Inspirational Quotations on Parenting and Children
Parents need to fill a child's bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can't poke holes in it to drain it dry.
In early childhood you may lay the foundation of poverty or riches, industry or idleness, good or evil, by the habits to which you train your children. Teach them right habits then, and their future life is safe.
How can the child find out what he is without the help of his parents and teachers? The child will find out about himself if the environment in which he lives helps him to do so. If the parents and teachers are really concerned that the young person should discover what he is, they won't compel him; they will create an environment in which he will come to know himself.
When a child asks for guidance, throw as much light as possible and allow the child to decide. The effort should be to encourage the child to find out. The child should be given the three L's: Love, Light, Liberty. Liberty is the most important of the three because adults generally impose themselves on the child and do not allow him/her to grow. The teacher or parent should never impose him/herself on the child or try to make him/her conform. The should should not be made a robot. Do not be afraid of the child making a mistake. It is only when you commit a mistake that you come into contact with reality.
As a divorced heterosexual man who was reared by a black nanny and has been a single parent, I am convinced that consistency, not gender, is the key to parenting; it is what allows the child to form strong attachments to the world and to grow secure in himself.
John Lahr "Baby hunger" in The New Yorker, June 10, 2002
We need to give children a lot of sunshine
when they are young. They are going to need it later.
For just as you and your children desire heaven, so should you raise your children yourselves, since no one owes it to them as much as you.
Hugo von Trimberg
Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit.
I believe the child should be taught from the very first that the whole world is his world, that adult and child share one world, that all generations are needed.
Pearl S. Buck
We shall never learn to feel and respect our real calling and destiny unless we...consider every thing as moonshine compared with the education of the heart.
Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
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