QUOTES: ON PARENTING

“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.”
–Author Unknown

“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.”
-Warren Buffett

“Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories.”
-John Wilmot

“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.”
-Author Unknown

“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.”
~Sam Levenson

“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.”
~Robert Brault

“Parenthood is a lot easier to get into than out of.”
~Bruce Lansky

“When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.”
~The Talmud

“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.”
~Karl Menninger

“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.”
~Author Unknown

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.”
-Lion

“Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.”
-Lin Yutang

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.”
-Haim Ginott

“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.”
-Roger Lewin

“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.”
~Gail Sheehy

“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.”
~Robert Brault,

“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.”
~Haim Ginott

“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.
~John Crudele

 

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QUOTES: ON MISTAKES

“Learn from the mistake of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”

“An error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.”

 Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error.”
-Marcus Tullus

“Don’t be afraid to admit you were wrong. It’s like saying you’re wiser today than you were yesterday.”

“Admitting your mistakes is not a sign of your weakness but a sign of maturity.”

QUOTES: ON LOVE

“People say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. The truth is, you knew exactly what you had, you just never thought you’d lose it.” –antiSerphres

“Like muscles, the more you use your heart, the more it develops! So spread your love, people!”
-Paula Peralejo

“Hi kid! You know why you have a succesful marriage? It’s because you’re always inlove with the same person.”

“There was no point in squabbling over the inheritance: love was enough.”
– Hoki, Henry Miller’s ex-wife

“A true man does not promise, he commits. A true lady does not demand, she thanks.”
-Amanda Adriani

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.”
–Pooh

 “Mom can speak her mind, and so could dad. But it was grounded; they knew they belonged together, and that was more important than anything in life.” – The Undomestic Goddess, Sophie Kinsella

“Relationships are like sharing a book, it doesn’t work if you’re not on the same page.”
–Anon

 “A great relationship is about two main things. First, find out the similarities. Second, respect the differences.”
– antiserphes

“There’s always some truth behind Just Kidding, knowledge behind I don’t know, emotion behind I don’t care and pain behind It’s Okay.
–Unknown

“It’s true that we don’t know what we’ve got until we lose it, but it’s also true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing till it arrives.”

“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”
-Mother Teresa

“Women don’t know what they want. Men don’t know what they have.”
– via twitter

QUOTES: ON LETTING GO

“It’s not what we hold in our hands that is ours, but what’s left after we open our hands and let go.”
-Author Unknown

“Nothing can drag you down if you’re not holding on to it.”
-Tony Robbins

“If you wish to travel far and fast, TRAVEL LIGHT. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.”
-Cesare Pavese

 “You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.”
 -Paulo Coelho

“Your hurt may have harmed you, but it doesn’t have to destroy you.”

“Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness. Laugh when you can, apologize when you should, and let go of what you can’t change.”

 What one thing should you eliminate from your life because it holds you back from reaching your potential?

 “The past cannot be changed, forgotten, edited, or erased. It can only be accepted.”

QUOTES: ON JUDGMENT

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
–Mother Teresa

“I have a dream…live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
-Martin Luther King, Jr, I Have A Dream

“Rule #1:  Use your good judgment in all situations.  There will be no additional rules.”
Nordstrom’s Employee Handbook

“We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. “
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Kavanagh, 1849

“If your mind isn’t open, keep your mouth shut too.”
-Sue Grafton

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” – Isaac Asimov

“Judge Yourself. That is the most difficult thing to do.”
– The Little Prince

“Let the refining and improving of your own life be so busy that you have little time to criticize others.”
–Molo

 “You may be amused by the mistakes or misfortunes of others. But, this does not entitle you to degrade their entire character or make conclusions about their whole person.”
– Former UP College of Law Dean Leonen

“They’re going to judge you regardless, so might as well let them judge you for who you really are.”

“Judging a person doesn’t define who s/he is. It defines who you are.”

QUOTES: ON HEALTH

“The major advantage of illness is that it provides relief from responsibility.”
-Gordon Livingston

“Mental health requires freedom of choice.”
-Gordon Livingston

“Drive carefully. Why die in perfect health?”

All of the bad four letter words, DIET is the worst.
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

The greatest physician in the world is OPTIMISM.
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

After being on a diet for 2 weeks, all I lose is 14 days.
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

“Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.”
-Earl of Derby

QUOTES: ON HABIT

“Habit is not a need.”
-Author Unknown

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.”
-Aristotle

“Habits change into character.”
-Ovid

“Motivation is what gets your started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

 “We first form habits; then habits form us.”
–John Maxwell

“Good habits are just as hard to break as bad habits.”
-Live, Learn and Pass It On

 “Do something everyday that you don’t want to do. This is the golden rule of acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.”
-Mark Twain

QUOTES: ON GENDER EQUALITY

“Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.” – Margaret Mead, anthropologist

“It’s sad that in this world, people would rather see two men holding guns, killing each other, than to see two men, holding hands, loving one another.”

“All this talk about equality, the only thing people really have in common is that they’re all going to die.”
-Bob Dylan

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
-Maya Angelou