Make me a better Parent/ Counselor
A poem/prayer that has circulated around many of the Christian campers- does offer some nice thoughts and reflections
Written by the late Dr. Gary C. Myers, the founder of
“Highlights for Children“.
Oh, God, make me a better parent.
Help 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 I not vainly hurt the feelings of my children.
Forbid that I should laugh at their mistakes or resort to shame and ridicule as
punnishment. Let me not tempt a child to lie and steal. So guide me hour by
hour that I may demonstrate by all I say and do that honesty produces
Reduce, I pray, the meaness 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 that they do. Give me a ready word for honest praise.
Help me to treat my children as those of their own
age, but let me not exact of them the judgements 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 all of their wishes that are reasonable and have
the courage always to withhold a privilege which I know will do them harm.
Make me so fair and just, so considerate and
companionable to my children that they will have a genuine esteem for me, fit
to be loved and imitated by my children.
With all thy gifts, O God, do give me calm and poise