6.25.2012

He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother


Parenting 101 : He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

Dearest Sons
For today's tip, we focus on the values of Sibling Harmony. Hopefully you can apply this to yourselves as brothers and your children who are siblings.
 
He ain’t heavy, He’s my brother.

This is a popular music ballad written by Bobby Scott and Bob Russell. It became a hit for the Hollies in 1969.



Today, we are not going to discuss with you on the merits of hippy pop culture of the 60s. Although we love the 60s slogan “Make love, not War “

There are many articles on Sibling Rivalries. We are not going to dwell on the negative side of sibling rivalries but rather on the positive side of it and how you as brothers can benefit from it. (Uh-Oh Daddy is going to preach again!)

We hope to inculcate the concept of Love your Brother using lyrics from the above song.
The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows where

The journey in life is long my sons. You may bicker and quarrel about little things such as toys and who gets to play with the Ipad, but these are small in context to what you would face in life.
By the time you are able to understand this, you would probably realize that the method, of beating/ bullying your brother in order to get what you want, would not apply to getting what you need in life. So in this moment of unknown, it is a safe option to stay with what you know. He is your brother and blood runs thicker than water, come what may.
But I’m Strong
Strong enough to carry him
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother
So on we go
Yes boys, you are strong in your own ways. You know you are Super Boys with your boundless energy and explosive strength.  We hope you can channel those energies to help each other. Your brother is there to be your support. He may not be your mirror self and at times you wonder if you are of the same parentage (which you are my boys, just different portions of Mummy and Daddy in each)Stand as one to face life challenges.  You are brothers, and the might of two is stronger than one.
His Welfare is of my concern
No burden is he to bear
We’ll get there
For I know
He would not encumber me
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother


Remember that as our sons; you are love by Mum and Dad in equal sums. You are our pride and joy. We have never felt any of you as a burden. Do unto your brother what your parents had done to you. Love him dear for who he is as we have love you both. Your brother is not here as your obstacle. He is here as your pillar and your extra pair of hands. You support each other in life, you will succeed together.
If I’m laden at all
I’m laden with sadness
That everyone’s hear
Isn’t filled with the gladness
Of love for one another
Share your joys and your tribulations. Never dwell on your own sorrows. You can share laughter, you can share tears. As brothers, you complete against each other, to see who’s best at the task at hand. Use that combative spirit in you and channel it to your brother’s darkest hour. Complete to see who can give the more love to the other when in need. Complete to see who can make the other smile or bring back the laughter in times of sorrow. You are your brother’s competitor. Now we set you both a target. Challenge each other on who is the best…. Brother.

It’s a long, long road
From which there is no return
While we’re on the way to there
Why not share
Life has only 1 final destination. Nevertheless it’s a long road out to where we are heading. Learn to share what you have with each other, starting from the toys when you are kids, to your life joys and experiences. If one has fallen, do remember to be there for him. Lift him up, aid him as you could, support as you should. The ending point is but a destination, the beautiful journey shared is what makes this one trip worthwhile.

And the load
Doesn’t weigh me down at all
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother
He’s my brother
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother

So let’s start practice Sibling Harmony and not Sibling Rivalry. We know it’s hard when you are young, but firm foundation starts from the beginning and not the end.

Remember you may have many friends, but you have only 1 brother.

Love Dad


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