 children in the poem are Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's own daughters.
    In the early 1900's this poem was frequently taught in schools to young children. It is about the father child relationship and the enduring love of a father for his children.

    Between the dark and the daylight,
    When the night is beginning to lower,
    Comes a pause in the day's occupations,
    That is known as the Children's Hour.

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  3. 2. Story Telling

    Children love to be told bedtime stories. The more the storyteller acts out, the more captivating the tale. This is an enjoyable poem about a father telling his children stories before bed. While the mother doesn’t fully understand why he makes such a scene, the children can’t get enough of their father’s made-up stories.

    Most every night when they're in bed,
    And both their little prayers have said,
    They shout for me to come upstairs
    And tell them tales of gypsies bold,

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    Grandpa sat with cigar at his side (rarely in his mouth), his bushy gray eyebrows and mustache crouched in intense concentration, a chess piece or book in hand in most of my memories. But...

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  5. 3. On Children

    "On Children" by Kahlil Gibran uses vivid imagery and metaphor. The poem describes the ways in which children enrich the lives of those who raise them, and speaks to the transformative power of parenthood. The lines "You may give them your love but not your thoughts" and "You may house their bodies but not their souls" uses rich imagery to describe the unique and separate nature of the relationship between parents and children. The lines "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" and "For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you" use metaphors of arrows and crucifixion to describe the love and struggles of parenting. On Children" is a beautifully written and deeply affecting poem that speaks about the enduring bond between parent and child.

    Your children are not your children
    They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself
    They come through you but not from you
    And though they are with you yet they belong not to you

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  6. 4. Where Do The Children Grow

    • By Christy R. Dawson
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    This poem talks about children growing up and how we often miss it if we don't watch very closely.

    When you see a smiling face,
    Their happiness all over the place,
    Singing, laughing, cries of glee,
    Come, they say, play with me.

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    Reading the poem just reminded me that I cannot be a disciplinarian with my 12 year old all the times. I need to understand his aptitude and attitude towards life.

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  7. 5. A Mother's Love Prayer

    I wrote this poem years ago when my three daughters were young, praying to God to give me wisdom, knowledge and faithfulness and hoping to be an influence my children might look up to.

    Lord, help me be the Mother
    You've chosen me to be,
    One parent with a loving heart,
    The mother of my three.

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  8. 6. Give Her A Day

    • By Lisa Tasker
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    Children grow up so fast. What gift can we give that will last a lifetime?

    What can you give to one small girl?
    A diamond ring, a baton to twirl?
    A pretty pink dress with lots of bows,
    or dainty sandals that show her toes?

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    The poem has touched very much. The poet has nicely and successfully narrated her feeling toward a child who needs nothing but love. I appreciate the poet and hope to get more poems of this...

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  9. 7. Come Touch His Cheek

    • By Gary S. Shulman
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems August 2013

    Parents of children with disabilities want their children to be accepted, included and appreciated for their abilities while being shown compassion. They are often faced with rejection and fear. This poem speaks to the need that we all have to be accepted fro who we are. We all have more in common that we think.
    Poem by Gary Shulman, MS. Ed., Special Needs Consultant and Trainer

    This child of mine you stare at so,
    Please come closer so you will know
    Just who my child is and what I see
    when those sweet eyes stare back at me

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    This is an amazing poem!! It touched my heart and soul. I have a 5-year-old son. He is the brightest light in my life. He was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when he was 14 months old. It was...

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  10. 8. Let Kids Be Kids

    Our poor kids nowadays have so many expectations to live up to. It seems like everything we sign them up for takes up all their time to actually enjoy life. We schedule them for multiple activities, one after another. They become anxious and have no idea when they get a day off how to enjoy life! I am guilty of this myself with my 4 children! Sometimes we need a reminder to just let them be kids!

    Let kids be kids; just let them be
    Princesses, pirates; let the bath be the sea!

    Let them stare at the sky and find animals in the clouds.

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    Wow! A truly amazing poem with a beautiful message for parents. Childhood is a special period with so much joy, innocence and wonder. It is a delightful stage. Besides, so much good can be...

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  11. 9. My Dear Child

    • By Betty Miller
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems April 2010

    This is to my adopoted son and daughter whom are such a big part of my life

    If I could, I would remove all your fears
    If I could, I would remove all your tears
    If I could, I would make life painless
    If I could, I would give you all your courage

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    Your Strength Will Guide You, My Dear Child

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  12. 10. Messy Fingers

    • By Debra S. Higginbotham
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    What is it like to experience the blessing of children?

