Given to me by my son’s 2nd grade teacher….what a sweet woman….
A Parent’s Prayer
O 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.
Let me not tempt my children to lie or steal.
And guide me hour by hour that I may demonstrate
By all that I say and do that honestly produces happiness.
Reduce, I pray, the meanness in me.
And when I’m out of sorts, help me, O Lord, to hold my tounge.
May I ever be mindful that my children are children
And I should not expect of them the judgments of adults.
Let me not rob them of the opportunity to wait on themselvs
And to make decisions.
Bless me with the bigness to grant them all their reasonable requests
And the courage to deny them privleges
I know will do them harm.
Make me fair and just and kind and fit me, O Lord,
To be loved and respected and imitated by my children.
What a beautiful poem… Let this be an encouragement to all of us to joyfully grasp the blessing we have in motherhood. These are our precious “glory days”!
As I read this poem…I could’t help but think that these years have been passing by so quickly. Every time I get my children’s pictures taken they look so much older. Their actions change every day- they are more mature. They amaze me with how much they know- until I realize how small they really are and need my help in almost everything they do. I started thinking of everything I am going to miss about the ages they are in..their little personalities, their likes, dislikes, sayings, facial expressions, oh the list is so long.
This is the “I just got caught with a banana that I didn’t ask for …and I took it into the living room” face- I LOVE how silly she is.
“Im not givin you back the ‘nana Mama” (oh, it’s so hard not to laugh)
“What you sayin Mama?” This is what she looks like and what she says when I correct her…adorable.
“Come and get it Mama…” Oh is she ever ornery. But I absolutely am in so much love with this child- I can’t even stand it.