A mathematics teacher, who agreed to babysit while her friend went shopping, left her this note: ‘Dried tears 11 times…tied shoelaces 15 times…blew up balloons, five per child… warned children not to cross the street 26 times…children insisted on crossing the street 26 times. Number of Saturdays I’ll volunteer to do this again – zero!’ The following Beatitudes for Parents were written nearly 50 years ago by Marion E. Kinneman when her daughters were raising her six grandsons. They’re still spot-on! ‘Blessed are those who make peace with spilled milk and mud, for of such is the kingdom of childhood.
Blessed is the parent who engages not in the comparison of his child with others, for precious unto each is the rhythm of his own growth. Blessed are those who have learned to laugh, for it’s the music of a child’s world.
Blessed and mature are those who without anger can say "No," for comforting to a child is the security of firm decisions. Blessed is the gift of consistency, for it brings heart’s-ease in childhood. Blessed are they who accept the awkwardness of growth, for they are aware of the choice between marred furnishings and damaged personalities.
Blessed are the teachable, for knowledge brings understanding and understanding brings love. Blessed are the men and women, who in the midst of the unpromising mundane, give love, for they bestow the greatest of all gifts to each other, to their children, and, in an ever-widening circle, to their fellowmen.’ One successful entrepreneur said, ‘I may be a self-made man, but the blueprints came from my mum and dad.’ Bottom line: Children learn from their parents. What are you teaching yours?
Happy Children’s Day
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