Candid Quotations on Parenting and Children
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As the authority of parents wanes, preteens are falling under the sway of peer groups and marketers. The disquieting result: “hip” and “sexy” ten-year-olds.

Kay S. Hymowitz in Tweens: Ten Going On Sixteen

 

The United States in the 1980s may be the first society in history in which children are distinctly worse off than adults.

Daniel P Moynihan, US Senator

 

Parents are prone to give their children everything except the one thing they need the most. That is time: time for listening, time for understanding, time for helping and time for guiding. It sounds simple but in reality it is the most difficult, and the most sacrificial task of parenthood.

Emma K Hubburt

 

There are no illegitimate children,only illegitimate parents.

Edna Gladney

 

Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.

Lazarus Long

 

A society in which adults are estranged from the world of children, and often from their own childhood, tends to hear children's speech only as a foreign language, or as a lie. Children have been treated. as congenital fibbers, fakers and fantasisers.

Beatrix Campbell

 

If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.

J.D. Salinger, Opening Line Of The Catcher In The Rye

 

In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.

Oscar Wilde

 

In every dispute between parent and child, both cannot be right, but they may be, and usually are, both wrong. It is this situation which gives family life its peculiar hysterical charm.

Isaac Rosenfeld

 

How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.

Alexandre Dumas

 

No child is born with a really cold heart, and it is only in proportion as we lose that youthful heart that we lose the inner warmth in ourselves.

Lin Yutang

 

Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave When they think their children are naive.

Ogden Nash

 

If we truly cared about our children and future generations, instead of demagoging about them, we'd worry more about saving liberty than saving Social Security.

Walter Williams

 

Parents are not quite interested in justice, they are interested in quiet.

Bill Cosby

 

If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

 

The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.

Edward, Duke of Windsor

 

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