Thank You For The Children

A Parents Prayer ..
Thank you God for the children of mine
Who teach me things that blow my mind.
They entertain themselves in the funniest ways.
I pray that the innocence they possess never goes away.
I pray they will grow up and be smart,
And I pray that they will never grow apart.
I pray that they will call home whenever they are near a phone.
I pray that they never feel alone.
I hope they turn to you through guidance and prayer
And know that you and their parents will always be there.
( Althea A. Anker )

Lord Of Life ..
Lord of life and king of glory,

Who did design a child to be,
Cradled on a mother’s bosom,
Throned upon a mother’s knee.
For the children thou hast given
We must answer unto thee.

This Child Of Mine ..
This child of mine you stare at so

Please come closer so you will know
Just who my child is and what I see
When those sweet eyes stare back at me.
I see no limits to my child’s life
Although I know it will be filled with strife.
I’m hoping that doors will open each day
I’m praying that kindness will come his way.
( Gary Shulman )

Thank You For The Children ..
Almighty God and heavenly father,

We thank you for the children which you have given us.
Give us also grace to train them in your faith and love.
That as they advance in years they may grow in grace,
And may hereafter be found in the number of your elect children.

My Dear Child ..
If I could I would remove all your fears.
If I could I would remove all your tears.
If I could I would make life painless.
If I could I would give you all your courage.
( Betty Miller )

As You Grow ..
As you grow up, the view will start to change.
The embrace of the first morning’s light,
Running for hours beneath the blue,
All of it seems to be there just for you.
The days were long and hushed.
When did it all become such a rush ?
It may be odd to say, but it will be okay.
The road is long, the price is steep,
But dare I say, it is worth the leap.
( Tasha R. Dragoo )

Children, Children ..
Why do we ever have children ?
They only grow up and they leave one day
And they blame us for taking their dreams away,
And the houses are empty, the nurseries forlorn,
These were beautiful places when they were born.
What can you say about children ?
Who knows where their childhood ends,
Or when it ends,
Just why you drift apart.
I only know that they never leave your heart.
( Hal Shaper )

My First Love, My Mother

Always smile back at little children.
To ignore them is to destroy their belief that the world is good.

Too many young folk have addiction to superficial things and not enough conviction for substantial things like justice, truth and love.
(Cornel West)

Be the type of parent that your child can go to when they have a problem because they know they won’t get yelled at or judged.. So many parents wonder why their child doesn’t come to them for help and the answer is you.. You showed them how you react to smaller problems thus they don’t come to you for bigger ones.

When kids look up to great scientists the way they do to great musicians and actors, civilisation will jump to the next level.
(Brian Greene)

Dear Mum,
I may not like you all the time, but I love you always.

It isn’t a coincidence that governments everywhere want to educate children.
Government education, in turn, is supposed to be evidence of the State’s goodness and its concern for our well-being.. The real explanation is less flattering.
If government’s propaganda can take root as children grow up, those kids will be no threat to the State apparatus.. They will fasten the claims to their own ankles.
(Lew Rockwell)

My mother gave me the most precious gift..
She believed in me.

Fifty-four years of love and tenderness and crossness and devotion and unswerving loyalty.. Without her I could only have achieved a quarter of what I have achieved, not only in terms of success and career, but in terms of personal happiness.. We have quarrelled, often violently, over the years, but she has never stood between me and my life, never tried to hold me too tightly, always let me go free.. For a woman of her strength of character this was truly remarkable.. There was no fear in her except for me.. She was a great woman to whom I owe the whole of my life.
(Noel Coward)

My first love, my mother..
There’s a place in my memory, my heart, my life, that you fill.
No other can take it, no one ever will.

Every sorrow or care in the dear days, gone by,
Was made bright by the light of the smile in your eye
Like a candle that’s set in a window at night,
Your fond love has cheered me and guided me right.
(Rida Johnson Young)

The most precious jewels you will ever have around your neck are the arms of your children.

Know, I am never far from you, I bear you inwardly as you bore me.. As intimately too and as my flesh is of your own and our early mesh, woven one so you are still my own and everything about you, home, the features, eyes, the hands, your entire form are the past, present and to come, the familiarity, the ease of my living, and my peace.
(Pamela Chalkley)

A mother is someone who will love you unconditionally till her last breath.

