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February 18th, 2014

Prayer For Parenting A Child Properly

Prayer For Parenting A Child Properly

Lord, I submit myself to You. I realize that parenting a child in the way You would have me to is beyond my human abilities. I know I need You to help me. I want to partner with You and partake of Your gifts of wisdom, discernment, revelation, and guidance. I also need Your strength and patience, along with a generous portion of Your love flowing through me.

Teach me how to love the way You love. Where I need to be healed, delivered, changed, matured, or made whole, I invite You to do that in me. Help me to walk in righteousness and integrity before You. Teach me your ways, enable me to obey Your commandments and do only what is pleasing in Your sight.

May the beauty of Your Spirit be so evident in me that I will be a godly role model. Give me the communication, teaching, and nurturing skills that I must have. Make me the parent You want me to be and teach me how to pray and truly intercede for the life of this child.

Lord, You said in Your Word, “Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matthew 21:22). In Jesus’ name I ask that You will increase my faith to believe for all the things You’ve put on my heart to pray for concerning this child. Amen.

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10 Guidelines To Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuse

Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuse

Safety on our surroundings decay day by day, not even the children are not safe. We entrust our children in faith to the protection of the Lord all the ways they go. But still it is important that the children are well informed of the traps.

Many parents, thinking that sexual talks are forbidden before children, do not caution them. Healthy knowledge and awareness of sexual behavior is to be handed on to children. They must be aware of what should be done and should not be done.

Ten guidelines to protect your child from sexual abuse

1. Make sure your children know that it is not safe to trust all adults. Tell them that most adults can be trusted, but there are some adults who want to hurt children. Remind them of this every time you are emphasizing the importance of body privacy. Help your children develop a healthy suspicion of older children or adults who want to become overly affectionate with them. Remember, child molesters are more likely to be successful in seducing uninformed and naive children than children who display a healthy suspicion of those who show too much interest in them.

2. Periodically quiz your child about what happens during these times when they are left in the care of other people.

3. Teach your children to stay away from people they don’t know. Caution them against approaching a car driven by a stranger. Warn them to never get into that car, even if the man says, “Your mother has sent me to pick you up for her.” Don’t allow your children to accept gifts from strangers. Explain to them that child molesters often use gifts to lure children into a special relationship with them.

4. Don’t allow your children to be alone on the street after dark. Teach them to look out for strange cars or people who show up in their play areas. Tell them to remember their descriptions and stay away from them. Ask them to bring these cars and people to your attention.

5. Since molesters are often relatives or trusted friends, it’s extremely important for you to never leave your child alone with someone unless you are absolutely sure that person is totally responsible and trustworthy. You can’t afford to make the mistake of assuming they are. You must know that person is safe for your children to be with.

6. Frequently caution your small children to never let anybody touch them underneath their clothing, unless they are helping them go to the bathroom or take a bath. And even when this happens, it should always be with your knowledge and permission. These steps are good precautions.

7. Be sure your child knows that no one should ask them to take part in any sexual activity. Make your children promise to tell you or someone in authority whenever they have been in appropriately touched or abused.

8. Locate any areas in the children’s environment where molestation is likely to occur and bring those areas to your children’s attention, including: back stairways, elevators, alleys, abandoned buildings, wooded areas, and public restrooms. Warn your child to avoid these areas. Never send your child into a public restroom by himself of herself. These are places where predators wait for unsuspecting children.

9. Tell your children there is safety in numbers. Once they start school, encourage them to walk to and from school with their friends.

10. If your children have to be home alone, caution them to keep the doors and windows locked at all times. They should admit no visitors. Teach them to answer the phone in such a way that the caller will not know they are alone. For example, teach them to say, “My mother is not home right now.” Tell them to say, “My mom or my dad can’t come to the phone right now.” That’s true. Explain to them that they haven’t lied by implying that you are home, but neither have they exposed themselves to violation by saying Mom and Dad aren’t home. They are simply telling the caller that Mom or Dad can’t come to the phone right now.

– – – written by Richard Dobb

April 17th, 2012

Passing On Our Faith To Children

Passing On Our Faith To Our Children

Passing on our faith to our children may seem discouraging, still each parent can be effective in ways no one else can. Each child has a special bond with his / her parents and it is designed by the creator. Because of this special relationship , parents have a greater opportunity to teach and profoundly influence their children than anyone else. God, knowing this situation or recognizing this situation has commissioned parents with the task of training their children spiritually.

God has given us as parents the primary responsibility for passing on ‘His’ truth and the way of life to our children. Read God’s instructions in Deuteronomy 6;5-7, “ You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart , with all your soul and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way , when you lie down and when you rise up “. St Paul told Timothy “From childhood you have known the Sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim 3;15). St Paul in his letter to Timothy says “ I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, which I am sure you have inherited”. ( 2 Tim. 1;5) Thus, the faith goes down to generations.

We catholic parents undoubtedly have a desire to see our children live by the truth taught by our Church. Some may exert pressure on the children to compete with others and shine in ranks, without inculcating in them the ideas and morals they should hold dear and the habits they should follow. We do notice that our society is deteriorating morally. Values taught by religions are not considered very important. Some argue that there is no absolute truth and so truth is considered as relative.That is why our Pope Benedict XVI always talks against relativism that is questioning and destroying traditional values. “ God has not changed in any thing” says Malachi ( Ch 3;6) “Christ Jesus is the same today, as yesterday and for ever.”( Heb.13;8) says St. Paul.

We parents have to do the teaching, guiding and setting the example. We can teach them only if we acquire some knowledge of the Bible and the teachings of the Church through reading and listening to preachings. We may feel inadequate in the task and that is why our priests, religious and competent lay persons give instructions through sunday classes. Very often we hear that sex education will be introduced in school. The parents are the best teachers on the subject because they can tell their children all spiritual aspects involved whereas the secular teaching is purely materialistic and even encouraging spiritually wrong ways to deal with problems.

But the children have to be receptive. “Hear, my child, your father’s instruction and do not reject your mother’s teaching for they are a fair garland for your head and pendants for your neck “ ( Prov. 1;8) Young people have a responsibility and duty too. They need to open their eyes and ears and in a willing attitude learn the truth as their parents are the most reliable teachers. Some children may resist. Mostly it may be due to our wrong approach or their misunderstanding, which can be rectified. When we speak from the heart in love about what is in our hearts from God’s Spirit , it is likely that we will see our children waiting to listen. If any child chooses not to embrace God’s truth and words, it should not be because we parents did not diligently teach them the Word of God and the sacred traditions. As we parents are responsible to teach our children, excuses like lack of time, lack of knowledge, lack of interest for listening and study by children should be overcome suitably.

Parents can play a powerful role in encouraging their children to choose God’s way of life. We may not be highly educated or trained for teaching. When we walk with God, the creator will show the way. Some may be more naturally gifted in teaching, but all share the duty and responsibility We also do affect the faith of our children even if it is only by our example. As parents let us make sure that we follow the divine instructions given in Deuteronomy 6;5-7. If we do our part, we can help our children embrace the true catholic faith. Like Timothy’s grandmother and mother, we too can pass this faith to our children from generation to generation.

– – – written by K. C. Thomas

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