"And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, "Speak to us of Children." And he said: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.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable."
from "The Prophet" - the chapter on "Children" by Kahlil Gibran. Kahlil Gibran was born in 1883 into a Maronite Catholic family in northern Mount Lebabnon. He emigrated to America with his mother and siblings in 1895 - the same year that he started school at the age of 12. He died in New York City in 1931.
Personal note: I can highly recommend reading "The Prophet" - a moving, thought provoking and inspiring collection of poems. The book is available to read online - just click on the book title above for the link.