I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in fifty years what my father taught by example in one week.
— Mario Cuomo
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
— James Baldwin
I learned much from my father just by watching his example. If I saw him hold a door open for someone, I learned to do the same. Kids always observe their parents and I always watched my daddy.
— Jerry Femina
There is no better answer to a child’s negative attitude than a positive example.
Your kids must take responsibility for their actions, their choices and ultimately for their lives. How do you teach them to do these things? Set a good example. Don’t blame your parents for your problems, the economy for your debts, bad teachers for your children’s shaky academic performance, your spouse for your unhappiness or an insensitive boss for your stalled career.
— Elaine St. James
Ever since my daughter was born, I feel the fleetingness of time. And I don’t want to waste it on getting the perfect lip color.
In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom.
— Barbara Costikvan
Your children will nurse at the breast of your wisdom and draw it out through your conversation. Make sure that this milk is free of contaminants like bitterness, envy, pettiness or vulgarity.
— T.D. Jakes
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.
Some fear that if parents start listening to their own wants and needs they will neglect their children. It is our belief that children are in fact far less likely to be neglected when their parents’ needs – for support, for friendship, for decent work, for health care, for learning, for play, for time alone – are being met.
— Wendy Sanford
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
To be a mother is the greatest vocation in the world. No being has a position of such great power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations; for to her is necessarily committed the making of the nation’s citizens.
— Hannah Whitehall Smith
I looked on child-rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.
— Rose Kennedy
Motherhood is the most important of all professions – requiring more knowledge than any other department in human affairs.
— Elizabeth Stanton
Contrary to what feminist propaganda has claimed, it is not oppression, subjugation or abdication of any feminine quality-of-life potential to marry a man, be proud of your bonding, rejoice in your gifts and sacrifices for your marriage and family, and derive pleasure and sustenance from your role as a wife and mother.
— Dr. Laura Schlessinger
I would much rather be known as the mother of a great son or a great daughter than the author of a great book or the painter of a great masterpiece.
— Rose Kennedy
It’s the people who feel strong and good about themselves inside who are best able to accept outside differences – their own or others’. We help children develop this ability every time we affirm how special they are to us for being themselves.
— Fred Rogers
Dad never tried to dictate to me what I should do with my life. He never tried to put his blueprint for my life over mine. His attitude was, “I’m going to teach you basic values. I’m going to unconditionally love you. And I’m going to expect you to chart your own way in life.”
— George W. Bush
Instead of saying to your daughter, “I love you because you’re so beautiful,” tell her that you love her because there is no one else in the world like her.
— Dr. Meg Meeker
Every second we live is a new and unique moment. And what do we teach our children in school? We teach them that two and two make four and that Paris is the capital of France. We should say to each of them, “Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In the millions of years that have passed there has never been another child like you.”
— Pablo Casals
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
— St. Francis de Sales
Our sense of God’s presence is often in inverse proportion to the pace of our lives.
— Richard Swenson
To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
— William Shakespeare
Slow down. It requires a shift in focus from the demanding task at hand, and you may have to remind yourself about what your priorities really are, but your whole family will benefit. The dishes may sit in the sink a little longer, or that load of laundry may go undone for another day, but were they really more important than sharing a bedtime story with your preschooler and talking about her day?
— Judy Ford
Dad was never showy. If he were going to an event with people of lesser means, he always drove an old car and dressed in a way to blend in. When someone asked what we had done over vacation, my dad talked about the projects around the house he’d gotten to in the last half instead of the skiing trip to Europe in the first half.
— E.D. Hall
Daddy was unpretentious and he was tremendously humble. He was very focused and he felt spiritually directed. But he still maintained the ability to communicate with people at all levels – whether they were in the streets or whether they were in suites.
— Martin Luther King III
If I had to name the one overriding character trait that I see in my father, it would be humility. Daddy, I am sure, would object. But I have watched my father’s humility operate consistently and on many levels throughout my lifetime. I am constantly touched by the modest way he expresses himself. He is unassuming, even when caught by surprise, which shows his humility to be authentic.
— Ruth Graham
My father was born wealthy, which stands in shocking contrast to what you’d think if you ever met him. When he passed away in 1999, the car he drove was a used VW. And after his death it was just as common for me to have a truck driver tell me how much he was missed as it was to hear it from a businessman. The reason my father was so widely liked and admired was because he had perfected the art of humility and graciousness.
— E.D. Hall