"No matter the problem, kindness is always the right response.
When your child is having a problem, stop, listen, then respond to
the need, not the behavior. The behavior can be addressed later,
after the need has been met, because only then is the door to
effective communication truly open."
- L. R. Knost,
Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages
"We must choose between the violence of adults and the
smiles of children, between the ugliness of hate and the will to
- Elie Wiesel (1928 - 2016)
"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken
- Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)
"I'm certainly not an expert in the field, but most
education today seems to be aimed toward supplying people with
information on how to make money, and prepare themselves for making
money, and has very little to do with preparing them for the
problems that they meet in life on an emotional level and on a
- Marlon Brando,
"Meet Marlon Brando", Documentary 1966
"It is more important for a child to be comfortable and
functional than to look normal."
- Sparrow Rose Jones,
You Don't: Essays from an Unstrange Mind
"Kids are born scientists. They're born probing the natural
world that surrounds them. They'll lift up a rock. They'll pick up a
bug. They'll pull petals off a flower. They'll ask you why the grass
is green and the sky is blue, and they'll experiment with breakable
things in your house. I think the best thing a parent can do, when
raising a child, is simply get out of their way.
"It might mean they break a dish someday, because they're
experimenting with how dishes roll down the corridor. But they'll
learn something about how fragile something as brittle as glass can
be. There's a lesson there. ... Exploration can become a fundamental
part of what a growing child requires to become a thinking member of
- Neil deGrasse Tyson,
how to think is empowerment (EarthSky)
"School is as far away from the real world as possible. In
school we learn that we cannot control our own destinies and that it
is acceptable to let others govern our lives. In the real world we
can take responsibility for choosing our own paths and governing our
own lives. The real world is what we make it."
- Rue Kream,
A Free Child: An Unschooled Life
"Since a child cannot survive without the care of others,
love is its most important nourishment. The happiness of childhood,
the allaying of the child's many fears and the healthy development
of its self-confidence all depend directly upon love."
- Tenzin Gyatso,
The Fourteenth Dalai Lama