Inspirational Quotations on Parenting and Children

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"Sweet are the sounds of the flute and the lute," say those who have not heard the prattle of their own children.

Tirukural

 

The laughter of a child is the light of a house

African Proverb

 

Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see Beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see Beauty never grows old.

Frank Kafka

 

An aware parent loves all children he or she meets and interacts with—for you are a caretaker for those moments in time.

Doc Childre, A Parenting Manual

 

For only as we ourselves, as adults, actually move and have our being in the state of love, can we be appropriate models and guides for our children. What we are teaches the child far more than what we say, so we must be what we want our children to become.

Joseph Chilton Pearce, Teaching Children to Love

 

As adults, we must ask more of our children than they know how to ask of themselves. What can we do to foster their open-hearted hopefulness, engage their need to collaborate, be an incentive to utilize their natural competency and compassion...show them ways they can connect, reach out, weave themselves into the web of relationships that is called community.

Dawna Markova

 

The character and history of each child may be a new and poetic experience to the parent, if he will let it.

Margaret Fuller

 

Little girls are the nicest things that happen to people. They are born with a little bit of angelshine about them, and though it wears thin sometimes there is always enough left to lasso your heart-even when they are sitting in the mud, or crying temperamental tears, or parading up the street in mother's best clothes.

Alan Marshall Beck

 

The educating of the parents is really the education of the child: children tend to live what is unlived in the parents, so it is vital that parents should be aware of their inferior, their dark side, and should press on getting to know themselves.

Laurens Van der Post

 

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.

Angela Schwindt

 

Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes to society.

Daniel Webster (1782-1852), American politician

 

The essence of our effort to see that every child has a chance must be to assure each an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different-to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses.

John Martin Fischer (b. 1952),
Dean, Teachers College, Columbia University

 

We live at the level of our language. Whatever we can articulate we can imagine or explore. All you have to do to educate a child is leave him alone and teach him to read. The rest is brainwashing.

Ellen Gilcrist

 

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