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If tolerance, respect and equity permeate family life, they will translate into values that shape societies, nations and the world.
-– Kofi Annan

I don't believe professional athletes should be role models. I believe parents should be role models....
-- Charles Barkley

We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.
-- Henry Ward Beecher

There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.
-- Henry Ward Beecher

Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.
-- David Bly

Always kiss your children goodnight - even if they're already asleep.
-- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The lack of emotional security of our American young people is due, I believe, to their isolation from the larger family unit. No two people - no mere father and mother - as I have often said, are enough to provide emotional security for a child. He needs to feel himself one in a world of kinfolk, persons of variety in age and temperament, and yet allied to himself by an indissoluble bond which he cannot break if he could, for nature has welded him into it before he was born.
~ Pearl S. Buck

What do we teach our children? . . . We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique . . . You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything.
-- Pablo Casals

Praise your children openly, reprehend them secretly.
-- W. Cecil

To understand your parents' love, you must raise children yourself.
-- Chinese proverb

“There is nothing more precious to a parent than a child, and nothing more important to our future than the safety of all our children.”
~ Bill Clinton


Children have more need of models than of critics.
-- Carolyn Coats

"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

"Parenting needs to come to the forefront.
-- Bill Cosby

Even though your kids will consistently do the exact opposite of what you're telling them to do, you have to keep loving them just as much.
-- Bill Cosby

Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.
-- Bill Cosby

Role modeling is the most basic responsibility of parents. Parents are handing life's scripts to their children, scripts that in all likelihood will be acted out for the rest of the children's lives.
-- Stephen R. Covey

“It's all kinds of these profound things crashing on you when your child arrives into the world. It's like you've met your reason to live.”
-- Johnny Depp

* Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.
-- W. E. B. DuBois

"Being considerate of others will take you and your children further in life than any college or professional degree."
-- Marian Wright Edelman

“Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
-- Robert Fulghum

 

Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge on their children rather than virtue, the art of speaking well rather than doing well; but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
-- R. Buckminster Fuller

 

If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.
--Haim Ginott

* Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.
-- Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“The best training any parent can give a child is to train the child to train himself.”
-- A. P. Gouthey

Stop trying to perfect your child, but keep trying to perfect your relationship with him.
-- Dr. Henker

Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.
-- Harold Hulbert

* Your children need your presence more than your presents.
-- Jesse Jackson

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 be enough.
-- Lyndon Johnson

* Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.
-- C. Everett Koop

If 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 less tugging.
-- Diane Loomans, from "If I Had My Child To Raise Over Again"

It's 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

Children 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

The 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

"We are born, we grow up, we live our lives as best we can. If we are thoughtful we are good parents and good partners. If we are wise we strive for integrity and intimacy. If we are fortunate we discover love and joy. If we are able, we make the world a little better than we found it."
~ Robert Reich

“Romance 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

"Good parents give their children Roots and Wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what's been taught them."
-- Jonas Salk

“Children are our second chance to have a great parent-child relationship”
-- Laura Schlessinger

Teaching my kids to give back is an essential part of parenting. It’s not something that’s optional. Compassion is one of the basic values that I want my children to have: that if they see a need, whether it’s around the corner or thousands of miles of away, they should feel motivated to do whatever they can to help.
-- Kate Snow (NBC Nightline)

The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering.
-- Dr. Benjamin Spock

All the time a person is a child he is both a child and learning to be a parent. After he becomes a parent he becomes predominantly a parent reliving childhood.
-- Dr. Benjamin Spock

Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.
-- Gloria Steinem

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
-- Elizabeth Stone

It is better to bind your children to you by a feeling of respect and by gentleness, than by fear.
-- Terence

Listen to the desires of your children. Encourage them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision.
-- Denis Waitley

The best way to make children good is to make them happy.
-- Oscar Wilde

We should never permit ourselves to do anything that we are not willing to see our children do.
-- Brigham Young

 

 

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