quotes tagged with 'parenthood'

When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments: tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.
Author: Louis pasteur, Source: unknownSaved by Doc in development potential children growth progression parenthood childhood 12 years ago[save this] [permalink]
We pray for children
Who sneak popsicles before supper,
Who erase holes in math workbooks,
Who can never find their shoes.

And we pray for those
Who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire,
Who can't bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers,
Who never "counted potatoes,"
Who are born in places we wouldn't be caught dead,
Who never go to the circus,
Who live in an X-rated world.

We pray for children
Who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions,
Who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money.
And we pray for those
Who never get dessert,
Who have no safe blanket to drag behind them,
Who watch their parents watch them die,
Who can't find any bread to steal,
Who don't have any rooms to clean up,
Whose pictures aren't on anybody's dresser,
Whose monsters are real.

We pray for children
Who spend all their allowance before Tuesday,
Who throw tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food,
Who like ghost stories,
Who shove dirty clothes under the bed and never rinse out the tub,
Who get visits from the tooth fairy,
Who don't like to be kissed in front of the carpool,
Who squirm in church or temple and scream in the phone,
Whose tears we sometimes laugh at and whose smiles can make us cry.

And we pray for those
Whose nightmares come in the daytime,
Who will eat anything,
Who have never seen a dentist,
Who aren't spoiled by anybody,
Who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep,
Who live and move, but have no being.

We pray for children who want to be carried and for those who must,
For those we never give up on and for those who don't get a second chance.
For those we smother ... and for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it.

Author: Marian Wright Edelman, Source: A Prayer for ChildrenSaved by Doc in children family prayer community parenthood 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Donít blame children who are bad. Blame those who failed to discipline them.
Author: Napoleon Hill, Source: unknownSaved by bluesfreak in children parenthood 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings.
Author: Hodding Carter, Source: unknownSaved by bluesfreak in children parenthood 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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