This was in a Circle Ten Pow Wow Book many years ago and although it’s not a prayer or a poem I thought it appropriate for this section because it is thoughtful.
It fits well with the Kids Against Crime theme as it should get parents thinking about why and how long and how often we leave our children alone. Are they prepared??
And what we should be doing while with them. CD
The key to a happy child is having a parent who is there with him consistently, day in and day out. It is far better to spend evening after evening just sitting near him while he reads a book or plays on the computer than to spend a couple of hours every Saturday buying him toys or taking in a movie.
Share Your Strengths And Fears
You are your child's ally, not his adversary. The child, who knows that his parent was once afraid of the dark, and is still afraid of needles, gets to know that his own weaknesses are part of mankind, not a unique shame.
Look For The Good And Praise It
Encouragement is the primary engine of human development. I have been telling my son for over a year that he is a whiz in math because I know he can calculate in a nanosecond the number of toys he can buy with his allowance. Now he's a whiz in math at school too. Consistent recognition of a child's strengths is more important by far than vitamins. You deny it to them at their peril and yours.
Do Not Allow Your Children To Be Rude
My son is expected to share, answer others when they greet him and congratulate those who succeed. By teaching him about politeness, I make sure he realizes that others' feeling are worth taking into account. If he can get that in his head he will have learned the most basic foundation of human interaction.
Let Your Child Teach You
A common misstatement about child development is that "kids don't come with instruction manuals". Au contraire - they do. They tell you when they're hungry. They tell you when they're lonely or scared. They are little guided tours of themselves. Children will tell you what they want, although not always with words. Fatigue, irritability and sadness are ways of telling parents what they need. Look and listen.
When my son knows he is loved for himself, not for any particular accomplishment, he has a certain peace that allows him to learn better, sleep better, play better, and be more helpful around the house. Whether he becomes a rocket scientist or a plumber, I want my son to know he's No. 1 with me.
Being A Parent Is Your Top Priority
If you decide your kids come before your sales quota or other activities, you will find that all the other pieces of parenthood fall into place. When you put your kids first, you're getting the most value for every hour on earth. What's more, you have made the most Righteous decision of your life.