Quotations on Mothering and Grandmothering
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The more people have studied different  methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all.

Benjamin Spock


A mother's children are portraits of herself.


Soon I will be an old, white-haired lady, into whose lap someone places a baby, saying, "Smile, Grandma!" I, who myself so recently was photographed on my grandmother's lap.

Liv Ullmann


If nothing is going well, call your grandmother.

Italian Proverb


I tell you the story because I was raised the Chinese way. I was taught to desire nothing, to swallow other people's misery, and to eat my own bitterness. And even though I taught my daughter the opposite, still she came out the same way. Maybe it is because she was born to me and she was born a girl, and I was born to my mother and I was born a girl, all of us like stairs, one step after another, going up, going down, but always going the same way. No, this cannot be, this not knowing what you're worth, this not begin with you. My mother not know her worth until too late--too late for her, but not for me. Now we will see if not too late for you, hm?

Amy Tan "Joy Luck Club"


All women become their mothers. That is their tragedy. Men never do. That is theirs.

Oscar Wilde


Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.

Alex Haley


A lady of 47 who has been married 27 years and has 6 children knows what love really is and once described it for me like this: “Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.”

James Thurber


I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere.

James Thurber


I don't care what doctors say, I believe it is best for the mother and child to be together....These new mothers are losing two of the greatest blessings that God gave mothers--the pleasure of sleeping with the child and letting it nurse. A closeness that cannot be understood unless you have experienced it. How can you expect to hold on to them later in life if you begin their lives by pushing them away?

Verma Mae Slone in "Common Folks"


The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.

Calvin Trillin


There are three degrees of filial piety. The highest is being a credit to our parents, the second is not disgracing them; the lowest is being able simply to support them.



A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.

Dorothy Fisher


The great high of winning Wimbledon lasts for about a week. You go down in the record book, but you don't have anything tangible to hold on to. But having a baby -- there isn't any comparison.

Chris Evert Lloyd


God could not be everywhere, and therefore he created mothers.

Jewish proverb


Spoil your husband, but don’t spoil your children—that’s my philosophy.

Louise Sevier Giddings Currey : On being chosen Mother of the Year, 1961


The phrase 'working mother' is redundant.

Jane Sellman


The child of a tiger is a tiger.

Haitian proverb


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