It is only by introducing the young to great
literature, drama and music,
and to the excitement of great science that we open to them the
possibilities that lie within the human spirit--enable them to see visions
and dream dreams. -Eric Anderson
I thought: what fools we are with our children--always
plotting what we shall make of them,
always planning for
a future that never comes,
always intent on what they may
never accepting what they are. -Howard Vincent O'Brien
term "a mere
been my invariable experience that the
child is infinitely
preferable to that
adult. -Fran Lebowitz
carry feelings of childhood into the powers of adulthood,
to combine the child's sense of wonder
with the appearances which every day for
years has rendered familiar,
this is the character and
privilege of genius,
and one of the marks which
distinguish it from talent. -Samuel
only thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child.
who help a child help humanity
with an immediateness
which no other help given to human
creature in any other
stage of human life can
possibly give again. -Phillips Brooks
the majority of American children needs is to stop being
stop being indulged, stop being chauffeured,
stop being catered to. In the final analysis, 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
the children of the world
Every single little boy and girl
Heaven plants a special seed
And we must have faith for these
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in the Father's eyes
Like the Father may we see
That they have a destiny
And give them the light of love to lead
Through the darkness around us now
To a place where hope is found
Our religion is one which challenges
the ordinary human standards
by holding that the ideal of
life is the spirit of a little child. We tend
adulthood and wisdom and worldly prudence, but the Gospel
reverses all this. The Gospel says that the inescapable
of entrance into the divine fellowship is that
we turn and become
as a little child. As against our
natural judgment we must become
tender and full of wonder
and unspoiled by the hard skepticism
on which we so often
pride ourselves. But when we really look
into the heart
of a child, willful as he or she may be, we are often
God has sent children into the world, not only to
but to serve as sacred reminders of
something ineffably precious which
we are always in
danger of losing. The sacrament of childhood is thus a
continuing revelation. -Elton Trueblood
|Love your children with all your hearts,
love them enough
to discipline them before it is too late.
. . Praise them for
important things, even if you have to
stretch them a bit. Praise them a lot. They live on
it like bread and butter
and they need it more than bread
and butter. -Lavina
are not casual guests in our home. They have been loaned to us
for the purpose of loving them and instilling
foundation of values on
their future lives will be built.
child should know a hill,
And the clean joy of running down its long slope
With the wind in his hair.
He should know a tree--
The comfort of its cool lap of shade,
And the supple strength of its arms
Balancing him between earth and sky
So he is a creature of both.
He should know bits of singing water--
The strange mysteries of its depths,
And the long sweet grasses that border it.
Every child should know some scrap
Of uninterrupted sky, to shout against;
And have one star, dependable and bright,
For wishing on.
Edna Casler Joll
looking deep into the eyes of a child,
you are conscious
of meeting a glance full
of wisdom. The child has
known nothing yet
but love and beauty. All this
knowledge you have acquired is unguessed
by her. And yet you meet this wonderful look
tells you in a moment more than all the
experience have seemed to teach.
I love little children, and it is not a slight thing
fresh from God, love us. -Charles Dickens
Kingdom of Ideas
Wilferd A. Peterson
the Kingdom of Ideas, become as a little child.
is nothing more resembles God's eyes," wrote Nikos
Kazantzakis, "than the eyes of a child."
has wide-eyed interest in everything. As God did, he looks
upon the world and finds it good.
does not block the flow of goodness into her life by thoughts of
fear and prejudice. Her mind is as open as are her eyes.
