For all of us as Parents, children are a gift from the Lord. We consider it pure joy to be called a Parent and also a privilege. But we have a privilege that comes with a great responsibility, a God given responsibility. Today shall we ponder and review this great position that has been given to us. On a 10 point scale how would you rate yourself as a parent? Below are listed a Child’s Ten Commandments adapted from Dr Kevin Leman’s, Parenthood without Hassles (Well Almost)
A Child's Ten Commandments to Parents
1) My hands are small; don't expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture or throw a ball. My legs are short; please slow down so I can keep up with you.
2) My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; please let me explore safely, and don't restrict me unnecessarily.
3) Housework will always be there. I'm only little for 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 and 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 criticisms; 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 church regularly and thus show me the good example I so need; let me learn to know and love God as much as you do. I need Him, too!
“Being a Parent means loving your children more than you ever loved yourself” I will treasure my child as a gift from God on loan to me. Behold, children are a gift of the LORD. Psalm 127:3