Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
Raising a family is difficult enough. But it's even more difficult for single parents struggling to make ends meet. They don't need more obstacles. They need more opportunities.
Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted.
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.
Mothers always find ways to fit in the work - but then when you're working, you feel that you should be spending time with your children and then when you're with your children, you're thinking about working.
The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge.
No ordinary work done by a man is either as hard or as responsible as the work of a woman who is bringing up a family of small children; for upon her time and strength demands are made not only every hour of the day but often every hour of the night.
I've been a single parent for a long time. It reminds me of being a waitress. As you walk back to the kitchen, requests come at you from all sides. You're doing the job of two - you have to be highly organised.
...most mothers kiss and scold together.
Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.
Don't grieve. Anything you lose comes round in another form.
It's never too late - never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.
Never marry a man who hates his mother because he'll end up hating you.
When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
I'm an immigrant kid who came to America from India when I was very young and grew up in New York City with a single mom and really was influenced by all of those immigrant cultures bumping up against each other.
My mother was a single mom, and most of the women I know are strong.
The truth is, every son raised by a single mom is pretty much born married. I don't know, but until your mom dies it seems like all the other women in your life can never be more than just your mistress.
For me, just being how old I am, I know I don't want to be a single mom. I really would rather make it a two-person job. But I've also come to terms with not being a mother at all. I'm actually really good with either direction that my life can take as being a valid experience.
Mothers - especially single mothers - are heroic in their efforts to raise our nation's children, but men must also take responsibility for their children and recognize the impact they have on their families' well-being.
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