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A great person is one who
has not lost the child's heart.


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 and butter.

Lavina Christensen Fugal
What the majority of American children needs is to stop being pampered, 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 human beings.

Ann Landers
It seems to me that since I've had children, I've grown richer and deeper.  They may have slowed down my writing for a while, but when I did write, I had more of a self to speak from.

Anne Tyler
To carry feelings of childhood into the powers of adulthood, to combine the child's sense of wonder and novelty 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.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge


When they tell you to grow up, they mean stop growing.

Tom Robbins


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All teenagers need support from their parents.  However, parents also
need to step back and allow their children to learn through their own
experiences, which will add to their inner strength and help develop vital
coping skills so they're better prepared to tackle whatever life throws their
way.  Teenagers learn far more about life from their own actions than they
learn from listening to others.  All teens make mistakes, but it's often the
case that the eventual outcome is a positive experience that leads to
self-growth.  Teens learn many lessons by tackling life's challenges
on their own, without parental help or interference.  Likewise, the process
of fixing their own mistakes can also be a learning experience for teens.

Bill Resler
The Heart of the Team


It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and
heartless world.  It's our job to raise children who will make the
world a little less cruel and heartless.

L.R. Knost

We find 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 purpose.

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.



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We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children
that makes the heart too big for the body.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Little children are still the symbol of the eternal
marriage between love and duty.

George Eliot


If you are like me, most valuable parts of your childhood did not
take place in a special classroom or perfect practice field. Sure,
you had teachers and parents to encourage you to do your best
and work toward a goal, but that was balanced by plenty of other
worthwhile pursuits such as tearing apart a Stretch Armstrong doll
to see what was inside, building bike ramps in the driveway,
and racing leaf boats through a drainage ditch in a rainstorm.
   But we've sacrificed these things in pursuit of an ideal, and we've
turned our children into little mini-adults in the process. Tiny
professionals who have no time for brain-building, soul-boosting
play during the week, so they desperately cram it into a weekend
schedule packed with structured sports and recitals.
   It's sad.

Scott Dannemiller



We have to get children to understand that not only do they have this
incredible uniqueness, but they also have something that sometimes
we forget about.  They are also potentiality.  They are much more
undiscovered than they are discovered.  And there's the wonder of it.
It doesn't matter where they are, they're only just beginning and the big
magical trip of life is digging it all out and discovering the wonderful you.

Leo Buscaglia


When the milk is splattered all over the floor and those little eyes are looking
at you for your reaction, remember what really matters.  It takes five minutes
to clean up spilled milk; it takes much longer to clean up a broken spirit.

Rebecca Eanes


Thus children learn, by wiggling skills through their fingers and
their toes, into themselves.  By soaking up habits and attitudes
of those around them, by pushing and pulling their own worlds.
Thus children learn, more through trial than error, more through
pleasure than pain, more through experience than suggestion
and telling, and more through suggestion than direction.  And thus
children learn through affection, through love, through patience,
through understanding, through belonging, through doing and
being.  Day by day children come to know a little bit of what you
know, a little bit more of what you think and understand.  That
which you dream and believe are in truth what is becoming those
children.  As you perceive dully or clearly, as you think fuzzily or
sharply, as you believe foolishly or wisely, as you dream drably
or goldenly, as you bear false witness or tell the truth,
thus children learn.

Frederick Moffett


The greatest dreams on Earth I trust to you my child.
You are the seed of humankind, the hope, the future of the world.

Trán Düc Uyén

Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.

W.E.B. DuBois

Parents sometimes forget that after the child emerges from the utter physical and mental helplessness of infancy, it is becoming more and more an individual.  As an individual it may show decided tastes, preferences and inclinations in some direction.  No parent and no person can break or alter these tastes and preferences.  No one can make that child's mind over into something else.
   For the child's mind as we call it, is really a mind or spirit, which has lived other physical lives from infancy to maturity, if not to old age, and as it comes into possession of its new body, and acquires a relative control over that body, it will begin to act out the man or woman as it was in its former life, and that may be a man or woman very closely related to the parent or hardly related at all.  But in any event, the parent is dealing with an individual, who is growing more and more into tastes, preferences, and traits of character which belong to and are a part of it These must have expression.  They will have expression in mind or spirit, whether allowed to physically or not.
   If the boy is ever longing to go to sea, and the parent forbids, the boy is on the sea in mind; and if so in mind, it is far better that his body should follow, for there is only damage when mind and body are not working in correspondence together.  If the mother refuse to allow the boy to go to sea because she fears its dangers for him, still she is loving her own fears and her own way, too, more than she does her son.

