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One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. George Herbert

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There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent. Mahatma Gandhi

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Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. James Baldwin

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With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. Michelle Obama

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As a nonparent, I stand in awe of parents. Philip Yancey


That best academy, a mother’s knee. James Russell Lowell


Of course, parents are the most important people in a child’s life. Hillary Clinton


You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. Khalil Gibran


When I look back I can’t believe how my parents managed, but the cliché is true. We didn’t have money, but we were rich in so many other ways. Joaquin Phoenix


Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality. George Santayana


Be kind to your children. Unless you raise them in a cardboard box without any stimulation or interaction, then they will probably be just fine. Bruce Hood




What is a home without children? Quiet. Henny Youngman


Parenthood is such a lesson in self-sacrifice. Angela Kinsey


Parenting is not for sissies. You have to sacrifice and grow up. Jillian Michaels


We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves. Henry Ward Beecher


When you become a parent, it’s not all about you anymore. Carre Otis


Being a parent is not a reasonable thing. It is a very hard thing. I am a parent and I know. Dee Snider


But now, being a parent, I go home and see my son and I forget about any mistake I ever made or the reason I’m upset. I get home and my son is smiling or he comes running to me. It has just made me grow as an individual and grow as a man. LeBron James


When you become a parent, you look at your parents differently. You look at being a child differently. It’s an awakening, a revelation that you have. Philip Seymour Hoffman


You know, parenting is so personal. And we’re all afraid that we didn’t quite get it right. And it feels like the stakes are so high. By we – what if we made a mistake? Amy Chua


Being a mother has been my greatest teacher and also the most self-sacrificing thing I’ve ever done. Katey Sagal Even




Nothing is so contagious as example. La Rochefoucauld


Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk. Carl Jung


If you don’t feel safe as a child, you can’t learn. Lady Gaga


I think our job as parents is to give our kids roots to grow and wings to fly. Deborah Norville


Developing resilience isn’t something you do over night — it’s the work of a lifetime. Connie Matthiessen


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When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities, talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning. That’s if you want to teach them to think. Bertrand Russell


My coach and my parents both had this relationship to what I was doing, which was allowing me to express myself with chess. And so I could love it. I had a passion for it. I was expressing myself through chess, and I was learning about myself through chess. Joshua Waitzkin


It is true that my parents were worried because I began to speak relatively late, so much so that they consulted a doctor. I can’t say how old I was then, certainly not less than three. Albert Einstein


I do believe that when your child does poorly on a test, your first step should not necessarily be to attack the teacher or the school’s curriculum. It should be to look at the idea that, maybe, the child didn’t work hard enough. Amy Chua


But, in fact, there is nothing that can bring you closer to fearlessness about everything else in the world than being a parent – because everyday fears – like not being approved of – pale by comparison to the fears you have about your children. Arianna Huffington


I learned from my parents the idea that, if you are devoted enough and you want to study something enough, you can really teach yourself anything. Brit Marling


The more certain kids are that someone’s got their back, the more confident and autonomous they can be. Melinda Wenner Moyer


To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires. James Russell Lowell


Education begins at home and I applaud the parents who recognize that they – not someone else – must take responsibility to assure that their children are well educated. Ernest Istook


I’ve learned that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person. Andy Rooney




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


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


Always kiss your children goodnight — even if they’re already asleep. – Quoted by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


Send your little child to bed happy. Whatever cares press, give it a warm good-night kiss as it goes to its pillow. The memory of this in the stormy years which fate may have in store for the little one will be like Bethlehem’s star to the bewildered shepherds. — “My father — my mother loved me!” Fate cannot take away that blessed heart-balm. Lips parched with the world’s fever will become dewy again at this thrill of youthful memories. Kiss your little child before it goes to sleep. – Charles Bullock, 1861


When you have brought up kids, there are memories you store directly in your tear ducts. – Robert Brault,


Yes, having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit. – Bill Cosby, Fatherhood


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. – Author Unknown, c.1946  [Thanks, Garson O’Toole of!]


