Feb 18

You will find these (and more) quotations about children on the spiritual-quotes-to-live-by.com website. I love this stuff; in just a few short sentences the authors encompass the whole of the magic and meaning of children. Let their wise words guide you as you go through the daily rush of caring for your children. Let their kindhearted messages remind you how precious a treasure your children are and let their wholesome thoughts fill your heart, sink into your mind, settle into your bones, and uplift your soul.


English proverb

"The soul is healed by being with children."

My take:

To be "with" children is to meet them where they are in their innate abilities, in their development, being in harmony with their dreams. To be with them means to be attuned to who they are, and by making no attempt to change who they are. To be with children is to be fully present to them, paying attention and letting them know that they are worth your time. Perhaps it is our proximity to their innocence and purity that heals the soul.


Dr. Seuss

"A person's a person, no matter how small."

My take:

From the moment of birth, these little human beings feel and absorb every vibration, every attitude, every mood that surrounds them. It is an erroneous assumption that they are impervious to the power of our feelings. So "no matter how small" they are, each baby needs a peaceful and nurturing environment.


Charles R. Swindoll, Christian pastor

"Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children."

My take:

Children’s memories are not as much imprinted on the mind as they are rooted in the heart. The feelings they had at the time of their experiences return even when they cannot recall the experiences. Some parents believe that children will forget earlier unpleasant experiences, but though the mind may block out the specifics, the heart remains broken.


Ignacio Estrada, Educator

"If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."

My take:

Some parents persist at practicing ineffective discipline methods with the idea that their children will finally "get it." If they do comply, their parents assume their methods worked after all. But did they? Did the children learn the meaning of the discipline or their behavior? How did the discipline methods affect the parent-child relationship? Did they bring the children closer or push them away? And did the discipline enhance or diminish the children’s sense of themselves?

Mr. Estrada’s sensible, intelligent alternative does work. As Dr. Maria Montessori said: "I studied my students and they taught me how to teach."


Polly Berends, Author

"A sense of worthiness is a child's most important need."

My take:

The child’s "sense of worthiness" is commensurate with the quality of interest and attention you invested in him and her.


W.E.B. DuBois, Sociologist, author

"Children learn more from what you are than what you teach."

My take:

What is your answer to the question: are you the kind of person you hope your child will be?


Edmund Burke, Author, Philosopher

"Example is the school of mankind and they will learn at no other."

My take:

Children keep us under constant surveillance as the examples of how to be a human being. If what we tell (teach) them is not demonstrated by our lives, our words will fall on deaf ears.


Frederick Douglas, Social Reformer

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."

My take:

No comment to the obvious.

Louis Pasteur, Scientist

"When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments, tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become."


My take:

"Tenderness" is not a sign of weakness, but rather signifies giving children what they need as they stumble along on their journey – compassion and understanding. And respecting what they may become bespeaks a belief in their potential and their ability to strive toward its fulfillment.


Stacia Tauscher, Advocate for Children’s Rights

"We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today."

My take:

Thank you, Ms. Tauscher for reminding us to remain in the moment, to pay attention to the child in the now, to take the time to discover the child you think you know.


Author Unknown

"All children behave as well as they are treated."

My take:

Lovely thoughts, all, but beyond lovely, these quotations embody the very essence of gratifying parenting.

as seen in Baltimore's Child Magazine