There are times when parenthood seems nothing more than feeding the hand that bites you.
The secret of dealing successfully with a child is not to be its parent.
Parenthood is not an object of appetite or even desire. It is an object of will. There is no appetite for parenthood; there is only a purpose or intention of parenthood.
When you have children yourself, you begin to understand what you owe your parents.
When we choose to be parents, we accept another human being as part of ourselves, and a large part of our emotional selves will stay with that person as long as we live. From that time on, there will be another person on this earth whose orbit around us will affect us as surely as the moon affects the tides, and affect us in some ways more deeply than anyone else can. Our children are extensions of ourselves.
The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.
The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven's lieutenants.
Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.
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.
Presence is more than just being there.
Parents: People who spend half their time wondering how their children will turn out, and the rest of the time when they will turn in.
Parents can tell but never teach, unless they practice what they preach.
Parenthood is a lot easier to get into than out of.
Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who tread on their toes.
One who walks the road with love will never walk the road alone.
Lucky parents who have fine children usually have lucky children who have fine parents.
Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents.
Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.
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.
God sends children to enlarge our hearts, and make us unselfish and full of kindly sympathies and affections.
Children are the proof we've been here... they are the best thing and the most impossible thing.
Children keep us in check. Their laughter prevents our hearts from hardening. Their dreams ensure we never lose our drive to make ours a better world. They are the greatest disciplinarians known to mankind.
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