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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 or contradicting
them. Make me as courteous to them as I
would have them to be to me.
Forbid that I should never laugh at
mistakes or resort to shame or ridicule when
they displease me. May I never punish them
for my own selfish satisfaction or to show
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
honesty produces happiness.
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 I should
not expect of them the judgments of adults.
Let me not rob them 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 privileges I know will do them
harm. Make me fair and just and kind and fit,
O Lord, to be loved and respected and imitated
by my children.