A Parent's Prayer

Heavenly Father, make me a better parent! Teach me to understand my children, to listen patiently to what they have to say, and to answer all their questions kindly.

Keep me from interrupting them or contradicting them. Make me as courteous to them as I would have them be to me.

Forbid that I should ever laugh at their mistakes, or resort to shame or ridicule when they displease me. May I never punish them for my own selfish satisfaction or to show my power ...

Guide me hour by hour that I may demonstrate by all I say and do that honesty produces happiness. Reduce, I pray, the meanness in me. And when I am out of sorts, help me O Lord, to hold my tongue.

May I ever be mindful that my children are children and that I should not expect of them the judgment of adults. Let me not rob them of the opportunity to wait on themselves and to make decisions.

Bless me with the bigness to grant them all their reasonable requests and the courage to deny them prvileges I know will do them harm. Make me fair and just and kind.

And fit me, Oh Lord, to be loved and respected and imitated by my children. Amen.

from the newspaper column of
Abigail Van Buren

And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 NASB

We need to be patient with our children in the same way God is patient with us.

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