Quotes About Parenting Children

Quotes tagged as "parenting-children" (showing 1-30 of 41)
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.

“If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn . . .
If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight . . .
If a child lives with fear, he learns to be apprehensive . . .
If a child lives with pity, he learns to feel sorry for himself . . .
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy . . .
If a child lives with jealousy, he learns to feel envy . . .
If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty ...


If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient . . .
If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident . . .
If a child lives with praise, he learns to be appreciative . . .
If a child lives with acceptance, he learns to love . .
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves..
If a child lives with honesty, he learns what truth is . . .
If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice . . .
If children live with recognition, they learn to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn to be generous.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith in himself and those about him . . .
If a child lives with friendliness, he learns the world is a nice place in which to live . . .”
Dorothy Law Nolte, Children Learn What They Live

Bill Cosby
“In spite of the six thousand manuals on child raising in the bookstores, child raising is still a dark continent and no one really knows anything. You just need a lot of love and luck - and, of course, courage.”
Bill Cosby, Fatherhood

Adele Faber
“I was a wonderful parent before I had children.”
Adele Faber, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk

Anne Lamott
“One thing I know for sure about raising children is that every single day a kid needs discipline.... But also every single day a kid needs a break.”
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Susan Sarandon
“I just want my kids to love who they are, have happy lives and find something they want to do and make peace with that. Your job as a parent is to give your kids not only the instincts and talents to survive, but help them enjoy their lives.”
Susan Sarandon

“Your job as a parent is not to make your child's way smooth, but rather to help her develop inner resources so she can cope.”
Ellyn Satter, Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense, Revised and Updated Edition

“By making eye-contact, getting down to your child's level, offering a touch, or using a tone of your voice that conveys a desire to genuinely connect, you disarm yourself. You make it possible to reach your child more deeply and truly move forward together.”
Hilary Flower, Adventures in Gentle Discipline: A Parent-to-Parent Guide

Heather Schuck
“Our children want more than presents, that want our PRESENCE.”
Heather Schuck, The Working Mom Manifesto

Susan Shapiro Barash
“The mother who understands her own intentions and her daughter’s intentions, who has introspection and a strong sense of self, and who is able to separate her identity from her daughter’s, has the key to achieving the right balance.”
Susan Shapiro Barash

Rebecca Eanes
“Tantrums are not bad behavior. Tantrums are an expression of emotion that became too much for the child to bear. No punishment is required. What your child needs is compassion and safe, loving arms to unload in.”
Rebecca Eanes, The Newbie's Guide to Positive Parenting

Lorilyn Roberts
“You must be committed to your children first. Otherwise, they will receive the leftovers.”
Lorilyn Roberts, Children of Dreams

Andy Kerckhoff
“Embrace your beautiful mess of a life with your child. No matter how hard it gets, do not disengage... Do something—anything—to connect with and guide your child today. Parenting is an adventure of the greatest significance. It is your legacy." - Andy Kerckhoff, from Critical Connection”
Andy Kerckhoff, Critical Connection: A Practical Guide to Parenting Young Teens

“So many parents think they always need to teach their children about life, when in fact, if they listened once in a while, they would learn from their kids what life is truly about.”
Martin R. Lemieux

“Show me a mother who says she is 100 percent gentle, 100 percent of the time, and I'll show you a mother in deep, deep denial, and probably passive-agressive to boot." - Lynn Siprelle”
Hilary Flower, Adventures in Gentle Discipline: A Parent-to-Parent Guide

T.F. Hodge
“Scorned and torn, former love mates aim and shoot childish devastating daggers that penetrate beyond target to pierce the heart of their offspring.”
T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

Tom Swyers
“Being a parent is like being a catcher. You gotta handle whatever is thrown your way.”
Tom Swyers

“So I entered parenting with only 3 clear goals: to love, to cherish, and to listen." - Melissa Ridge Carter”
Hilary Flower, Adventures in Gentle Discipline: A Parent-to-Parent Guide

Garth Stein
“Grandparents are convinced they’re better parents than their own kids, whose lives they’ve already fucked up.”
Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

Daniel Mackler
“People who are not fully enlightened have no business becoming parents. This contradicts the conventionally accepted notion that people have an inherent "right" to have children. They do not. People who have a compulsion to traumatize a child, even in the mildest forms, are breaking the child's human rights, though of course the parental compulsion to find false pleasure through procreation obliterates their awareness of these rights. But interestingly, many parents would agree that convicted pedophiles and child murderers have no right to procreate, because of the dynamics in which they are so likely to engage.”
Daniel Mackler, Toward truth: A psychological guide to enlightenment

Lisa Goldstein
“Nick turned out to be a shy boy, uncertain in groups and in new situations, but also very brave, determined to overcome his fear." - Will, as a parent describing his son”
Lisa Goldstein, The Uncertain Places

Comic Strip Mama
“PARENTHOOD is journey of being driven to the BRINK of INSANITY and BACK...Like a YO YO!!”
Comic Strip Mama, Stripping Away the Insanity of Life & Parenthood!

“The more power you give your child in any discipline process, the more likely he will be to be able to make it work positively for himself.”
Hilary Flower, Adventures in Gentle Discipline: A Parent-to-Parent Guide

“Overall, your want to present yourself to your child as an ally, empathetic to his feelings, and responsive to his needs - even when your needs are conflicting. If your goal is to enlist your child's cooperation in changing his behavior, find ways to be as aligned with his emotionally as possible. By earning your child's trust, you are much more likely to reach him with your point of view than if you approach him in opposition.”
Hilary Flower, Adventures in Gentle Discipline: A Parent-to-Parent Guide

Reginald Rose
“Look, this boy's been kicked around all his life. You know-living in a slum, his mother dead since he was nine. He spent a year and a half in an orphanage while his father served a jail term for forgery. That's not a very good head start. He's had a pretty terrible sixteen years. I think maybe we owe him a few words. That's all.”
Reginald Rose, Twelve Angry Men

Nancy   Wilson
“In the average home there is much work to be done, and God does not approve of laziness. But beware thinking that your schedule (whether it is a homeschooling schedule or feeding-the-baby schedule) is inspired by the Holy Spirit. Life in our homes should be characterized by joy and thanksgiving so that children are taught and nourished in a way that takes their souls into account.”
Nancy Wilson, Building Her House: Commonsensical Wisdom for Christian Women

Anna White
“The first night in the hospital with a snuffling baby girl, I learned that my family was not the only thing that had expanded. There was now a whole new world of opportunities for judgment and self-doubt.”
Anna White, Mended: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Leaps of Faith

P.D. James
“A regime which combines perpetual surveillance with total indulgence is hardly conducive to healthy development. If from infancy you treat children as gods they are liable in adulthood to act as devils.”
P.D. James

Leah Stewart
“I was traumatizing her. I could only hope that at three she was too young to retain any of this in memory, that in the years to follow I could make up for any future need for therapy I was creating now. Could I? Or would she always have a deep insecurity, the kind that send people careening from one disastrous romance to the next? And why did I have to live my life obsessed with these kinds of concerns, this constant attempt to control the most uncertain of outcomes, my own effect on someone else's mind?”
Leah Stewart, Husband and Wife

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