1. Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege,
than the raising of the next generation.
2. Don’t confuse love with permissiveness.
Sometimes telling a child no
is the most loving thing you can do for him.
3. No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity,
if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family,
what have you really accomplished?
4. I looked on childrearing not only as a work of love and duty
but as a profession that was fully interesting and challenging
as any honorable profession in the world
and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.
-- Rose Kennedy (mother of JFK)
5. Say thank you often
so a child knows you don’t take her actions for granted.
Even thank her for doing chores.
Remember, children learn by example.
If you want a grateful child you must show gratitude.
6. Keep yourself in good health
so you can meet your child’s needs for a long time.
Don’t smoke. Don’t drink and drive. Exercise.
And of course, set a good example by eating healthy foods.
7. Don’t let dinner be ruined by TV watching.
Enjoy your family around the table,
sharing experiences of the day,
plans for the future or read aloud a few pages from a good book.
Use dinner as a time to feed your body, your mind and your spirit.
Turn off the TV!
8. At the end of the day, a loving family should find everything forgivable.
9. Families are the compass that guides us.
They are the inspiration to reach great heights,
and our comfort when we occasionally falter.
10. Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere
where individual differences are appreciated,
mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible
-- the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.
11. There are two things you must give a child.
The first is roots:
a deep understanding of your confidence in his abilities
and your unconditional love.
The other is wings:
the right to use those abilities on his own
because you want him to gain his independence.
12. Home is the place
where boys and girls first learn how to take responsibility,
abide by rules, and consider the rights and needs of others.
13. In family life, love is the oil that eases friction,
the cement that binds closer together,
and the music that brings harmony.
14. The family you come from isn't
as important as the family you're going to have.
15. A father's goodness is higher than the mountain,
a mother's goodness deeper than the sea.
16. I just want my kids to love who they are,
have happy lives and find something they want to do.
Your job as a parent is to give your kids
not only the instincts and talents to survive,
but help them enjoy their lives.
17. If you have never been hated by your child
you have never been a parent.
18. Parents can tell but never teach,
unless they practice what they preach.
19. The best inheritance a parent can give his children
is a few minutes of his time each day.
20. You have a lifetime to work,
but children are only young once.