Your children need your presence more than your presents. |
The family is the
corner stone of our society. More than any other force it shapes the attitude,
the hopes, the ambitions, and the values of the child. And when the family collapses
it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale
the community itself is crippled. So, unless we work to strengthen the family,
to create conditions under which most parents will stay together, all the rest
— schools, playgrounds, and public assitance, and private concern — will never
-- Lyndon Johnson
Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege,
than the raising of the next generation. |
I had my child to raise all over again, I'd build self-esteem first, and the house
later. I'd finger-paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting
and more connecting. I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes. I'd
take more hikes and fly more kites. I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars. I'd do more hugging and
-- Diane Loomans, from "If I Had My Child To Raise Over Again"
not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our
children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours.
I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.
-- Joyce Maynard
Learn What They Live -
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 ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child learns to feel 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 confidence
If a child
lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
He a child lives with fairness,
he learns justice.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns
to find love in the world.
-- Dorothy Law Neite
guys who fear becoming fathers don't understand that fathering is not something
perfect men do, but something that perfects the man. The end product of child
raising is not the child but the parent.
-- Frank Pittman
fails us and so do friendships, but the relationship of parent and child, less
noisy than all the others, remains indelible and indestructible, the strongest
relationship on earth”
-- Theodore Reik
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