Quotations with a Perspective on Parenting and Children
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There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience.

Anatole Broyard

 

People who get nostalgic about childhood were obviously never children.

Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

 

It is not giving children more that spoils them; it is giving them more to avoid confrontation.

John Gray, "Children Are From Heaven"

 

Be gentle with the young.

Juvenal (55- 130 AD)

 

Children might or might not be a blessing, but to create them and then fail them was surely damnation.

Lois McMaster Bujold, "Barrayar", 1991

 

child, though I am meant to teach you much,
what is it, in the end,
except that together we are
meant to be children
of the same Father,
and I must unlearn
all the adult structure
and the cumbering years
and you must teach me
to look at the earth and the heaven
with your fresh wonder.

Jane Tyson Clement

 

Don't worry that your children never listen to you. Worry that they are always watching you.

Robert Fulghum

 

I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me.

Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy [1760], Book I

 

I long to put the experience of fifty years at once into your young lives, to give you at once the key to that treasure chamber every gem of which has cost me tears and struggles and prayers, but you must work for these inward treasures yourselves.

Harriet Beecher Stowe, letter to her twin daughters

 

Raising children with an emphasis on intrinsic rewards is not a technique, a method or a trick to get them to do what the parent wants them to by subtler means, but a way of life, a way of living with children with real respect for their intelligence and for their being.

Mary Van Doren

 

When people ask me what to do, I tell them to just give the child all the love that they can. Don't worry so much about anything else. And when it comes to discipline: never, never physically assault the child in any way, and certainly don't assault them with words, which can be just as cruel as physical punishment.

Ashley Montagu

 

That energy which makes a child hard to manage is the energy which afterwards makes him a manager of life.

Henry Ward Beecher

 

How often do parents discover, sometimes with mortification, that under stress they begin to sound just like their own mother or father? ... When we are perplexed, or confronted, by challenging parenting situations, it can be fruitful to ask ourselves: 'what was happening to me at the age that my child is now?'

Robin Grill, "Cultivating your Child's Emotional Intelligence", Sydney’s Child

 

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