Create Your Own Naming/Welcoming Ceremony

To help you begin to create your own personal naming/welcoming ceremony text we offer the following for thought:

Robert Green Ingersoll regarding children --

"I tell you children have the same rights that we have, and we ought to treat them as though they were human beings. They should be reared with love and kindness, with tenderness, and not with brutality. 

"Do not treat your children like orthodox posts to be set in a row. Treat them like trees that need light and sun and air. Be fair and honest with them; give them a chance. Recollect that their rights are equal to yours. Do not have it in your mind that you must govern them; that they must obey. Throw away forever the idea of master and slave.

"We must educate the children, rescue them from ignorance and crime. Schoolhouses are the really temples and teachers are the true priests. Let us develop the brain, civilize the heart, and give wings to the imagination.  

"Teach your children the facts that you know. If you do not know, say so. Be as honest as you are ignorant. Do all you can to develop their minds to the end that they may live useful, happy lives. Teach them the world is natural. Teach them to be absolutely honest. Do not send them where they will contract diseases of the mind -- the leprosy of the soul. Let us do all we can to make them intelligent.

"The whip degrades; a severe father teaches his children to dissemble; their love is pretense, and their obedience a species of self-defense. Fear is the father of lies.

"All children should be the children of love. All that are born should be sincerely welcomed."