The kids should never become more important than the spouse.
— Ted Engstrom
Who of us is mature enough for offspring before the offspring themselves arrive? The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.
— Peter DeVries
Parents who love each other provide security and self-esteem for their children, which is the greatest bulwark against envy, jealousy, possessiveness and just about all the rest of love’s enemies.
— Dr. Theodore Rubin
Nothing is worse for your marriage than building your marriage on your children.
— Tommy Nelson
Children get much of their sense of security from the way their mother and father treat each other. So building the marriage relationship will have a powerful effect on the entire family culture.
— Stephen Covey
Though I am always in haste, I am never in a hurry because I never undertake more work than I can go through with calmness of spirit.
— John Wesley
The trouble with cleaning the house is it gets dirty the next day anyway, so skip a week if you have to. The children are the most important thing.
— Barbara Bush
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls: work, family, health, friends and spirit. Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will never be the same.
— Brian Dyson
I have decided not to let my time be used up by people to whom I make no difference while I neglect those for whom I am irreplaceable.
— Tony Campolo
People often ask me now, “Zinger, is golf still as important to you as it was before you had cancer?” Yes and no. Yes, of course, golf is important to me. I love the game; it is how I make a living. But no, golf is no longer at the top of my priority list. In fact, it runs a slow fourth. My priorities now are God, my family, my friends and golf.
— Paul Azinger
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
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
Many a rich father wishes he knew how to give his sons the hardships that made him rich.
— Robert Frost
I feel sorry for rich kids now because they’re never going to have the opportunity I had. I don’t think I could have done it if I hadn’t had the tough days to begin with.
— Ben Hogan
Teaching consists of causing people to go into situations from which they cannot escape, except by thinking. Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.
— Robert Heinlein
When I hear my friends say they hope their children don’t have to experience the hardships they went through – I don’t agree. Those hardships made us what we are. You can be disadvantaged in many ways, and one way may be not having had to struggle.
— William Batten
If we spoon-feed our children healthy doses of enrichment, but don’t give them time to struggle, to be frustrated, and to fail, they are not likely to put their fledgling talents to full use down the road. They need the time and space to experiment, to be bored, to plan and rehearse their ideas and put them into action.
— Dr. Paul Donahue
I agree with Abraham Lincoln. He once said that the best thing a man can do for his children is to love their mother.
— John Wooden
Pray together and read the Bible together. Nothing strengthens a marriage and family more. Nothing is a better defense against Satan.
— Billy Graham
Effective leaders develop valued and varied sources of feedback on their behavior and performance. And one of the best sources for many executives is a spouse. There’s something to say about a lasting relationship with someone you trust totally, someone who provides you with reflective back talk.
— Warren Bennis
My mother showed me how important a really strong marriage is. She used to say to us, “I love you all equally, but I love your father the most.”
— Soledad O’Brien
Dad was a rock of support for my mom. After she had a mastectomy, she never even considered having breast reconstruction surgery. My mom told me that Dad never criticized her appearance. Instead he always just told her how beautiful she was. And that’s why she thinks battling this disease wasn’t as hard as it could have been.
— Rebecca Lobo
Once the children were in the house the air became more vital and more heated; every object in the house grew more alive.
— Mary Gordon
Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.
— Henry Ward Beecher
God sent children for another purpose than merely to keep up the race – to enlarge our hearts; and to make us unselfish and full of kindly sympathies and affections; to give our souls higher aims; to call out all our abilities to extended enterprise and exertion; and to bring round our firesides bright faces, happy smiles and loving, tender hearts.
— Mary Howitt
The pleasures we get from children are far more precious than gold.
— Jewish proverb
Many people have said to me “What a pity you had such a big family to raise. Think of the novels and the short stories and the poems you never had time to write because of that.” And I looked at my children and I said, “These are my poems. These are my short stories.”
— Olga Masters