Be the parent your child needs…

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

Russell Baker (1925 – 2019)

It’s a great mistake, I think, to put children off with falsehoods and nonsense, when their growing powers of observation and discrimination excite in them a desire to know about things.

Anne Sullivan Macy (1866 – 1936)

What feeling is so nice as a child’s hand in yours? So small, so soft and warm, like a kitten huddling in the shelter of your clasp.

Wilson Mizner (1876 – April 3, 1933)

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.

Nadia Boulanger (1887 – 1979)

The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering.

Benjamin Spock (1903 – 1998)

There are times as a parent when you realize that your job is not to be the parent you always imagined you’d be, the parent you always wished you had. Your job is to be the parent your child needs, given the particulars of her or her own life and nature.

Ayelet Waldman (b. 1964)

Every cliché 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.

Liam Neeson (b. 1952)

At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experience of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses.

Ellen Key (1849 – 1926)

Parenting now is a two-way relationship where you learn from each other.

Juhi Chawla (b. 1967)

My children are the reason I laugh, smile and want to get up every morning.

Gena Lee Nolin (b. 1971)

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