"So often, children are punished for being human. They are not allowed to have grumpy moods, bad
days, disrespectful tones, or bad attitudes. Yet, we adults have them all the time. None of us are perfect.
We must stop holding our children to a higher standard of perfection than we can attain ourselves."
The Newbie's Guide to
"For many years I have been asking myself why intelligent children act unintelligently at school.
The simple answer is, because they're scared."
- John Holt,
How Children Fail
"As long as the child will be trained not by love, but by fear, so long will humanity live not by
justice, but by force. As long as the child will be ruled by the educator's threat and by the father's rod,
so long will mankind be dominated by the policeman's club, by fear of jail, and by panic of invasion by
armies and navies."
Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 1919
"The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see."
- Alexandra K. Trenfor
"A baby's need for his mother's loving presence is as basic as his need for food."
- The La Leche League International,
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