Quotations with a Perspective on Parenting and Children
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When children learn how to assert their own needs and opinions without trampling on the rights of other people, when they learn to express their angry feelings without losing control or hurting other people, they have mastered skills that enhance their lives and the life of the community.

Rose Griep


The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.

Robert Maynard Hutchins


Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.

Gaim Ginott


The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.

Fred Astaire


Like its politicians and its wars, society has the teenagers it deserves.

J.B. Priestley


Feel the dignity of a child, do not feel superior to him, for you are not.

Robert Henri (American Artist; see images of paintings)


Cherishing children is the mark of a civilized society.

Joan Ganz Cooney

The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.

Gijsbert van Hall, The mayor of Amsterdam, attributed this to Socrates, but there's no evidence that Socrates ever said this


Great oaks from little acorns grow.



That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in the next.

John Stuart Mill


The founding fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called education. School is where you go between when your parents can't take you and industry can't take you.

John Hoyer Updike (b. 1932), American writer


Man may teach by doing and not otherwise.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


We changed with the times, so we can't blame the children for just joining the times without even having to change.

Will Rogers


Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.

Lady Bird Johnson


Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home.

Bill Cosby


Few parents nowadays, pay any regard to what their children say to them. The old fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out.

Oscar Wilde


Human beings fashion the childhood their culture needs.

Kay S Hymowitz, Ready or Not


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