Reflective Quotations on Parenting and Children

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The same psychologists now reject that once popular notion or maybe feel good excuse that once or rather that you can raise a child in short scheduled bursts of so-called quality time. The fact is children require lots of time. It's that simple.

Robert Chase, President of the National Education Association


Call not that man wretched, who whatever ills he suffers, has a child to love.

Robert Southey


The proper time to influence the character of a child is about one hundred years before his / she is born.

Dean Inge


If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson ... hold yourself up as an example and not as a warning.

George Bernard Shaw


I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing, when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.

Charles Dickens


A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


About all some parents accomplish in life is to send a child to Harvard.



In automobile terms, the child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering.

Dr Benjamin Spock


But for unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly makes all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison.

Theodore Roosevelt


In marriage, being the right person is as important as finding the right person.

W.D. Gough


The suspicious parent makes the artful child.

Thomas G. Halliburton


The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults.

Peter de Vries


Children are natural mimics who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners.



Any kid who has two parents who are interested in him and has a houseful of books isn't poor.

Sam Levenson


If you treat children like grown-ups, they'll probably behave just as badly as the rest of us.

Beryl Pfizer


Before the child ever gets to school it will have received crucial, almost irrevocable sex education and this will have been taught by the parents, who are not aware of what they are doing.


Dr Mary S Calderone


I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.

Eleanor Roosevelt


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