Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation
Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.
Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child's life and it's like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.
There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.
My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
If you can give your child only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.
The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.
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.
Children need models rather than critics.
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
A parent's love is whole, no matter how many times divided.
Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
It's not only children who grow. Parents do too.
We never know the love of the parent for the child till we become parents.
It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.
You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.
Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.
Parents are not interested in justice, they're interested in peace and quiet.
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.
Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.
Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
The best way to make children good is to make them happy.
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