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I thought: what fools we are with our children--always
plotting what we shall make of them,
always planning for
that never comes,
always intent on what they may
never accepting what they are.
Howard Vincent O'Brien
It is only by introducing the young to great
literature, drama and music,
and to the excitement of great science that we open to them the
possibilities that lie within the human spirit--enable them to see
and dream dreams.
are not casual guests in our home. They have
been loaned to us
for the purpose of loving
them and instilling
foundation of values on
their future lives will be built.
who help a child help humanity
with an immediateness
which no other help given to human
creature in any other
stage of human life can
possibly give again.
looking deep into the eyes of a child,
you are conscious
of meeting a glance full
of wisdom. The child has
known nothing yet
but love and beauty. All this
knowledge you have acquired is unguessed
by her. And yet you meet this wonderful look
tells you in a moment more than all the
experience have seemed to teach.
real joy of life is in its play. Play is anything we do
for the joy and love
of doing it, apart from any profit,
compulsion, or sense of duty. It is the
of life with the feeling of freedom and self-expression. Play is the
of childhood, and its continuation in
later years is the prolongation of youth.
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.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
Our religion is one which challenges
the ordinary human standards
by holding that
the ideal of
life is the spirit of a little child. We tend
wisdom and worldly prudence, but the Gospel
reverses all this. The Gospel says
that the inescapable
of entrance into the divine fellowship is
we turn and become
as a little child. As against our
we must become
tender and full of wonder
and unspoiled by the hard
on which we so often
pride ourselves. But when we really look
into the heart
of a child, willful as he or she may be, we are often
God has sent children into the world, not only to
but to serve as
sacred reminders of
something ineffably precious which
we are always in
of losing. The sacrament of childhood is thus a
Love your children with all your hearts,
love them enough
to discipline them
before it is too late.
. . Praise them for
important things, even if you have to
stretch them a bit. Praise them a lot. They live on
it like bread and butter
and they need it more than bread
term "a mere
been my invariable
experience that the
child is infinitely
preferable to that
I believe the powers of observation
in numbers of very young children to be
for its closeness and accuracy. Indeed, I think that most
grown people who are remarkable in this respect, may with
be said not to have lost the faculty,
than to have acquired it; the rather,
as I generally
observe such people to retain a certain freshness, and
and capacity of being pleased, which are also
they have preserved from their childhood.
the majority of American children needs is to stop being
stop being indulged, stop being chauffeured,
stop being catered to.
In the final analysis, it is not
what you do for your children but
what you have taught
them to do for themselves
that will make them successful
When they tell you to grow up,
they mean stop growing.
carry feelings of childhood into the powers of adulthood,
to combine the child's sense of wonder
with the appearances which every day for
years has rendered familiar,
this is the character and
privilege of genius,
and one of the marks which
distinguish it from talent.
Know you what it is to
be a child? It is to be something very different from
the person of today. It
is to have a spirit yet streaming from the waters of
it is to believe in love, to believe in
loveliness, to believe in belief;
it is to be so little
that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear; it is to
pumpkins into coaches,
and mice into horses, lowness
into loftiness and
nothing into everything,
child has its fairy godmother in its soul.
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child should know a hill,
And the clean joy of running down its long slope
With the wind in his hair.
She should know a tree--
The comfort of its cool lap of shade,
And the supple strength of its arms
Balancing her between earth and sky
So she is a creature of both.
He should know bits of singing water--
The strange mysteries of its depths,
And the long sweet grasses that border it.
Every child should know some scrap
Of uninterrupted sky, to shout against;
And have one star, dependable and bright,
For wishing on.
Edna Casler Joll
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Your friends shall be the tall wind,
The river and the tree;
The sun that laughs and marches,
The swallow and the sea.
Your prayers shall be the murmur
Of grasses in the rain;
The song of wildwood thrushes
That makes God glad again.
And you shall run and wander
And you shall dream and sing
Of brave things and of bright things
Beyond the swallow's wing.
And you shall envy no man,
Nor hurt your heart with sighs,
For I will keep you simple
That God may make you wise.
Fanny Stearns Davis
the children of the world
Every single little boy and girl
Heaven plants a special seed
And we must have faith for these
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in the Father's eyes
Like the Father may we see
That they have a destiny
And give them the light of love to lead
Through the darkness around us now
To a place where hope is found
we had paid no more attention
to our plants than we have
children, we would now be
living in a jungle of weed.
only thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child.
It might sound a
paradoxical thing to say --for surely never has a generation of children
occupied more sheer hours of parental time --but the truth is that we
We allowed you a
charade of trivial freedoms in order to avoid making those impositions
on you that are in the end both the training ground and proving ground
for true independence.
We pronounced you
strong when you were still weak in order to avoid
the struggles with you
that would have fed your true strength.
We proclaimed you
sound when you were foolish in order to avoid taking part
in the long,
slow, slogging effort that is the only route to genuine maturity of mind
Thus, it was no
small anomaly of your growing up that while you were
the most indulged
generation, you were also in many ways the most abandoned
to your own
meager devices by those into whose safe-keeping you had been given.
Kingdom of Ideas
Wilferd A. Peterson
the Kingdom of Ideas, become as a little child.
is nothing more resembles God's eyes," wrote Nikos
Kazantzakis, "than the eyes of a child."
has wide-eyed interest in everything. As God did, he looks
upon the world and finds it good.
does not block the flow of goodness into her life by thoughts of
fear and prejudice. Her mind is as open as are her eyes.
She experiences the wonder of life.
is an explorer. He is curious. He wants to know what
is on the other side of the moon, or the room. He
investigates things to find out what they are and how they
work. He asks questions. He loves to experiment.
lives in the world of fantasy where all great ideas are
born. It was probably a child who first dreamed of flying
through the air, hearing voices and music from the sky,
penetrating to the ocean depths. Before the reality comes
has the magic gift of imagination. She sees things that
aren't there. She creates in her mind the kind of a world
she wants to live in. She visualizes things as she wants
them to be.
has freshness of response. To him the world is ever new
and full of miracles and adventures. He reacts
spontaneously to the discoveries he makes each day.
follows the simple way. She does not become bogged down in
the complex and the obscure. She is natural, direct and
is confident. He has not learned all of the reasons why a
thing cannot be done. He ignores obstacles because he does
not know they exist.
learn from the child: The more childlike we are in our
approach to problems, the more creative we will be. Try
the fresh approach of a child.
A great person is
one who has not lost the child's heart.
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I love little children, and it is not a slight thing
fresh from God, love us.
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these joys to be self evident: That all children are created
whole, endowed with innate intelligence, with dignity and
wonder, worthy of respect. The embodiment of life, liberty and
happiness, children are original blessings, here to learn their
own song. Every girl and boy is entitled to love, to dream and
belong to a loving “village.” And to pursue a life of
We affirm our duty to nourish and nurture the young, to honour
their caring ideals as the heart of being human. To recognize
the early years as the foundation of life, and to cherish the
contribution of young children to human evolution.
We commit ourselves to peaceful ways and vow to keep from harm
or neglect these, our most vulnerable citizens. As guardians of
their prosperity we honour the bountiful Earth whose diversity
sustains us. Thus we pledge our love for generations to come.