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Anyone who does anything to
help a child in his or her
life is a hero to me.

Fred Rogers

   

We have to get children to understand that not only do they have this incredible uniqueness, but they also have something that sometimes we forget about.  They are also potentiality.  They are much more undiscovered than they are discovered.  And there's the wonder of it.  It doesn't matter where they are, they're only just beginning and the big magical trip of life is digging it all out and discovering the wonderful you.     -Leo Buscaglia

   
When the milk is splattered all over the floor and those little eyes are looking at you for your reaction, remember what really matters.  It takes five minutes to clean up spilled milk; it takes much longer to clean up a broken spirit.     -Rebecca Eanes
   
Accept the children the way we accept trees--with gratitude, because they are a blessing--but do not have expectations or desires.  You donít expect trees to change, you love them as they are.     -Isabel Allende
    
I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway. . . let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.     -C. JoyBell C.
  
I'm glad there are children around, for, as much as I hate to say it, I would get incredibly bored being around adults all the time.  Adults seem rarely to want to play, to want to enjoy themselves, to want to take chances and discover new things and draw or paint without worrying what people will say about their art or their abilities.       -tom walsh

    
Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves.  To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence.  And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms.  Young things ought to want to grow.  But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development.  When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so.  Now that I am fifty I read them openly.  When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.     -C.S. Lewis
  
A great person is one who has not lost the child's heart.     -Mencius
   
All teenagers need support from their parents.  However, parents also need to step back and allow their children to learn through their own experiences, which will add to their inner strength and help develop vital coping skills so they're better prepared to tackle whatever life throws their way.  Teenagers learn far more about life from their own actions than they learn from listening to others.  All teens make mistakes, but it's often the case that the eventual outcome is a positive experience that leads to self-growth.  Teens learn many lessons by tackling life's challenges on their own, without parental help or interference.  Likewise, the process of fixing their own mistakes can also be a learning experience for teens.     -Bill Resler, The Heart of the Team
  
Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.

William Martin
The Parent's Tao Te Ching
Ancient Advice for Modern Parents
  
I hear babies cry
I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll ever know
And I think to myself,
"What a wonderful world."

Weiss/Thiele
  
The best compliment to children or friends is the feeling you give them that they have been set free to make their own inquiries, to come to conclusions that are right for them, whether or not they coincide with your own.       -Alistair Cooke
  
I think that the ideals of youth are fine, clear and unencumbered; and that the real art of living consists in keeping alive the conscience and sense of values we had when we were young.       -Rockwell  Kent
  
Children not only have to learn what their parents learned in school, but also have to learn how to learn.  This has to be recognized as a new problem which is only partly solved.       -Margaret Mead
  
Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave when they think that their children are naive.       -Ogden Nash
   
It might sound a paradoxical thing to say --for surely never has a generation of children occupied more sheer hours of parental time --but the truth is that we neglected you.
   We allowed you a charade of trivial freedoms in order to avoid making those impositions on you that are in the end both the training ground and proving ground for true independence.
   We pronounced you strong when you were still weak in order to avoid the struggles with you that would have fed your true strength.
   We proclaimed you sound when you were foolish in order to avoid taking part in the long, slow, slogging effort that is the only route to genuine maturity of mind and feeling.
   Thus, it was no small anomaly of your growing up that while you were the most indulged generation, you were also in many ways the most abandoned to your own meager devices by those into whose safe-keeping you had been given.        -Midge Decter
  
I believe the powers of observation in numbers of very young children to be quite wonderful for its closeness and accuracy.  Indeed, I think that most grown people who are remarkable in this respect, may with greater propriety be said not to have lost the faculty, than to have acquired it; the rather, as I generally observe such people to retain a certain freshness, and gentleness, and capacity of being pleased, which are also an inheritance they have preserved from their childhood.        -Charles Dickens
  

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Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of us.       -Rabindranath Tagore
  
Know you what it is to be a child?  It is to be something very different from the person of today.  It is to have a spirit yet streaming from the waters of baptism; it is to believe in love, to believe in loveliness, to believe in belief; it is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear; it is to turn pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses, lowness into loftiness and nothing into everything, for each child has its fairy godmother in its soul.       -Francis Thompson
  
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
  
The real joy of life is in its play.  Play is anything we do for the joy and love of doing it, apart from any profit, compulsion, or sense of duty.  It is the real living of life with the feeling of freedom and self-expression.  Play is the business of childhood, and its continuation in later years is the prolongation of youth.        -Walter Rauschenbach
  

For a Child

Your friends shall be the tall wind,
The river and the tree;
The sun that laughs and marches,
The swallow and the sea.

Your prayers shall be the murmur
Of grasses in the rain;
The song of wildwood thrushes
That makes God glad again.

And you shall run and wander
And you shall dream and sing
Of brave things and of bright things
Beyond the swallow's wing.

And you shall envy no man,
Nor hurt your heart with sighs,
For I will keep you simple
That God may make you wise.

Fanny Stearns Davis

  
It is infinitely more useful for a child to hear a story told by a person than by computer.  Because the greatest part of the learning experience lies not in the particular words of the story but in the involvement with the individual reading it.      - Frank Smith
  
  
Who of us is mature enough for offspring before the offspring themselves arrive?  The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.       -Peter DeVries
  
Youth is a wonderful thing.  What a crime to waste it on children.      -George Bernard Shaw
  

The Children's Hour

Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day's occupations,
That is known as the Children's Hour.

I hear in the chamber above me
The patter of little feet,
The sound of a door that is opened,
And voices soft and sweet.

From my study I see in the lamplight,
Descending the broad hall stair,
Grave Alice, and laughing Allegra,
And Edith with golden hair.

A whisper, and then a silence:
Yet I know by their merry eyes
They are plotting and planning together
To take me by surprise.

A sudden rush from the stairway,
A sudden raid from the hall!
By three doors left unguarded
They enter my castle wall!

They climb up into my turret
O'er the arms and back of my chair;
If I try to escape, they surround me;
They seem to be everywhere.

They almost devour me with kisses,
Their arms about me entwine,
Till I think of the Bishop of Bingen
In his Mouse-Tower on the Rhine!

Do you think, O blue-eyed banditti,
Because you have scaled the wall,
Such an old mustache as I am
Is not a match for you all!

I have you fast in my fortress,
And will not let you depart,
But put you down into the dungeon
In the round-tower of my heart.

And there I will keep you forever,
Yes, forever and a day,
Till the walls shall crumble to ruin,
And moulder in dust away!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  

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