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Quote of the Month

July

"Empathic parenting means being willing and able to 'put yourself in your child's shoes' in order to correctly identify his/her feelings, and being willing and able to behave toward your child in ways which take those feelings into account."

- Elliott Barker,
from the journal Empathic Parenting

Picture: "Yorin Dancing with Mama" by Yorin B., Age 4, Uitgeest, Netherlands
Global Children's Art Gallery

 June

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them."

 - Lady Bird Johnson

 May

"Shamefully, human beings are the only mammals to separate mothers from their infants. Dr. John Krystal, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobiology at the Yale School of Medicine, described the impact of maternal separation on the infant as 'profound', citing the recent discovery that the autonomic activity (heart rate and other involuntary nervous system activity) of two-day-old sleeping babies is 176 per cent higher during maternal separation."

- Antonella Gambotto-Burke,
Mama: Love, Motherhood and Revolution

April

"Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught."

- Winston Churchill

March

"Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners."

- John Holt

February

"A torn jacket is soon mended, but hard words bruise the heart of a child."

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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