Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Child's Ten Commandments for Parents


Found these on Pinterest a while back. They were written by a Dr. Kevin Leman and always enter my mind on those hard, about-to-lose-it, I'm-no-good-at-this-Mom-thing days ...

1
My hands are small; please don’t expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball. My legs are short; please slow down so that I can keep up with you.
2
My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; please let me explore safely: don’t restrict me unnecessarily.
3
Housework will always be there. I’m only little such a short time—please take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.
4
My feelings are tender; please be sensitive to my needs; don’t nag me all day long. (You wouldn’t want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness.) Treat me as you would like to be treated.
5
I am a special gift from God; please treasure me as God intended you to do, holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and disciplining me in a loving manner.
6
I need your encouragement, but not your praise, to grow. Please go easy on the criticism; remember you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.
7
Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I’ll be prepared to make the kind of decisions life requires of me.
8
Please don’t do things over for me. Somehow that makes me feel that my efforts didn’t quite measure up to your expectations. I know it’s hard, but please don’t try to compare me with my brother or my sister.
9
Please don’t be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids need vacations from parents, just as parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it’s a great way to show us kids that your marriage is very special.
10
Please take me to Sunday school and church regularly, setting a good example for me to follow. I enjoy learning more about God.
Hope these speak truth and encourage someone else, the way they encouraged me.
xoxo

1 comment:

  1. Love your post Jackie ~ and neat picture of Bry & Ever ;)
    I miss having all you kids when you were little.
    So much love XOXO

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