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Life starts out as partly destiny and partly free will, but then you have kids, and it’s all destiny. Robert Brault

Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home. Bill Cosby

It is one thing to show your child the way, and a harder thing to then stand out of it. Robert Brault

What’s done to children, they will do to society. Karl Menninger

If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example. George Bernard Shaw

You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once. Polish Proverb

The clash between child and adult is never so stubborn as when the child within us confronts the adult in our child. Robert Brault

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. Bill Cosby

In spite of the seven thousand books of expert advice, the right way to discipline a child is still a mystery to most fathers and… mothers. Only your grandmother and Genghis Khan know how to do it. Billy Cosby

Do you want to be an artist and a writer, or a wife and a lover? With kids, your focus changes. I don’t want to go to PTA meetings. Stevie Nicks

Becoming a father, I think it inevitably changes your perspective of life. I don’t get nearly enough sleep. And the simplest things in life are completely satisfying. I find you don’t have to do as much, like you don’t go on as many outings. Hugh Jackman





In bringing up children, spend on them half as much money and twice as much time. Author Unknown

From the moment of birth, when the Stone-Age baby confronts the twentieth-century mother, the baby is subjected to these forces of violence called love, as its father and mother and their parents and their parents before them, have been. These forces are mainly concerned with destroying most of its potential. R.D. Laing

Having a baby is a life-changer. It gives you a whole other perspective on why you wake up every day. Taylor Hanson

A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone. Billy Graham

To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favor of the needs of their children. As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the Savior Himself. James E. Faust

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk. Carl Jung

Children that are raised in a home with a married mother and father consistently do better in every measure of well-being than their peers who come from divorced or step-parent, single-parent, cohabiting homes. Todd Tiahrt

Don’t judge other people. For example, if you want God’s anointing to be on you for parenting, you need to be careful not to criticize other parents. Joyce Meyer

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At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. Jane D. Hull

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. Sigmund Freud

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. Charles R. Swindoll

The trouble with having a stubbornness contest with your kids is that they have your stubbornness gene. Robert Brault

If your kids are giving you a headache, follow the directions on the aspirin bottle, especially the part that says “keep away from children.” Susan Savannah

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It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. Frederick Douglass

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. Charles R. Swindoll, The Strong Family

How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child’s board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted. Walter Scott

You will always be your child’s favorite toy. Vicki Lansky, Trouble-Free Travel with Children, 1991

What a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give. P.D. James, Time to Be in Earnest

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The interesting thing about being a mother is that everyone wants pets, but no one but me cleans the kitty litter. Meryl Streep

The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all. Benjamin Spock

We criticize mothers for closeness. We criticize fathers for distance. How many of us have expected less from our fathers and appreciated what they gave us more? How many of us always let them off the hook? Ellen Goodman

Mama and Daddy King represent the best in manhood and womanhood, the best in a marriage, the kind of people we are trying to become. Coretta Scott King

We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves. Henry Ward Beecher

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Your children vividly remember every unkind thing you ever did to them, plus a few you really didn’t. Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

Once you become the mommy or daddy in your child’s world, it is the only world in which you exist, no matter how much you fancy there is a separate world of your own. Robert Brault

Getting down on all fours and imitating a rhinoceros stops babies from crying. (Put an empty cigarette pack on your nose for a horn and make loud “snort” noises.) I don’t know why parents don’t do this more often. Usually it makes the kid laugh. Sometimes it sends him into shock. Either way it quiets him down. If you’re a parent, acting like a rhino has another advantage. Keep it up until the kid is a teenager and he definitely won’t have his friends hanging around your house all the time. P.J. O’Rourke

Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he’s buying. Fran Lebowitz, Social Studies

The trouble with being a parent is that by the time you are experienced, you are unemployed. Author Unknown

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We put more emphasis on who can drive a car than on who can be a parent. And I think there ought to be mandatory parenting classes starting in high school, and you should have to have a license to be able to be a parent to explain that you don’t give alcohol to kids. Dale Archer

Most people who have grown up introverted in this very extroverted culture of ours have had painful experiences of feeling like they are out of step with what’s expected of them. Parenting can pose unique challenges for introverted parents, who fear that their own painful experiences will be repeated in their children’s lives. Susan Cain

Autism is a neurological disorder. It’s not caused by bad parenting. It’s caused by, you know, abnormal development in the brain. The emotional circuits in the brain are abnormal. And there also are differences in the white matter, which is the brain’s computer cables that hook up the different brain departments. Temple Grandin

Parenting is not for sissies. You have to sacrifice and grow up. Jillian Michaels

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. Franklin P. Jones

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Hugs can do great amounts of good – especially for children. Princess Diana

If we had paid no more attention to our plants than we have to our children, we would now be living in a jungle of weed. Luther Burbank

Abortion is defended today as a means of ensuring the equality and independence of women, and as a solution to the problems of single parenting, child abuse, and the feminization of poverty. Robert Casey

