You are ours

“Success for me, its to raise happy, healthy human beings.” – Kelly Lebrock

“Being a parent wasn’t just about bearing a child. It was about bearing witness to its life.” – Jodi Picoult

“What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.” – Nicholas Sparks

“Accept the children the way we accept trees—with gratitude, because they are a blessing—but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are.” – Isabel Allende

“Before I had my child, I thought I knew all the boundaries of myself, that I understood the limits of my heart. It’s extraordinary to have all those limits thrown out, to realize your love is inexhaustible.” – Uma Thurman

“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for.” – Unknown

“My children are the reason I laugh, smile and want to get up every morning.” – Gina Lee Nolin

“Having a baby is a life-changer. It gives you a whole other perspective on why you wake up every day.” – Taylor Hanson

“The gain is not the having of children; it is the discovery of love and how to be loving.” – Polly Berrien Berends

“A baby is born with a need to be loved—and never outgrows it.” – Frank A. Clark

“To me luxury is to be at home with my daughter, and the occasional massage doesn’t hurt.” – Olivia Newton-John

“My mom said I was a handful. Now I’m helpful.” – Jamie Lee Curtis

“A child enters your home and for the next 20 or so years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it. Then the child departs, leaving the house so silent you think you are going mad.” – John Andrew Holmes

“Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.” – David Bly

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

“Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“I brought children into this dark world because it needed the light that only a child can bring.” – Liz Armbruster

“Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.” – Harold Hulbert

“If your child marches to a different beat, a different drummer, you might just have to go along with that music. Help them achieve what’s important to them.” – Sonia Sotomayor

“You are ours. We are Yours. From the moon to the stars, our love lasts as long as the wind soars.”

You can learn many things from children

“Encourage your child to have muddy, grassy or sandy feet by the end of each day, that’s the childhood they deserve.” – Penny Whitehouse

“Children more than ever, need opportunities to be in their bodies in the world – jumping rope, bicycling, stream hopping and fort building. It’s this engagement between limbs of the body and bones of the earth where true balance and centeredness emerge.” – David Sobel

“To raise a nature-bonded child is to raise a rebel, a dreamer, an innovator… someone who will walk their own verdant, winding path.” – Nicolette Sowder

“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.” – Harry S. Truman

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela

“Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.” – Khaled Hosseini

“When you have brought up kids, there are memories you store directly in your tear ducts.” – Robert Brault

“It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawnmower, snow-blower or vacuum cleaner.” – Ben Bergor

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” – Franklin P. Jones

“You are the best thing I’ve done with my life.”

“Even though my lap is too small, my heart will always have enough room for you.”

“I know you’re grown now, but my heart doesn’t realize that. In my heart, you will always be my sweet baby.”

“I haven’t been a perfect person, but the one thing I will never regret is bringing you into this world.”

“I see the best parts of myself reflected in you, but you’ve made all those qualities even better. I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.” – Charles Dickens

“When I see children, I see the face of God. That’s why I love them so much. That’s what I see.” – Michael Jackson

“You can only have one first born child. You may love all your children deeply and with passion, but there is something unique about the first born.” – Raymond Feist

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” – John Bowring

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he created mothers.” – Jewish proverb

“Stop trying to perfect your child, but keep trying to perfect your relationship with him.” – Dr. Henker

“The rules for parents are but three… love, limit and let them be.” – Elaine M. Ward

You have brains in your head

“Kids spell love T-I-M-E.” – John Crudele

“All men know their children mean more than life.” -Euripides

“When you read to a child, when you put a book in a child’s hands, you are bringing that child news of the infinitely varied nature of life. You are an Awakener.” – Paula Fox

“Don’t just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.” – George Carlin

“Noble fathers have noble children.” – Euripides

“I don’t remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.” – Anne Lamott

“It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” – Roald Dahl

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” – Thomas Paine

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’” – Maria Montessori

“Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society.” – Maria Montessori

“The soul is healed by being with children.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” – Anne Frank

“Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” – Roger Lewin

“Only children believe they are capable of everything.” – Paulo Coelho

“Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Kids deserve the right to think that they can change the world.” – Lois Lowry

“When you have solved the problem of controlling the attention of the child, you have solved the entire problem of its education.” – Maria Montessori

