I love quotes; little bits of wisdom & inspiration to brighten the moment, and help keep me on the right path. I've often gone on the web in search of parenting inspiration in the form of quotes, sifting through the many negative quotes about parenting to find the inspiring and encouraging gems. On one of my recent searches I realized, hey, maybe someone else does this too, and might like to have positive, peaceful parenting quotations all in one place. So, without further ado, here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy! And please, if you're inspired... spread the love!
The law of love could be best understood and learned through little children.
It is one thing to show your child the way, and a harder thing to then stand out of it.
Children are not the people of tomorrow, but people today. They are entitled to be taken seriously. They have a right to be treated by adults with tenderness and respect, as equals.
Children can be conceptualized as mirrors. If love is given to them, they return it. If none is given, they have none to return. Unconditional love is reflected unconditionally, and conditional love is returned conditionally.
~Ross Campbell, MD
Parenting is a path of maturation & growth if we dare to learn more & teach less.
It's okay to be kind to our children. It's okay to give them a feeling of abundance. Knowing that their own needs and wants are valued will only make them want to help others to meet their needs and wants too. Kindness begets kindness.
Disobedience is not an issue if obedience is not the goal.
It is the nature of the child to be dependent, and it is the nature of dependence to be outgrown. Begrudging dependency because it is not independence is like begrudging winter because it is not yet spring. Dependency blossoms into independence in its own time.
Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give.
It is better to bind your children to you by a feeling of respect and by gentleness, than by fear.
Discipline must come through liberty... We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined.
If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart.
If I had to make a general rule for living and working with children, it might be this: be wary of saying or doing anything to a child that you would not do to another adult, whose good opinion and affection you valued.
Meeting a child's dependency needs is the key to helping that child achieve independence. And children outgrow these needs according to their own unique timetable.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.
The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.
(thank you Jamie @ I Am Totally That Mom)