Candid Quotations on Parenting and Children
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America is the least family- and child-oriented country in the world.

TJ Brazelton


It is the malady of our age that the young are so busy teaching us that they have no time left to learn.

Eric Hoffer


Delusions are often functional. A mother's opinions about her children's beauty, intelligence, goodness, et cetera ad nauseum, keep her from drowning them at birth.

Lazarus Long


They who provide much wealth for their children, but neglect to improve them in virtue, do like those who feed their horses high, but never train them to the manage.



American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's license age than at voting age.

Marshall McLuhan  Understanding Media


What maintains one vice, would bring up two children. Remember, many a little makes a mickle; and farther, beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.

Benjamin Franklin


Americans, indeed, often seem to be so overwhelmed by their children that they'll do anything for them except stay married to the co-producer.

Katharine Whitehorn


When you talk to young girls these days about their role models, very few mention a chemist like Madame Curie, or an astrophysicist and astronaut like Sally Ride, or a zoologist like Jane Goodall. Instead, they look to someone like Madonna, whose inspiring achievement in life is to parade around in her underwear while proclaiming herself to be a "material girl." And people wonder why the country's in trouble.

Wynetka Ann Reynolds


It's a sad moment, really, when parents first become a bit frightened of their children.

Ama Ata Aidoo


Strange new problems are being reported in the growing generations of children whose mothers were always there, driving them around, helping them with their homework --an inability to endure pain or discipline or pursue any self-sustained goal of any sort, a devastating boredom with life.

Betty Friedan


We have all heard of Young America. He is the most current youth of the age. Some think him conceited, and arrogant; but has he not reason to entertain a rather extensive opinion of himself? Is he not the inventor and owner of the present, and sole hope of the future?

Abraham Lincoln


The parent is low, who having children, truly feels bored.

Jean Paul


There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents.

Leon R. Yankwich


Winning children (who appear so guileless) are children who have discovered how effective charm and modesty and a delicately calculated spontaneity are in winning what they want.

Thornton Wilder


Adorable children are considered to be the general property of the human race. Rude children belong to their parents.

Judith Martin


The baker's child goes hungry.

Turkish proverb


In the country both boys and girls do a substantial share of farm labor. This is why it is necessary to coerce poor parents to send their children to school, though in the relatively small class which keeps plenty of servants it is impossible to induce parents to keep their children at home instead of paying schoolmasters to take them off their hands.

George Bernard Shaw


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