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” – Maria Montessori

“Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.” – Dr. Seuss

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

An honest man is always a child

“Children are the anchors that hold the mother to life.” – Sophocles

“Wealth and children are the adornment of life.” – Quran

“Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.” – Oscar Wilde

“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.” – Maria Montessori

“Loving a child doesn’t mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult.” – Nadia Boulanger

“Our job is not to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. Our job is to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” – L.R. Knost

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

“Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.” – Carl Jung

“A young child is, indeed, a true scientist, just one big question mark. What? Why? How? I never cease to marvel at the recurring miracle of growth, to be fascinated by the mystery and wonder of this brave enthusiasm.” – Victoria Wagner

“Too often, I think, children are required to write before they have anything to say. Teach them to think and read and talk with self-repression, and they will write because they cannot help it.” – Anne Sullivan

“My children, the secret of religion lies not in theories but in practice.” – Swami Vivekananda

“An honest man is always a child.” – Socrates

“Children pick up words, as pigeons peas, and utter them again as God shall please.” –  Portuguese Proverb

“The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven’s lieutenants.” – William Shakespeare

“If you ask children in the west where’s God, they’d point to the sky. If you ask children in India, they point at themselves.” – Mother Teresa

“I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.” – Charles Dickens

“Play is the work of the child.” – Maria Montessori 

“Your children make it impossible to regret your past. They’re its finest fruits. Sometimes the only ones.” – Anna Quindlen

“Love children especially, for they too are sinless like the angels; they live to soften and purify our hearts and, as it were, to guide us.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

“How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.” – Alexandre Dumas

Educate your children to be happy

“A child miseducated is a child lost.” – John F. Kennedy

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

“Children re-invent your world for you.” – Susan Sarandon

“Today our children are our reflection. Tomorrow they will be our shadows.” – Maralee McKee 

“The first happiness of a child is to know that he is loved.” – Don Bosco

“Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.” – Princess Diana 

“Kids go where there is excitement, they stay where there is love.” – Zig Ziglar

“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” – Sophia Loren

“Too much love never spoils children. Children become spoiled when we substitute presents for presence.” – Anthony Witham

“There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” – Aristotle

“Children are made readers in the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald

“Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so they know the value of things, not the price.”

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Education in the true sense is helping the individual to be mature and free, to flower greatly in love and goodness. That is what we should be interested in, and not in shaping the child according to some idealistic pattern.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“I know that we need to directly teach our children the most vital lessons, rather than assume that they’ll be understood.” – Galit Breen

“We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“The essence of our effort to see that every child has a chance must be to assure each an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different – to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses.” – John Fischer

“Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn.” – Alice Miller

“Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.” – Edmund Burke

Play is not a luxury

“It takes a village to raise a child.” – African proverb

“Children are the keys of paradise.” – Eric Hoffer

“One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai 

“If you make children happy now, you make them happy twenty years hence by the memory of it.”

“The extra hours you put in today will keep a smile on the faces of your children a few years from now.”

“The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.” – Pablo Casals

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these.” – George Washington Carver

“Where parents do too much for their children… the children will not do much for themselves.” – Elbert Hubbard 

“What a child doesn’t receive, he can seldom later give.” – P.D. James

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” – H. Jackson Browne Jr

“Children need love especially when they don’t deserve it.” – Harold Hulbert

“Kindness to children. Love for children. Goodness to children… These are the only investments that never fail.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Play is the royal road to childhood happiness and adult brilliance.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce

“Let the child be the scriptwriter, the director and the actor in his own play.” – Magda Gerber

“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” – Kay Redfield Jamison

“Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.” – Heraclitus

“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” – Diane Ackerman

“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.” – George Santayana 

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep continuing needs, is good for him.” – Maya Angelou

Let it be enthusiasm

“Adults follow paths. Children explore.” – Neil Gaiman 

“Children make your life important.” – Erma Bombeck

“Children are our most valuable resource.” -Herbert Hoover

“If we wish to create a lasting peace we must begin with the children.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“There is a brilliant child locked inside every student.” – Marva Collins

“You know who’s going to build that better world? It’s the youth. Children will do things that are now considered impossible.” – Kacey McCallister

“The essence of our effort to see that every child has a chance must be to assure each an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different – to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses.” – John Fischer

