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Parents learn by hard experience that no reward or punishment scheme can guarantee the results they want.

From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other.
But when books are opened you discover that you have wings.

Discernment is the mother, the guardian, and the guide of all the virtues.

We Kill Perfect Babies.
A society that baulks fussily at the death penalty for guilty murderers has become adept at excusing the convenient killing of innocents.
Using the advanced techniques of a perverted science, we hunt down imperfect babies in the womb and kill them.
Or we kill perfect babies because their birth might disrupt our comfy lives.
And we tell ourselves that it is all right because our victims aren’t fully human, though in our hearts we know they are.
When the law which permits this massacre was first proposed nearly 50 years ago, we were told that it would be for exceptional and very difficult cases only.
I do not know if those who campaigned for the change really believed that – but their opponents warned that it would lead to abortion on demand.
And that is what happened.
( Peter Hitchens )

The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.

The successful mother sets her children free and becomes more free herself in the process.

No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.

Somewhere in the world, a child goes blind every minute.
And in Africa, 60% of those who go blind will die within a year, because they can’t look after themselves.

( Sir Randulph Fiennes )

Selfish mothers, obsessed with their hair, make-up and social life are responsible for so many sad, lonely, and angry children.

Home used to be where the heart is, but for some children there is no heart for home because their parents don’t care.

David Cameron says there are children growing up who don’t know the difference between right and wrong.
There are politicians – people we should look up to – with their fingers in the public till who clearly don’t either.

I wish I’d asked my parents more about their childhood, and done more listening.
I wish I’d just been quiet and present with them and just allowed them to occur.
I think I communicated with them well – I just wish I’d let them communicate with me.
( Chuck Palahniuk )

Grandparents have sunshine in their heart and sprinkle stardust over their grandchildren.

If we do not plant the seeds of knowledge in our children, they will have no shade when they grow older.

Listen to your children for what they say, not what you think they say.
They are changing rapidly and you should be open to their new thoughts and ideas.

Humiliation is the greatest threat to the child / parent bond.
‘I told you so’, or ‘Why can’t you just grow up?’ may seem like mild expressions of exasperation, but they can chill your young adult child to the bone.

Encouragement from parents is never wasted.
‘You’re not a disappointment. I know this is a difficult phase, but you will find your feet’, will uplift a flounderer, whether they acknowledge it at the time or not.

The sound of laughter from a small child is God’s way of bringing a smile to the sad and the lonely.

We just aren’t aware of older people who still feel young, and perhaps feel abandoned by the rest of us.
I’d tell my teenage self to spend more time with her grandmothers while they’re alive.
( Ruth Jones )

Children are sponges.
They soak up influences around them and copy what they see.

If you have any advice to pass on to your children, do it while they’re still young enough to think you know what you’re talking about.

Too many youngsters are being brought up by selfish, uncaring parents, and left to vegetate in front of the TV.

Good parents focus on their child’s good points and are great at motivating with praise.
It’s not that they don’t care if their child misbehaves, they stay positive because they know it gets results and that bad behaviour tends to shrivel up from lack of attention.
Often saying something kind is all it takes.

Good parents stay calm and quiet and don’t over-react in a crisis.
If their child is arguing, whinging or shouting, they realise it doesn’t help to get wound up and sucked into the drama.

The hearts of young children are delicate organs.
A cruel beginning in this world can twist them into curious shapes.

I’m probably more protective than I’ve ever been now that I have children.
My wife’s nickname for me is Red Alert.
I sometimes just check to see if the kids are breathing.

( Matt Damon )

I just love the idea of that.
I think I’m getting broody.
I’ve always liked the idea of having a younger sibling.
( Robert Pattinson )

I want to be a young dad.
I don’t want to be old and not be able to kick a football around.
( Justin Bieber )

I am very much looking forward to becoming a dad – soon I hope.
I feel most liberated when I’m among children.
( Russell Brand )

Yeah, I want kids.
I’m from a big family and that’s made me want the same.
We’re (JLS) all from big families and we all can’t wait to be dads.
We all want at least two.
( Marvin Humes )

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