I was meant to be named Kiera, after a Russian ice-skater my dad fancied.. But it was my mum who went to register my birth, and she accidentally spelled ‘ei’ instead of ‘ie’ because my mum is crap at spelling.
(Keira Knightley)

If I have children I will bring them up in England.
I will not have a baby call me ‘mom’.
(Kelly Osbourne)

Children these days are rude, spoilt, obnoxious, and loud.
I gave a teenage boy £100 for Christmas, and didn’t even receive a card, let alone a thank you letter.. This young lad will grow up into the type of man we are all too familiar with.. someone who never sends Christmas or birthday cards, leaving this task to his wife, who forges his name.. It nurtures an attitude that men are above such things.
The real enemies of female empowerment are mums who refuse to instil values into their children.. They are so intent on being seen to be good parents they over-invest in their offspring, which turns them into ungrateful, selfish, over-confident nightmares who will never possess a backbone.
(Liz Jones, 25.01.2015)

When I was a boy on the Mississippi River there was a proposition in a township there to discontinue public schools because they were too expensive.. An old farmer spoke up and said if they stopped building the schools they would not save anything, because every time a school was closed a jail had to be built.
(Mark Twain)

Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
(Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

The soul is healed by being with children.
(Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

When you take the time to actually listen, with humility, to what people have to say, it’s amazing what you can learn.. Especially if the people who are doing the talking also happen to be children.
(Greg Mortenson)

If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things.
(Norman Douglas)

My mother.. she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel.
I want to grow old and be like her.
(Jodi Picoult)

Be a Mother who is committed to loving her children into standing on higher ground than the environment surrounding them.. Mothers are endowed with a love that is unlike any other love on the face of the earth.
(Marjorie Pay Hinckley)

Mothers and their children are in a category all their own.
There’s no bond so strong in the entire world.. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.
(Gail Tsukiyama)

Only a child sees things with perfect clarity, because it hasn’t developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things that we don’t expect to see.
(Douglas Adams)

Mother .. A title just above Queen.

Having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
(Eileen Hutchison, 1926-2008)

Never complain about the things your parents couldn’t give you..
It was probably all they had.

‘Textbook for Midwives’ by Margaret Myles…
Published in 1953, this book advised pregnant women that less than ten cigarettes a day would probably do no harm to the foetus.. For home deliveries the bedroom should be thoroughly cleaned one month before the confinement date, including the bed, blankets, curtains, walls and the floor scrubbed.. Husbands were encouraged to lend a hand with housework during pregnancy, for example turning heavy mattresses and carrying coal.. When it came to the ‘date’ with the ‘stork’, the British husband apparently preferred to remain in the background during labour, having been known to faint.. Baby might cry at night during the first week and the new father shouldn’t grumble if meals were late and the standard of housework wasn’t up to the usual level.

Dear Mum,
Well done and thanks, I’m awesome.

It is the mothers, not the warriors, who create a people and guide their destiny.
( Luther Standing Bear, 1868-1939 )

Children See Magic

Do not educate your child to be rich.
Educate your child to be happy.
So when your children grow up, they will know the value of things, not the price.

The small hopes and plans of children should be tenderly respected by grown-up people.
( Louisa May Alcott )

Don’t just teach your children to read.
Teach them to question what they read..
Teach them to question everything.
( George Carlin )

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 )

Children begin by loving their parents..
As they grow older they judge them.. Sometimes they forgive them.
( Oscar Wilde )

Children see magic because they look for it.
( Christopher Moore )

Penelope Leach, the liberals’ favourite child-care expert, says there’s no doubt that divorce damages children.. And Professor Sir Simon Wessely, the new head of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, warns against the medicalisation (and drugging) 0f normal children.. If they say so, it must be bad.
( Peter Hitchens, 29.06.2014 )

We cannot always build the future for our youth..
But we can build our youth for the future.
( Franklin D. Roosevelt )

Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me.
( Fred Rogers )

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 )

While we try to teach our children all about life..
Our children teach us what life is all about.
( Angela Schwindt )

Girls see these defined roles they are supposed to follow in life..
But when I was a young child, my parents told me I could be anything.
( Joan Jett )

You spend years wishing your parents would get off your back..
Only to realise they are the only ones who ever really had your back.

Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.
( Robert A. Heinlein )

Respect your parents..
They had to do their homework without Google.

It’s the children the world almost breaks who grow up to save it.
( Frank Warren )

There are two gifts we should give our children..
One is roots.. The other is wings.

Grown-ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets.
( Roald Dahl )

The greatest lesson a father can teach his son is to respect all women.

The only love that I really believe in is a mother’s love for her children.
( Karl Lagerfeld )

The creative adult is the child who survived.

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 )

It is far better to put these children in the hands of a very good religious organisation, and the mother as well, so that they will be brought up with family values.
( Margaret Thatcher on single mothers in 1998 )

Parents are like shuttles on a loom.
They join the threads of the past with threads of the future and leave their own bright patterns as they go.
( Fred Rogers )

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of “overtime” when the angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”
( Erma Bombeck )

Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.
( Garrison Keillor )

Happiness for a mother is when she realises her children have turned out to be good, kind people.

