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To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.

Tags: Happiness, Peace  ✍ Author: Albert Einstein

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.

Tags: Become, Mothers  ✍ Author: John F. Kennedy

Don't try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it.

Tags: Children, May  ✍ Author: Russell Baker

A mother who is really a mother is never free.

Tags: Free, Mother  ✍ Author: Honore de Balzac

We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.

Tags: Love, Parents  ✍ Author: Henry Ward Beecher

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.

Tags: Anyone, Car  ✍ Author: Erma Bombeck

Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they're already asleep.

Tags: Children, Kiss  ✍ Author: Ray Bradbury

Most people who have grown up introverted in this very extroverted culture of ours have had painful experiences of feeling like they are out of step with what's expected of them. Parenting can pose unique challenges for introverted parents, who fear that their own painful experiences will be repeated in their children's lives.

Tags: Children, Fear  ✍ Author: Jonathan Cain

The truth is that parents are not really interested in justice. They just want quiet.

Tags: Justice, Truth  ✍ Author: Bill Cosby

My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood, but it didn't because parenting can only be learned by people who have no children.

Tags: Children, Learned  ✍ Author: Bill Cosby

A new father quickly learns that his child invariably comes to the bathroom at precisely the times when he's in there, as if he needed company. The only way for this father to be certain of bathroom privacy is to shave at the gas station.

Tags: Child, Father  ✍ Author: Bill Cosby

No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal.

Tags: Matter, Try  ✍ Author: Bill Cosby

Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.

Tags: Children, Home  ✍ Author: Phyllis Diller

There's really no point in having children if you're not going to be home enough to father them.

Tags: Father, Home  ✍ Author: Anthony Edwards

We're living in a time when parenting is not at all mirroring the way I was parented. For me, I just followed my parents around on their errands; when they were busy on the phone, I was quiet. It's a different kettle of fish these days: They run the house, and you listen to their music, and you go to their appointments.

Tags: Music, Time  ✍ Author: Edie Falco

Here's a confession: I hate parenting books. I hate the ones that are earnest and repetitive.

Tags: Hate, Here  ✍ Author: Bruce Feiler

I set out to write an anti-parenting parenting book.

Tags: Book, Write  ✍ Author: Bruce Feiler

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.

Tags: Father, Strong  ✍ Author: Sigmund Freud

That's my ideal day, time with my boys.

Tags: Ideal, Time  ✍ Author: Kenny G

As a dad, you are the Vice President of the executive branch of parenting. It doesn't matter what your personality is like, you will always be Al Gore to your wife's Bill Clinton. She feels the pain and you are the annoying nerd telling them to turn off the lights.

Tags: Dad, Pain  ✍ Author: Jim Gaffigan

Telling a teenager the facts of life is like giving a fish a bath.

Tags: Giving, Life  ✍ Author: William E. Gladstone

A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.

Tags: Respect, True  ✍ Author: Billy Graham
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Becoming a father, I think it inevitably changes your perspective of life. I don't get nearly enough sleep. And the simplest things in life are completely satisfying. I find you don't have to do as much, like you don't go on as many outings.

Tags: Life, Sleep  ✍ Author: Hugh Jackman

If you're asking your kids to exercise, then you better do it, too. Practice what you preach.

Tags: Exercise, Kids  ✍ Author: Bruce Jenner

Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.

Tags: Children, Talk  ✍ Author: Carl Jung

I think the most un-American thing you can say is, 'You can't say that.'

Tags: Children, Eyes  ✍ Author: Garrison Keillor

Few things are more satisfying than seeing your children have teenagers of their own.

Tags: Children, Few  ✍ Author: Brie Larson

I would like to do another piece of fiction dealing with a number of issues: Lesbian parenting, the 1960's, and interracial relationships in the Lesbian and Gay community.

Tags: Gay, Lesbian  ✍ Author: Audre Lorde

Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being.

Tags: Future, Society  ✍ Author: Miriam Makeba

Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore.

