Almighty God, fill us with wisdom, understanding and patience to accept and love our children as they are. Let them know that we appreciate the struggle they are making toward maturity. Let each of us listen to them when they need a listener. Give us a sense of hope and humor so that we bend and do not break under the stress. Finally, give us the insight to know when our work is done and the courage to let our children go and do their work. This we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.