It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge. – Phyllis Diller


To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while. – Josh Billings


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


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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. – Joyce Maynard


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


The trouble with learning to parent on the job is that your child is the teacher. – Robert Brault,


It behooves a father to be blameless if he expects his child to be. – Homer


If you have never been hated by your child you have never been a parent. – Bette Davis


It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t. – Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams


Diogenes struck the father when the son swore. – Robert Burton, “Anatomy of Melancholy,” Democritus to the Reader, 1621


Children are a great comfort in your old age — and they help you reach it faster, too. – Lionel Kauffman


Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. – Abigail Van Buren


The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable. – Lane Olinghouse


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, Integration of the Personality, 1939


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


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


Simply having children does not make mothers. – John A. Shedd


Although there are many trial marriages… there is no such thing as a trial child. – Gail Sheehy


Children have more need of models than of critics. – Carolyn Coats, Things Your Dad Always Told You But You Didn’t Want to Hear


The beauty of “spacing” children many years apart lies in the fact that parents have time to learn the mistakes that were made with the older ones — which permits them to make exactly the opposite mistakes with the younger ones. – Sydney J. Harris


A wise woman once said to me that there are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these she said is roots, the other, wings. – William Hodding Carter (1907–1972)


Your children tell you casually years later what it would have killed you with worry to know at the time. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


Do not ask that your kids live up to your expectations. Let your kids be who they are, and your expectations will be in breathless pursuit. – Robert Brault,


The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children. – Edward, Duke of Windsor, Look, 5 March 1957


The problem with children is that you have to put up with their parents. – Charles DeLint


Sing out loud in the car even, or especially, if it embarrasses your children. – Marilyn Penland


My mom used to say it doesn’t matter how many kids you have… because one kid’ll take up 100% of your time so more kids can’t possibly take up more than 100% of your time. – Karen Brown


A parent’s love is whole no matter how many times divided. – Robert Brault,


Children aren’t happy with nothing to ignore,
And that’s what parents were created for.
– Ogden Nash, “The Parent,” Happy Days, 1933


Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. – Charles R. Swindoll, The Strong Family


How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child’s board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted. – Walter Scott


You will always be your child’s favorite toy. – Vicki Lansky, Trouble-Free Travel with Children, 1991


What a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give. – P.D. James, Time to Be in Earnest


A man is made or unmade before his seventh year, and there is a special lower hell for fathers and mother that have the «yes‑dear» habit. – Austin O’Malley (1858–1932), Thoughts of a Recluse, 1898


There is a strong chance that siblings who turn out well were hassled by the same parents. – Robert Brault,


If your children spend most of their time in other people’s houses, you’re lucky; if they all congregate at your house, you’re blessed. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


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


Give me the life of the boy whose mother is nurse, seamstress, washerwoman, cook, teacher, angel, and saint, all in one, and whose father is guide, exemplar, and friend. No servants to come between. These are the boys who are born to the best fortune. – Andrew Carnegie


Now the thing about having a baby — and I can’t be the first person to have noticed this — is that thereafter you have it. – Jean Kerr


Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them. – Oscar Wilde


There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it. – Chinese Proverb


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


Smack your child every day. If you don’t know why — he does. – Joey Adams


Kids spell love T-I-M-E. – John Crudele


There may be some doubt as to who are the best people to have charge of children, but there can be no doubt that parents are the worst. – George Bernard Shaw


Because of their size, parents may be difficult to discipline properly. – P.J. O’Rourke


A parent who has never apologized to his children is a monster. If he’s alwaysapologizing, his children are monsters. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


As parents, we guide by our unspoken example. It is only when we’re talking to them that our kids aren’t listening. – Robert Brault,


Mother Nature is wonderful. Children get too old for piggy-back rides just about the same time they get too heavy for them. – Author Unknown


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, Man Enough


If nature had arranged that husbands and wives should have children alternatively, there would never be more than three in a family. – Lawrence Housman