Prentice Mulford
The Prentice Mulford Premium Collection


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Most children experience life more fully than we do.  Children are
aware of the particulars.  For a child the time between Halloween
and Christmas is made up of thousands and thousands of fully
experienced moments.  That takes longer to live through, longer
to go by.  After forty, Christmas seems to come three times a year.

Rachel Naomi Remen
Kitchen Table Wisdom

There once was a child, and he strolled about a good deal, and thought of
a number of things.  He had a sister, who was a child too, and his constant
companion.  These two used to wonder all day long.  They wondered at
the beauty of the flowers; they wondered at the height and blueness
of the sky; they wondered at the depth of the bright water; they wondered
at the goodness and the power of God who made the lovely world.

Charles Dickens


Wisdom is to the Taoist a child's state.  Children are born with it;
most adults have lost it, or a good deal of it.  And those who
haven't are, in one way or another, like children.  Is it Mere
Coincidence that the Chinese suffix tse, which has come to
mean "master," which literally means child?  As the Confucianist-
yet-surprisingly-Taoist philosopher Meng-tse wrote,
"Great man retains child's mind."

Benjamin Hoff
The Te of Piglet


If my heart can become pure and simple like that of a child,
I think there can be no happiness greater than this.

Kitaro Nishida

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.

Elias Canetti


Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of
children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as
the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves.

Marcelene Cox



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Have you ever watched small children playing alone in a room?  They will
talk to themselves, and they will answer.  They will dress themselves up.
They sing and dance.
A small child in a room all alone can have a marvelous time entertaining him-
or herself.  Children can do this not only because they have an innocence that
helps them to rise above the cares of the world; they don’t mind being alone
with their thoughts and dreams.  They don’t mind acting out their fantasies.
They can live their lives beyond the expectations of others.  In a room all alone,
children have no inhibitions.
They have nothing to prove and no one to satisfy but themselves.  They feel free!
They are unencumbered by opinions and directives.
It happens because nobody is watching them.
   Live your life like nobody is watching you.

Iyanla Vanzant


As far as the education of children is concerned I think
they should be taught not the little virtues but the great ones.
Not thrift but generosity and an indifference to money; not caution
but courage and a contempt for danger; not shrewdness but frankness
and a love of truth; not tact but love for one’s neighbor and
self-denial; not a desire for success but a desire to be and to know.

Natalia Ginzburg


Children are a wonderful gift.  They are young and small persons with minds
and ideas, hating to be talked down to.  They have an extraordinary capacity
to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.

Desmond Tutu

Whatever they grow up to be, they are still our children, and the one most
important of all the things we can give to them is unconditional love.  Not
a love that depends on anything at all except that they are our children.

Rosaleen Dickson

A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and
excitement.  It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed
vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is
dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.

Rachel Carson


While we try to teach our children all about life,
our children teach us what life is all about.

Angela Schwindt

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A child should be taught from its earliest life to find entertainment in
every kind of condition or weather.  If it hears its elders cursing and
bemoaning a rainy day the child's plastic mind is quick to receive
the impression that a rainy day is a disaster.  How much better to
expatiate in its presence on the blessing of rain, and to teach it the
enjoyment of all nature's varying moods, which other young animals feel.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The Heart of the New Thought

Children are the happiest people on the planet because they are not dragging
the baggage of a long heavy past around with them.  If they trip and fall or get
upset, they get over it quickly.  Nor are they pondering or planning what comes
next.  The now moment provides them with all the entertainment and fulfillment
they need.  At some point we all got hung up on time and we abandoned the
current moment.  We have distracted ourselves with what is not here.

Alan Cohen
The Tao Made Easy



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