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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Ten Commandments (for Parents), The

These are some thoughts of small children for their parents, it's time that we listen to them.

  • My hands are small; please do not expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball. My legs are short; slow down so that I can keep up with you.


  • My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; let me explore it safely; do not restrict me unnecessarily.


  • Housework will always be there; I am little only for a short time. Take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.


  • My feelings are tender; do not nag me all day long (you would not want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness). Treat me as you would like to be treated.


  • I am a special gift from God; treasure me as God intended you to do - holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and discipline me in a loving manner.


  • I need your encouragement (but not your empty praise) to grow. Go easy on the criticism; remember you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.


  • Give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I will be prepared to make the decisions life will require of me.


  • Do not do things for me; that makes me feel that my efforts did not measure up to your expectations. I know its hard, but don't compare me with my brother or sister.


  • Do not be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids need vacations from parents, and parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it's a great way to show us kids that your marriage is something special.


  • Take me to Sunday school and church regularly, setting a good example for me to follow. I enjoy learning more about God.

    It is a great responsibility raising our children, but always remember that they are God's gift, so in order to know how to properly take care of them, consult Him who gave them to us. He knows best.

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