You don't have to be religious or believe in God to pray for your children, Dr. Robin says. She discusses the importance of sending your children good wishes no matter what your religious beliefs may be.
Every parent wants his child to be protected and to stay safe, Dr. Robin says. "If you really understand what prayer is, it's a form of communication, it's a request," she says. By praying for your child, you are asking nature, the environment or whatever higher power you believe in to care for her and to send good people into her life. "All you have to do is be a parent who wants their child to be watched over by whatever force of nature or power is available," she says.
When your kids go out the door, give them a blessing by saying, "I wish you a good day." Dr. Robin says this wish is a covering that you are placing over your children, just like a blanket, to help protect them. "This isn't to frighten your children," she says. "This is to remind them and you that before they leave your physical space, that you are sending them away from you with a good wish, with good will."