October 15, 2009

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Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories.

~John Wilmot

All children behave as well as they are treated.

~ Jan Hunt

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.

~ Emilie Buchwald

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

~ Buddy Hackett

There is a lot more juice in grapefruit than meets the eye.

~ Author Unknown

The easiest way to teach children the value of money is to borrow some from them.

~ Anonymous

It is in playing, and perhaps only in playing, that the child is free to be creative.

~ D.W. Winnicott

A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

There are three reasons for breastfeeding:  the milk is always at the right temperature; it comes in attractive containers; and the cat can’t get it.

~ Irena Chalmers

I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.

~ Dr Seuss

Making a book is a craft, like making a clock; it needs more than native wit to be an author.

~ Jean De La Bruyere

What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child.

~ George Bernard Shaw

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

Cooking Rule … If at first you don’t succeed, order pizza.

~ Anonymous

Children do not need to be made to learn to be better, told what to do or shown how. If they are given access to enough of the world, they will see clearly enough what things are truly important to themselves and to others, and they will make for themselves a better path into that world then anyone else could make for them.

~ John Holt

Being different isn’t always a bad thing.

~  Alicia, The Fantastic Four

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
For children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

~ Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

Children can be conceptualised as mirrors. If love is given to them, they return it. If none is given, they have none to return. Unconditional love is reflected unconditionally, and conditional love is returned conditionally.
~ Ross Campbell

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one.
~ Leo J. Burke

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover

~ Mark Twain

Flow is being completely involved in an activity for its own sake.

The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz.

Your whole being is involved and you are using your skills to the utmost.

~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Very young children eat their books, literally devouring their contents.

This is one reason for the scarcity of first editions of Alice in Wonderland and other favorites of the nursery.

~ A. S. W. Rosenbach

Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.

~ O. Fred Donaldson

Courage is being scared to death – and saddling up anyway!

~ John Wayne
One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.

~ A. A. Milne

“Accept the children the way we accept trees—with gratitude, because they are a blessing—but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are.”

~ Isabel Allende

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma—which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.
Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary…

~ Steve Jobs

Treat children exactly as you would like children to treat you.

~ Norm Lee

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

~ William Blake

Most of us became parents long before we have stopped being children.

~ Mignon McLaughlin

Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning.

~ Diane Ackerman

I need my diaper changed. The pee is hot.

~ Thou Shalt Not Whine

There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

We try to give a birthing woman freedom to find the right position for her own needs and comfort. Unfortunately, in our society we think of birthing as something done while lying down.

~ Michel Odent

A newborn baby has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three.

~ Grantly Dick-Read

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.

~ George Santayana

Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.

~ Jim Davis

I was, on the whole, considerably discouraged by my school days. It was not pleasant to feel oneself so completely outclassed and left behind at the beginning of the race.

~ Winston Churchill

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

~ Thomas A. Edison

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