If we want children who are helpful, kind, appreciative, and pleasant, then those qualities should be taught – not hoped for.
Consider the following “Commandments for Parents” written from a child’s point of view:
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; slow down so that I can keep up with you.
2. My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; let me explore it safely; don’t restrict me unnecessarily.
3. Housework will always be there; I’m little only for a short time. Take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.
4. My feelings are tender; don’t nag me all day long (you would not want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness). Treat me as you would like to be treated.
5. 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 disciplining me in a loving manner.
6. 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.
~ God’s Little Devotional Book for Moms
“A child is fed with bread and praise.”
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