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 yours have;
let me explore safely. Don't restrict me unnecessarily.
Housework will always be there. I'm only little for a
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 like 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
me in a loving manner.
I need your encouragement to grow.
Please go easy on the criticism;
remember, you can criticize the things I
do without criticizing me.
Please give me the freedom to make decisions
Permit me to fail, so that I can learn
from my mistakes.
Then someday I'll be prepared to
make the kinds of decisions that life requires of me.
Please don't do things over for me.
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 to my brother or sister.
Please don't be afraid to leave for a weekend together.
Kids need vacations from parents, just as parents need
vacations from kids.
Besides, it's a great way to show us
kids that your marriage is very special.
Please take me to Sunday School and church or
synagogue regularly, setting a good example for me to
follow. I enjoy learning more about God.