Quotations with a Perspective on Parenting and
Hesiod, Eighth Century B.C
A boy must hold his tongue among his elders. . . . Greed was abhorred, it was taboo to snatch Radish tops, aniseed, or parsley before your elders, Or to nibble kickshaws and giggle and twine one's feet. . . . So, you shall learn to hate the Agora, And shun the baths and feel ashamed of smut; . . . And to get up and give your seat to your elders, And not to behave towards your parents rudely.
The purpose of raising children is simply to help them out of our lives into successful lives of their own
The secure child has no compulsion to misbehave, no neurotic need to attract attention for the mere sake of attention. He is secure not only because his parents love him, but also because they discipline him well.
We all have troubles, great or small, and we all take them out on our children to some degree.
Meanwhile, changes in society -- above all, a rising divorce rate, a phenomenal increase in the number of working mothers, the takeover of the home by television -- have created a world that is inimical to children.
Joan Acocella's review of "Raising America: Experts, parents, and a century of Advice about Children. in the New Yorker
I learned [as a youth] that when I defended my rights by open rebellion my father relented, but
when I remained meek and submissive he only cursed
Mao Tse-Tung in Edgar Snow's _Red Star Over China_ ,
In many ways we live in an antichild culture. I recognize it because when we travel to other countries, more child-friendly places, the difference is amazing. In countries where the birth rate is high, there are simply more children around. They play in the road, they accompany their parents everywhere, and no one seems to make a fuss that children are about. They are part of life, part of what adults do--have and raise children. But in Western culture, children are the
I think all of those good things about the sixties, all of that energy and ambition and revolution made us self-centered. I think for all the talk about doing things for community and changing the world, we are pretty self-centered people. Those of us who thought about career, who invested in career, that’s taken time away that from other generations of women would have given to
Childcare is one of the most important issues facing this country today. The working mother has to take her child to a nanny. The nanny has to take her child to a babysitter. The babysitter has to take her child to daycare. On the count of three, I want everybody to take care of their own damn kids!
Chris Rock in the movie "Head of State"
The following is from a
converstation between a boy, "Ares" and his
By nominating candidates for positions on the U.S. Supreme Court who
You don't have to suffer to be a poet: Adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
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