I recently addressed a group of parents on how to raise caring kids and boost moral intelligence. I always conclude my talk with a song entitled, “I Wish” written for me by an incredibly talented Canadian musician named Ron Hiller (better known as RONNO). As his words come over the speaker system, I show a series of parenting quotes accompanied by heartwarming photos of children with parents. I’ve had so many parents ask for copies of those quotes. So here they are…my favorite parenting quotes (and my all time favorite is the last one). Enjoy!
“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.”
- George Herbert
“Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.”
- Anthony Brandt
“A child born into a home of ideals has inherited the finest and best which life can give him.”
- Harry H. Epstein
“My father didn’t tell me how to live, he lived, and let me watch him do it.”
– Clarence Kelland
“What the mother sings to the cradle goes all the way to the coffin.”
- Harry Ward Beecher
“All I am is what my mother made me.”
- John Quincy Adams
“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”
- Kahil Gibran
“A torn jacket is soon mended, but hard words bruise the hearts of a child.”
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.”
- C.G. Jung
“All a child’s life depends on the ideal it has of its parents. Destroy that and everything goes.”
- E.M. Forester
“The highest measure of a civilization lies in how it cares for its children.”
- Margaret Mead
“Children can have no better inheritance than believing parents.”
- Nels F.S. Ferre
“The most beautiful sight in the world is a little child going confidently down the road of life after you have shown him the way.”
Read this one extra carefully! It was written hundreds of years ago, but still sums up our prime role in parenting:
To raise our children so they have the confidence and competence to live someday without us.
Sigh! And it goes by so quickly!
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