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Children are like wet cement.
Whatever falls on them
makes an impression.
Unfortunately, we're used to
thinking of childhood as a period of blindness
and inadequacy, not as the richest time of all. And yet, to
that it's so all you have to do is look carefully into the eyes of
a newborn baby. Try it if you get the chance; forget preconceptions and observe
the child closely. How do the eyes seem to you? Empty, unconscious? Or
ancient, distant, wise? Babies naturally know how to breathe deeply; it's we adults who
have lost this
ability. At the age of four or five I had as yet learned
nothing about God or
religion, nor about any of the fine messes people have made in
what it is to be a child? It is to have a spirit yet
waters of baptism; it is to believe in love, to believe
loveliness, to believe in belief.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
children doesn't mean giving in to all their whims;
to love them is to
bring out the best in them,
to teach them to love what is difficult.
trust that what we're doing has a purpose. We must realize
that we're not here to make kids conform
or perform, but that we're here to
them to develop
their own unique skills and talents, not the ones we
them to have or the ones we think they should have.
There are two great injustices
that can befall children.
One is to punish them for something they
The other is to let them get away with doing something they
know is wrong.
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attention to the young, and make them just as good as possible.
is childhood recaptured.
adult needs a child to teach; it's the way adults learn.
Frank A. Clark
are likely to live up
to what you believe of them.
We have to get
children to understand
only do they
but they also
we forget about. They are also
potentiality. They are much more
undiscovered than they
are discovered. And there's the wonder of it.
doesn't matter where they are,
the big magical
trip of life is
digging it all out
the wonderful you.
have found that the best way to give advice to your children
is to find
out what they want, and then advise them to do it.
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come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element
in the classroom. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. As a
teacher, I possess
a tremendous power
to make a child's life miserable
or joyous. I can be a tool
of torture or an instrument of
inspiration. I can
humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all
situations, it is my response that
decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated
child humanized or de-humanized.
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow,
yet we forget that that child is someone today.
need love, especially when
they do not deserve it.
child can ask questions that a wise
person cannot answer.
If you haven't time to
respond to a tug at your
pants leg, your schedule is too crowded.
Do not confine your children
to your own learning,
for they were born in another time.
best inheritance one can give to one's children is
minutes of one's time each day.
O. A. Battista
parents give their children Roots and Wings. Roots to know
home is, wings to fly away and exercise what's been taught them.
|Giving kids clothes and food
is one of thing, but it's much more important to
teach them that other people besides themselves are important and
that the best
thing they can do with their lives is to use them in the service
of other people.
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
low self-love in the parent desires that his or her child should
his or her character and fortune. I suffer whenever I see
sight of a parent or senior imposing his or her opinion and way of
thinking and being on a young soul to which he or she is totally
Cannot we let people be themselves, and enjoy life in their own
You are trying to make another you. One's enough.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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believe in a child is to believe in the future. Through their
they will save the world. With their combined knowledge the
seas of hate and injustice will be calmed. They will champion the
of life's underdogs, forging a society without class
will supply humanity with music and beauty as it has never known.
will endure. Towards these ends I pledge my life's work. I will
children with tools and knowledge to overcome the obstacles. I
on the wisdom of my years and temper it with patience. I shall
each child the desire to fulfill his or her dream. I shall teach.
our children to stay in line we create well-behaved
followers. While this may make parenting a bit
easier, it has
enormous costs later in life. These same children grow up to
unhappy adults who desperately want to lead their own
yet lack the necessary skills to do so.
Stand Up for Your Life
don't just come to us; they come for us. They come into our
lives and show us where our capacity to love can still use improvement.
They shine a spotlight on our wounds and force us to deal with them.
They minister to our souls' growth and our personal growth even if we
like it. The alternative is to pass on the dis-ease, to leave them
inheritance that they'll have to sort out and try not to hand to the
generation. We have to let these small ministers do their very big
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|One of the
hard things about being a parent is understanding why
children misbehave. If we know why, we can
discipline more successfully.
Here are some of the possibilities.
First of all, attention. Whether it's
positive or negative, children want to make sure that we
notice them. Sibling rivalry is an example.
They will fight with each other just to get our
attention. Make sure that you're not becoming a
cheerleader for opposing teams.
Another possibility is power. All
children want power, whether they are four or
fourteen. But they really don't want to be in
control of the house and family. Watch out for power
struggles and refuse to participate.
Revenge. Children are very
sensitive about justice and fairness. If they think
you have been unfair, they may misbehave just to get
even. Discipline, but don't retaliate, or you'll be
setting a model for revenge.
Feelings of inadequacy may be the most
important reasons for trouble. Children who don't
think they are worthwhile may either stop trying or rebel
out of fear or anger.
See if you can figure out why your children
are misbehaving. It will be much easier to respond
in a way that helps, and doesn't hurt.
Success Is the Quality of Your Journey
|For children mastery entails
struggle. This means they must be permitted to
struggle. If parents inappropriately step in to
"help"--out of impatience or
solicitude--they sabotage important learning. Among other
things, the child
is unlikely to discover the advantages of perseverance and
you are trying to appear calm and collected on the outside when
you are feeling upset and angry, your children may mirror this to
becoming wild and disruptive. While you are trying to
maintain control, they
pick up the chaotic energy inside of you and reflect it in their
you express directly what you are feeling, without trying to cover
it up, they
will usually calm down. They feel comfortable with the
truth, the congruity
between your feelings and your words. This is true of other
relationships as well.
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