Wisdom From The World:
“Be nice to your children for they will choose your rest home.” -Phyllis Diller
“It is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” – Ann Landers
“The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.” – Lane Olinghouse
“There is no such thing as a perfect parent so just be a real one.” – Sue Atkins
“While we try to teach our children about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” – Angela Schwindt
“Parenting- If you’re not tired you’re not doing it right.” -Anonymous
“Your children need your presence more than your presents.” – Jesse Jackson
“There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” – Charles Swindoll
“Treat a child as though he already is the person he’s capable of becoming.” – Haim Ginott
“Don’t teach your kids how to count. Teach them what counts most.” – Karen Salmansohn
“Anyone who thinks conversation is dead ought to tell a child to go to bed.” – Robert Gallagher
Wisdom From The Word:
“Intelligent children listen to their parents; foolish children do their own thing.” – Proverbs 13:1 (The Message)
“A refusal to correct is a refusal to love; love your children by disciplining them.” – Proverbs 13: 24(The Message)
“A good leader motivates, doesn’t mislead, doesn’t exploit.” – Proverbs 16:10 (The Message)
“Old people are distinguished by grandchildren; children take pride in their parents.” – Proverbs 17:6 (The Message)
“Kids who lash out against their parents are an embarrassment
and disgrace. If you quit listening, dear child, and strike out on your own, you’ll soon be out of your depth.” – Proverbs 19: 26,27 (The Message)
“God-loyal people living honest lives, make it much easier for their children.” – Proverbs 20:7 (The Message)
“One day the children were brought to Jesus in the hope that he would lay hands on them and pray over them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus intervened: “Let the children alone, don’t prevent them from coming to me. God’s kingdom is made up of people like these.” After laying hands on them, he left.” – Matthew 19: 13,14 (The Message)
Keep Me Real Lord!
Dear Lord, you know my stage of life. Whether I am raising children now, or whether I am a grandparent, an aunt, an uncle or just a friend, teach me to treat children as you did. You welcomed them into your world and you entered their world. You treated them with love, kindness and respect.
Lord, as parents we ask for wisdom, timing, patience, love and a sense of humor. Help us to see the big picture and not just the spilt milk. Help us to look to you for our example and help us to live out of that place.
If I am not personally parenting at this time, help me to see when I can encourage or lighten the load of an exhausted parent. Lord, I ask for wisdom and patience so that when I do interact with a child I treat him/her as a person of intense value, made in your image, who has much to teach me about life and living. Thank you Lord.