Quotes on Children & Parenting
Opinionated quotations from the famous and not-so-famous.
Having children makes one no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.
The brain has the consistency of soft butter, custard, tofu—somewhere between egg whites and JELL-O. That's why we shouldn't let children hit soccer balls with their head, and football is a dangerous brain sport, as boxing is, obviously.
Daniel G. Amen, M.D. (from The Early Show on CBS, October 11, 2005)
You want to be a parent? Shut up and do your job.
'Dr. Robert Romano' from E.R. (Oct. 18, 2001)
Most of us became parents long before we have stopped being children.
Adults find pleasure in deceiving a child. They consider it necessary, but they also enjoy it. The children very quickly figure it out and then practice deception themselves.
Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children.
Parents are not quite interested in justice, they are interested in quiet.
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.
We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
We inevitably doom our children to failure and frustration when we try to set their goals for them.
Dr. Jess Lair
The fundamental defect with fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.
Children should be led into the right paths, not by severity, but by persuasion.
The pressures of being a parent are equal to any pressure on earth. To be a conscious parent, and really look to that little being's mental and physical health, is a responsibility which most of us, including me, avoid most of the time because it's too hard.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
Abraham H. Maslow
Train the parent and spare the child.
Duane Alan Hahn
Children need models rather than critics.
Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.
Lady Bird Johnson
A torn jacket is soon mended, but hard words bruise the heart of a child.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Alas, regardless of their doom, the little victims play! No sense have they of ills to come nor care beyond today.
What is done to children, they will do to society.
Karl A. Menninger
Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.
Harold S. Hubert
Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.
To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself.
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
Your children will see what you're all about by what you live rather than what you say.
Dr. Wayne Dyer
Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.
Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next.
Franklin P. Jones
Children need guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.
Many things can wait, the child cannot. Now is the time his/her bones are being formed, his/her mind is being developed. To him/her we cannot say tomorrow; his/her name is today.