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.
Kim Hernandez Valdes
I am a Bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist. I have been in the mental health field since 1999 as a social work intern in New York. I was a social worker for the City of Pembroke Pines in Florida (2002) and a Developmental Specialist for In-Home Service at Transitional Family Services in Tucker, Georgia (June 2006-August 2009).
My focus has been on:
I am currently working on building and developing knowledge, skills, and experience in several areas:
Kim Hernandez Valdes obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York in 2000. She received her M.A in Community Counseling from Argosy University, Atlanta in 2011 and a Play Therapy Certificate for 150 hours of play therapy hours from Capella University in 2013 and many hours of training in sand tray play and play therapy.
Kim is a Cuban American born in Yonkers, New York to two parents who arrived here after Fidel Castro took over Cuba in 1959. Her family sought political asylum during the beginning of this Cuban Era that had a major impact on generations today. Kim is a wife and mother of two young adult graduates of Georgia Tech and UGA. Her role of wife and mother of 25 years has been her most important life experience that has supported her growth and healing in life's journey. Her passions include painting and reading spiritual works, fiction, fantasy, and mythology.