Everybody knows that a good mother gives her children a feeling of trust and stability. She is their earth. Only to touch her skirt or her sleeve makes a troubled child feel better.
— Katharine Hathaway
I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.
— Abraham Lincoln
I am amazed (and secretly delighted) at how many people stop me to have a look at my baby. Motherhood seems to break all social barriers as conversations with strangers of all ages and backgrounds evolve.
— Simone Bloom
You have omitted to mention the greatest of my teachers – my mother.
— Sir Winston Churchill, on being asked to check a list of those who had taught him
In the event of an oxygen shortage on airplanes, mothers of young children are always reminded to put on their oxygen mask first, to better assist the children with theirs. The same tactic is necessary on terra firma. There’s no way of sustaining our children if we don’t first rescue ourselves. I don’t call that selfish behavior. I call it love.
— Joyce Maynard
The mother is the one supreme asset of national life; she is more important by far than the successful statesman, or businessman, or artist, or scientist.
— Theodore Roosevelt
Mother’s hold their children’s hands for a while . . . their hearts forever.
Since God created man in his own image, every newborn child is a heavenly gift entrusted to a mother’s tender care. The baby finds godliness in his mother’s eyes, life and warmth at her breasts, strength and protection in her tender arms.
— Louis Notkin
Despite my mom’s relentless chiding for eating too quickly and talking too much sports, I do not hesitate to use a phrase that up until now I have reserved for only those of my generation: She’s one of my best friends.
— Winston Lord
They always looked back before turning the corner, for their mother was always at the window to nod and smile, and wave her hand at them. Somehow it seemed as if they couldn’t have got through the day without that, for whatever their mood might be, the last glimpse of that motherly face was sure to affect them like sunshine.
— Louisa May Alcott
Never will a time come when the most marvelous recent invention be as marvelous as a newborn baby.
— Carl Sandberg
Of all the joys that lighten suffering on earth, what joy is welcomed like a newborn child?
— Dorothy Nolte
When I saw Sophia Rose, I really understood for the first time ever what it’s like to look into an infant’s eyes and know you would die for that person.
— Sylvester Stallone
A babe in a house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love.
— Martin Tupper
What would you take for those pink little feet.
Those chubby round cheeks, and that mouth so sweet;
For the wee tiny fingers and little soft toes,
The wrinkly little neck and that funny little nose?
Above all, I learned this from my father: Being a dad is the most important job I’ll ever have.
— George W. Bush
Fathers have a special excitement about them that babies find intriguing. Fathers embody a delicious mixture of familiarity and novelty.
— Louise Kaplan
There is no more important relationship for a girl than the one she has with her father. It is a girl’s father who helps shape her character, forms her trust and I believe entirely sets her expectations of the way men should treat her. He defended me. He enouraged me. And he challenged me.
— Condolezza Rice
There’s no pillow quite so soft as a father’s strong shoulder.
— Richard Evans
When you’re out on the course with your son, you’re each watching the other handle the success and disappointment and unfairness and good luck of the game. You’re letting your son find his way, and at the same time he sees that you’re vulnerable, that you aren’t perfect, that you have feelings and emotions that are human. He learns that even when a man does the best he can, he makes mistakes, and that it’s all right.
— Earl Woods
Play says, “I like you. You’re important to me. You’re fun.” Watch the eyes of your ten-year-old brighten when you say, “Hey Buddy – let’s go play!”
— Paul Lewis
Roughhousing gives kids a chance to be both silly and cuddly, a winning combination to which dads are naturally disposed. It never hurts to have that kind of additional, nonverbal path toward intimacy.
— Tom Hirschfeld
I remember lots of things about my father, but my greatest memory was how much he liked to play with us. When he came home from work he liked to have “tickle-tumbles,” which would mean he’d grab you and tickle you and roll around on the bed. There was a lot of physical contact with Dad and he was always so warm and cuddly.
— Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy
Babies who are played with a lot, especially by their fathers, do better physically, socially and mentally.
— Armin Brott
Physical play has a way of connecting you with the child you were. The very act of moving your body – creaky as it may be – can stir up memories of being young and joyful and fully involved.
— Thomas Kinkade
To kiss a baby’s cheek is to touch an angel’s wing.
Ever since the baby’s been born, I find I cannot take my eyes off her. Instead of television, I now watch her and it’s the best show I’ve ever seen.
— Dave Bernard
What would you take for that soft little head
Pressed close to your face at time for bed;
For the dimpled hand in your own held tight,
And the dear little eyelids kissed down for the night?
A baby overwhelms us with its lovableness; even its smell stirs us more deeply than the smell of pine or baking bread.
— Bill Cosby
When God wants an important thing done, He simply has a tiny baby born, perhaps of a very humble home, perhaps of a very humble mother. The great events of this world are not battles and elections and earthquakes and thunderbolts. The great events are babies, for each child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged with humanity, but is still expecting goodwill to become incarnate in each human life.
— Edmond McDonald
I wish I had known sooner that if you miss a child’s play or performance or sporting event, you will have forgotten a year later the work emergency that caused you to miss it. But the child won’t have forgotten that you weren’t there.
— Laurel Cutler
A baby really changes you. Everything I thought was so important before is really just silliness.
— Deidre Hall
I have four children and eleven grandchildren. Parenthood is not a matter of balancing but of prioritizing. Fatherhood is job one, and I don’t let anything stand in the way.
— J.W. Marriott
Focus on what’s important. Many adults sideline a number of activities during the parenting years because having a family and raising children well is a major focus. Be careful, though, not to cut out too much so that you lose yourself. Keep a piece that’s uniquely yours and gets you excited.
— Jolene Roehlkepartain