“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.” – Harry S. Truman

“The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.” – Orlando Aloysius Battista

“If you can give your son or daughter only one gift… Let it be enthusiasm.” – Bruce Barton 

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” – Robert Fulghum 

“Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.” – Fred Rogers

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.” – Mr. Rogers

“Supporting children to play requires us to remember what life is all about. It’s not about getting from A-Z, but rather dreaming beyond both.” – Vince Gowmon

“Play is training for the unexpected.” – Marc Bekoff 

“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.” – Mr. Rogers

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers

“In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Children understand and remember concepts best when they learn from direct personal experiences.” – Joseph Campbell

Children will succeed beyond their wildest dreams

Children quotes Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see Aylake
Children quotes Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see Aylake

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso

“Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.” – George Bernard Shaw

“A child is not a vase to be filled, but a fire to be lit.” – Francois Rabelais 

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” – John F. Kennedy 

Children quotes If we dont stand up for children Aylake
Children quotes If we dont stand up for children Aylake

“I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams!” – David Vitter

“If a man leaves little children behind him, it is as if he did not die.” – Moroccan Proverb

“If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.” – Marian Wright Edelman

“Indeed – judicious, consistent parenting is a dream of mine. No judgments, learning space and listening carefully are my goals.” – Emma Thompson

Children quotes The best way to make children good is to make them happy Aylake
Children quotes The best way to make children good is to make them happy Aylake

“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.”

“We spend the first year of a child’s life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There’s something wrong there.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” – James Baldwin

“The best way to make children good is to make them happy.” -Oscar Wilde

Children quotes Nothing you do for children is ever wasted Aylake
Children quotes Nothing you do for children is ever wasted Aylake

“A sense of worthiness is a child’s most important need.” – Polly Berends

“Children don’t need much advice but they really do need to be listened to and not just with half an ear.” – Emma Thompson

“To value his own good opinion, a child has to feel that he is a worthwhile person. He has to have confidence in himself as an individual.” – Sidonie Gruenberg

“Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted.” – Garrison Keillor

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Children quotes Where did we ever get the crazy idea Aylake

“The children who need love the most will always ask for it in the most unloving of ways.” – Russel Barkley

“Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse? Think of the last time you felt humiliated or treated unfairly. Did you feel like cooperating or doing better?” – Jane Nelson

“A moving child is a learning child.” – Gill Connel and Cheryl McCarthy

“The world of religion isn’t a logical world; that’s why children like it. It’s a world of worked-out fantasies, very similar to children’s stories or fairy tales.” – Yehuda Amichai

Teach your children they are unique

“Don’t just tell your children about the world, show them.” – Penny Whitehouse

“First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare.” – Walt Disney

“The best education does not happen at a desk, but rather engaged in everyday living – hands on, exploring, in active relationship with life.” – Vince Gowman

“Anything you teach in an indoor classroom can be taught outdoors, often in ways that are more enjoyable for children.” – Cathy James

“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 Einstein

“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever.” – Walt Disney

“I want my kids to have the things in life that I never had when I was growing up. Things like beards and chest hair.” – Jarod Knitz

“A child’s imaginary playmate just might actually be there.” – Doug Dillon

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

“Making a decision to have a child—it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone

“I have long felt that the way to keep children out of trouble is to keep them interested in things.” – Walt Disney

“The birth of my sons. The birth of new emotions…what a privilege. What a blessing.” – Elle Macpherson

“Teach your children they’re unique. That way, they won’t feel pressured to be like everybody else.” – Cindy Cashman

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” – James Baldwin

“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings.” – Hodding Carter

“I do not make films primarily for children. I make them for the child in all of us, whether he be six or sixty. Call the child innocence.” – Walt Disney

“Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.”

