Raising Children Quotes

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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

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

Urie Bronfenbrenner
“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.

“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

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

Abhijit Naskar
“Feed your child ideas of peace, harmony and compassion but at the same time give them courage to defend their identity and dignity.”
Abhijit Naskar, Human Making is Our Mission: A Treatise on Parenting

Abhijit Naskar
“Let them learn at school whatever they learn to pass the examinations, but at home let the education that you provide be the kind that widens their perceptions and takes away the germs of prejudices that infect them while they are out in the world.”
Abhijit Naskar, Human Making is Our Mission: A Treatise on Parenting

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

Abhijit Naskar
“Let your child see you doing a good deed instead of you telling him or her to do it, and the little child shall one day grow up to become a real kind human being.”
Abhijit Naskar, Human Making is Our Mission: A Treatise on Parenting

Abhijit Naskar
“Let your child be the torch of truth and they shall shine over the entirety of the human society brightening even the darkest corners.”
Abhijit Naskar, Human Making is Our Mission: A Treatise on Parenting

“Life is short, though I keep this from my children. Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways, a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways
I’ll keep from my children. The world is at least fifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservative estimate, though I keep this from my children. For every bird there is a stone thrown at a bird. For every loved child, a child broken, bagged, sunk in a lake. Life is short and the world is at least half terrible, and for every kind stranger, there is one who would break you, though I keep this from my children. I am trying to sell them the world. Any decent realtor, walking you through a real shithole, chirps on about good bones: This place could be beautiful, right? You could make this place beautiful.”
Maggie Smith

Abhijit Naskar
“Human making is our mission.”
Abhijit Naskar, Human Making is Our Mission: A Treatise on Parenting

J.S.B. Morse
“No one is perfect and parenting is excellent at magnifying that fact.”
J.S.B. Morse, Paleo Family: Raising Natural Kids in an Unnatural World

Alexandre Dumas
“Instruction is good for a child; but example is worth more.”
Alexandre Dumas, Twenty Years After

“Respect your children. Treat them like the person you admire most on earth. I really mean that as a way of life. If you treat your children with respect then they will learn to respect themselves. I can't think of a better thing to let your kid out into the world with than self-respect.

I want my children to feel empowered. That's the most important thing. I think as a mom it's important to teach your children that they're extraordinary, powerful beings. Your job is to keep the path clear so there is nothing they can trip on.”
Thandie Newton

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

Darnell Lamont Walker
“You're not allowed to raise boys who reject all things feminine, then get upset when they become men who hate women.”
Darnell Lamont Walker

C. JoyBell C.
“We need to be raising our children for LIFE. Life is not a small system within 4 walls. Life is vast and wild. And once our children are out of school, that's where life really begins. Too many people are raising their children to conform to systems. And when they start life they will continue to simply conform to whatever system they find themselves inside of. And those are exactly the kinds of people who will never change the world. The only types of people who change this world, are the ones who think on their own, design their own lives, and create their own systems. Everybody else is just there for the train ride. Very few people are designing their own train tracks. Raise railway designers, stop raising commuters.”
C. JoyBell C.

“Even in the cartoon world, Wonder Woman in all her glory never raised children, stabilized a husband, or cleaned and managed a house. Wonder Woman faced only criminals, not housework horrors.”
Don Aslett, Is There Life After Housework?

Tracey Bond
“If you live long enough & have changed enough diapers like I have raising 6 whole grown adult children one-at-a-time; you ought to be able to call out bullshit blindly, in about a million different ways & plays. My potty-training days have long been over...so what fool retards at their wisdom stage? For this chief reason, I could show you better than tell you, try as you might: you cannot change grown ups diapers in life, who think you don't know how 'full of shit' they are today.”
Tracey Bond

Amie Kaufman
“We’re underground here — almost the whole colony is underground, safely shielded because radiation is not your friend. Every angle is calculated, every line efficient.
I think my parents wish they could plan me just as carefully, no part of me without a purpose, no part of me wasted. Maximum return for their efforts.”
Amie Kaufman, Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology

Abhijit Naskar
“Let your children nourish their knack, for that knack shall one day provide them with the way to live with dignity and contentment.”
Abhijit Naskar, Human Making is Our Mission: A Treatise on Parenting

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Most parents would not worry too much about their children if they knew that children belong not to their parents but to life.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Richard L.  Ratliff
“The flowers and trees have
predictable needs
And easy to care for
But the children now that is work”
Richard L. Ratliff

Madeleine L'Engle
“Like it or not, we either add to the darkness of indifference and out-and-out evil which surround us or we light a candle to see by.

We can surely no longer pretend that our children are growing up into a peaceful, secure, and civilized world. We've come to the point where it's irresponsible to try to protect them from the irrational world they will have to live in when they grow up.... Our responsibility to them is not to pretend that if we don't look, evil will go away, but to give them weapons against it.”
Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet

Neena H. Brar
“My brother shielded her from the harsh realities of life but, as you must know, the parents ought not to pluck the thorns out before they hand down the roses to their children; it is not always possible to shield your child against all the disappointments that life bestows. A day comes when a child has to face life on her own and, as a parent, one has to make sure that the child is ready.”
Neena H. Brar, Tied to Deceit

Uzodinma Iweala
“OJ says our father lives somewhere between the self-satisfaction that his success has made us soft and disgust that we are unacquainted with the brutal intensity of a world that he has effectively tamed for us.”
Uzodinma Iweala, Speak No Evil: A Novel

Abhijit Naskar
“Human making is our mission, but if you break the very soul of the would-be humans, then there will be no human to raise.”
Abhijit Naskar, Human Making is Our Mission: A Treatise on Parenting

Abhijit Naskar
“Good parenting is not about fulfilling the dreams of the parents, it's about helping the children become strong and conscientious human beings so that they can achieve their dreams.”
Abhijit Naskar

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