Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experience of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses.
We've had bad luck with our kids - they've all grown up.
Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.
I don't remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don't even know exist until you love a child.
Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
That's the nature of being a parent, Sabine has discovered. You'll love your children far more than you ever loved your parents, and -- in the recognition that your own children cannot fathom the depth of your love -- you come to understand the tragic, unrequited love of your own parents.
I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway... let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.
Each suburban wife struggles with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night- she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question-- 'Is this all?
To be in your children's memories tomorrow, You have to be in their lives today.
Mother is a verb. It's something you do. Not just who you are.
I know it is hard for you young mothers to believe that almost before you can turn around the children will be gone and you will be alone with your husband. You had better be sure you are developing the kind of love and friendship that will be delightful and enduring. Let the children learn from your attitude that he is important. Encourage him. Be kind. It is a rough world, and he, like everyone else, is fighting to survive. Be cheerful. Don't be a whiner.
If your kid needs a role model and you ain't it, you're both fucked.
The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires.
Be sure to lie to your kids about the benevolent, all-seeing Santa Claus. It will prepare them for an adulthood of believing in God.
A father has to be a provider, a teacher, a role model, but most importantly, a distant authority figure who can never be pleased. Otherwise, how will children ever understand the concept of God?