“A child can teach an adult three things… To be happy for no reason. To always be busy with something. And to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” – Paulo Coelho

“Always smile back at little children. To ignore them is to destroy their belief that the world is good.” – Pam Brown

“Everybody in the world was once a child. We grow up. Our personalities change. But in every one of us, something remains of our childhood.“ – Walt Disney

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.” – William Shakespeare

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglas 

“All little girls should be told they are pretty.” – Marilyn Monroe

“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” – Pablo Picasso

“When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.” – Walt Disney

“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started by a mouse.” – Walt Disney

“There’s a child in us all.” – Walt Disney

“The law of love could be best understood and learned through little children.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“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

All children can achieve their dreams

“Teach children to be kind to everything that lives.” – Unknown

“Let Nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth

“I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends.” – 14th Dalai Lama

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“When little people are scared of something in nature, it’s our job to hold their hand and show them its beauty and purpose.” – Penny Whitehouse

“Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they’re going to catch you in next.” – Franklin P. Jones

“Children see magic because they look for it.” – Christopher Moore

“It is vital that when educating our children’s brains, that we do not neglect to educate their hearts.” – 14th Dalai Lama

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

“The reason I love kids so much is because they’re so honest, so you know right away if they like you or they don’t.” – Colin Egglesfield

“I love kids. I was a kid myself, once.” – Tom Cruise

“The greatest lessons in life, if we would but stoop and humble ourselves, we would learn not from the grown-up learned men, but from the so-called ignorant children.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – 14th Dalai Lama

“Old men can make war, but it is children who will make history.” – Ray Merritt

“When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments — tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.” -Louis Pasteur

“Tell me what’s more important than being present for children and listening to them. I’ll wait.” – Maxime Lagacé

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them and half as much money.” – Abigail Van Buren

“Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.” – Plato

“Even if people are still very young, they shouldn’t be prevented from saying what they think.” – Anne Frank

“To every child – I dream of a world where you can laugh, dance, sing, learn, live in peace and be happy.” – Malala Yousafzai

“Our most important task as a nation is to make sure all our young people can achieve their dreams.” – Barack Obama

“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” – Stacia Tauscher

“A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to.” – Robert Brault

“Seven things every child needs to hear: I love you, I’m proud of you, I’m sorry, I forgive you, I’m listening. This is your responsibility. You have what it takes to succeed.” – Sherrie Campbell, PhD

“One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.” – Chinese proverb

“Children are our greatest untapped resource.” – 14th Dalai Lama

“Hate the sin, love the sinner.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“I love kids, but they are a tough audience.” – Robin Williams

Always kiss your children goodnight

“They’re not just playing in nature, they are: Learning, creating, sensing, believing, relaxing, exploring, observing, wondering, connecting, discovering, appreciating, understanding, experimenting…” – Penny Whitehouse

“Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.” – Thomas Berry

“Children are born with a sense of wonder and an affinity for nature. Properly cultivated, these values can mature into ecological literacy, and eventually into sustainable patterns of living.” – Zenobia Barlow

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”  – Angela Schwindt

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” – Franklin P. Jones

“Do not educate children to be rich, educate them to be happy, so that when they grow up, they will know the value of things and not just the price.”

“Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.” – Wess Stafford

“Always kiss your children goodnight—even if they’re already asleep.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.” – C. Everett Koop

“It’s the children the world almost breaks who grow up to save it.” – Frank Warren

“The visions we offer our children shape the future.” – Carl Sagan

“For these are all our children. We will all profit by, or pay for, whatever they become.” – James Baldwin

“Children are our future, and the only way for the world to evolve, as I have been shown it should be, is for each generation to be more loving and compassionate than the one before. This is only possible if we support the children around us, and protect and encourage them so that they don’t need to lock their love away.” – Lorna Byrne

“Cherish your children… for they are the footprints you will leave behind.” – Taylor Evan Fulks

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” – Dr. Seuss

“Adults are just outdated children.” – Dr. Seuss

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela

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

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” – Margaret Mead

“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.” – Billy Graham

“Children will listen to you after they feel listened to.” – Jane Nelsen

“Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.” – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” – Franklin P. Jones

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” – Kahlil Gibran

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” – Margaret Mead

“Children learn more from what you are, than what you teach.” – W.E.B. Du Bois

“A child is an uncut diamond.” – Austin O’Malley

“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 Einstein

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

“Children need models rather than critics.” – Joseph Joubert

A little girl is sugar and spice and everything nice

“I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parent seeking to guide him, it is not half so important to know as to feel when introducing a young child to the natural world. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil.” – Rachel Carson

“Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.” – Carl Sandburg

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

 “Without continuous hands-on experience, it is impossible for children to acquire a deep intuitive understanding of the natural world that is the foundation of sustainable development. ….A critical aspect of the present-day crisis in education is that children are becoming separated from daily experience of the natural world, especially in larger cities.” – Robin C

“Too much love never spoils children. Children become spoiled when we substitute “presents” for “presence”.”