Tags: Children, Happy  ✍ Author: Ogden Nash

Every cliche about kids is true; they grow up so quickly, you blink and they're gone, and you have to spend the time with them now. But that's a joy.

Tags: Time, True  ✍ Author: Liam Neeson

To me luxury is to be at home with my daughter, and the occasional massage doesn't hurt.

Tags: Home, Hurt  ✍ Author: Wayne Newton

Do you want to be an artist and a writer, or a wife and a lover? With kids, your focus changes. I don't want to go to PTA meetings.

Tags: Focus, Wife  ✍ Author: Stevie Nicks

I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.

Tags: Children, Home  ✍ Author: Robert Orben

Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.

Tags: Children, Parents  ✍ Author: Sylvia Plath

If there is any truth to my parenting the dreamwork movement, it comes from the power of the press.

Tags: Power, Truth  ✍ Author: Henry Reed

I want to have children, but my friends scare me. One of my friends told me she was in labor for 36 hours. I don't even want to do anything that feels good for 36 hours.

Tags: Children, Good  ✍ Author: Rita Rudner

Education, like neurosis, begins at home.

Tags: Education, Home  ✍ Author: Edward Sapir

What lingers from the parent's individual past, unresolved or incomplete, often becomes part of her or his irrational parenting.

Tags: Her, Past  ✍ Author: Virginia Satir

Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children.

Tags: Children, Fitness  ✍ Author: George Bernard Shaw

Even as kids reach adolescence, they need more than ever for us to watch over them. Adolescence is not about letting go. It's about hanging on during a very bumpy ride.

Tags: Kids, Watch  ✍ Author: Joni Eareckson Tada

I'm trying to break any chain of negative parenting that I might have survived.

Tags: Negative, Trying  ✍ Author: Eddie Vedder

How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.

Tags: Child, Father  ✍ Author: Voltaire

We all have an interest in making sure teens grow up healthy and drug-free.

Tags: Making, Sure  ✍ Author: John Walters

I'd just as soon stay home and raise babies.

Tags: Home, Stay  ✍ Author: June Allyson

Of course, the ideal scenario for parenting is obviously two parents of a mature age.

Tags: Age, Parents  ✍ Author: Jennifer Aniston

Parenting is one of the hardest jobs on earth.

Tags: Earth, Jobs  ✍ Author: Jennifer Aniston

No, I've never wanted kids. But I do read about parenting a lot.

Tags: Kids, Wanted  ✍ Author: Fiona Apple

Parenting classes should be mandatory, whether you are adopting or not, and would include an evaluation of your current physical, mental and financial state as well as how ready you are to take on the rigors of parenthood. Our children are our most precious natural resource, and there is absolutely no other way to parent but to put them first.

Tags: Children, Put  ✍ Author: Anne Archer

We put more emphasis on who can drive a car than on who can be a parent. And I think there ought to be mandatory parenting classes starting in high school, and you should have to have a license to be able to be a parent to explain that you don't give alcohol to kids.

Tags: Car, School  ✍ Author: Anne Archer

For decades, parents were told by so-called parenting 'experts' that offspring would be best raised on the belief each is special and entitled to all life has to offer.

Tags: Best, Life  ✍ Author: Bob Barr

I figure that if the children are alive when I get home, I've done my job.

Tags: Children, Home  ✍ Author: Roseanne Barr

Mothers - especially single mothers - are heroic in their efforts to raise our nation's children, but men must also take responsibility for their children and recognize the impact they have on their families' well-being.

Tags: Children, Men  ✍ Author: Evan Bayh

My father was a farmer and my mother was a farmer, but, my childhood was very good. I am very grateful for my childhood, because it was full of gladness and good humanity.

Tags: Good, Mother  ✍ Author: Roberto Benigni

Relationships are complicated no matter what style of parenting you choose.

Tags: Choose, Matter  ✍ Author: Mayim Bialik

I have a neuroscience background - that's what my doctorate is in - and I was trained to study hormones of attachment, so I definitely feel my parenting is informed by that.

