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Quotes For Parents To Ponder

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

Every adult needs a child to teach; it's the way adults learn. Frank A. Clark

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. Mark Twain

In the final analysis, it is not what you do for children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings. Ann Landers

Before you were born your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way paying your bills, cleaning your room or reminding you, and listening to you tell how much better you will be to your children. Dave Barry

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

It may be that your child's whole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others. Unknown

You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back. William D. Tammeus

Parenthood: That state of being better chaperoned than you were before marriage. Marcelene Cox

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories. John Wilmot

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

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

Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn't have anything to do with it. Haim Ginott

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves. C.G. Jung

Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy. Robert A. Heinlein

Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. Roger Lewin

What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give. P.D. James

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

Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected. Red Buttons

A parent who has never apologized to his children is a monster. If he's always apologizing, his children are monsters. Mignon McLaughlin

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

Mother Nature, in her infinite wisdom, has instilled within each of us a powerful biological instinct to reproduce; this is her way of assuring that the human race, come what may, will never have any disposable income. Dave Barry

The hardest part of raising a child is teaching them to ride bicycles. A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom. The realization that this is what the child will always need can hit hard. Sloan Wilson

Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken. Bill Dodds

As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it, or leave it. Buddy Hackett

Children are natural mimics who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners. Author Unknown

When you teach your son, you teach your son's son. The Talmud

Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell, the name will carry. Bill Cosby

A child, like your stomach, doesn't need all you can afford to give it. Frank A. Clark

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots; the other, wings. Hodding Carter

I do beseech you to direct your efforts more to preparing youth for the path and less to preparing the path for the youth. Ben Lindsey