Childhood obesity is best tackled at home through improved parental involvement, increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint from eating. Bob Filner

I regret not having had more time with my kids when they were growing up. Tina Turner



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It’s a great mistake, I think, to put children off with falsehoods and nonsense, when their growing powers of observation and discrimination excite in them a desire to know about things. Anne Sullivan

My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would be, and much less about what we would do. Mitt Romney

To me luxury is to be at home with my daughter, and the occasional massage doesn’t hurt. Olivia Newton-John

Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being. Miriam Makeba

At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experience of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses. Ellen Key

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The unconditional love for you child, it’s truly amazing. Jourdan Dunn

Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Having children is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain. Martin Mull

Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. Robert Fulghum

I take parenting incredibly seriously. I want to be there for my kids and help them navigate the world, and develop skills, emotional intelligence, to enjoy life, and I’m lucky to be able to do that and have two healthy, normal boys. Joan Cusack

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A man is made or unmade before his seventh year, and there is a special lower hell for fathers and mother that have the «yes‑dear» habit. Austin O’Malley (1858–1932)

There is a strong chance that siblings who turn out well were hassled by the same parents. Robert Brault

If your children spend most of their time in other people’s houses, you’re lucky; if they all congregate at your house, you’re blessed. Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others. Haim Ginott

Give me the life of the boy whose mother is nurse, seamstress, washerwoman, cook, teacher, angel, and saint, all in one, and whose father is guide, exemplar, and friend. No servants to come between. These are the boys who are born to the best fortune. Andrew Carnegie

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We must return optimism to our parenting. To focus on the joys, not the hassles; the love, not the disappointments; the common sense, not the complexities. Fred G. Gosman

Loving a child doesn’t mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult. Nadia Boulanger

Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life. Muriel Spark

Children are our second chance to have a great parent-child relationship. Laura Schlessinger

If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much. Jackie Kennedy

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A child enters your home and for the next twenty years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it. The child departs, leaving the house so silent you think you are going mad. John Andrew Holmes

Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age. William Feather

Parents are not interested in justice; they are interested in quiet. Bill Cosby

Your responsibility as a parent is not as great as you might imagine. You need not supply the world with the next conqueror of disease or major motion-picture star. If your child simply grows up to be someone who does not use the word “collectible” as a noun, you can consider yourself an unqualified success. Fran Lebowitz

A child, like your stomach, doesn’t need all you can afford to give it. Frank A. Clark

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Every cliche about kids is true; they grow up so quickly, you blink and they’re gone, and you have to spend the time with them now. But that’s a joy. Liam Neeson

Even as kids reach adolescence, they need more than ever for us to watch over them. Adolescence is not about letting go. It’s about hanging on during a very bumpy ride. Ron Taffel

My children are the reason I laugh, smile and want to get up every morning. Gena Lee Nolin

Instant availability without continuous presence is probably the best role a mother can play. Lotte Bailyn

If your parents didn’t have any children, there’s a good chance that you won’t have any. Clarence Day

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Now the thing about having a baby — and I can’t be the first person to have noticed this — is that thereafter you have it. Jean Kerr

Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them. Oscar Wilde

There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it. Chinese Proverb

Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected. Red Buttons

Smack your child every day. If you don’t know why — he does. Joey Adams

The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering. Benjamin Spock

Having babies is fun, but babies grow up into people. M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter

My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it. Quentin Crisp

When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out. Erma Bombeck

I love to play hide and seek with my kid, but some days my goal is to find a hiding place where he can’t find me until after high school. Author Unknown

The hardest part of raising a child is teaching them to ride bicycles. A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom. The realization that this is what the child will always need can hit hard. Sloan Wilson

You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love. You have to deserve your father’s. He is more particular…. The father is always a Republican towards his son, and his mother’s always a Democrat. Robert Frost

Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken. Bill Dodds

Parenting is the hardest thing I have ever done. I tried to find the balance between the strict, traditional Chinese way I was raised, which I think can be too harsh, and what I see as a tendency in the West to be too permissive and indulgent. If I could do it all again, I would, with some adjustments. Amy Chua

Learning from wolves to interact with pet dogs makes about as much sense as, ‘I want to improve my parenting – let’s see how the chimps do it!’ Ian Dunbar

You know, parenting is so personal. And we’re all afraid that we didn’t quite get it right. And it feels like the stakes are so high. By we – what if we made a mistake? Amy Chua

The most rewarding aspect of parenting is seeing my children be authentic. The most rewarding thing for me is to see them do anything that they’re proud of. Jamie Lee Curtis

Thing is, I went to a born-again Christian high school, was brought up in a traditional Mormon family where these ideas about parenting are of structure and sacrifice. To think outside of that idea of family and parenting that I’ve grown up with is tough but also very freeing. Paul Walker