Oh, God, make me a better
Help me to understand my
to listen patiently to what they
have to say
and to answer all their questions
Keep me from interrupting
talking back to them and contradicting
Make me as courteous to them
would have them be to me.
Give me the
courage to confess my sins
children and to ask of them forgiveness,
I know that I have done them wrong.
not vainly hurt the feelings of my
Forbid that I should laugh at their
resort to shame and ridicule as
Let me not tempt a child to
lie and steal.
So guide me hour by hour that
I may demonstrate
by all I say and do that
honestly produces happiness.
pray, the meanness in me.
May I cease to
and when I am out of sorts,
O Lord, to hold my tongue.
Blind me to
the little errors of my children
and help me
to see the good things that they do.
a ready word for honest praise.
treat my children as those of their own
but let me not exact of them the
and conventions of adults.
me not to rob them of the opportunity
to think, to choose, and to
Forbid that I should ever
for my self satisfaction.
I grant them all of their wishes that
reasonable and have the courage always
withhold a privilege that I know will do