Tags: Definitely, Study  ✍ Author: Mayim Bialik

I've become sort of an accidental advocate for attachment parenting, which is a style of parenting that... basically, the way mammals parent and the way people have parented for pretty much all of human history except the last 200 years or so.

Tags: History, Human  ✍ Author: Mayim Bialik

I came to parenting the way most of us do - knowing nothing and trying to learn everything.

Tags: Learn, Trying  ✍ Author: Mayim Bialik

Attachment parenting is not a passive parenting style.

Tags: Attachment, Style  ✍ Author: Mayim Bialik

I barely have time for my own children. To adopt more children and not have time for them, that would be poor parenting on my part.

Tags: Children, Time  ✍ Author: Mary J. Blige

Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise... specialized competence and success are all that they can imagine.

Tags: Success, Wise  ✍ Author: Allan Bloom

Studies show that children best flourish when one mom and one dad are there to raise them.

Tags: Best, Mom  ✍ Author: John Boehner

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.

Tags: Best, Love  ✍ Author: Nadia Boulanger

I had no idea that mothering my own child would be so healing to my own sadness from my childhood.

Tags: Healing, Sadness  ✍ Author: Susie Bright

Having a baby changes the way you view your in-laws. I love it when they come to visit now. They can hold the baby and I can go out.

Tags: Baby, Love  ✍ Author: Matthew Broderick

I'm not a parenting expert. In fact, I'm not sure that I even believe in the idea of 'parenting experts.' I'm an engaged, imperfect parent and a passionate researcher. I'm an experienced mapmaker and a stumbling traveler. Like many of you, parenting is by far my boldest and most daring adventure.

Tags: Fact, Far  ✍ Author: Bobby Brown

If I feel good about my parenting, I have no interest in judging other people's choices. If I feel good about my body, I don't go around making fun of other people's weight or appearance. We're hard on each other because we're using each other as a launching pad out of our own perceived deficiency.

Tags: Fun, Good  ✍ Author: Bobby Brown

Ironically, parenting is a shame and judgment minefield precisely because most of us are wading through uncertainty and self-doubt when it comes to raising our children.

Tags: Children, Judgment  ✍ Author: Bobby Brown

My husband's a pediatrician, so he and I talk about parenting all the time. You can't raise children who have more shame resilience than you do.

Tags: Husband, Time  ✍ Author: Bobby Brown

The uncertainty of parenting can bring up feelings in us that range from frustration to terror.

Tags: Bring, Feelings  ✍ Author: Bobby Brown

I realize that of all people, I am no expert on parenting or marriage.

Tags: Marriage, Realize  ✍ Author: Mika Brzezinski

I'm worried about parents who aren't parenting.

Tags: Parents, Worried  ✍ Author: Barbara Bush

Parents are key when it comes to keeping kids off drugs. Good parenting is the best anti-drug we have.

Tags: Best, Good  ✍ Author: Mel Carnahan

There is no job more important than parenting. This I believe.

Tags: Job  ✍ Author: Benjamin Carson

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.

Tags: Children, Hope  ✍ Author: Hodding Carter

Abortion is defended today as a means of ensuring the equality and independence of women, and as a solution to the problems of single parenting, child abuse, and the feminization of poverty.

Tags: Equality, Women  ✍ Author: Robert Casey

No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly.

Tags: Children, Mothers  ✍ Author: Miguel de Cervantes

Parenting, as an unpaid occupation outside the world of public power, entails lower status, less power, and less control of resources than paid work.

Tags: Power, Work  ✍ Author: Nancy Chodorow

Happiness is not always through success. Equally, the constant pursuit of success is sure unhappiness. But we have to find the balance. My own thoughts are that parenting is very personal. And we all feel enormous insecurity about parenting. What are they going to think of us 20 years down the line?

Tags: Happiness, Success  ✍ Author: Amy Chua

I do not think there was anything abusive in my house. Yet, I stand by a lot of my critiques of Western parenting. I think there's a lot of questions about how you instill true self-esteem.

