In my last blog I listed some of my favorite quotes about children, this week I thought I would finish that with a few of my favorite quotes about parents. Some of these are funny and others are quite sobering, either way I hope you enjoy them.
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
“My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would be, and much less about what we would do.”
“Children spell love… T-I-M-E.”
Dr. A. Witham
“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”
Charles R. Swindoll
“Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories.”
“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.“
This is one my children were especially good at: ““Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they’re going to catch you in next.”
Franklin P. Jones
“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” (this reminds me of the thought about the tyranny of the urgent – “the urgent things in life are seldom important, and the important things in life are seldom urgent”. When my car stops working it seems urgent to get it fixed (after all I need to go to work tomorrow), when my daughter asks me to play it certainly does not seem urgent but between the two it is by far the more important one.
“It seems I’ve officially lost my mind. I think my kids ran away with it.”
“All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.”
“Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.”
“Your children need your presence much more than your presents.”
“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for.”
“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.”
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