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When life gives you rain jump in muddy puddles

“Children grow up hearing how broken the environment is, how broken beyond repair.  Plant strawberries together, make wild medicines, paint the sunrise. Show them proof that for every act of destruction, they can sow a seed, however small, of beauty.” – Nicolette Sowder

“It’s time to return to childhood, to simplicity, to running and climbing and laughing in the sunshine, to experiencing happiness instead of being trained for a lifetime of happiness. It’s time to let children be children again.” 

“If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it. Perhaps this is what Thoreau had in mind when he said, “the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think the same is true of human beings.” – David Sobel

“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” – Lady Bird Johnson

“If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“Somehow destiny comes into play. These children end up with you and you end up with them. It’s something quite magical.” – Nicole Kidman

“My best creation is my children.” – Diane von Furstenburg

“You don’t know what unconditional love is. You may say you do, but if you don’t have a child, you don’t know what that is. But when you experience it, it is the most fulfilling ever.” – Regina King

“You may wonder sometimes why I do what I do. Just remember, my child, my every thought is for you.”

“I didn’t have to love you; I got to love you. It’s the best choice I’ve ever made.”

“You may not have my eyes, but you have my love forever.”

“I “stepped” into my role as your parent. I chose it. And no choice has made me happier.”

“My love is with you every day, even the days you aren’t with me.”

“Your love wasn’t give to me at birth. I work every day to earn it.”

“Being your step-parent is the best wedding gift your mom (or dad) gave to me.”

“Being your step-parent has been the hardest, most heart-breaking, and best thing I’ve done with my life.”

“It’s love, not DNA, that makes me your mom (or dad).”

“Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.” – Richard Louv

“If we want our children to move mountains, we first have to let them get out of their chairs.” – Nicolette Sowder

“Close observation of children at play suggests that they find out about the world in the same way as scientists find out about new phenonoma and test new ideas…during this exploration, all the senses are used to observe and draw conclusions about objects and events through simple, scientific investigations.” – Judith Roden

“There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.” – Linda Hogan

“Children have a natural affinity towards nature. Dirt, water, plants, and small animals attract and hold children’s attention for hours, days, even a lifetime.” – Robin C. Moore and Herb H Wong

“Nature is a tool to get children to experience not just the wider world, but themselves.” – Stephen Moss

“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful, is dimmed and even lost  before we reach adulthood.” – Rachel Carson

“Children are born naturalists. They explore the world with all of their senses, experiment in the environment, and communicate their discoveries to those around them.” – The Audubon Nature Preschool

“The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“The innocence of children is what makes them stand out as a shining example to the rest of Mankind.” –  Kurt Chambers

“Teaching is not about answering questions but about raising questions – opening doors for them in places they could not imagine.” – Yawar Baig

“When life gives you rain jump in muddy puddles.” – Unknwown

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