Tags: Stand, True  ✍ Author: Amy Chua

I think there are many ways to raise great kids. From what I can tell, Ayelet Waldman's kids are interesting, strong, and happy, and if that's the case, that's good parenting.

Tags: Good, Great  ✍ Author: Amy Chua

Parenting is the hardest thing I have ever done. I tried to find the balance between the strict, traditional Chinese way I was raised, which I think can be too harsh, and what I see as a tendency in the West to be too permissive and indulgent. If I could do it all again, I would, with some adjustments.

Tags: Between, Done  ✍ Author: Amy Chua

Tiger parenting is all about raising independent, creative, courageous kids. In America today, there's a dangerous tendency to romanticize creativity in a way that may undermine it.

Tags: May, Today  ✍ Author: Amy Chua

You know, parenting is so personal. And we're all afraid that we didn't quite get it right. And it feels like the stakes are so high. By we - what if we made a mistake?

Tags: Afraid, Personal  ✍ Author: Amy Chua

I sort of feel like people are not that honest about their own parenting. Take any teenage household; tell me there is not yelling and conflict.

Tags: Honest, Tell  ✍ Author: Amy Chua

To be honest, I know that a lot of Asian parents are secretly shocked and horrified by many aspects of Western parenting.

Tags: Honest, Parents  ✍ Author: Amy Chua

A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it.

Tags: Baby, Loved  ✍ Author: Frank A. Clark

I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career. I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party, what my son was writing. I was thinking about Legos.

Tags: Birthday, Family  ✍ Author: Jill Clayburgh

I don't think children's inner feelings have changed. They still want a mother and father in the very same house; they want places to play.

Tags: Father, Mother  ✍ Author: Beverly Cleary

My kids love it. I thought I was the coolest dad in the world when I got to be in a Bond film, but 'Harry Potter', too? Well, I think I qualify for a medal for exceptional parenting or something, don't you?

Tags: Dad, Love  ✍ Author: Robbie Coltraine

Believe me, my children have more stamina than a power station.

Tags: Children, Power  ✍ Author: Robbie Coltrane

I think a dad has to make his daughter feel that he's genuinely interested in what she's going through.

Tags: Dad, She  ✍ Author: Harry Connick, Jr.

Family life was wonderful. The streets were bleak. The playgrounds were bleak. But home was always warm. My mother and father had a great relationship. I always felt 'safe' there.

Tags: Family, Life  ✍ Author: Robert Cormier

No one knows his true character until he has run out of gas, purchased something on the installment plan and raised an adolescent.

Tags: Character, True  ✍ Author: Harvey Cox

I believe that at least 70 percent of parenting goes to the mother. In our house, I'm the one who knows about all the school stuff, helps with the homework, organizes the play dates, and remembers the birthday parties.

Tags: Birthday, Mother  ✍ Author: Cindy Crawford

It's a huge change for your body. You don't even want to look in the mirror after you've had a baby, because your stomach is just hanging there like a Shar-Pei.

Tags: After, Change  ✍ Author: Cindy Crawford

My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.

Tags: Father, Mother  ✍ Author: Quentin Crisp

My grandmother was a kind of Scarsdale, New York, society woman, best known in her day as the author of the 1959 book 'Growing Your Own Way: An Informal Guide for Teen-Agers' - this despite being a person whose parenting style made Joan Crawford's wire hangers look like pool noodles.

Tags: Best, Society  ✍ Author: Sloane Crosley

Ah, the power of two. There's nothing quite like it. Especially when it comes to paying utility bills, parenting, cooking elaborate meals, purchasing a grown-up bed, jumping rope and lifting heavy machinery. The world favours pairs. Who wants to waste the wood building an ark for singletons?

Tags: Power, Quite  ✍ Author: Sloane Crosley

I take parenting incredibly seriously. I want to be there for my kids and help them navigate the world, and develop skills, emotional intelligence, to enjoy life, and I'm lucky to be able to do that and have two healthy, normal boys.

Tags: Emotional, Life  ✍ Author: Joan Cusack

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