    Sticky fingers, tangled hair,
    scattered crayons everywhere.
    Fancy artwork on the wall
    drawn by little ones three feet tall.

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    I love it. Exactly what my children do every single day.

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  13. 11. Lessons For Living

    Having been a Camp Fire and Cub Scout leader, I saw early on how easily young children were influenced by what they were exposed to from the beginning. I watched those same children grow to adults and the results of their childhood training. I hope the parents that might read this poem will give it some thought.

    I see you looking at your children,
    Wondering what their lives will be.
    If you verify some answers
    Then their future you might see.

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    I loved this poem. The list of things that should be given to our children to have an amazing journey through this life, it's all here! This poem contains so much wisdom! Beautifully written....

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  14. 12. Seeds Of Wisdom

    I was at a gathering where there were many young children. I was horrified at the language some of the adults used, degrading other races. These were the children's parents, so I could easily imagine they heard the same thing at home. They couldn't help but be influenced by what they heard.

    A gardener, if he's very wise,
    When it is planting season,
    Will always use the best of seeds.
    It only stands to reason.

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  15. 13. Open Arms

    • By Wendy L. Nichols
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A woman writes of becoming a mother. She holds her child in her arms for the first time and dreams of the life ahead that they will share together.

    The day you were born,
    you touched my soul.
    You were the missing link
    that made my life whole.

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    Mother To Son Poem, The Day You Were Born, Open Arms

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    This is a beautiful poem. I'm the mom of 3. I have two grown daughters. They light up my world like they did when they were young. I'm blessed to have a grand-boy that I'm extremely close to....

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  16. 14. The Heart Of Mothers And Fathers

    A piece of a mother's and father's heart is a part of everyone.

    A mother's heart is the key,
    The key to success.
    A mother's heart is a ribbon
    That ties your future together.

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    Poem About Parent’s Love, The Heart Of Mothers And Fathers

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    How beautiful you are! I wouldn't be happy without you, Mom. Oh Mom, I will never forget you!

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  17. 15. Nurse's Song

    Published in Songs of Innocence in 1789, the poem tells of a Nurse who is watching her children playing out in the fields. She calls them to come in, but they protest, for to them it is still light and there is still time to play.
    The poem fits in with the theme of innocence, as the children are oblivious to the dangers of playing outside late at night. The Nurse is of a jovial and warmhearted nature, and she allows the children to continue with their games.

    When the voices of children are heard on the green,
    And laughing is heard on the hill,
    My heart is at rest within my breast,
    And everything else is still.

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    It's so great. I read this poem when I was in 7th grade. I love it so much.

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  18. 16. My Babbling Heart

    • By Katie Hyland
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems March 2020

    My son is my world, my life and my heart. His smile lightens my heart and his breath takes mine away.

    Giggles, squeals and ticklish heels.
    Tantrums, sighs and watery eyes.
    A big gummy grin and wet sloppy kiss,
    A frustrated grumble and clenched little fists.

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  19. 17. A Love Letter To My Unborn Child

    • By Carlisa P. Branch
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A letter written by a mother to her unborn child wishing it to have all of the best of both of its parents.

    I write this letter to my unborn child from the depths of my soul.
    You've entered my womb and made my life complete and whole.
    I never thought I would be chosen for such an awesome task.
    It is a greater blessing than what I ever could ask.

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    Wow what a beautiful poem. I already have a son with my ex hubby and things have been an uphill battle for us since me and his dad separated. He wrote us off and left me to fend for our...

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  20. 18. Here To Stay

    • By Crystal K. Acerrio
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    This poem is about the circle of life. It describes the process of raising children and the different feelings it brings. The author feels sadness that her babies grow up, but she is comforted by the thought that her children will always stay in touch.

    Our children are here to stay
    But our babies are not, I'm sorry to say
    They grow and learn every day
    In the most remarkable and intriguing way

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    Yes it has very much so because I lost my 17 year old baby in march 2009 and it was like losing my heart and soul, my own life.

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  21. 19. The Gift

    To my beautiful daughter, Madison... May you follow your dreams and be true to yourself always!
    Love, Mom.

    I received a gift on that faithful day
    Of which I know I could never repay,
    Just as God came down to say
    He just gave one of his Angels away.

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    I am too a pampered daughter and I loved reading your poem, it touched my heart. Thanks for sharing

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  22. 20. Blessed By Two

    • By Teresa L. Finke
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2006

    A mother thanks her children for the blessing they have brought to her life and reminds them not to forget the one who brought them into this world.

    The two of you will never know
    How much my love has grown
    To be blessed by two
    When others have so few.

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