Poems about children growing up

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Oh, Grow Up!: Poems to Help You Survive Parents, Chores, School, and Other Afflictions by Florence Parry Heide

What do I like about writing for children? Everything, says Florence Parry Heide, the award-winning author of more than sixty children’s books, including the classic THE SHRINKING OF TREEHORN, illustrated by Edward Gorey. I like the connection with children, the author says. I like the connection with all kinds of book people. And I like the connection with my childhood self, which is the most of me. It is the most welcome and familiar of worlds. There miracles abound--indeed it is magical that something I might think of can be put into words, stories, ideas, and that those words end up in the heads of readers I will never meet.

Florence Parry Heide wrote SOME THINGS ARE SCARY, a humorous look at childhood bugaboos, more than thirty years ago. I had finished another book and was in the mood to write something else, she says. I decided to get some kindling from the garage, reached into the kindling box and--good grief!--grabbed something soft and mushy. I fled back to the house, scared to death. A brave return visit to the kindling box revealed the object of terror to be nothing more than a discarded wet sponge, but the thought remained: some things are scary. As she recalls, What scared me as a child was that I’d never learn how to be a real grownup--and the fact is, I never did find out how it goes.


One thing Florence Parry Heide does have a good handle on is the concept of friendship, in all its humorous manifestations. THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR, a tongue-in-cheek tale cowritten with Sylvia Van Clief in 1967, pokes at the tendency of well-meaning friends to offer advice instead of help, and presents a valuable lesson about what true friendship means. One of my many (true) sayings is ‘A new friend is around the corner of every single day,’ the author declares. Also true: Friendships last. And last.


Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Florence Parry Heide worked in advertising and public relations in New York City before returning to Pittsburgh during World War II. After the war, she and her husband moved to Wisconsin, where they raised five children, two of whom have cowritten critically acclaimed books with their mother. Florence Parry Heide now lives in Wisconsin.
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Poems about Children and Parenting

Your life was ours, which is with you. Go on your journey. We go too. Born in a time of darkness, you will learn the trick of making. Soon there was another. Yours is the only face I recognize.

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Henry Vaughan was a Welsh Metaphysical Poet, although his name is not quite so familiar as, say, Andrew Marvell. This simple nine-line poem describes how the poet is filled with joy when he sees a rainbow, and how he hopes he will always keep that sense of enchantment with the natural world. This poem explores the wide-eyed innocence that a child has when they first look out on the world, which eventually gives way to a more jaded cynicism involving a lowering of expectations, especially towards our fellow human beings. It was written in , just after the end of WWII. Listen to Thomas read the whole poem here. This classic Heaney poem, published in his first published volume, the book Death of a Naturalist , is simultaneously about picking blackberries in August and, on another level, about a loss of youthful innocence and a growing awareness of disappointment as we grow up. Alternatively, check out our pick of the greatest ever fairy tales.

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Poetry about Children

I Am Me! (A Poem for Preschoolers)

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.

3 thoughts on “Oh, Grow Up!: Poems to Help You Survive Parents, Chores, School, and Other Afflictions by Florence Parry Heide

  1. Growing up is hard to do. The challenges that a child must deal with throughout the life cycle are overwhelming. Children must deal with physical, emotional and .

  2. Poems about the joys and pains which children bring to their parents and the rewards and hard work of raising children. Poems About Children growing up.

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