TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR PARENTS
1. You shall love your children with all your heart, soul, and strength, but wisely.
2. You shall think of your child, not as something belonging to you, but as a person.
3. You shall regard your child’s respect and love, not as something to be demanded, but something worth earning.
4. Every time you are out of patience with your child’s immaturity, you shall call to mind some of your own mistakes as you were growing up.
5. Remember, it is your child’s privilege to make a hero out of you, so take thought to be a proper one.
6. Remember that your example is more eloquent than your fault finding and moralizing.
7. You shall strive to be a signpost on the highway of life, rather than a rut out of which the wheel cannot run.
8. You shall teach your child to stand on his own two feet, and fight his own battles.
9. You shall help your child to see beauty, to appreciate kindness, to love truth, and to live in friendship.
10. You shall make of your dwelling place a real home – a haven of happiness for yourself – for your children – for your friends – and for your children’s friends.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” (Psalm 127:3-5)