On Raising Children


Perspectives to Consider


On Raising Children




Take a few minutes to read the following quotes. Is there one that seems especially wise and true for you now? You may wish to copy it and place it somewhere as a guiding reminder for the next week, or month, or as long as it provides support for you.



“Perhaps it takes courage to raise children…”
~ John Steinbeck


Girl 2 “The best way to make children good is to make them happy.”
~ Oscar Wilde

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discovery with accuracy the particular bent of the genius of each.”
~ Plato


“Be wary of saying or doing anything to a child that you would not do to another adult, whose good opinion and affection you valued.” ~ John Holt

“Don’t stand unmoving outside the door of a crying baby whose only desire is to touch you. Go to your baby a million times. Demonstrate that people can be trusted, that we live in a  benign universe.” ~ Peggy O’Mara

Little boy “Raise your children to love and embrace others. Tell them they are beautiful.”

~ Kaiden Blake

“Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole life trying to correct them.” ~ Bill Ayers

“To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.”

~ Josh Billings

“Parenthood…It’s about guiding the next generation and forgiving the last.” 
~ Peter Krause

Girl 3

“Say ‘no’ only when it really matters. Wear a bright red shirt with bright orange shorts? Sure. Put water in the toy tea set? Okay. Sleep with your head at the foot of the bed? Fine. Samuel Johnson said, ‘All severity that does not tend to increase good, or prevent evil, is idle.’ ” ~ Gretchen Rubin

“There are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.” 
~ Anne Lamott

Girl on swing

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

“When a  man dies, if he can pass enthusiasm along to his children, he has left them an estate of incalculable value.” ~ Thomas Edison

“There is no single effort more radical in it potential for saving the world than a transformation of the way we raise our children.” ~ Marianne Willianson

boy 2 “Whether we’re a preschooler or a young teen, a graduating senior or a retired person, we human beings all want to know that we’re acceptable, that our being alive somehow makes a difference in the lives of others.”
~ Fred Rogers


Do you have any favorite quotes about raising children?