“Children’s games are hardly games. Children are never more serious than when they play.” – Montaign

“Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“Children are a great comfort to us in our old age, and they help us reach it faster too.” – John Ruskin

“A little girl is sugar and spice and everything nice—especially when she’s taking a nap.” – unknown

“What is a home without children? Quiet.” – Henny Youngman

“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” – Stacia Tauscher

“Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.” – Jess Lair

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” – Charles R. Swindoll

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass

“Children need models rather than critics.” – Joseph Joubert

“Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.” –  Wess Stafford

“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.” –  Anonymous

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” – James Baldwin

“Children are like wet cement, whatever falls on them makes an impression.” – Haim Ginott

“A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice, but as yet unstained.” – Lyman Abbott

“Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Children have one kind of silliness, as you know, and grown-ups have another kind.” – C.S. Lewis

“I am very sad that my chicken has sadly just died. We will be attending her funeral on Friday.”

“I like to play with dolls. Do you have a camel?”

“Please pray for my mother to have more strength and energy so she can sell her stinking fish.”

“Please pray for my brother so he will be an intelligent boy.”

“Never have more children than you have car windows.” – Erma Bombeck

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” – Dr. Seuss

“History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.” – Nelson Mandela

Children see magic because they look for it

“As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unselfconsciously to the soughing of the trees.”  – Valerie Andrews

“The Mud will wash off but the memories will last a lifetime” – unknown

‘We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” – Unknown

“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” – Denis Waitley

“Children seldom misquote. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.”

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” – James Baldwin

“Children make your life important.” – Erma Bombeck

“Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.” – Princess Diana

“My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all—the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would be, and much less about what we would do.” – Mitt Romney

“If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God!” – Dwight L. Moody

“Poverty is a very complicated issue, but feeding a child isn’t.” – Jeff Bridges

“But when adults speak up for the vulnerable and the weak, working and demanding that safety and respect prevail, God’s little lambs are protected and nourished. They know they are not abandoned; they are loved. And the world becomes a little more like heaven as a result.” – Wess Stafford

“Even if people are still very young, they shouldn’t be prevented from saying what they think.” – Anne Frank

“Children are more than we think they are; they can do more than we think they can do. All they need is a vote of confidence from grownups, whom they will ultimately replace anyway. Their dream today will become the realities of tomorrow.” – Wess Stafford

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” – Margaret Mead

“Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Old men can make war, but it is children who will make history.” – Ray Merritt

“The child is the beauty of God present in the world, that greatest gift to a family.” – Mother Theresa

“The one lost child matters to the Lord.” – Danielle Strickland

“The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.” – Billy Graham

“The soul is healed by being with children.” –  Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Children make your life important.” –  Erma Bombeck

“You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way.” – Barbara Bush

“The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.” –  Ray L. Wilbur

“Children are our most valuable resource.” –  Herbert Hoover

“Children are one third of our population and all of our future.” –  Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” – John F. Kennedy

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” –  Franklin P. Jones

“Children see magic because they look for it.” – Christopher Moore

“Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.” – Mignon McLaughlin

Hugs can do great amounts of good

“The ultimate gift we can give the world is to grow our tiny humans into adult humans who are independent thinkers, compassionate doers, conscious questioners, radical innovators, and passionate peacemakers. Our world doesn’t need more adults who blindly serve the powerful because they’ve been trained to obey authority without question. Our world needs more adults who question and challenge and hold the powerful accountable.” –  L.R. Knost

“Every child needs a parent, grandparent or friend who will say let’s go it’s time for an adventure.” – Penny Whitehouse

“What do parents owe their young that is more important than a warm and trusting connection to the Earth…?” – Theodore Roszak

“Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.” – Walt Streightiff

“Children are one-third of our population and all of our future. The soul is healed by being with children.” – proverb

“No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.” – Emma Goldman

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.” – Maria Montessori

“Daughter, you are more beautiful than a flower and stronger than a mountain.”

“I never knew I could love any woman as I love my daughter.”

