My oldest child becomes a teenager.
I took down this prayer that hangs on my kitchen cabinet.
Heavenly Father, make me a better parent.
Teach me to understand my children, to listen patiently to what they have to say and to answer their questions kindly.
Keep me from interrupting or contradicting them.
Make me as courteous to them as I would have them be to me.
May I never laugh at their mistakes, or resort to ridicule when they displease me.
Bless me with the confidence to grant them all their reasonable requests and the courage to deny them privileges I know will do them harm.
May I not rob them of the opportunity to think, to choose, and make decisions for themselves.
Make me fair and just and kind.
And fit me, O Lord, to be loved and respected and imitated by my children.
-Cary C. Myers
The two phrases that stick out the most to me in that prayer are:
Listen Patiently and Fit me to be loved, respected and imitated.
Oh boy, do I need help with those two things.
What would you say is the most important thing to remember while raising a teenager? I would love to get advice from those who have walked this path already.
Anyone, anyone, Bueller?