Before you were conceived, I wanted you.
Before you were born I loved you.
Before you were here
an hour, I would die for you.
This is the miracle of life.
Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.
It takes a village to raise a child.
To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix
bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons
George Washington Carver:
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with
the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these
Children are our most valuable natural resource.
If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much.
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed
to imitate them.
Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them
feel worse? Think of the last time you felt humiliated or treated unfairly. Did you feel like cooperating or doing better?
Lydia Maria Child:
When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect
for what he may become.
Marian Wright Edelman:
Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!
If you as parents cut corners, your children will too. If you lie, they will too. If you spend all
your money on yourselves and tithe no portion of it for charities, colleges, churches, synagogues, and civic causes, your
children won't either. And if parents snicker at racial and gender jokes, another generation will pass on the poison adults
still have not had the courage to snuff out.
If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand for much.
Bitter are the tears of a child: Sweeten them.
Deep are the thoughts of a child: Quiet them.
the grief of a child: Take it from him.
Soft is the heart of a child: Do not harden it.