DLTK's Crafts for Kids
A Child's Ten Commandments to Parents
Dr. Kevin Leman
Used with Permission
- 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.
- My eyes have not seen the world as you have; please let me
explore safely: don't restrict me unnecessarily.
- 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.
- 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 want to be treated.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Please take me to Sunday school and church regularly, setting a good
example for me to follow. I enjoy learning more about God.