Loving Father, you have entrusted our children to us to bring them up for you, and prepare for the everlasting life. Assist us with your grace, that we may fulfil this sacred duty with competence and love. Teach us what to give and what to withhold. Show us when to reprove, when to praise and when to be silent. Make us gentle and considerate, yet firm and watchful. Keep us from the weakness of indulgence and the excess of severity. Give us the courage to be disliked sometimes by our children when we must do necessary things which are displeasing to them. Give us the imagination to enter their world in order to understand and guide them. Grant us the virtues we need to lead them by word and example.