Quotations with a Perspective on Parenting and Children
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Comparison is a death knell to sibling harmony.

Elizabeth Fishel


Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children.

Mignon McLaughlin


Some people seem as if they can never have been children, and others seem as if they could never be anything else.

George Dennison Prentice


Your children need your presence more than your presents.

Jesse Jackson


Parents have to understand: if your kid isn't you, don't blame the kid.

Chastity Bono


When I was twenty, we did not have the cult of the teenager and there was no particular merit in being twenty. At that age I had my first play produced and it was considered an impertinance rather a than a phenomenon.

Peter Ustinov


I'd like you to imagine 300 students from our public high schools among us now. Three hundred students would fill about one third of this room. That's how many students will be attacked or robbed in our country during the ten minutes I'll be speaking to you. More than 17,000 every day -- more than half-a-million every month. Some 16 million adolescents in our country - including up to 95% of children in our inner cities - have witnessed some form of violent assault, including robbery, stabbing, shooting, murder, or domestic abuse. And adolescents in our country suffer the highest rates of murder and suicide among the 26 wealthiest nations.

Susan Paddack, President, American Medical Association Alliance, speech to the AMA
leadership conference 2001


Look behind you. See your sons and your daughters. They are your future. Look farther, and see your sons' and your daughters' children and their childrens' children even unto the Seventh generation. That's the way we were taught. Think about it: you yourself are a Seventh Generation!

Leon Shenandoah


Boys are sent out into the world to buffet with its temptations, to mingle with bad and good, to govern and direct..girls are to dwell in quiet homes among few friends, to exercise a noiseless influence.

Elizabeth Missing Sewell


We need to teach the next generation of children from Day One that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind's greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear.

Elizabeth Kubler Ross, MD.


In the future when we go to this store, I'm putting a small piece of merchandise in her pants, so she sets off the alarm if she passes through the security gate.

Parents know exactly the emotions I am describing. Those without children have no idea. I'm not accusing you of a lack of empathy or failure of imagination, but trust me: you have no idea. One moment you're looking at wooden letters and wondering how they'd look on the shelf; the next you are petitioning the universe to take your life in
exchange for hers.

And then you're fine and saying no, we can't have a cookie now.

Parenthood. It's not for the weak

James Lileks


Middle Age looked at Youth with a kindly irony and promised himself to dominate it by the strength of a more cultivated mind. Middle Age forgot that the minds of different generations are as impenetrable one by the other as are the monads of Leibniz.

Andre Maurois (1885-1967) Ariel [1924], Chapter 12


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