Minute Meditation: Prayer for Parents

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    Will Smith Family

    Parenting is a hard job. It’s the one job where a great deal of what you do you learn on the fly. It is however one that if you were given a firm solid base you have a ‘leg up on”. It is by far one of the greatest, yet most daunting things that one person in life will ever do.  It needs support.

    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 kindly.

    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. May not I 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 judgments and conventions of adults. Allow me not to rob them of the opportunity
    to wait upon themselves, to think, to choose and to make decisions.
    Forbid that I should ever punish them for my selfish satisfaction.

    May I grant them for all their wishes that are reasonable and have
    the courage always to withhold a privilege which I know will do
    them harm.

    Make me fair and just, so considerate and companionable to
    my children that they will have a genuine esteem for me.

    Fit me to be loved and imitated by my children. Amen

    I pray that all that you wish for and hope for in your child life comes true.

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