Things Every Parent Should Know (But Shouldn’t Have to Learn the Hard Way)
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.
You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.
—Franklin P. Jones
Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
There’s nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child.
—Frank A. Clark
There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.
Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories.
To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself.
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.
Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
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.
Children have more need of models than of critics.
Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
—Charles R. Swindoll
What a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give.
If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.
In bringing up children, spend on them half as much money and twice as much time.
What’s done to children, they will do to society.
You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.
Kids spell love T-I-M-E.
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.
If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again
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.
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