Inspirational Quotations on Parenting and Children

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In every child who is born, no matter what circumstances, and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again: and in him, too, once more, and of each of us, our terrific responsibility toward human life; toward the utmost idea of goodness, of the horror of terror, and of God.

James Agee (1909-55), American writer


Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.

What good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is usually best after all.

Perhaps a child who is fussed over gets a feeling of destiny, he thinks he is in the world for something important and it gives him drive and confidence.

Benjamin McLane Spock (b. 1903), American pediatrician


A babe is fed with milk and praise

Charles and Mary Lamb. The First Tooth


If I hadn't had my children, I wouldn't have written more and better, I would have written less and worse.

Margaret Laurence. Quoted by Jay Scott in Chatelaine, Oct 1989


Each of us owes it to our spouse, our children, our friends, to be as happy as we can be. And if you don't believe me, ask a child what it's like to grow up with an unhappy parent, or ask parents what they suffer if they have an unhappy child.

Dennis Prager, Happiness is a Serious Problem


The oak sleeps in the acorn.

James Allen


The hardest part of raising children is teaching them to ride bicycles. A father can run beside the bicycle or stand yelling directions while the child falls. A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom. The realization that this is what the child will always need can hit hard.

Sloan Wilson


Parents are wise to overlook seemingly disrespectful outbursts from time to time . . . The point must get across the idea that "I love you always, but sometimes I do not love your behavior.

Amy Vanderbilt


In raising my children, I have lost my mind but found my soul.

Lisa T. Shepherd


To show a child what once delighted you, to find the child's delight added to your own -- this is happiness.

John Boynton Priestley (1894-1984) English author


It was the policy of the good old gentleman to make his
children feel that home was the happiest place in the world; and I value this delicious homefeeling as one of the choicest gifts a parent can bestow

Washington Irving


Oh! To be a child again. My only treasures, bits of shell and stone and glass. To love nothing but maple sugar. To fear nothing but a big dog. To go to sleep without dreading the morrow. To wake up with a shout. Not to have seen a dead face. Not to dread a living one. To be able to *believe*.

Fanny Fern, Ginger-Snaps (1870)


The most important seed I can sow in this life is my children, and the love and knowledge that I can bestow upon them and the help I can give them.

Steven Seagal


My greatest accomplishment, and my greatest pride and joy are my children. They truly are my greatest success. They have inspired me in all aspects of my life.

Catherine Pulsifer


If you talk to your children, you can help them to keep their lives together. If you talk to them skillfully, you can help them to build future dreams.

Jim Rohn 

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