These Inspirational Family Poems and Parenting Poems are some of my favorites. Why not pretend you’re at a trendy café about to enjoy a poetry reading. Got your tissues handy? Now, grab a cup of cappuccino, relax in a comfy chair, think about the words, and feel the emotions.
Being a parent can be incredibly stressful at times. If you are fortunate enough to have family and friends providing a supportive network that you can tap into when you need advice, a shoulder to cry on, a babysitter, and the like . . . then, you are very fortunate indeed. Even so, I find it helpful to collect poems and scripture verses that are uplifting when I need it the most.
That is how this collection began. I add inspiration as I find it. I hope you will find comfort as well as humor here. Sip your latte and savor the wisdom of the words in the inspirational family poems below.
A Nursery Darling is an inspirational family poem authored by Lewis Carroll. Most people don't know that was the pen name used by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Carroll is best known for his books featuring protagonist Alice in Wonderland. The lyrical quality of his books are also found in Carroll's poetry. I love the picture he paints in this poem of a mother providing a safe, nurturing, blissful home for her child. It's what every mother hopes she can provide her children!
A Nursery Darling
by Lewis Carroll
A Mother's breast:
Safe refuge from her childish fears,
From childish troubles, childish tears,
Mists that enshroud her dawning years!
see how in sleep she seems to sing
A voiceless psalm--an offering
Raised, to the glory of her King
In Love: for Love is Rest.
A Darling's kiss:
Dearest of all the signs that fleet
From lips that lovingly repeat
Again, again, the message sweet!
Full to the brim with girlish glee,
A child, a very child is she,
Whose dream of heaven is still to be
At Home: for Home is Bliss.
A Home Song
by Henry van Dyke
The White Bees and Other Poems, 1909
Yes, that is true; and something more
You’ll find, where’er you roam,
That marble floors and gilded walls
Can never make a home.
But, every house where Love abides,
And Friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home-sweet-home:
For there the heart can rest.
No compilation of inspirational family poems would be complete if Edgar Guest wasn't included. In the early 1900's he wrote such poignant poetry about family life. I've added two of my favorite Guest poems below. Going Home for Christmas brings tears to my eyes because I now understand the ache a parent feels waiting for their child to return home for Christmas. And, Our House makes me laugh while reminding me not to be such a rigid parent that there is no joy in the home.
Going Home for Christmas
By Edgar Guest
He little knew the sorrow that was in his vacant chair,
He never guessed they’d miss him, or he’d surely have been there;
He couldn’t see his mother or the lump that filled her throat,
Or the tears that started falling as she read his hasty note;
And he couldn’t see his father, sitting sorrowful and dumb,
Or he never would have written that he thought he couldn’t come.
He little knew the gladness that his presence would have made,
And the joy it would have given, or he never would have stayed.
He didn’t know how hungry had the little mother grown
Once again to see her baby and to claim him for her own.
He didn’t guess the meaning of his visit Christmas Day
Or he never would have written that he couldn’t get away.
He couldn’t see the fading of the cheeks that once were pink,
And the silver in the tresses; and he didn’t stop to think
How the years are passing swiftly, and next Christmas it might be
There would be no home to visit and no mother dear to see.
He didn’t think about it – I’ll not say he didn’t care.
He was heedless and forgetful or he’d surely have been there.
Are you going home for Christmas? Have you written you’ll be there?
Going home to kiss the mother and to show her that you care?
Going home to greet the father in a way to make him glad?
If you’re not I hope there’ll never come a time you’ll wish you had.
Just sit down and write a letter – it will make their heart strings hum
With a tune of perfect gladness – if you’ll tell them that you’ll come.
I designed this scrapbook adaptation of Edgar Guest's poem Our House to look like an old, comfy quilt. You know, the ones that look like they've been pieced together from clothes worn decades ago.
You see, that's the word picture that comes to mind as I reflect on these verses. A home is one where the family has fun together, sometimes rambunctiously so. Sure, like the warm threadbare quilt, one's dwelling may show some wear and tear from time-to-time. But, it's not stuffy or museum-like. It is cozy, warm, and inviting. Just like that old quilt.
A Cinquain by Sean Kelley at age 10
Christians who love God
Every parent can relate to this inspirational family poem. We all want the best for our children. The problem is we may not always know what is best for them. Read Matthew 20: 20-28 to find out if this mother gets her request.
from The Rhyming Gospels, a poetic paraphrase of Holy Scripture,
by Bernard Williams.
Then the mother of James and John
Came forward at their bequest,
She knelt down before Jesus
To make known her request.
Jesus looked down upon her,
Asked, “What is your desire?”
She said, “To serve in your kingdom
My two sons do aspire.”
“Command one to stand at your right,
For both I want the best,
The other put at your left hand,
This, then is my request.”
Whole Duty of Children
By Robert Louis Stevenson,
A Child’s Garden of Verses
A child should always say what’s true
And speak when he is spoken to,
And behave mannerly at table;
At least as far as he is able.
It is very nice to think
The world is full of meat and drink,
With little children saying grace
In every Christian kind of place.
We hope our compilation of inspirational family poems has encouraged you today!