Reflective Quotations on Parenting and Children
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How late I learned the essential things in life! In my childhood, nailed to the Gemara, I led the life of a sage, and it was only later, when I was older, that I began to climb trees.

Isaac Babel


What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
Non-Violence in Peace and War [1948]


It is ironical that in an age when we have prided ourselves on our progress in the intelligent care and teaching of children we have at the same time put them at the mercy of new and most terrible weapons of destruction.

Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973)
What America Means to Me [1943]


Childhood is the world of miracle and wonder; as if creation rose, bathed in the light, out of the darkness, utterly new and fresh and astonishing. The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us.

Eugene Ionesco


We are apt to forget that children watch examples better than they listen to preaching.

Roy L. Smith


Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother.

Arab proverb


Empower your child by giving him/her a choice and a chance. Let them learn to make their own decisions, when appropriate, and learn to trust their feelings.

Doc Childre and Sara Paddison, Heart Math Discovery Program


I must say the biggest lesson you can learn in life, or teach your children, is that life is not castles in the skies, happily ever after. The biggest lesson we have to give our children is truth.

Goldie Hawn, American actress


Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.

Margaret Mead (1901-78), American anthropologist


To Tennessee Williams, children were 'no-neck monsters,' while William Wordsworth apotheosized the newborn infant as a 'Mighty Prophet! Seer Blest!' Most adults know the truth is somewhere in between.

Eloise Salholz


I never reprimand a boy in the evening-darkness and a troubled mind are a poor combination.

Frank L. Boyden, Headmaster, Deerfield Academy, MA


The child gets two confusing messages when a parent tells him which is the right fork to use, and then proceeds to use the wrong one. So does the child who listens to parents bicker and fuss, yet is told to be nice to his brothers and sisters.

Rachel Blanchard


... it's simply wrong to always order [kids] to stop that fighting. There are times when one child is simply defending his rights and damned well should be fighting.

Erma Louise Bombeck (b. 1927), American author


If, in instructing a child, you are vexed with it for want of adroitness, try, if you have never tried before, to write with your left hand, and then remember that a child is all left hand.

J. F. Boyse


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