"I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and
duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and
challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that
demanded the best that I could bring to it."
- Rose Kennedy
Image: "Thai Silk" by YodKwan P., Age 7, Krabi Province,
Global Children's Art Gallery
"We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model
of education, a manufacturing model ... to a model that is based
more on principles of agriculture. We have to recognize that
human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it's an organic
process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human
development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the
conditions under which they will begin to flourish."
- Sir Ken Robinson
"Fun is nature's reward for learning."
- William Glasser, M.D.
"If you trust play, you will not have to control your child's
development... Play will raise the child in ways you can never
- Vince Gowmon
"If the emotions are free, the intellect will look after itself."
- A.S. Neill,
"Play is the highest
expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free
expression of what is in a child's soul."
- Friedrich Froebel
June"The capacity to be affected by how others feel is developed most strongly when infants and toddlers are
empathically cared for by the same few people all the time - people who are willing and able to meet the child's
- Dr. Elliott Barker,
The Social Causes of Crime
"Play is not a respite from learning. Play is learning."
- Katie Hurley
"At the root of every tantrum and power struggle are unmet needs."
- Marshall Rosenberg
Articles by Marshall Rosenberg
"Imagine that you had omnipotent powers and were faced with the problem of how to get young humans and
other young animals to practice the skills they must develop to survive and thrive in their local conditions of
life. How might you solve that problem? It is hard to imagine a more effective solution than that of building
into their brains a mechanism that makes them want to practice those very skills and that rewards such practice
with the experience of joy. That, indeed, is the mechanism that natural selection has built, and we refer to the
resultant behaviour as play."
- Peter Gray,
Free to Learn
Articles by Peter Gray
"The first five years have so much to do with how the next eighty turn out."
- Bill Gates, Sr.
"If controlling another human being is the goal of parenting, then force is necessary. Fear,
intimidation, threats, power-plays, and physical pain are the means of control. But if growing healthy humans is
the goal, then building trust relationships, encouraging, guiding, leading, teaching, and communicating are the
tools for success."
- L.R. Knost,
The Problem with Punishment
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