I sometimes wake in the early morning and listen to the soft breathing of my child..
And I think to myself, this is one thing I will never regret..
And I carry that quiet with me all day long.
( Brian Andreas )

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.
( H. Jackson Brown, Jr. )

You can learn a lot about your kids by simply turning off the TV and talking.
I discovered that mine are really boring.
( Danny Zuker )

The sin of abortion, or the destruction of unborn children – lies somewhere a close kin to the crime of destroying human life and certainly to be condemned.
( Harold B. Lee, 1899-1973 )

Memories Of You

A Mum Is Special…
The closest friend and confidante
Always there to lend a hand.
Someone to rely on
Who you know will understand.
Someone full of good advice
Who doesn’t claim to know it all.
Someone who will catch you
However far you fall.
Someone who will love you
No matter what you’ve done.
Someone who is always there..
That’s what makes a mum.

Memories Of You…
Memories of you we’ll always treasure

Of happy days we spent together.
Always a smile so warm and true
Are the loving memories we have of you.
The angels came and took you away
But in our hearts you’ll always stay.

It Takes A Mother’s Love…
It takes a mother’s love to make a house a home
A place to be remembered, no matter where we roam.
It takes a mother’s patience to bring a child up right
And her courage and her cheerfulness to make a dark day bright.
It takes a mother’s thoughtfulness to mend the heart’s deep hurts
And her skill and her endurance to mend little socks and shirts.
It takes a mother’s kindness to forgive us when we err
To sympathise in trouble and bow her head in prayer.
It takes a mother’s wisdom to recognise our needs
And to give us reassurance by her loving words and deeds.
(Helen Steiner Rice)

The Children Of The Towns…
They never see a foal, a pig, a cow, a field of wheat.
Their stunted minds are starved, their education incomplete.
Because they never see the gold of buttercups in May
Or hear a lark make angel music on a lovely day.
Pity them, who never walk the woods or climb the downs.
The lost, the disinherited.. The children of the towns.

Here To Stay…
Our children are here to stay
But our babies are not, I’m sorry to say.
They grow and learn everyday
In the most remarkable and intriguing way.
Cherish the little moments so tender and sweet
They grow so quickly you can barely speak.
But remember this, as I reassure you with a tear in my eye
Babies are your children and your children will never say ‘Good Bye’.
(Crystal K. Acerrio)

A Prayer For Your Young Child…
Dear God I pray he’s treated right

And protected from all that gives him fright.
Help him learn from his mistakes
And never give him more then he can take.
Give him all the love he needs
And bless him with the joy that makes him free.
Save him from the pain life brings
And make his little heart sing.
Please God don’t let the world take it away
It’s too precious to let decay.
So God I beg you please..
Protect him from what he sees.
Let him see life in a different light
Let him see darkness as a starry night.
So God please, make his heart very strong
And spread to the world his happy song.
(Amy S. Huston)

Send Me A Kiss…
Hey kids.. Remember me ?
I’m the lady with the Christmas tree.
I’m the lady with the beard and sack.
Waved you off and hugged you back.
Packed your bags and waited up.
Bought you a bicycle.. Bought you a pup.
Kissed you better and blew your noses
Bottled you jam and picked you roses.
Legs gone shaky.. Stuck in a chair.
Not too sure about when or where.
Don’t quite know how I got like this..
Send me a letter.. Send me a kiss.
(Pamela Brown)

Make Them Laugh

I Would Ban So Many Things Near Children…
Arguing.. Slagging off a tot’s dad for not honouring the amount the Child Support Agency says he should provide.. Fast food, because who would put meat or sugar into a perfect, unsullied little being ?.. Swearing.. Being unkind.. Exposure to sunshine or a bad, bored teacher.. PE, because who would want to wear navy pants and perform a forward roll or scale a horse or climb a rope or endure a communal shower ?
I threaten to stab my boyfriend if he ever starts to roll up a fag within several miles of one of my pets, so I would never condone smoking near children.

Children cannot be protected from everything.
Stimulate them, make them laugh, take them to dangerous places.
But please, don’t make them the centre of the universe.
(Liz Jones, 02.02.2014)

If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.
(Pauline Esther Phillips, also known as Abigail Van Buren, 1918-2013)

We Guide Them But We Also Let Them Become Who They Are…
One of the things we think is important is the way we treat each other in front of our children.. That teaches them so much.. The way Brad treats me and takes care of me and makes something special on Mother’s Day with all the kids.. He is teaching them to respect women and respect their mother, and I hope to do the same for the boys in how I treat their father..
They are all beautifully different.. We guide them but we also let them become who they are.
(Angelina Jolie, May 2014)

