Family

21 Beatitudes for Parents

  • Credit is given to Joan Beck, Simon and Schuster, Inc., for these Beatitudes

     

    Blessed are the parents who know when to say "No," for they shall not learn firsthand the progenitive powers of a pair of white mice.

     

    Blessed are they who teach their children the relationship between effort and earnings, for they shall not have to support their grandchildren.

     

    Blessed are the parents who do hunger and thirst after learning, for their children shall do likewise.

     

    Blessed are they who do not attempt to tackle the new math, for they shall not fail.

     

    Blessed are the parents who can laugh at themselves, for their children will laugh with them and not at them.

     

    Blessed are the parents who may be called "stodgy" and "old-fashioned."  They can rejoice and be assured that they are on the right track, for so have children persecuted parents for generations, and their opinions will change by the time they are old enough to pay taxes.

     

    Blessed are those who can see the world with the freshness and excitement of a small child, for they always will be young in heart.

     

    Blessed are they who teach their children to understand and love each other, for they shall not get caught in the crossfire of a sibling war.

     

    Blessed are the parents who let their children do for themselves whatever they are capable of doing, for they shall not be merely unpaid servants.

     

    Blessed are the parents of babies who can wake up joyful and clear of eye at 5:45 AM, for they will have to get up at that hour anyway.

     

    Blessed are they who spend adequate time caring for their children during infancy and childhood, for they shall be spared many teenage problems.

     

    Blessed are they who do not expect more of their children than is appropriate for their level of maturity, for they shall not be disappointed.

     

    Blessed are the parents who do not get involved in their children's spats with their playmates, for they shall not prolong such squabbles.

     

    Blessed are the parents who take their children with them often, for they shall see the world with fresh eyes.

     

    Blessed are the father and mother who spend time together occasionally without their offspring, for they shall not go stir-crazy.

     

    Blessed are they who listen to their children, for they in turn will be heard.

     

    Blessed are the father and mother who have found successful creative outlets for their energies, for they will not need their children as status symbols or as justifications. 

     

    Blessed are the parents who do not pretend to be perfect, for their children will not be disillusioned.

     

    Blessed are they who pay more attention to their own indiviudal children and their specific needs and reactions than to abstract child-care theories, for they shall not be confused with the swings of the pendulum.  

     

    Blessed are they who can be a warm fire of encouragement for their children, for their offspring will not stay away long from a hearth where they can warm their souls.

     

    Blessed are they who enjoy their children, for they have found a new dimension of love and a reward for all their efforts.  

     

     

     

     

Last Modified on April 26, 2017