When You Think They Are Not Looking

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When you think they are not looking, they are taking mental note.

They learn through your actions & watch as you emote.

They can read the arch in your brow & recognize a blank stare

They can tell if you are interested or just too busy to care.


When you think that they can’t hear you, they take in every word.

They repeat the things that you wish that they never heard.

When frustration gets the better of you, think before you shout.

Choose your words carefully before you blurt them out.


When you think they don’t understand, they surprise you with what they know.

So talk to them and teach them and help their young minds grow.

When you don’t have time for one more book or one last kiss.

Remember that when these moments are gone, they’re the ones you’ll most miss.

So treasure every moment and dirty sippy cup..

because when they think that you aren’t looking, they will suddenly grow up.


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  1. So lovely and true! I can’t tell you how many times my kids have shed wisdom and light on things when I didn’t think they could understand. Great post!

  2. What a lovely and true poem! They pick up everything – good and bad. We really need to treasure our children because we only have them small for such a short period. At first 18 years sounds like a long time, but once they start growing you realize how fleeting the time is.

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