The State Is No Good At Childcare…
I told you that David Cameron was a continuation of Blairism by other means.
Along with all his other mimicry of the Blair creature, his most striking policy is his determination to continue New Labour’s revolutionary plan to destroy the married family, drive women out of their homes into wage-slavery and abolish the whole concept of the father and husband.. This scheme is always disguised as something else.It always means more State meddling in family life.
Usually it is called ‘Equality’.. But sometimes it is called ‘Children’s Rights’.
Both these expressions are lies.. Women are not more equal, but far worse off thanks to the anti-marriage revolution, as they are increasingly finding.
They must work inside and outside the home, spend endless hours driving from home to day-orphanage to work to hypermarket, and then back again, and see less and less of their children.. As for children, their supposed ‘rights’ actually mean ever-increasing power for the State to intervene in their lives.. Oddly enough, this never seems to diminish or prevent horrible abuse.
The State is no good at childcare, and nothing will ever make it any good at it.
Power and bureaucracy cannot create an ounce of love.
The State’s own care homes are notorious scenes of abuse and chaos, from which many children emerge with their lives already ruined, destined for prison or mental hospital.
(Peter Hitchens, 06.04.2014)

Having A Baby Is An Act Of Love…
For me, becoming a mother had little to do with the frilly details, lovely as they were (the tiny shoes, the milky kisses).
It had to do with sheer, unexpected, constant, exhausting physicality.
Motherhood is like doing a marathon every day, on your knees, while midgets chuck hummus-coated carrot sticks at you.
Until I had my first child, 11 years ago now, I had no idea what stamina was.
I look back and I was a mere sapling then, wafting about in the gentle breeze of work, socialising, and the groovy early years of marriage.
Then a child comes along, and overnight you’re one part washer-woman to two parts chambermaid.. a doer not a thinker, your body suddenly expected to survive on mere blips of sleep and cold cups of tea.
For me, the real tale of those baby years is one of persistent backache, born of picking up increasingly heavy babies, of balancing them on one jutted hip, of breastfeeding while a cup of tea kindly prepared sat tantalisingly out of reach.
It’s a story of sore knees (you kneel a lot at bath time) and raw hands (you do a lot of cleaning as a new mum, lots of antibacterial scrubbing, with the washing machine burbling away in the background like the hum of gossips).
There’s the leaning over the cot, the burping over the shoulder, the lightning reaction as she sticks her fingers in a socket or pulls a set of encyclopedias down on her head.
There’s the vast bags of baby guff – wipes, bottles, teats, snacks, more wipes, Baby Mozart CDs, Tupperware pots of grapes (halved to stop them being a choking hazard).
I remember panic-learning the Heimlich manoeuvre.
I remember pushing a double buggy up a steep incline, Sisyphus with shopping bags (the yoghurt fell out once and cartwheeled downhill, spraying out dairy produce like an udder on the loose).
I remember the countless moments when, with soft-bottomed child attached to an arm or a thigh or a shoulder, I’d reach over to pick up something vital – a dropped dummy, a lost bread stick, a nomadic Elmer the Elephant – and find myself thinking that I would break in two, literally, right there in Sainsbury’s, in the nappy aisle with shoppers trundling past oblivious to my plight, looking for a good deal on anti-dandruff shampoo.
That, for me, was the truth of the baby years.. Hard bloody graft.
Having a baby is a draining, balancing act of love.
I wouldn’t swap any of it, of course, not for a moment, not for the world.
But I do wonder if newbie mothers really know what’s in store.
(An extract from an article by Mimi Spencer, May 2013)

Money Is A Major Factor In Our Decision To Delay Motherhood…
A major new YouGov survey, carried out for the First Response Early Result Pregnancy Test campaign, showed that money is a major factor in our decision to delay motherhood.. Nearly half (46%) of women in Great Britain say the single main reason women delay motherhood is because of money and the costs involved in raising a child.. Psychologist Dr Cecilia d’Felice believes the ‘Bugaboo mentality’ – where we feel our future offspring be kitted out with top-of-the-range baby gear – is holding many would-be mothers back.. ‘Our materialistic culture reflects the erroneous idea that what you buy for or do with your baby shows how much you love them,’ she says.. ‘But of course there are many ways to show love to a baby, and a newborn doesn’t notice if it’s in a Bugaboo or not.. For many new mothers there is so much uncertainty after having a baby, leaving them stressed and scared, so buying all the kit is a way of reassuring themselves they are doing everything right.’
For a generation of women wanting to ‘have it all’, sacrificing that hard-won career for a baby can feel like a big decision too.
‘To an ambitious, hard-working women, having a baby can look like a series of major losses – loss of income, promotion, status and freedom – which all contribute to a hesitating culture when it comes to embracing family life,’ observes d’Felice.. ‘The myth of “perfect” child-rearing, an invention of the advertising industry, has little to do with what babies really need and sets women up to feel like failures, whatever they do.’
(An extract from an article by Emma Elms, October 2013)