Parenthood is the passing of a baton, followed by a lifelong disagreement as to who dropped it. – Robert Brault,


I don’t believe professional athletes should be role models. I believe parents should be role models…. It’s not like it was when I was growing up. My mom and my grandmother told me how it was going to be. If I didn’t like it, they said, “Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.” Parents have to take better control. – Charles Barkley


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 child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering. – Benjamin Spock, Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care


Having babies is fun, but babies grow up into people. – MAS*H, Colonel Potter, “The Price of Tomato Juice”


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My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it. – Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil Servant, 1968


When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out. – Erma Bombeck


I love to play hide and seek with my kid, but some days my goal is to find a hiding place where he can’t find me until after high school. – Author Unknown


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


You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love. You have to deserve your father’s. He is more particular…. The father is always a Republican towards his son, and his mother’s always a Democrat. – Robert Frost


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


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.
– Diane Loomans, from “If I Had My Child To Raise Over Again”


Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father. – Gloria Steinem, New York Times, 26 August 1971


Good, honest, hardheaded character is a function of the home. If the proper seed is sown there and properly nourished for a few years, it will not be easy for that plant to be uprooted. – George A. Dorsey


Hot dogs always seem better out than at home; so do French-fried potatoes; so do your children. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960


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


The most important thing she’d learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one. – Jill Churchill


What you don’t realize as a kid is that if your parents are always going to be there for you, they aren’t going to be somewhere else doing exciting and glamorous things. – Robert Brault,


Whenever I held my newborn baby in my arms, I used to think that what I said and did to him could have an influence not only on him but on all whom he met, not only for a day or a month or a year, but for all eternity — a very challenging and exciting thought for a mother. – Rose Kennedy


Now that… my kids are grown, I understand how much work and love it takes to raise and to keep a family together. The example of your strength, devotion, and patience is now rippling through the generations. Thank you! – Forest Houtenschil, c.1980


Was there ever a grandparent, bushed after a day of minding noisy youngsters, who hasn’t felt the Lord knew what He was doing when He gave little children to young people? – Joe E. Wells


Ma-ma does everything for the baby, who responds by saying Da-da first. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


What you must accept as a parent is that you cannot always be there for your child without sometimes ruining everything. – Robert Brault,


Insanity is hereditary. You can get it from your children. – Sam Levenson


It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place. – Colette, My Mother’s House, 1922


Humans are the only animals that have children on purpose with the exception of guppies, who like to eat theirs. – P.J. O’Rourke


Likely as not, the child you can do the least with will do the most to make you proud. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


Conspicuously absent from the Ten Commandments is any obligation of parent to child. We must suppose that God felt it unnecessary to command by law what He had ensured by love. – Robert Brault,


The one thing children wear out faster than shoes is parents. – John J. Plomp


You see much more of your children once they leave home. – Lucille Ball


Raising children is like making biscuits: it is as easy to raise a big batch as one, while you have your hands in the dough. – E.W. Howe


A young lady is a female child who has just done something dreadful. – Judith Martin


Parenting is a stage of life’s journey where the milestones come about every fifty feet. – Robert Brault,


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


The secret of dealing successfully with a child is not to be its parent. – Mell Lazarus

Tip for a parent trying to be the north star to a child desperate for sun: Sometimes it’s enough just to shine. – Susan Noyes Anderson, in reply to Robert Brault’s “It is a story without a villain, the parent who tried to be the north star to a child desperate for the sun.”


