Your Children are not Your Children

by Kahlil Gibran

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.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.


  1. This is a very beautiful poem. As someone whose parents raised her this way, this resonates in ways that are very powerful for me. I wish all parents could raise their children this way.

  2. Nice poem depending on where you go from here with it. I deny the notion that our children belong to the government or to an ideology imposed by society. Ultimately our childre belong to God who brought them into the world and give them life and DNA at conception. We parents are mere stewards of their welfare and mentors for thier development.

  3. I've always loved this poem! One of my all time favorites:)

  4. Lovely poem ~ thank you for sharing.