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"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 love?"
"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
Murray Straus, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology,
University of New Hampshire
"We must learn to accept the fact that during their developmental years children cannot be expected to
exhibit adult behavior."
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
Swedish Corporal Punishment Ban, Parental
"Babies are born loving perfectly. They give fully, trust completely and enter every moment with an
awareness of connection."
Co-Director, Centre for Attachment
"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
"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,
Peace is Every Step: The Path
of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
"Children's liberation is the next item on our civil rights shopping list."
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
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