She experiences the wonder of life.
is an explorer. He is curious. He wants to know what
is on the other side of the moon, or the room. He
investigates things to find out what they are and how they
work. He asks questions. He loves to experiment.
lives in the world of fantasy where all great ideas are
born. It was probably a child who first dreamed of flying
through the air, hearing voices and music from the sky,
penetrating to the ocean depths. Before the reality comes
has the magic gift of imagination. She sees things that
aren't there. She creates in her mind the kind of a world
she wants to live in. She visualizes things as she wants
them to be.
has freshness of response. To him the world is ever new
and full of miracles and adventures. He reacts
spontaneously to the discoveries he makes each day.
follows the simple way. She does not become bogged down in
the complex and the obscure. She is natural, direct and
is confident. He has not learned all of the reasons why a
thing cannot be done. He ignores obstacles because he does
not know they exist.
learn from the child: The more childlike we are in our
approach to problems, the more creative we will be. Try
the fresh approach of a child.
People with bad consciences always
judgment of children. -
world was not left to us by our parents;
it was lent to us by our children.
To become mature is to
recover that sense
of seriousness which one had as a
child at play. -Friedrich
form our children on our own concepts;
we must take them
and love them
as God gives them to us.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I advise the young to
tell themselves constantly
that most often it is up to
them alone. -Andre Gide
happy childhood can't be cured.
Mine'll hang around my neck like a
that's all, instead of a noose. -Hortense
Children need models
more than they
need critics. -Joseph Joubert
children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday
find delight in the beauty and happiness of children
makes the heart too big for the body.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Little children are still the symbol
eternal marriage between love and duty.
When the voices of children are heard on the green,
And laughing is heard on the hill,
My heart is at rest within my breast,
And everything else is still.
"Then come home, my children, the sun is gone down,
And the dews of the night arise;
Come, come, leave off play, and let us away
Till the morning appears in the skies."
"No, no, let us play, for it is yet day,
And we cannot go to sleep;
Besides, in the sky the little birds fly,
And the hills are all cover'd with sheep."
"Well, well, go and play till the light fades away,
And then go home to bed."
The little ones leaped and shouted and laughed
And all the hills echoed.
If it's hard for you
to daydream, hang around children and
to tell you stories.
They are experts at using their
imagination. Boys and girls
freely use fantasy to cope with the
pressures of life.
Unfortunately, many of us take ourselves
much too seriously and,
the name of maturity and responsibility,
work too hard. Take
for make-believe. Abandon yourself in play.
God gives us an imagination for a reason. Christ knows the
pressures we endure.
Perhaps this is one reason He encourages us
to "become as little children."
interests of children have a lot to teach us. . . . I have listened
children of eight or nine or ten getting to the heart of the
I have found in elementary schools a good deal of spiritual
that does not reflect mere indoctrination.
|When my little daughter Margaret was about five
years old, I was awakened one morning by the sound of her
childish voice in the nursery next to my room. It was
about six o'clock, and she was carrying on a great conversation
with herself, interspersed with bubbling laughter.
I went into the nursery and interrupted the monologue by
saying: "Margaret, this is a strange time for you to
be talking so noisily to yourself. You are disturbing
everyone who is trying to sleep in this house.
Furthermore," I continued, "it seems to me rather
foolish for you to lie there talking to yourself and laughing at
your own remarks."
"Oh, Daddy," she said in that tone with which
children immemorially have put parents in their proper place,
"Oh, Daddy, you don't understand. I have an awful
good time with myself."
|If you want your children to
be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more
intelligent, read them more fairy tales. -Albert
must be taught how to think, not what to think.
|We find these
joys to be self evident: That all children are created whole,
endowed with innate intelligence, with dignity and wonder, worthy
of respect. The embodiment of life, liberty and happiness,
children are original blessings, here to learn their own song.
Every girl and boy is entitled to love, to dream and belong to a
loving “village.” And to pursue a life of purpose.
We affirm our duty to nourish and nurture the young,
to honour their caring ideals as the heart of being human. To
recognize the early years as the foundation of life, and to
cherish the contribution of young children to human evolution.
We commit ourselves to peaceful ways and vow to keep
from harm or neglect these, our most vulnerable citizens. As
guardians of their prosperity we honour the bountiful Earth whose
diversity sustains us. Thus we pledge our love for generations to
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