I am a parent.
My children shall be my first concern in life.
I shall see that they have plenty of good food, healthful exercise, recreation, and sleep, and opportunities to learn that which is worth learning.
I shall raise them to be upright and honest, to be fair in their games, to be friendly with other children, and to be respectful to older people.
I shall teach them that school is their way of life, that their teacher is their friend, their lessons are their work.
I shall raise them to live their own lives, sympathize with them in troubles, help them with their problems, and rejoice with them in their successes.
I shall teach them to love their flag, to be true to their country, and to promote the common good.
I shall teach them that the Sacred Volume is the greatest book that has ever been written.
I shall pray for them always.
For I am a parent.
by Milford E. Shields: as published in Monta H. Crane and Selma Shepherd Downey, compilers: “Sunshine and Shadows” (1973), ‘Book II - Scattered Sunshine, Family and Home,’ page 181