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    Peaceful Parenting Quotes

    I often turn to inspirational quotes when I need a little lift in my day, or a gentle reminder of why I am on the parenting path I am. I hope these few help you along on your gentle parenting journey as well...

    Peace to you.



    To successfully share mindfulness with children, you must first practice it yourself. Your presence, your calm, and your peace are the biggest gifts you can offer to young people.

    ~Thich Nhat Hahn; Planting Seeds - Practicing Mindfulness with Children


    One generation of fully deeply loving parents would change the brain of the next generation, and with that, the world.

    ~Charles Raison


    The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.

    ~Peggy O'Mara

    There is a universal truth I have found in my work. Everybody longs to be loved. And the greatest thing we can do is let somebody know that they are loved and capable of loving.

    ~Fred Rogers


    The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.

    ~Norman Vincent Peale; The Power of Positive Thinking


    We don't yet know what the world might be like if children were to grow up without being subjected to humiliation; if parents would respect them and take them seriously as people.

    ~Alice Miller


    Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.



    Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I've got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

    ~George Bernard Shaw


    Through violence, you may solve one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.

    ~His Holiness the Dalai Lama


    My mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life.

    ~John Lennon


    Where there is shouting, there is no true knowledge.

    ~Leonardo da Vinci


    Mother and baby are at first strangers to each other, but the mother, by affirming her baby's life with herself, establishes a joined entity in which each becomes a part of the other.

    ~James Kimmel, Ph.D.


    If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your own path.



    Fully and completely accept our kids - accept them as they are now, not just when they are doing what we want them to do.

    ~Kelly Matzen


    Conflict is inevitable - violence is not.

    ~Elizabeth Loescher


    When we adults think of children, there is a simple truth that we ignore: childhood is not preparation for life; childhood is life. A child isn't getting ready to live; a child is living.

    ~John A Taylor, Notes on an Unhurried Journey




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    Wordless Wednesday: Be Brave Enough




    Inspiring (and truthful) words from one of my favorite authors…




    You can, you should, and if you're brave enough to start, you will. ~Stephen King









    The Most Fierce

    And though she be but little, she is fierce!

    ~William Shakespeare


    I don't recall ever reading A Midsummer Night’s Dream, so maybe that's why I didn't recognize this quote right away when I first read it. Yet, once I had, I couldn't shake it - as it brought my thespian daughter so clearly to mind. She exists with wild abandon; energy, enthusiasm, verve - she lives each moment to its very fullest potential. So, it is with her vivacity in mind, I decided to make this one Shakespearian line into a print, as an homage to her; my little girl, the actor, and the most fierce of all. 



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    Inspiring Parenting Quotes

    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.
    ~Robert Brault


    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.
    ~Janusz Korczak


    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.
    ~Naomi Aldort

    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.
    ~Rue Kream

    Disobedience is not an issue if obedience is not the goal.
    ~Daron Quinlan


    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.
    ~Peggy O'Mara

    Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
    ~Robert Fulghum

    What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give.
    ~P.D. James

    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.
    ~Maria Montessori

    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.
    ~John Holt

    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.
    ~Elizabeth Baldwin

    Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
    ~Mother Theresa

    We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.
    ~Stacia Taucher


    The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.
    ~Peggy O'Mara

    (thank you Jamie @ I Am Totally That Mom)



    Posted: Jun 23 2011, 08:22 by kelly | Comments (7) RSS comment feed |
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    Turning Negativity into Positivity

    Deepak Chopra tweeted this yesterday:
    Emotions are contagious. We monitor, regulate, and are regulated by each other's emotional state. Your well being improves my well being.
    I found it apropos, as I was at the moment pondering these questions: How to get out of a “bad mood”? How to avoid passing negativity along to those around you? How to stay immune to the negative moods of those around us? How instead, to be open to positive moods, and sharing that energy?
    It’s something I think about often as you really can’t escape people. Or yourself, really. So better to learn to interact in the most beneficial ways.
    Our energy levels fluctuate throughout the day – and thus our moods. Lower energy I’ve found directly correlates with more openness to allowing negativity to have an effect me. Negativity & lower energy makes me feel less creative & productive. The less productive I am, the less good I feel. The less good I feel mentally, the less good I feel physically, the less positive my interactions with others, and my low energy and mood gets passed along. It’s a cycle which I’d like to break. Of course, the cycle works in the opposite direction as well, so maybe I just want to reverse it, not break it altogether.
    The more productive I am, the more energy I have. The more energy I have, the better I feel, the more able I am to deflect negativity thrown my way, and be creative in dealing with “bad moods” – my own, and others, to be more positive. When I’m positive, people react positively, I feel healthier, and things just work right. When more things work right, I’m more apt to be grateful and expectant of more things working right. When you expect things to go well, health to be good, and people to behave well, they pretty much do.
    So how to achieve that positivism reliably? This is really what I’m pondering. Thought into action.
    In the short term, giving myself physical space from negativity or chaos works best. If I can get a moment to myself, to think, breathe, it makes a world of difference. Taking my focus off a future or past worry, and centering instead on the current moment also works for me. If I cannot get my brain to shift gears from worry to peace, occupying myself with a task that requires concentration & creativity – art making or playing the piano or even organizing a space works to distract my mind and start the cycle working in the opposite direction – the more creative I am, the more positive I am.
    Now, I can’t always physically separate myself from the chaos (say, driving kids in the car). So in these instances, I find music helps center me. The more cheerful, the better.
    Your nerves gather with the altitude
    Exhale the stress so you don't come unglued
    Somewhere there is a happy affair, a ghost of a good mood
    ~Owl City (from Rainbow Veins)
    Alternatively, outside we go. Nature always has a calming, energy-boosting quality. You can’t take a walk in the woods and come out feeling bad. I mean, unless you’re attacked by a bear. (who obviously hasn’t discovered the virtues of positive thinking). But, I digress.
    In the longer term, overall positive thinking & repetition of affirmations has worked the best for me, as trite as they may seem: I am healthy. I am productive. Life is good.
    Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're right. ~Henry Ford

    I do believe by reminding myself that things are good, things really can only become better. Not because I'm tricking myself, but rather by looking at what's already there in a better way than I currently am (remembering that when I'm feeling down, negativity flows more easily than positivity). And if things don’t actually become better, at the very least, my reaction to them does. Thus, the reactions of those around me become improved as well, and can lead to physically changing things for the better. Positive energy transfer: it’s what I’m striving towards – greater positivism, increased gratitude, more peace. It can only be good.
    So, how do you cope with negativity and turn it into positivity?
    Posted: Feb 01 2010, 11:19 by kelly | Comments (3) RSS comment feed |
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