“Restore balance. Most kids have technology, school and extracurricular activities covered. It’s time to add a pinch of adventure, a sprinkle of sunshine and a big handful of  outdoor play.” – Penny Whitehouse

“Let the children be free; encourage them; let them run outside when it is raining; let them remove their shoes when they find a puddle of water; and when the grass of the meadows is wet with dew, let them run on it and trample it with their bare feet; let them rest peacefully when a tree invites them to sleep beneath its shade; let them shout and laugh when the sun wakes them in the morning.” –  Maria Montessori

“Playing together in nature is as much about us as it is about the child. Children get to celebrate and be themselves, while we are reminded of our inner child – the essence of who we are.” – Nicolette Sowder

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” – John F. Kennedy

“There is only one pretty child in the world and every mother has it.” 

“I come from that society and there is a common thread, specifically family values—the idea that you do anything for your family, and the unconditional love for one’s children.” – Ednita Nazario 

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.” – William Shakespeare

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass

“The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children, the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all.” -Benjamin Spock

“A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.” –  Carl Sandburg

“When times are hard, when your friends turn against you and your luck seems to fail, know that I will always be just a phone call away.”

“I know you must walk your own path, but let my love be the light to guide you.”

“It’s a beautiful thing, watching another adult walking around out there in the world with my heart beating inside them.”

“Butterflies have wings, so they can fly. Fish have gills, so they can swim. Bunnies have four legs, so they can run. I have a heart, so I can love you.”

“There’s no bad thing you could do that would ever change my love.”

“See the stars? I made a wish on one, and I got you.”

“Wherever you go, my love is with you.”

“I hug you and kiss you and tell you I love you because it fills me with joy. I’ll hug you and kiss you and tell you I love you some more so you’ll be full too.”

“I love you when I wake up in the morning. I love you all day long. I love you in my dreams at night.”

“No work is more important than my love for you.”

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“Encourage your child to have muddy, grassy or sandy feet by the end of each day, that’s the childhood they deserve.” – Penny Whitehouse

“Children more than ever, need opportunities to be in their bodies in the world – jumping rope, bicycling, stream hopping and fort building. It’s this engagement between limbs of the body and bones of the earth where true balance and centeredness emerge.” – David Sobel

“To raise a nature-bonded child is to raise a rebel, a dreamer, an innovator… someone who will walk their own verdant, winding path.” – Nicolette Sowder

“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.” – Harry S. Truman

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela

“Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.” – Khaled Hosseini

“When you have brought up kids, there are memories you store directly in your tear ducts.” – Robert Brault

“It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawnmower, snow-blower or vacuum cleaner.” – Ben Bergor

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” – Franklin P. Jones

“You are the best thing I’ve done with my life.”

“Even though my lap is too small, my heart will always have enough room for you.”

“I know you’re grown now, but my heart doesn’t realize that. In my heart, you will always be my sweet baby.”

“I haven’t been a perfect person, but the one thing I will never regret is bringing you into this world.”

“I see the best parts of myself reflected in you, but you’ve made all those qualities even better. I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.” – Charles Dickens

“When I see children, I see the face of God. That’s why I love them so much. That’s what I see.” – Michael Jackson

“You can only have one first born child. You may love all your children deeply and with passion, but there is something unique about the first born.” – Raymond Feist

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” – John Bowring

“God could not be everywhere, and therefore he created mothers.” – Jewish proverb

“Stop trying to perfect your child, but keep trying to perfect your relationship with him.” – Dr. Henker

“The rules for parents are but three… love, limit and let them be.” – Elaine M. Ward

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You have brains in your head

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“Kids spell love T-I-M-E.” – John Crudele

“All men know their children mean more than life.” -Euripides

“When you read to a child, when you put a book in a child’s hands, you are bringing that child news of the infinitely varied nature of life. You are an Awakener.” – Paula Fox

“Don’t just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.” – George Carlin

“Noble fathers have noble children.” – Euripides

“I don’t remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.” – Anne Lamott

“It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” – Roald Dahl

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” – Thomas Paine

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’” – Maria Montessori

“Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society.” – Maria Montessori

“The soul is healed by being with children.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” – Anne Frank

“Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” – Roger Lewin

“Only children believe they are capable of everything.” – Paulo Coelho

“Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Kids deserve the right to think that they can change the world.” – Lois Lowry

“When you have solved the problem of controlling the attention of the child, you have solved the entire problem of its education.” – Maria Montessori

“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” – Maria Montessori

“Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.” – Dr. Seuss

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

An honest man is always a child

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“Children are the anchors that hold the mother to life.” – Sophocles

“Wealth and children are the adornment of life.” – Quran

“Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.” – Oscar Wilde

“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.” – Maria Montessori

“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

“Our job is not to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. Our job is to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” – L.R. Knost

“Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.” – Bill Ayers

“Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.” – Carl Jung

“A young child is, indeed, a true scientist, just one big question mark. What? Why? How? I never cease to marvel at the recurring miracle of growth, to be fascinated by the mystery and wonder of this brave enthusiasm.” – Victoria Wagner

“Too often, I think, children are required to write before they have anything to say. Teach them to think and read and talk with self-repression, and they will write because they cannot help it.” – Anne Sullivan

“My children, the secret of religion lies not in theories but in practice.” – Swami Vivekananda

“An honest man is always a child.” – Socrates

“Children pick up words, as pigeons peas, and utter them again as God shall please.” –  Portuguese Proverb

“The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven’s lieutenants.” – William Shakespeare

“If you ask children in the west where’s God, they’d point to the sky. If you ask children in India, they point at themselves.” – Mother Teresa

“I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.” – Charles Dickens

“Play is the work of the child.” – Maria Montessori 

“Your children make it impossible to regret your past. They’re its finest fruits. Sometimes the only ones.” – Anna Quindlen

“Love children especially, for they too are sinless like the angels; they live to soften and purify our hearts and, as it were, to guide us.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

“How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.” – Alexandre Dumas

Educate your children to be happy

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“A child miseducated is a child lost.” – John F. Kennedy

“The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Children re-invent your world for you.” – Susan Sarandon

“Today our children are our reflection. Tomorrow they will be our shadows.” – Maralee McKee 

“The first happiness of a child is to know that he is loved.” – Don Bosco

“Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.” – Princess Diana 

“Kids go where there is excitement, they stay where there is love.” – Zig Ziglar

“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” – Sophia Loren

“Too much love never spoils children. Children become spoiled when we substitute presents for presence.” – Anthony Witham

“There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” – Aristotle

“Children are made readers in the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald

“Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so they know the value of things, not the price.”

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Education in the true sense is helping the individual to be mature and free, to flower greatly in love and goodness. That is what we should be interested in, and not in shaping the child according to some idealistic pattern.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“I know that we need to directly teach our children the most vital lessons, rather than assume that they’ll be understood.” – Galit Breen

“We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“The essence of our effort to see that every child has a chance must be to assure each an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different – to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses.” – John Fischer

“Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn.” – Alice Miller

“Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.” – Edmund Burke