Give us the grace, Lord, to tell our children
the truth and nothing but the truth.
To issue no idle threats or promises.
To keep our word.
To apologize when we have been wrong.
To be disciplined over time.
To be courteous in all our dealings.
To answer children’s questions as honestly and simply as we can.
To let them help us in all the ways we can devise.
To expect from them no higher standard of honesty, unselfishness, politeness
than we are prepared to live up to ourselves.
Joan Kendall (adapted)
The Lion Prayer Collection
Fathers, do not exasperate your children;
instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.