QUOTES: The Best Wise and Witty Quotes about Children and Parenting

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Quotes about Children and Parenting

  1. We never know the love of our parents for us till we have become parents.  —  Henry Ward Beecher
  2. If there is anything that 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,
  3. The country clubs, the cars, the boats, Your assets may be ample, / But the best inheritance / You can leave your kids / Is to be a good example. — Barry Spilchuk
  4. Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.  — H. Jackson Brown
  5. My father didn’t tell me how to live, he lived, and let me watch him do it.  — Clarence Budinton Kelland
  6. If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. — Abigail Van Buren
  7. Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.  — Robert Fulghum
  8. Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.  — David Bly
  9. To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.  — Josh Billings
  10. Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.  — Robert A Heinlein
  11. It is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.  — Ann Landers
  12. The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them. — Frank A. Clark
  13. There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots. The other is wings.  — Hodding Carter, Jr.
  14. Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.  — Elizabeth Stone
  15. Always kiss your children goodnight — even if they’re already asleep.  — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  16. Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories.  — John Wilmot
  17. Kids spell love T-I-M-E.  — John Crudele
  18. Your children need your presence more than your presents.   — Jesse Jackson
  19. Children have more need of models than of critics.  — Carolyn Coats
  20. If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.  — Haim Ginott
  21. The guys who fear becoming fathers don’t understand that fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man.  The end product of child-raising is not the child but the parent.  — Frank Pittman
  22. Insanity is hereditary — you get it from your kids.  — Sam Levenson
  23. Likely as not, the child you can do the least with will do the most to make you proud.  — Mignon McLaughlin
  24. When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.  — The Talmud
  25. What’s done to children, they will do to society.  — Karl Menninger
  26.  To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.  — Anonymous
  27. Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation. — C. Everett Koop
  28. I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.  — Harry S. Truman
  29. A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.  — Anonymous

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