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Quotes About Parenting

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Benjamin Spock
“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”
Benjamin Spock

James Baldwin
“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
James Baldwin

Benjamin Franklin
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
Benjamin Franklin

Anne Frank
“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.”
Anne Frank

Rodney Dangerfield
“What a kid I got, I told him about the birds and the bees and he told me about the butcher and my wife.”
Rodney Dangerfield

Kahlil Gibran
“Your children are not your children.
They are sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you.
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For thir souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the make upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness.
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He also loves the bow that is stable.”
Kahlil Gibran

Nicholas Sparks
“What it's like to be a parent: It's one of the hardest things you'll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.”
Nicholas Sparks, The Wedding

Lisa Wingate
“Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. Take time with them, teach them to have faith in God. Be a person in whom they can have faith. When you are old, nothing else you've done will have mattered as much.”
Lisa Wingate

Umberto Eco
“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”
Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum

C. JoyBell C.
“I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway... let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.”
C. JoyBell C.

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”
Emilie Buchwald

Franklin D. Roosevelt
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Great Speeches

Bill Ayers
“Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.”
Bill Ayers

Barbara Johnson
“To be in your children's memories tomorrow,
You have to be in their lives today.”
Barbara Johnson

Betty Friedan
“Each suburban wife struggles with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night- she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question-- 'Is this all?”
Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique

Nicholas Sparks
“It's impossible to protect your kids against disappointment in life.”
Nicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottle

Barbara Kingsolver
“But kids don't stay with you if you do it right. It's the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won't be needed in the long run.”
Barbara Kingsolver, Pigs in Heaven

Walt Disney Company
“Children are people, and they should have to reach to learn about things, to understand things, just as adults have to reach if they want to grow in mental stature. Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows. Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality. The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil.”
Walt Disney Company

Dorothy Parker
“The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires.”
Dorothy Parker

Robert A. Heinlein
“Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Have Space Suit—Will Travel

Haruki Murakami
“Adults constantly raise the bar on smart children, precisely because they're able to handle it. The children get overwhelmed by the tasks in front of them and gradually lose the sort of openness and sense of accomplishment they innately have. When they're treated like that, children start to crawl inside a shell and keep everything inside. It takes a lot of time and effort to get them to open up again. Kids' hearts are malleable, but once they gel it's hard to get them back the way they were.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

Ursula Hegi
“That's the nature of being a parent, Sabine has discovered. You'll love your children far more than you ever loved your parents, and -- in the recognition that your own children cannot fathom the depth of your love -- you come to understand the tragic, unrequited love of your own parents.”
Ursula Hegi

Scott Dikkers
“Be sure to lie to your kids about the benevolent, all-seeing Santa Claus. It will prepare them for an adulthood of believing in God.”
Scott Dikkers, You Are Worthless: Depressing Nuggets of Wisdom Sure to Ruin Your Day

Jodi Picoult
“(24/7) once you sign on to be a mother, that's the only shift they offer.”
Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

Bette Davis
“If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.”
Bette Davis

Erma Bombeck
“When a child is locked in the bathroom with water running and he says he's doing nothing but the dog is barking, call 911. ”
Erma Bombeck

Ray Romano
“Having children is like living in a frat house - nobody sleeps, everything's broken, and there's a lot of throwing up.”
Ray Romano

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”
Jim Valvano

Greg Mortenson
“When you take the time to actually listen, with humility, to what people have to say, it's amazing what you can learn. Especially if the people who are doing the talking also happen to be children.”
Greg Mortenson, Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace With Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Plato
“No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.”
Plato

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