If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.
To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.
We never know the love of our parents for us until we have become parents.
There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.
Don't demand respect as a parent. Demand civility and insist on honesty. But respect is something you must earn -- with kids as well as with adults.
The world talks to the mind. Parents speak more intimately -- they talk to the heart.
Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
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.
Always kiss your children goodnight - even if they're already asleep.
Parenthood: That state of being better chaperoned than you were before marriage.
There comes a time when a woman needs to stop thinking about her looks and focus her energies on raising her children. This time comes at the moment of conception. A child needs a role model, not a supermodel.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn't have anything to do with it.
The trouble with learning to parent on the job is that your child is the teacher.
A rich child often sits in a poor mother's lap.
Parents accept their obsolescence with the best grace they can muster. . . they do all they can to make it easy for the younger generation to surpass the older, while secretly dreading the rejection that follows.
Parents are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don't fulfill the promise of their early years.
Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.
The best brought-up children are those who have seen their parents as they are. Hypocrisy is not the parents' first duty.
A person soon learns how little he knows when a child begins to ask questions.
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.
There are times when parenthood seems nothing more than feeding the hand that bites you.
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