For ongoing optimal energy, invest in something you love every day. Even a few minutes of pure bliss can keep you uplifted. Let’s face it, you’ll never find the time to do as you wish; you have to make the time – maybe in little chunks.
— Suzanne Zoglio
Pampering yourself is a requirement for peace and happiness.
— Susyn Reeve
Schedule a day of pampering. You need time to yourself to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. Do what you love, whether it’s a manicure or a massage or a bike ride or a round of golf. The money invested is well worth the decreased stress level you will experience.
— Laura Stack
You need regular time to be alone, to reflect, to sit quietly. You also need time to talk privately with your spouse or friends. For a short break, go to the bedroom for a nap or soak in the tub. A fifteen-minute time-out can revitalize you.
— Judy Ford
There are a lot of burned-out moms losing the joy of being a parent because they feel guilty about taking the time to receive. Moms feel like they are supposed to sacrifice everything for their families, and I understand that point of view. But, at the same time, if you’re not taking time to receive – body, soul and spirit – eventually you won’t have anything more to give.
— Lisa Whelchel
Hard work beats talent almost every time.
— Pat Williams
The harder I work, the luckier I get.
— George Allen
My mother taught me that hard work is a real virtue and that it can also be lots of fun.
— Ann Richards
Sweat is the greatest solvent for problems.
— Branch Rickey
I grumbled as a child with all the housework and practicing I had to do. Now, when I look back, I am grateful because hard work made me stronger and a more responsible person.
— June Kuramoto
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
What a father says to his children is not heard by the world, but it will be heard by posterity.
— Jean Paul Richter
I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us.
— Umberto Eco
If mothers would understand that much of their importance lies in building up the father image for the child, the children would turn out well.
— Samuel Liebowitz
A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.
— George Douglas
When I was a child I loved to watch my father shave. I sat on the closed toilet seat and marveled at the sound of the razor gliding over his face, pushing aside the foamy soap like a shovel in the snow. I adored him, this grand figure who slapped lotion on his cheeks every morning, buttoned his clean white shirt and hugged me good-bye.
— Marlo Thomas
There is no velvet so soft as mother’s lap, no rose so lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps.
— Archbishop Thomson
Mothers are the first books read and the last put aside in every child’s library.
— C. Lenox Remond
Even He that died for us upon the cross, in the last hour, in the unutterable agony of death, was mindful of his mother, as if to teach us that this holy love should be our last worldly thought, the last point of earth from which the soul should take its flight for heaven.
— Henry Ward Longfellow
Stories first heard at a mother’s knee are never wholly forgotten – a little spring that never quite dries up in our journey through scorching years.
— Giovanni Ruffini
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us; when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.
— Washington Irving
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
Even though it’s much easier and more efficient for you alone to bake cookies for someone who’s in the hospital, make cookies together with your preschooler. Ask your preschooler to draw a picture on a card. Then deliver the cookies and card to the hospital together.
— Jolene Roehlkepartain
Help your child find opportunities to earn money to buy canned goods to donate to a relief agency or directly to a needy family.
— Elisa Morgan and Carol Kuykendall
Dad was always the first to extend a helping hand. He taught me that the good that I passed on to others would be remembered, returned and would make life better for everyone.
— E.D. Hall
My mother always expected to find the best in people and often did, even among the prisoners at our local jail, to whom she frequently brought hot meals.
— Ronald Reagan
Encourage your child to share or show concern for others. Involve her in a volunteer project, such as working with the elderly, disadvantaged families or even the local pet shelter. Praise and compliment her when she does this, and let her overhear you telling others about her thoughtful actions.
— Elizabeth Pantley