May 19, 2008

Just had to post this!

About 12 years ago I received the following in an e-mail. In those 12 years I've had 5 different jobs with 5 different companies. I printed this up and put it in my office when I first received it. Regardless of what job I was in or where I was at, I carried this with me to the next job and posted it up on my wall. I was looking at this again today and thought this would be great to share with everyone in case you haven't already seen it. It is titled:

A Child's 10 Commandments to Parents - By Dr. Kevin Leman

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 yours have; please let me explore safely; don't restrict me unnecessarily.

3. Housework will always be there. I'm only little for such 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 my needs; don't nag me all day long. (You wouldn't want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness). Treat me as you would like to be treated.

5. I am a special gift from heaven. 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 my sister.

9. Please don't be afraid to leave for a weekend. Kids need vacations from parents, just as parents need vacations from kids.

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



Tidbits Of Tammy said...

I love this I am going have a copy myself.

Toni said...

I had seen this years ago but not since I have become a Mom. Thanks for the wonderful reminder!!

Bob O said...

My pleasure to you both! I've always enjoyed this. Like I said, I keep it posted up in my office and read it all the time as a little reminder.

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