The more parents try to make their children happy, the more they prevent their children from learning how to make themselves happy.
— John Rosemond
To show a child what has once delighted you, to find the child’s delight added to your own, so that there is now a double delight seen in the glow of trust and affection, this is happiness.
— J.B. Priestley
Your most important goal as a parent is not to make your children happy on a short-term basis. It’s to raise capable, responsible human beings. There are many times when your children will be unhappy with your decisions. Usually, this means you’ve made the right decision.
— Elizabeth Pantley
Parents who don’t make happiness a goal but who concentrate on the basics – making sure their child works hard in school and takes his chores and responsibilities seriously – will produce a child whose talents and values will bring him success.
— Marilu Henner
Mother had a lot to say. This does not mean she was always talking but that we children felt the wells she drew upon were deep, deep, deep. Her theme was happiness: what it was, what it was not; where we might find it, where not; and how, if found, it must be guarded. Never must we confound it with pleasure. Nor think sorrow its exact opposite.
— Mary Lavin
My dad used to repeat a line of Samuel Beckett’s so often that I had it pinned on my wall at home: “Keep on failing. Only this time fail better.”
— Joely Richarson
Dad had his share of setbacks and he had his share of pain. But we learned from him that you deal with those things, you put them behind you and you move on. You don’t pine or whine or say what might have been. His attitude was, “There’s always tomorrow.”
— Steve Forbes
My dad stressed to us that people aren’t perfect. From time to time, there will be disappointments in life. The idea is to recognize that if things don’t work out perfectly, pick yourself up and move on. Over a long lifetime, my dad never let his disappointments get him down. He just picked himself up, dusted himself off and led a wonderful life.
— Abby Cohen
In baseball you’re going to fail more than you succeed. But my dad taught me that you’ve got to take the good with the bad and keep an even keel. You’ve got to try and have the same approach and same demeanor regardless of the situation.
— Derek Jeter
“Success is not about winning or losing,” my dad told me on more than one occasion, when I felt I had been treated unfairly, or my team hadn’t been victorious, or another kid in class had gotten a higher grade than I had. “Your real success in life comes from adjusting,” he’d say. “How well you adjust, how quickly you adjust and how sensitively you adjust will make all the difference at the end of the day.”
— Peter Greenberg
If you think too much about the pursuit of material things, you’re going to hurt those youngsters you’re working so hard to buy material things for.
— John Wooden
A man should never neglect his family for business.
— Walt Disney
Women are realizing now that it’s hard to be Super Woman. It isn’t so great to double your family’s income, if it means you have to turn your back on your family and your home.
— Martha Stewart
All five of our children live within ten minutes of Barbara and me and that’s more important to me than twenty trophies for winning Majors. And if it wasn’t that way in our family, I’d trade all those trophies if I could make it that way.
— Jack Nicklaus
I have so much fun being at home, getting up in the morning, making breakfast, taking my kids to school, going to school activities. That’s where my life is right now.
— Payne Stewart, shortly before he was killed in a plane crash
Many of the most highly publicized events of my presidency are not nearly as memorable or significant in my life as fishing with my daddy.
— Jimmy Carter
We must beware of packing our schedules by saying “yes” to things which mean “no” to our families. Now is the time to take time. There is no other.
— R. Kent Hughes
When we tell ourselves, “I’ll work hard now, putting in long hours, and after I’ve achieved a certain measure of success, I’ll spend more time with my family,” we may fool ourselves, but we won’t fool our children. They will grow up with or without us, and then when we turn toward them, ready to spend more time with them, they may no longer be as receptive or available.
— Dorothy Nolte
“Sentence me,” said a father in court at his son’s trial for one of the hideous crimes of today. “I have been so busy all his life making money that I did not know what he was about. I alone am to blame – sentence me.”
— Anne Monroe
No time is more special between father and child than the few minutes just before bed. I’ve found that their age doesn’t even affect it. Whether they’re 15 months or 15 years, they are the warmest, kindest and most appreciative of beings during that brief period. Use this opportunity for whatever you like: a bedtime story, a prayer, a discussion. It doesn’t really matter. The important thing is your being there, your giving them your full attention.
— Joe Kita
I remember a very important lesson that my father gave me when I was twelve or thirteen. He said, “You know, today I welded a perfect seam and I signed my name to it.” And I said, “But, Daddy, no one’s going to see it.” And he said, “Yeah, but I know it’s there.”
— Toni Morrison
A student from whom nothing is ever demanded which he cannot do, never does all he can.
— John Stuart Mill
I tell my sons, “I don’t care what you do in life, but whatever you do, be the best person in the world when you do it. Even if you’re going to be a ditch digger, be the best ditch digger in the world.
— Joseph Kennedy
My parents always told me that people will never know how long it takes you to do something. They will only know how well it is done.
— Nancy Hanks
I always knew that my father loved me and cared about me. The reason is that he paid attention to the results. If we didn’t mow the lawn or wash the car right the first time, my brother and I would do it again. He was very concerned that we did things right and that we learned from our mistakes.
— Bill Marriott, Jr.
The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.
— Thomas Jefferson
I make a lot of money and I’ve given a lot of it to charities, but I’ve given all of myself to my wife and the kids, and that’s the best donation I’ll ever make.
— Bill Cosby
I would much rather be around my family. The times you have to get up in the middle of the night and hold one of your children because they’re scared of the lightning. Or changing diapers. That togetherness far outweighs the times you don’t get to sleep in.
— Shawn Bradley
I have observed that when our family spends unstructured time together, God brings wonderful things to pass.
— Adrian Rogers
One of the simplest ways to maintain a sense of family unity and belonging is to set around a table together for a meal. Since plenty of distractions eat away at this family tradition, you need to be intentional – and often sacrifice other things – to make it work. So turn off the TV. Set the table with candles. Make conversation the focus of the meal. Keep the comments positive.
— Elisa Morgan and Carol Kuykendall
Listen to your children at play. Their laughter will wash the years away from you.
Play is a prime moment maximizer – not to mention a great stress reducer. Playing with your children helps you relax, restores your emotional energy and makes your kids happy.
— Paul Lewis
Let the children laugh and be glad. Allow them genuine laughter now. Laugh with them, till tears run down your faces – till a memory of pure delight and precious relationship is established within them, indestructible, personal and forever.
— Walter Wangerin
You will always be your child’s favorite toy.
— Vicki Lansky