Quotations with a Perspective on Parenting and Children

Part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Preface to the film 'The Adventures of
Tom Sawyer' [1938]; screenplay by John Weaver)


Proficiency in emotional management, conflict resolution, communication and interpersonal skills is essential for children to develop inner self-security and become able to effectively deal with the pressures and obstacles that will inevitably arise in their lives. Moreover, increasing evidence is illuminating that emotional balance and cognitive performance are indeed linked.

Research Overview (c) Institute of HeartMath


Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.

Paul Anderson


Permissiveness is the principle of treating children as if they were adults; and the tactic of making sure they never reach that stage.

Helena Petrovna Hahn Blavatsky (1831-91), Russian-born theosophist


We all grew up in spite of our parents. I trust our children will do likewise.

Sandy Farquhar


Setting an example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing.

William Faulkner (1897-1962)


We need to make a world in which fewer children are born, and in which we take better care of them.

Dr. George Wald


It's the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.

Tallulah Brockman Bankhead (1903-68), American actress


Boys will be boys. And even that wouldn't matter if only we could prevent girls from being girls.

Anthony Hope (1863-1933), British author


My object will be, if possible, to form Christian men, for Christian boys I can scarcely hope to make.

Thomas Arnold (1795-1842), British educator, historian


A boy becomes an adult three years before his parents think he does, and about two years after he thinks he does.

Lewis Blaine Hershey (1893-1977), American general


Being a child is horrible. It is slightly better than being a tree or a piece of heavy machinery but not half as good as being a domestic cat.

Julie Burchill


The greatest gift a parent can give a child is unconditional love. As a child wanders and strays, finding his bearings, he needs a sense of absolute love from a parent. There's nothing wrong with tough love, as long as the love is unconditional.

George Herbert Walker Bush (b. 1924), 41st US President


If any of us had a child that we thought was as bad as we know we are, we would have cause to start to worry.

William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers (1879-1935), American humorist


[In a big family] the first child is kind of like the first pancake. If it's not perfect, that's okay, there are a lot more coming along.

Antonin Scalia


For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.

James Baldwin



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