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Inspirational Quotations on Parenting
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We've had bad luck with children - they've all grown up.
Christopher Morley

trans20.gif (837 bytes) The first duty to children is to make them happy, If you have not made them so, you have wronged them, No other good they may get can make up for that.
Charles Buxton
trans20.gif (837 bytes) Parenting is an awesome task. It is my job as a professional to be sure that mothers, fathers and entire families see it also as the most rewarding one they have ever undertaken.
Ruth W. Lubic
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Life, love, and laughter -- what priceless gifts to give our children.
Phyllis Dryden
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A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase.

Father asked us what was God's noblest work. Anna said men, but I said babies. Men are often bad; babies never are.
Louisa May Alcott

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The best way to make children good is to make them happy.
Oscar Wilde

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Everyone alters and is altered by everyone else. We are all the time taking in portions of one another or else reacting against them, and by these involuntary acquisitions and repulsions modifying our natures.
Gerald Brenan

trans20.gif (837 bytes) The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.
Orlando A. Battista

If you can't hold children in your arms, please hold them in your heart.
Mother Clara Hale
trans20.gif (837 bytes) Stop trying to perfect your child, but keep trying to perfect your relationship with him.
Dr. Henker
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If a man leaves little children behind him, it is as if he did not die.
Moroccan Proverb
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Christopher Morley (1890-1966)was a Rhodes Scholar, novelist,
and poet. He married Helen Fairchild with whom he had 4 children.
He was one of the founders of The Saturday Review of Literature
and edited some editions of Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. He was
a great fan of Arthur Conan Doyle and helped found a group of
fanatical followers of Sherlock Holmes. His novel, Kitty Foyle, which
was published in 1939 became a bestseller and was made into a
movie that won an Academy Award for Ginger Rogers.

Portrait of Christopher Morley by W.A. Probst
Photo by W.A. Probst

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) was the second of Amos Bronson
Alcott who was was well known for controversial teaching methods
that relied upon student involvement and the belief that learning
should be enjoyable. In 1840 the family moved to Concord where,
Ralph Waldo Emerson, a family friend helped them set up residence.
Her sisters and her acted out plays which she had written. Louisa
was educated by her father and helped earn money for the family
by teaching little children and doing laundry.
    In 1855, her first book, Flower Fables was published. A year later,
however, tragedy struck the family when Louisa's little sister Lizzie
died of scarlet fever. In 1862 she became a Civil War Nurse and like
many nurses, contracted typhoid fever. Her book, Hospital Sketches,
published in 1863, is based on letters she wrote home while a nurse.
Little Women, published in 1868, was an instant success. Later she
became an active suffragette who wrote for "The Woman's Journal"
and went door to door encouraging women to register to vote. Her
sister, Abba, passed away in 1877.
   In 1879 her sister, May, died a month after giving birth to Louisa
May Nieriker. Her sister May's dying wish was that Louisa take care of
her namesake. In 1880 the two moved to Boston. Louisa, as therapy
for the typhoid fever contracted as a nurse, had received mercury.
The resultant mercury poisoning took its toll and Louisa passed away
in 1888 two days after her father had died.

Portrait of Louisa May Alcott

Clara McBride Hale (1905-1992) "Mother Hale" was orphaned at when
16 and raised by relatives until she married. When 27 her husband died
leaving her a single parent of 2 children. In order to stay close to her
children and earn a living, she looked after her neighbors' children for 2
dollars a week. Caring for children turned out to be a life-long career.
     She became a foster parent who housed over 40 children. When 65
she, with her daughter Lorraine's persuasion, took over the care of a
drug-addicted woman's child so the woman could seek treatment. By the
end of that year, 22 drug-addicted babies were in her brownstone home.
She sought financial help from three biological children, Lorraine, Nathan,
and Kenneth. In 1975 her house became a licensed voluntary childcare
agency (Hale House) ;the only black voluntary agency in the USA at the
time. She cared for over 500 children during her years at Hale House. Her
daughter Lorraine took over Hale House in 1992 after her mother died.

Portrait of 'Mother Hale'