Quotes About Raising Children

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John Steinbeck
“Yes, you will. And I will warn you now that not their blood but your suspicion might build evil in them. They will be what you expect of them…I think when a man finds good or bad in his children he is seeing only what he planted in them after they cleared the womb."
"You can’t make a race horse of a pig."
"No," said Samuel, "but you can make a very fast pig.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Jeannette Walls
“Mom always said people worried too much about their children. Suffering when you're young is good for you, she said. It immunized your body and your soul, and that was why she ignored us kids when we cried. Fussing over children who cry only encouraged them, she told us. That's positive reinforcement for negative behavior.”
Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

Darnell Lamont Walker
“You will either profit by or pay for what your children become. raise them properly.”
Darnell Lamont Walker

C. JoyBell C.
“Unfortunately, life is unfair and not all babies are brought into the world with the same amount of anticipation and affection, as others. No matter what anyone says; we are really not all given an equal start at life. And so what must children be made up of, to come into a world like this one? Children must be made up of silk. They must be brought up with a serenity in their skin but a bulletproof strength in their souls. This is the new breed of children. Ones that are soft to the touch but are truly unbreakable. And unbreakable in a beautiful way; not in a lost way.”
C. JoyBell C.

Dan Pearce
“The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children when no one is looking.”
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

Richelle E. Goodrich
“What is more powerful than the love of a mother? Perhaps only God's hand in answering her earnest pleadings on your behalf.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year

“As a mother I see the future in the present. Every little thing she does or says makes me form a hypothesis of how she will see life and treat others in 20 years. So I plan for how amazing she will be now. Instead of living my life I have to live hers. Some may not understand how important it is to be a parent. How present, efficient, selfless, and imaginative you must be. But I do. I only pray that this little face is stronger than I am and more successful for this world and the next. I chase her butterflies. She was created from scratch and presented as a gift from God. She will never roam free, unattended and unloved.”
Kimberley Alecia Smith

Anitra Lynn McLeod
“There is nothing more pathetically sad than a parent who teaches a child not to hit by spanking them. Well, that, and adults who think hitting someone will solve a problem.”
Anitra Lynn McLeod, Saving a Fallen Mate

“Thus if we know a child has had sufficient opportunity to observe and acquire a behavioral sequence, and we know he is physically capable of performing the act but does not do so, then it is reasonable to assume that it is motivation which is lacking. The appropriate countermeasure then involves increasing the subjective value of the desired act relative to any competing response tendencies he might have, rather than having the model senselessly repeat an already redundant sequence of behavior.”
Urie Bronfenbrenner, Two Worlds of Childhood: U. S. & U. S. S. R.

Charles Portis
“If I had received good instruction as a child I would be with my family today and at peace with my neighbors. I hope and pray that all you parents in the sound of my voice will train up your children in the way they should go.”
Charles Portis, True Grit

Richelle E. Goodrich
“You can't make me be nice.
You can't make me be good.
You can't make me believe.
But your example, your kindness, your patience and love will affect me perhaps enough that eventually I may choose to do those things.”
Richelle E. Goodrich

Darnell Lamont Walker
“can a woman raise a man alone? yes, but she shouldn't have to.”
Darnell Lamont Walker

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“Children are taught to look down on their nurses (nannies), to treat them as mere servants. When their task is completed the child is withdrawn or the nurse is dismissed. Her visits to her foster-child are discouraged by a cold reception. After a few years the child never sees her again. The mother expects to take her place, and to repair by her cruelty the results of her own neglect. But she is greatly mistaken; she is making an ungrateful foster-child, not an affectionate son; she is teaching him ingratitude, and she is preparing him to despise at a later day the mother who bore him, as he now despises his nurse.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Robert Drewe
“It always gave me a peculiar feeling to catch a glimpse of my parents' lives before I was born.”
Robert Drewe, The Shark Net

Maria Montessori
“To stimulate life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself--that is the first duty of the educator.”
Maria Montessori

Chris Nicolaisen
“You want to know the secret to raising good kids?”
“What’s that? asked Thomas.
“High expectations.”
Thomas laughed. “Alright, well what’s the secret to a happy marriage?”
Clyde smiled back, but his face started to fall, and he chose his words carefully. “… Low expectations.”
Chris Nicolaisen, The Life and Death of the Ericsons

“The best words of wisdom that a parent can say to their child is "I Am proud of you".”
Unarine Ramaru

“Raising PERFECT children is not hard...
It's IMPOSSIBLE !!!!!”

Nick Hornby
“It was then, for the first time, that Will saw the kind of help Marcus needed. Fiona had given him the idea that Marcus was after a father figure, someone to guide him gently towards male adulthood, but that wasn't it at all: Marcus needed help to be a kid, not an adult.”
Nick Hornby

Michael Lee West
“You raise them half-decent, and they grow up and leave. They move to Miami or California-- someplace with gourmet groceries and nude beaches because you've reared them to cook good and be liberal minded. It's just the opposite with your failures-- them kids stick to your tail like a cocklebur. You'd think it would be the other way around, but it's not. No matter how old I get, this will always amaze me.”
Michael Lee West, American Pie

Alina Bronsky
“Einem Kind die Erziehung zu verweigern grenzte in meinen Augen an Misshandlung.”
Alina Bronsky, The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine

Susan Richards Shreve
“The rules for raising children had gone out with her parents generation of daughters who had lived as Lucy had, in patient silence, acting by standards which had lasted generations, waiting to grow up to make their decisions, following the patterns of their own lives.”
Susan Richards Shreve, You Are the Love of My Life

“Raising a child whether yours or not, is being anointed or chosen by God to be the guardian of his kingdom in a form of a child.”
Unarine Ramaru

Robin Hobb
“Not babies perhaps. But I know about young things. Foals, puppies, calves, piglets. Even hunting cats. I know if you want them to trust you, you touch them when they are small. Gently, but firmly, so they believe in your strength, too. You don't shout at them, or make sudden moves that look threatening. You give them good feed and clean water, and keep them clean and give them shelter from the weather. You don't take out your temper on them, or confuse punishment with discipline.”
Robin Hobb, Assassin's Quest

Stormie Omartian
“Children who have faith have distinctly different characteristics from those who don't. In fact, one of the main manifestations of a person with strong faith is the ability to give—not just in terms of money or possessions, but also time, love, and encouragement.”
Stormie Omartian, The Power of a Praying Parent

“Raising a child whether yours or not, is being anointed by God to be the guardian of his Kingdom in a form of a child.”
Unarine Ramaru

Aimee Bender
“You can't predict the outcome. You can't raise a child and then tell them what to think.”
Aimee Bender, The Color Master: Stories

J. Aleksandr Wootton
“Fairytales teach children that the world is fraught with danger, including life-threatening danger; but by being clever (always), honest (as a rule, but with common-sense exceptions), courteous (especially to the elderly, no matter their apparent social station), and kind (to anyone in obvious need), even a child can succeed where those who seem more qualified have failed.

And this precisely what children most need to hear.

To let them go on believing that the world is safe, that they will be provided for and achieve worthwhile things even if they remain stupid, shirk integrity, despise courtesy, and act only from self-interest, that they ought to rely on those stronger, smarter, and more able to solve their problems, would be the gravest disservice: to them, and to society as a whole.

-On the Supposed Unsuitability of Fairytales for Children”
J. Aleksandr Wootton

“The Five Keys
1.Always be involved in her life 2.Respect and honor her mom.
3.Treasure every moment with her.
4.Pray for her every day.
5.Be her hero.”
Harry H. Harrison Jr., Father to Daughter: Life Lessons on Raising a Girl

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