“Daughter, you are my dream come true.”

“Daughter, no matter where you go in life, I’m only a phone call away.”

“Daughter, you’ve taught me to braid hair, make fairy crowns, and love more deeply than I ever thought possible.”

“Some people like roses or violets, but I think you are the most beautiful thing to watch growing.”

“I’ve never loved anyone like I love my daughter.”

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass

“Let us reach out to the children. Let us do whatever we can to support their fight to rise above their pain and suffering.” – Nelson Mandela

“If we nurture the dreams of children, the world will be blessed. If we destroy them, the world is doomed!” – Wess Stafford

“The best way to make children good is to make them happy.” – Oscar Wilde

“While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.” –  Angela Schwindt

“Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.” – Diana

“Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Children seldom misquote. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.” –  Unknown

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” – Robert Fulghum

“Old men can make war, but it is children who will make history.” – Ray Merritt

“Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.” – Fred Rogers

“When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments — tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.” –  Louis Pasteur

“A child is a curly dimpled lunatic.” –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Children are a great comfort to us in our old age, and they help us reach it faster too.” – Unknown

You are my heart

“When children play in natural spaces, they’re far more likely to invent their own games than in more structured settings – a key factor in becoming self-directed and inventive adults later in life” – Richard Louv

“Encourage your kids to look for nature everywhere you go. It’s the weed breaking through the pavement, It’s the leaves forming small clumps along the side of the road. It’s the sky at any given time of the day or night. It’s the wind doing what it Likes to your hair. Look around, it won’t take long to find it.” – Penny Whitehouse

“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” – Kahli Gran

“Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together, make this world a beautiful garden.”

“Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything.” – Giacomo Leopardi

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” – Charles R. Swindoll

“A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice, but as yet unstained.” – Lyman Abbott

“When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments—tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.” – Louis Pasteur

“There’s nothing more contagious than the laughter of young children; it doesn’t even have to matter what they’re laughing about.” – Cross Jami

“Families aren’t like socks. They don’t have to match. They just have to be warm and cozy.”

“My son, you are my heart.”

“I love the little boy you are now and the man you will become.”

“You are the strongest, kindest boy I know.” 

“There is one man I love more than any other; he is my son.”

“Son, your laugh is the most beautiful sound in the world.”

“You may be a man to everyone else, but you’re still a little boy to me.”

“No matter how many Legos I step on, I’m always so grateful to be your mom (or dad).”

“My son, I’ll always have your back.”

“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 Einstein

“A characteristic of the normal child is he doesn’t act that way very often.” – Unknown

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers

“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.” – Harry S. Truman

“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” –  Denis Waitley

“I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams!” –  David Vitter

“Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.” –  Nelson Mandela

“Children the world over have a right to a childhood filled with beauty, joy, adventure, and companionship. They will grow toward ecological literacy if the soil they are nurtured in is rich with experience, love, and good examples.” – Alan Dyer

“As children observe, reflect, record, and share nature’s patterns and rhythms, they are participating in a process that promotes scientific and ecological awareness, problem solving, and creativity.”  – Deb Matthews Hensley

“Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.” – John Muir

“You are the boy who stole my heart.”

“People say that little girls are sweet, but they don’t realize they are fierce too. I’m so proud of your strength.”

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

The soul is healed by being with children

“Our challenge isn’t so much to teach children about the natural world, but to find ways to sustain the instinctive connections they already carry.” – Terry Krautwurst

 “We must teach our children to smell the earth, to taste the rain, to touch the wind, to see things grow, to hear the sun rise and night fall – to care.” – John Cleal

 “Don’t wait until your child’s school understands how important green time is for their growing minds.  Today, leave the homework untouched, in favour of outdoor play and real-world learning.” – Penny Whitehouse

“Children are natural zen masters; their world is brand new in each and every moment.” – John Bradshaw

“The soul is healed by being with children.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” – Stacia Tauscher

“I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.” – Robert Orben

“Love is staying up all night with a sick child – or a healthy adult.” – David Frost

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.” – Walt Streightiff

“Playing with you is the happiest moment of my day.”

“There are thousands of children in the world, and I was lucky enough to get you.”

“There is no love more deep and true than the love I give to you.”

