It is the wise parent that gives his child roots and wings. ~Chinese Proverb

All that I am or hope to be I owe to my Mother. ~Abraham Lincoln

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them. ~Lady Bird Johnson

Having a child is to forever have your heart go walking outside your body. ~Elizabeth Stone

Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.

One laugh of a child will make the holiest day more sacred still. ~Robert Ingersoll

The trouble with being a parent is that by the time we're experienced, we're unemployed.

The quickest way for a parent to get a child's attention is to sit down and look comfortable.

Children of all ages have one thing in common—they close their ears to advice and open their eyes to example.

A small boy's definition of conscience: something that makes you tell your mother before your sister does.

Little children are the symbol of the eternal marriage between love and duty. ~G.Elliot

Parenting means bringing children up without putting them down.

A child regards your cheery smile as evidence that you are on his side, so he relaxes and is happier.

Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. ~Rabbinic Saying

Cleaning your house while your children are growing is like shovelling the walk before it stops snowing.

Youth, the more it is wasted, the sooner it wears. ~Shakespeare

Christmas is too large to be tucked away in the toe of a child's stocking. ~H.Kenneth Meyer

Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers.  ~Lewis Mumford

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother. ~Lin Yutang

It is a wise father who knows his own child. ~William Shakespeare

Youth fades, love drops, the leaves of friendship fall; a mother's secret hope outlives them all.

Beauty is the child of love. ~H.Ellis

The youth of a nation are the trustees of posterity. ~B. Disraeli

Motherhood is like the Peace Corps — it's the hardest job you'll ever love.  ~Judy Watts Breckenridge

Family Planning: The art of spacing your children the proper distance apart to keep you on the edge of financial disaster.

There are 3 ways to get things done: Do it yourself, Hire someone to do it, and FORBID your kids to do it.

"Ow!",  the first word spoken by children with older siblings.

Blessed is the parent who expects no gratitude for he shall not be disappointed. 

I used to have a number of theories on raising children. Now I have a number of children and no theories.

Children begin by loving their parents
After a time they judge them.
Rarely, if ever, Do they forgive them.  ~O.Wilde

Her child will spend the night in jail.

My child is well, and safe.

Her child has been beaten by a soldier.

My child will be a soldier.

Her child is inspired to defy.

My child is required to obey.

~Nancy Nachum; Jerusalem, Isreal


Toddler's Creed

If I want it, it's mine.

If I give it to you and change my mind later, it's mine

If I can take it away from you, it's mine.

If I had it a little while ago it's mine.

If it's mine, it will never belong to anybody else, no matter what.

If we are building something together, all the pieces are mine.

If it looks just like mine, it is mine.