||Previous Quotes of the Month for 2008
"I'm sure the reason such young nitwits are
produced in our schools is because they have no contact with anything of
any use in everyday life."
27- 66 C.E.
"You are troubled at seeing him spend his
early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Is it
nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life
will he be so busy as now."
Émile: Or, Concerning Education, 1883
"Little children love the world. That is why
they are so good at learning about it. For it is love, not tricks and
techniques of thought, that lies at the heart of all true learning. Can
we bring ourselves to let children learn and grow through that
How Children Learn
"Today we begin in earnest the work of making
sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better
than the one we inhabit today."
"The best-kept secret in child psychology is
that children who were never spanked are among the best behaved."
Murray Straus, Ph.D.
University of New Hampshire
"We must learn to accept the fact that during
their developmental years children cannot be expected to exhibit adult
Robert Mendelsohn, M.D.,
author of How
to Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor
"Children are entitled to care, security and a good upbringing.
Children are to be treated with respect for their person and
individuality and may not be subjected to corporal punishment or any
other humiliating treatment."
Swedish Corporal Punishment Ban, Parental Code
"Babies are born loving perfectly. They give fully, trust
completely and enter every moment with an awareness of connection."
Co-Director, Centre for Attachment (NZ)
"If I had to make a general rule for living and working with
children, it might be this: be wary of saying or doing anything to a
child that you would not do to another adult, whose good opinion and
affection you valued."
Freedom and Beyond
"Nobody tells you that if you live long
enough and if you survive the inevitable stresses and mistakes, the best
part of parenting is having your children in your life as adults ...
your ultimate purpose is to get through the child development years to
savor the pleasure of having in your life a magnificent adult with whom
you have an excellent relationship ... if you're aware at the beginning
how this process works, you can make better choices about the kind of
memories you want to end up with."
"When you plant lettuce, if it
does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it
is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun.
You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or
our family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care
of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive
effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument.
That is my experience. If you understand, and you show that you
understand, you can love, and the situation will change."
Thich Nhat Hanh,
Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
is the next item on our civil rights shopping list."
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
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