“You deserve the best I have to give, and that’s my undying love as long as you shall live.”

“When I think of how I love you, there are no words to explain. I love you because you are you, it’s that simple and plain.”

“You may no longer be small, or need my help for all, But you’ll always need love from my heart, especially when we are apart.”

“They say one plus one is two and one plus two is three, but through love our one plus one is you and one plus two is we.”

“Your love discovered parts of me I never knew were there and now my heart is open wide to love completely exposed and bare.”

“My love always speaks to your heart as a long-lost counterpart.”

“Encourage don’t belittle, embrace their individuality. And show them that no matter what they will always have value if they stay true to themselves.” – Solage Nicole

“The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.” – Ray L. Wilbur

“My mom said I was a handful. Now I’m helpful.” – Jamie Lee Curtis

“A child enters your home and for the next 20 or so years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it. Then the child departs, leaving the house so silent you think you are going mad.” – John Andrew Holmes

“Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.” – David Bly

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

“Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“I brought children into this dark world because it needed the light that only a child can bring.” – Liz Armbruster

“Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.” – Harold Hulbert

“If your child marches to a different beat, a different drummer, you might just have to go along with that music. Help them achieve what’s important to them.” – Sonia Sotomayor

“You are ours. We are Yours. From the moon to the stars, our love lasts as long as the wind soars.”

“From the moment they put you in my arms, it became my life’s work to keep you from harm.”

You must walk your own path

“Restore balance. Most kids have technology, school and extracurricular activities covered. It’s time to add a pinch of adventure, a sprinkle of sunshine and a big handful of  outdoor play.” – Penny Whitehouse

“Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is wet with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning.” –  Maria Montessori

“Playing together in nature is as much about us as it is about the child. Children get to celebrate and be themselves, while we are reminded of our inner child – the essence of who we are.” – Nicolette Sowder

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” – John F. Kennedy

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass

“There is only one pretty child in the world and every mother has it.” 

“I come from that society and there is a common thread, specifically family values—the idea that you do anything for your family, and the unconditional love for one’s children.” – Ednita Nazario 

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.” – William Shakespeare

“The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children, the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all.” -Benjamin Spock

“A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.” –  Carl Sandburg

“When times are hard, when your friends turn against you and your luck seems to fail, know that I will always be just a phone call away.”

“I know you must walk your own path, but let my love be the light to guide you.”

“It’s a beautiful thing, watching another adult walking around out there in the world with my heart beating inside them.”

“Butterflies have wings, so they can fly. Fish have gills, so they can swim. Bunnies have four legs, so they can run. I have a heart, so I can love you.”

“See the stars? I made a wish on one, and I got you.”

“There’s no bad thing you could do that would ever change my love.”

“Wherever you go, my love is with you.”

“I hug you and kiss you and tell you I love you because it fills me with joy. I’ll hug you and kiss you and tell you I love you some more so you’ll be full too.”

“I love you when I wake up in the morning. I love you all day long. I love you in my dreams at night.”

“No work is more important than my love for you.”

“Being a parent wasn’t just about bearing a child. It was about bearing witness to its life.” – Jodi Picoult

“What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.” – Nicholas Sparks

“Accept the children the way we accept trees—with gratitude, because they are a blessing—but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are.” – Isabel Allende

“Before I had my child, I thought I knew all the boundaries of myself, that I understood the limits of my heart. It’s extraordinary to have all those limits thrown out, to realize your love is inexhaustible.” – Uma Thurman

“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for.” – Unknown

“My children are the reason I laugh, smile and want to get up every morning.” – Gina Lee Nolin

“Having a baby is a life-changer. It gives you a whole other perspective on why you wake up every day.” – Taylor Hanson

“The gain is not the having of children; it is the discovery of love and how to be loving.” – Polly Berrien Berends

“A baby is born with a need to be loved—and never outgrows it.” – Frank A. Clark

“To me luxury is to be at home with my daughter, and the occasional massage doesn’t hurt.” – Olivia Newton-John

You can learn many things from children

“Encourage your child to have muddy, grassy or sandy feet by the end of each day, that’s the childhood they deserve.” – Penny Whitehouse

“Children more than ever, need opportunities to be in their bodies in the world – jumping rope, bicycling, stream hopping and fort building. It’s this engagement between limbs of the body and bones of the earth where true balance and centeredness emerge.” – David Sobel

“To raise a nature-bonded child is to raise a rebel, a dreamer, an innovator… someone who will walk their own verdant, winding path.” – Nicolette Sowder

“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.” – Harry S. Truman

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela

“Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.” – Khaled Hosseini

“When you have brought up kids, there are memories you store directly in your tear ducts.” – Robert Brault

“It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawnmower, snow-blower or vacuum cleaner.” – Ben Bergor

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” – Franklin P. Jones

“You are the best thing I’ve done with my life.”

