Things Parents Learn

 I gave you life,
 But I cannot live it for you.

I gave you directions,
 But I cannot be there to lead you.

I can allow you freedom,
 But I cannot account for it.

I can teach you right from wrong,
 But I cannot decide for you.

I can offer you advice,
 But I cannot accept it for you.

I can give you love,
But I cannot force it upon you.

 I can teach you to share,
 But I cannot make you unselfish.

 I can teach you respect,
 But I cannot force you to show honor.

 I can advise you about friends,
 But I cannot choose them for you.

 I can advise you about sex,
 But I cannot keep you pure.

 I can tell you about drink,
 But I can't say "no" for you.

 I can warn you about drugs,
 But I can't prevent you from using them.

I can tell you about lofty goals,
 But I can't achieve them for you.

I can teach you kindness,
 But I can't force you to be gracious.

I can pray for you,
 But I cannot make you walk with God.

 I can tell you how to live,
 But I cannot give you eternal life.

   Author unknown

"Annie's song"

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