Little girls are the nicest things that happen to people.
They are born with a little bit of angel shine about them,
and though it wears thin sometimes,
there is always enough left to lasso your heart -
even when they are sitting in the mud,
or crying temperamental tears,
or parading up the street in mother’s best clothes.
FOR THE GIFT OF THE CHILD
For the gift of a child, [CHILD] whose innocence and laughter keep the world young, we rejoice and give thanks. May this new life, which we have accepted into our community of ideals and friendship, receive abundantly the blessings of health, love, knowledge, and wisdom, and in her/his turn give back richly to the common heritage that endures from generation to generation.
And for the gift of parenthood made to [PARENT] and [PARENT] we also give our thanks. may they and all parents everywhere give their children security and freedom and love, and may they be blessed with much joy, much laughter and much patience in the divine task of nurture.
DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF A CHILD
We owe to the child the best we have to give. This is what it says in the ‘Declaration of the Rights of the Child’, which was adopted unanimously on 20 November 1959 by the General assembly of the United Nations.
Children have rights:
The right to equality, regardless of race, colour,
religion, sex and nationality
The right to healthy mental and physical development
The right to a name and nationality
The right to sufficient food, housing and medical care
The right to special care if handicapped
The right to love, understanding and care
The right to free education, play and recreation
The right to immediate aid in the event of disasters and emergencies
The right to protection from cruelty, neglect, and exploitation.
The right to protection from persecution and to an
upbringing in the spirit
of sisterhood/ brotherhood and peace.
AND SO THE CHILDREN COME by Sophia Lyon Fahs
And so the children come.
And so they have been coming.
Always in the same way they come -
Born of the seed of man and woman.
No angels herald their beginning,
No prophets predict their future courses,
No wise men see a star to point their way
To find the babe that may save [hu]mankind.
Yet each night a child is born is a holy night.
Fathers and Mothers -
Sitting beside their children’s cribs -
Feel glory in the wondrous sight of a life beginning.
They ask: “When or how will this new life end?
Or will it ever end?”
Each night a child is born is a holy night.
KNOW YOU WHAT IT IS TO BE A CHILD
by Francis Thompson and William Blake
Know you what it is to be a child? It is to have a spirit yet streaming from the waters of baptism; it is to believe in love, to believe in loveliness, to believe in belief; it is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear; it is to turn pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses, lowness into loftiness, and nothing into everything, – for each child has a fairy god-mother in his/her own soul; it is to live in a nutshell and count yourself the king/queen of infinite space; it is: To see the World in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.
MAY BEAUTY DELIGHT YOU
May beauty delight you and happiness uplift you,
May wonder fulfill you and love surround you.
May your step be steady and your arm be strong,
May your heart be peaceful and your word be true.
May you seek to learn, may you learn to live.
May you live to love, and may you love—always
If children live with security, they learn to have faith;
If children live with approval,
they learn to like themselves;
If children live with love around them,
they learn to give love to the world.
The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting
by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn
“When we become parents, whether intentionally or by happenstance, our whole life is
immediately different, although it may take some time to realize just how much. Being a parent
compounds stress by orders of magnitude. It makes us vulnerable in ways we weren’t before. It
calls us to be responsible in ways we weren’t before. It challenges us as never before, and
takes out time and attention away from other things, including ourselves, as never before. It
creates chaos and disorder, feelings of inadequacy, occasions for arguments, struggles,
irritation, noise, seemingly never-ending obligations and errands, and plenty of opportunities
for getting stuck, angry, resentful, hurt, and for feeling overwhelmed, old, and unimportant.
And this can go on not only when the children are little, but even when they are full grown and
on their own. Having children is asking for trouble.
“So why do it? Maybe Pete Seeger said it best: ‘We do it for the high wages…kisses.’ Children
give us the opportunity to share in the vibrancy of life in ways we would not touch were they
not part of our lives….they share …[their] vital nature with us and call it out of us as well, if
we can listen carefully to the calling.”
More Baby Blessing Readings,
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