“Even though my lap is too small, my heart will always have enough room for you.”

“I know you’re grown now, but my heart doesn’t realize that. In my heart, you will always be my sweet baby.”

“I haven’t been a perfect person, but the one thing I will never regret is bringing you into this world.”

“I see the best parts of myself reflected in you, but you’ve made all those qualities even better.

I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.” – Charles Dickens

“When I see children, I see the face of God. That’s why I love them so much. That’s what I see.” – Michael Jackson

“You can only have one first born child. You may love all your children deeply and with passion, but there is something unique about the first born.” – Raymond Feist

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” – John Bowring

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he created mothers.” – Jewish proverb

“Stop trying to perfect your child, but keep trying to perfect your relationship with him.” – Dr. Henker

“The rules for parents are but three… love, limit and let them be.” – Elaine M. Ward

“As your kids grow they may forget what you said, but won’t forget how you made them feel.” – Kevin Heath

“Children desperately need to know—and to hear in ways they understand and remember—that they’re loved and valued by mom and dad.” – Paul Smally

“Love is giving your kids your undivided attention and time.” – Kevin Heath

“We do not develop habits of genuine love automatically. We learn by watching effective role models – most specifically by observing how our parents express love for each other day in and day out.” – Josh McDowell

“I looked on childrearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully interesting and challenging as any honourable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.” – Rose Kennedy

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” – Jesus Christ

“The best way to make children good is to make them happy.” – Oscar Wilde

“As a mother, my job is to take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible.” – Ruth Bell Graham

“Success for me, its to raise happy, healthy human beings.” – Kelly Lebrock

Every child is gifted

“It’s a wondrous thing how the wild calms a child.”  – Unknown

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder … he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” – Rachel Carson

“Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.” – John Muir

“Every child is gifted, they just unwrap their packages at different times.”

“Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.” – Oscar Wilde

“A child can ask a thousand questions that the wisest man cannot answer.” – Jacob Abbott

“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.” – Joybell C.

“There is nothing that can bring you closer to fearlessness about everything else in the world than being a parent—because everyday fears—like not being approved of—pale by comparison to the fears you have about your children.” – Arianna Huffington

“Babies are always more trouble than you thought and more wonderful.” – Charles Osgood

“History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.” – Nelson Mandela

“If God places a child before you, and you are too busy to wield either a positive or negative influence…you just did the latter! You communicated that the child doesn’t matter and isn’t important.” – Wess Stafford

“Every child is an artist.” – Pablo Picasso

“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.”  

“If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God!” – Dwight L. Moody

“Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“You may speak but a word to a child, and in that child there may be slumbering a noble heart which shall stir the Christian Church in years to come.” – Charles Spurgeon

“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” – Denis Waitley

“Children make you want to start life over.” – Muhammad Ali 

“What is a home without children? Quiet.” – Henny Youngman

“Children are mirrors, they reflect back to us all we say and do.” – Pam Leo

“Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth, those who care for and protect our people.” – Nelson Mandela

“Educating all of our children must be one of our most urgent priorities. We all know that education, more than anything else, improves our chances of building better lives.” – Nelson Mandela

“The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.” – Orlando Aloysius Battista

“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

“It’s the greatest poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” –  Mother Teresa

“Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep.” –  H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” – John Lubbock

“It is vital that when educating our children’s brains we do not neglect to educate their hearts by nurturing their compassionate nature.” –  Dalai Lama

“Looking back, I realize that nurturing curiosity and the instinct to seek solutions are perhaps the most important contributions education can make.” – Paul Berg

“An environmental-based education movement—at all levels of education—will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration but a portal to the wider world.” – Richard Louv