10 on 10: Favorite Parenting Quotes March 11, 2013 10:23

One of my favorite conversations with my nephew is to talk about just how wise his mother is, and how moms always know what is best.  Sometimes, he’ll nod and agree with me, other times he’ll say “No Auntie Issa, I always know what it best because I am a super hero. ”   Superpowers or not, he still has a wise mom.  This month’s 10 on 10 is an attribute to some of the wisest parents, old and new.  It is a list of our 10 favorite quotes on parenting: 


“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” 
 Benjamin Franklin


“Children are people, and they should have to reach to learn about things, to understand things, just as adults have to reach if they want to grow in mental stature. Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows. Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality. The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil.” 
 Walt Disney Company

“No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal.” 
 Bill Cosby


“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” 
 James Baldwin


“I know it is hard for you young mothers to believe that almost before you can turn around the children will be gone and you will be alone with your husband. You had better be sure you are developing the kind of love and friendship that will be delightful and enduring. Let the children learn from your attitude that he is important. Encourage him. Be kind. It is a rough world, and he, like everyone else, is fighting to survive. Be cheerful. Don't be a whiner.” 
 Marjorie Pay Hinckley, Small and Simple Things


“Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories.” 
 John Wilmot

“Parenting is really just a matter of tracking, of hoping your kids do not get so far ahead you can no longer see their next moves. ” 
 Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper


“No one is ever quite ready; everyone is always caught off guard. Parenthood chooses you. And you open your eyes, look at what you've got, say "Oh, my gosh," and recognize that of all the balls there ever were, this is the one you should not drop. It's not a question of choice.” 
 Marisa de los Santos, Love Walked In


“No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.” 


“The best way to make children good is to make them happy.” 
 Oscar Wilde