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Parental Dedication and Naming Ceremonies
Parental Commitment Ceremony
Pj and Parker with their proud parents and godparents on the occasion of their parental dedication.

Honor Thy Children

Aren't those the coolest kids you ever saw?

Actually, I mean the four big ones in the back row. And what makes them cool is that as parents and godparents they have committed themselves to the healthy and happy upbringing of their children, the newest members of our community- Parker and Pj.

I'll bet heavy on those two boys. I'll bet heavy because their parents are showing- right now- where their priorities are. They have made a commitment, not only to their children, but to themselves and to their families attending. That commitment is to raise their boys with an unconditional support for their health and well-being. Churchill said responsibility is the price of greatness. It is also the prime mover in successful parenting.

I help parents of all backgrounds take the first step toward successful parenting- that of making a public commitment to do so.

Many parents will do this as a Naming Ceremony within days of their child's birth. Others choose to wait for their children to become old enough to understand the Parental Commitment being made to them.

Please use the Contact Page to describe your family's needs regarding this ceremony. I'll reply back to you my suggestions on how we might proceed.


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