Quotes on Children and Parenting
Opinionated quotations from the famous and not-so-famous.
Having children makes one no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.
I bet I would have been a lot calmer and less 'crazy' as a teen if I would have been taking a B complex every day.
Duane Alan Hahn
The brain has the consistency of soft butter, custard, tofu—somewhere between egg whites and JELL-O. That's why we shouldn't let children hit soccer balls with their head, and football is a dangerous brain sport, as boxing is, obviously.
Daniel G. Amen, M.D. (from The Early Show on CBS, October 11, 2005)
You want to be a parent? Shut up and do your job.
'Dr. Robert Romano' from E.R. (Oct. 18, 2001)
Most of us became parents long before we have stopped being children.
Adults find pleasure in deceiving a child. They consider it necessary, but they also enjoy it. The children very quickly figure it out and then practice deception themselves.
Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children.
Parents are not quite interested in justice, they are interested in quiet.
The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.
We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
We inevitably doom our children to failure and frustration when we try to set their goals for them.
Dr. Jess Lair
The fundamental defect with fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.
Children should be led into the right paths, not by severity, but by persuasion.
The pressures of being a parent are equal to any pressure on earth. To be a conscious parent, and really look to that little being's mental and physical health, is a responsibility which most of us, including me, avoid most of the time because it's too hard.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
Abraham H. Maslow
Train the parent and spare the child.
Duane Alan Hahn
Children need models rather than critics.
Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.
Lady Bird Johnson
A torn jacket is soon mended, but hard words bruise the heart of a child.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Alas, regardless of their doom, the little victims play! No sense have they of ills to come nor care beyond today.
What is done to children, they will do to society.
Karl A. Menninger
Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.
Harold S. Hubert
Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.
To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself.
Your children will see what you're all about by what you live rather than what you say.
Dr. Wayne Dyer
Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.
Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next.
Franklin P. Jones
Children need guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.
The best way to make children good is to make them happy.
Many things can wait; the child cannot. Now is the time his bones are being formed, his mind is being developed. To him we cannot say tomorrow; his name is today.
The first duty to children is to make them happy. If you have not made them so, you have wronged them. No other good they may get can make up for that.
You are the bows from which your children, as living arrows, are sent forth.
Love gives all and requires nothing.
God from Conversations with God (Book 2) through Neale Donald Walsch
I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
Harry S. Truman
Listen to the desires of your children. Encourage them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision.
The best training any parent can give a child is to train the child to train himself.
A. P. Gouthey
To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.
Jean Jacques Rousseau
The worst fault of the working classes is telling their children they're not going to succeed, saying: ''There is life, but it's not for you.''
One must marvel at the intellectual quality of a teacher who can't understand why children assault one another in the hallway, playground, and city street, when in the classroom the highest accolades are reserved for those who have beaten their peers. In many subtle and some not so subtle ways, teachers demonstrate that what children learn means much less than that they triumph over their classmates. Is this not assault? Classroom defeat is only the pebble that creates widening ripples of hostility. It is self-perpetuating. It is reinforced by peer censure, parental disapproval, and loss of self-concept. If the classroom is a model, and if that classroom models competition, assault in the hallways should surprise no one.
Joseph Wax (adapted)
Children are living jewels dropped unsustained from heaven.
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