“Child, give me your hand that I may walk in the light of your faith in me.”
As infants, our children rely upon us for everything. As they grow, they look to us for guidance. Their faces alight to see us if we have been gone for even a short amount of time, and when they are hurt, they run to us for help. Their focus is on us, and as parents, that gives us not only great power but also great responsibility. Our words, as the people they place their absolute trust in and expect to be able to count on, hold a great power for our children: the power to build and energize them or to frighten and devastate them. Their light is something to be treasured and nurtured rather than crushed by ill chosen words.