Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is an African-American organization of mothers who nurture future leaders by strengthening children ages 2-19 through chapter programming, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving. We believe every child, with proper guidance and opportunity can be a leader.
Our Father, make us better parents. Teach us to understand our children, to listen patiently to what they have to say and to answer all their questions kindly. Keep us from interrupting them, talking back to them and contradicting them. Make us as courteous to them as we would have them be to us. Give us the courage to confess our sins against our children and to ask of them forgiveness when we know that we have done them wrong.
May we not vainly hurt the feelings of our children.
Forbid that we should laugh at their mistakes or resort to shame and ridicule as punishment. Let us not tempt our children to lie or steal. So guide us hour by hour that we may demonstrate by all we say and do that honesty produces happiness.
Reduce, we pray the meanness in us. May we cease to nag; and when we are out of sorts, help us, O Lord, to hold our tongues. Blind us to the little errors of our children and help us to see the good things they do. Give us a ready word for honest praise.
Help us to grow up with our children, to treat them as those of their own age; but let us not expect of them the judgements and convictions of adults. Allow us not to rob them of the opportunity to wait upon themselves, to think, to choose and make decisions.
Forbid that we should ever punish them for our selfish gain. May we grant them all their wishes that are reasonable and have the courage always to withhold a privilege which we know will do them harm.
Make us so fair and just, so considerate and companionable to our children that they will have a genuine esteem for us. Fit us to be loved and imitated by our children.
With all these gifts, Dear God, give us calm and poise and self-control.