All that said, I will say again: I believe that prayer is every parent's first and most powerful parenting tool. This is true with infants. Prayer is definitely what got me through leaving my oldest alone in her room for an entire night for the first time! (Dear Lord, You know I'm tired. I can't stay awake all night. But praises to You, Lord! You never sleep. Keep watch over my little one all night long. Amen) Prayer is my only defense against losing my temper when my children prove how exceptional they are at whining and fighting (usually in some terribly public place!). And though I haven't experienced it yet, what defense is there but prayer against the worry of letting your little one (even if they are 16) drive off alone?
I do believe that prayer is a most powerful tool, yet I often forget to pray for my children. It is an exercise that must be very deliberate. Lord, hold our children in Your mighty hand. Guide them in the paths that You choose. And please, Lord, let us as parents, remember to pray for our little ones.