A parent’s prayer for the challenges of parenting

parenting challenges

Sometimes, to get you through the parenting, you need a good ol’ prayer. Goodness knows it feels like only the man with the plan can fix your never ending cycle of parenting troubles and calamity sometimes. But I’m not talking any old prayer, or a one-size-fits-all prayer. In times like this, you need a special, specific, parenting nightmare prayer. Something that goes a little like this…

Let the children who we love so much

Have mercy on us pathetic bunch

Of parents trying to do them right

Trying so hard with all our might

Let them eat the food we cook

Rather than acting like such ungrateful crooks

Let them Lord, please go to bed

So that we may rest our weary heads

Let them know the mercy of volume control

So their behaviour on occasion we may extoll

Let we, their carers, know what’s best

And not have to put them too often on the naughty step

May they treat us with kindness and grace

And occasionally also agree to wash their face

Lord, we know that they are a gift

And that alone should give us a lift

But please forgive us if patience alone

Is not enough for us to keep it together at home

And so please forgive our indulgence of wine and cake

And our indulgence of hasty white lies

Which we all know are fake

Your love and forgiveness

Our farther we plea

Because being a parent is easier said that done, you see



  1. I so needed this prayer earlier today lol. My daughter was home from school with allergies and I forgot how much my patience is tested!!!!!!!!!! Being a parent is not easy and it is actually one of the hardest jobs I have ever done in my life, but it is definitely the most rewarding!

  2. Yup, I think that pretty much covers every parenting eventuality. I may memorise this as I had to memorise The Lord’s Prayer at school. Just in case…!

  3. This sums up parenting, especially the noise control right now. There’s no volume level with toddlers, it’s loud or louder

  4. The perfect prayer for parents everywhere – especially about getting them to eat the food we cook and go to bed! I love the reminder that our children are a gift but whilst acknowledging that patience alone sometimes is just not enough. Brilliant post. #coolmumclub

  5. Yup, that sounds about right – especially the bit about wine and cake, which I indulge in far too much these days! #coolmumclub

  6. Amen!

    PS; My child has just sneezed what can only be described as “half a pint of snot” into his Dairylea Dunkers and then continued dunking. I need to go and wash my eyes with soap. Please pray for me!

    Amazing post lovely x

  7. Brilliant parent prayer. Yesterday my prayer was something like this…

    And when my children are full of vomit
    Spare the sofa please, no sick on it

    It didn’t work :-/


  8. Oh yes, this sums it up very nicely. I would love my children to go to bed easily so I can rest my weary head 🙂 #bloggerclubuk

  9. This is AWESOME! Loved it loved it loved it! But I have to ask does this come with a 100% warranty? #coolmumclub

  10. This is brilliant 🙂 I can relate to all of this at the moment. In the last couple of weeks Monkey seems to have had his volume control broken! As for wine and cake, no wine on the pregnancy front for me at the moment but lots of cake… 🙂 Thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUK hope to see you again next week xx

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