No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I’m not talking about the kids. – Bill Cosby, Fatherhood, 1986


The ideal home: big enough for you to hear the children, but not very well. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


Parenthood is a lot easier to get into than out of. – Bruce Lansky


Conscience is less an inner voice than the memory of a mother’s glance. – Robert Brault,


Character is largely caught, and the father and the home should be the great sources of character infection. – Frank H. Cheley


When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son. – The Talmud


Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes. – Chinese Proverb


A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp. – Raymond Duncan


The hardest thing to accept as a parent is that you cannot apply the bandage before the bruise. – Robert Brault,


Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you. – Erma Bombeck


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


There are no illegitimate children — only illegitimate parents. – Leon R. Yankwich


Sometimes, in a moral struggle, we discover the right thing to do — just as, on some cold day long ago, we discovered mittens pinned to our coat sleeve. – Robert Brault,


Parents know best how to push our buttons because they installed them. – Author Unknown


Instant availability without continuous presence is probably the best role a mother can play. – Lotte Bailyn


If your parents didn’t have any children, there’s a good chance that you won’t have any. – Clarence Day


A child enters your home and for the next twenty years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it. The child departs, leaving the house so silent you think you are going mad. – John Andrew Holmes


Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age. – William Feather, The Business of Life, 1949


Parents are not interested in justice; they are interested in quiet. – Bill Cosby


Your responsibility as a parent is not as great as you might imagine. You need not supply the world with the next conqueror of disease or major motion-picture star. If your child simply grows up to be someone who does not use the word “collectible” as a noun, you can consider yourself an unqualified success. – Fran Lebowitz, “Parental Guidance,” Social Studies, 1981


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


Your children vividly remember every unkind thing you ever did to them, plus a few you really didn’t. – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


Once you become the mommy or daddy in your child’s world, it is the only world in which you exist, no matter how much you fancy there is a separate world of your own. – Robert Brault,


These are my daughters, I suppose.
But where in the world did the children vanish?
– Phyllis McGinley, “Ballad of Lost Objects,” 1954


Getting down on all fours and imitating a rhinoceros stops babies from crying. (Put an empty cigarette pack on your nose for a horn and make loud “snort” noises.) I don’t know why parents don’t do this more often. Usually it makes the kid laugh. Sometimes it sends him into shock. Either way it quiets him down. If you’re a parent, acting like a rhino has another advantage. Keep it up until the kid is a teenager and he definitely won’t have his friends hanging around your house all the time. – P.J. O’Rourke


Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he’s buying. – Fran Lebowitz, Social Studies


The trouble with being a parent is that by the time you are experienced, you are unemployed. – Author Unknown


The trouble with having a stubbornness contest with your kids is that they have your stubbornness gene. – Robert Brault,


If your kids are giving you a headache, follow the directions on the aspirin bottle, especially the part that says “keep away from children.” – Susan Savannah


In spite of the six thousand manuals on child raising in the bookstores, child raising is still a dark continent and no one really knows anything. You just need a lot of love and luck — and, of course, courage. – Bill Cosby, Fatherhood, 1986


In spite of the seven thousand books of expert advice, the right way to discipline a child is still a mystery to most fathers and… mothers. Only your grandmother and Genghis Khan know how to do it. – Billy Cosby


In bringing up children, spend on them half as much money and twice as much time. – Author Unknown


From the moment of birth, when the Stone-Age baby confronts the twentieth-century mother, the baby is subjected to these forces of violence called love, as its father and mother and their parents and their parents before them, have been. These forces are mainly concerned with destroying most of its potential. – R.D. Laing


They [f@%] you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.
But they were [f
@%’d] up in their turn
By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
And half at one another’s throats.
Man hands on misery to man.
It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
And don’t have any kids yourself
– Philip Larkin, “This Be the Verse,” High Windows, 1974  [The poem’s title is a quote from Robert Louis Stevenson’s Requiem, “This be the verse you grave for me…” —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Life starts out as partly destiny and partly free will, but then you have kids, and it’s all destiny. – Robert Brault,


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Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home. – Bill Cosby, Fatherhood, 1986


It is one thing to show your child the way, and a harder thing to then stand out of it. – Robert Brault,


What’s done to children, they will do to society. – Karl Menninger


If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example. – George Bernard Shaw


You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once. – Polish Proverb


The clash between child and adult is never so stubborn as when the child within us confronts the adult in our child. – Robert Brault,

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