Dear 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
Keep me from interrupting
them, talking back to them and contradicting them. Make me as courteous
to them as I would have them be to me.
Give me the courage to confess my sins against my children and to
ask them forgiveness when I know that I have done them wrong.
Grant that I may never
vainly hurt the feelings of my children. Forbid that I should laugh
at their mistakes or resort to shame and ridicule as punishment.
Let me not tempt my child
to lie or steal. So guide me hour by hour that I might demonstrate
by all I say and do that honestly produces happiness.
Reduce, I pray, the meanness
in me. May I cease to nag, and when I am out of sorts, help me O Lord,
to hold my tongue. Blind me to the little errors of my children, and
help me to see the good things they do.
Give me a ready word to
honest praise. Help me to grow up with my children, to treat them
as those of their own age, but let me not expect of them the judgements
and conventions of adults.
Allow me not to rob them
of the opportunity to learn for themselves, to think, to choose and
to make decisions. Forbid that I should ever punish them for my selfish
May I grant them all their
wishes that are reasonable,
And may I have the courage always to withhold a privilege which I
know will do them harm.
Make me fair and just,
and considerate and companionable to my children that they will have
a genuine esteem for me. Make me fit to be loved and imitated by my
This Along To All The Parents!