“You can learn many things from your children…how much patience you have, for instance.”
–Franklin P. Jones
“If it was going to be easy to raise kids, it never would have started with something called labor.”
“The best combination of parents consists of a father who is gentle beneath his firmness, and a mother, who is firm beneath her gentleness.”
-Sydney J. Harris
“A very rich person should leave his kids enough to do anything but not enough to do nothing.”
“Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories.”
“As parents, we guide by our unspoken example. It is only when we’re talking to them that our kids aren’t listening.”
-Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
“Mother Nature is wonderful. Children get too old for piggy-back rides just about the same time they get too heavy for them.”
“The guys who fear becoming fathers don’t understand that fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man. The end product of child raising is not the child but the parent.”
~Frank Pittman, Man Enough
“Insanity is hereditary – you get it from your kids.”
“It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.”
~Colette, My Mother’s House, 1922
“Conspicuously absent from the Ten Commandments is any obligation of parent to child. We must suppose that God felt it unnecessary to command by law what He had ensured by love.”
“Parenthood is a lot easier to get into than out of.”
“When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.”
“Your children vividly remember every unkind thing you ever did to them, plus a few you really didn’t.”
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966
“Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he’s buying.”
~Fran Lebowitz, Social Studies
“If your kids are giving you a headache, follow the directions on the aspirin bottle, especially the part that says “keep away from children.” ~Susan Savannah
“What’s done to children, they will do to society.”
“If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example.”
~George Bernard Shaw
“The trouble with being a parent is that by the time you are experienced, you are unemployed.”
I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I’d finger-paint more, and point the finger less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.
I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I’d do more hugging and less tugging.
~Diane Loomans, from “If I Had My Child To Raise Over Again”
“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother, and the most important thing a mother can do for her children is to love their father.”
“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.”
“If your baby is beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time, you’re the grandma.” Theresa Bloomingdale
“A father is someone who carries pictures where his money used to be.”
“Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.”
Children Learn What They Live – Dorothy Law Neite
If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child learns to feel shame, he learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement he learns confidence
If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
He a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world.
“Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.”
– H. Jackson Brown
“It is one thing to show your child the way, and a harder thing to then stand out of it.”
– Robert Brault
“Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.”
– Gary Smalley
“Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to drain it dry.”
– Alvin Price
“Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn’t have anything to do with it.”
“It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t.”
~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
“Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children. ”
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966
“If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.”
~C.G. Jung, Integration of the Personality, 1939
“Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy. ”
-Robert A. Heinlein
“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.”
“Simply having children does not make mothers.”
-John A. Shedd
“Although there are many trial marriages… there is no such thing as a trial child.”
“Children have more need of models than of critics.”
~Carolyn Coats, Things Your Dad Always Told You But You Didn’t Want to Hear
“A parent’s love is whole no matter how many times divided.”
“What a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give.”
~P.D. James, Time to Be in Earnest
“If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.”
“A parent who has never apologized to his children is a monster. If he’s always apologizing, his children are monsters.” ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966
Kids spell love T-I-M-E.