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A Child's Ten Commandments to Parents
by Dr. Kevin Leman

You can find these in Dr. Kevin Leman's books:
Parenthood Without Hassles, Well Almost
published in 1979 by Harvest House Publishers and
First-Time Mom
published in 2004 by Tyndale

1.  My hands are small; please don't expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball.  My legs are short; please slow down so that I can keep up with you.

2.  My eyes have not seen the world as your have; please let me explore safely: don't restrict me unnecessarily.

3. Housework will always be there.  I'm only little for a short time-please take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.

4.  My feelings are tender; please be sensitive to me needs; don't nag me all day long. (You wouldn't want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness.) Treat me as you would want to be treated.

5.  I am a special gift from God; please treasure me as God intended you to do, holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and disciplining me in a loving manner.

6.  I need your encouragement, but not your praise, to grow.  Please go easy on the criticism; remember, you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.

7.  Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself.  Permit me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes.  Then someday I'll be prepared to make the kind of decisions life requires of me. 

8  Please don't do things over for me.  Somehow that makes me feel that my efforts didn't quite measure up to your expectations.  I know it's hard, but please don't try to compare me with my brother or sister.

9.  Please don't be afraid to leave for a weekend together.  Kids needs vacations from their parents, just as parents need vacations from kids.  Besides, it's a great way to show us kids that your marriage is very special.

10.  Please take me to Sunday school and church regularly, setting a good example for me to follow.  I enjoy learning more about God.

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