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Quotations: Parenting & Leadership

10 Parenting Rules to Learn & Practice


Parenting, Childrearing, Leadership, & Management

“When your children ask, ‘why,’ your answer should be, ‘Because I am the boss.’” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice


Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.” —Chinese proverb

“A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not.” —Anonymous

“A parent owes their child three things: example, example, example.” —Anonymous

“Admitting that it is the profession of our sex to teach, we perceive the mother to be first in point of precedence, in degree of power, in the faculty of teaching, and in the department allotted. For in point of precedence she is next to the Creator, in power over her pupil, limitless and without competitor.” —Lydia Howard Sigourney

“Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.” —Orson Card

“And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.” —Isaiah 54:13

“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” —Ephesians 6:4

“As soon as we find ourselves working at being indispensable, rigging up a pattern of vulnerability in our loved ones, we ought to know that our love has taken the socially sanctioned form of egotism.” —Germaine Greer, author

“Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact.” —George Eliot

“Boys make noise with their toys to get mom’s attention at all ages. Who do you think boys are revving their motorcycles and cars for? Their imaginary audience is still their mom.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;” —I Peter 1:15

“Children have more need of models than critics.” —Joseph Joubert

“Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.” —W.E.B. DuBois

“Children must respect their parents at home, respect strangers in the streets, and respect themselves when they are all alone.” —Demetrius of Phaleron

“Conduct yourself towards your parents as you would have your children conduct themselves towards you.” —Isocrates, letter to Demonicus

“Don’t quarrel with your parents even if you are on the right.” —Plato

“Don’t speak unless you can improve on the silence.” —Spanish proverb

“Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.” —Epictetus

“Don’t worry that you kinds don’t always listen to you. Worry that they’re always watching you.” —Robert Fulghum

“Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts.” —Psalms 28:3

“Every boy needs to know how to love a woman and your son is watching you to see how it’s done.” —John Finch

“Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.” —Colossians 3:21

“Foolishness always results when the tongue outraces the brain.” —Unknown

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,” —II Timothy 3:2

“For the Lord hath given the father honour over the children, and hath confirmed the authority of the mother over the sons.” —Ecclesiasticus 3:2

“From all wild beasts, a child is the most difficult to handle.” —Plato

“How can a parent be consistent with their child when they cannot be consistent with themselves?” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“How sharper then a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child.” —William Shakespeare

“How you think about your child can become how you program and script your child; therefore, your beliefs about your child often become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“I flung my tongue round like a cat-o’-nine-tails so that my pleasant peaceful infant room became little less than a German concentration camp as I took out on the children what life should have got.” —Sylvia Ashton-Warner

“If it’s your job to relieve your child’s frustration, then it’s your child’s job to annoy you.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“If we don’t mold clay, it does not become a ceramic.” —Xenophon

“If you master consistency you’re halfway there.” —Unknown

“If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.” —Abigail Van Buren

“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are an excellent leader.” —Dolly Parton

“In disputes between parents and children, the children always get the upper hand.” —Achad Ha’am

“In our defense of biology and its mystique we are blind to the dangers of power. Women as the guardians of children possess great power. They are the molders of their children’s personalities and the arbiters of their development.” —Ann Oakley

“In the end, it’s not what you do for your children but what you’ve taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” —Ann Landers

“In the facades we put on for others we demonstrate our potential; through our children we reveal our reality.” —Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen, To Kindle a Soul

“It is better to keep one’s mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and resolve all doubt.” —Abraham Lincoln

“It is not a parent’s job to control their children; rather, it is a parent’s job to teach their children to control themselves.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.” —Ann Landers

“It was our belief that the love of possessions is a weakness to be overcome. Its appeal is to the material part, and if allowed its way, it will in time disturb one’s spiritual balance. Therefore, children must early learn the beauty of generosity. They are taught to give what they prize most, that they may taste the happiness of giving.” —Charles Alexander Eastman (Ohiyesa)

“Kindness effects more than severity.” —Aesop

“Lead from the back and let others believe they are in front.” —Nelson Mandela

“Parenting is like raising plants in a garden. You supply soil, water, fertilizer, and sunlight and the plants assimilate and grow according to their own nature.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” —Proverbs 16:24

“Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.” —Josh Billings

“Some man holdeth his tongue, because he hath not to answer: and some keepeth silence, knowing his time.” —Ecclesiasticus 20:6

“Teach your children to put God first and to soothe themselves and you are a successful parent.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” —Theodore Roosevelt

“The greatest treasure you can leave your children is a sense of modesty and the advice to follow virtuous persons.” —Theognis

“The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.” —Epictetus

“The most precious things in speech are pauses.” —Ralph Richardson

“The problem isn’t that Johnny can’t read. The problem isn’t even that Johnny can’t think. The problem is that Johnny doesn’t know what thinking is; he confuses it with feeling.” —Thomas Sowell

“There are no experienced young people. Time makes experience.” —Aristotle

“To love someone means to see him as God intended him.” —Feodor Dostoevsky

“Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the stories which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue.” —Socrates in Plato’s The Republic

“We proclaimed you sound when you were foolish in order to avoid taking part in the long, slow, slogging effort that is the only route to genuine maturity of mind and feeling. Thus, it was no small anomaly of your growing up that while you were the most indulged generation, you were also in many ways the most abandoned to your own meager devices by those into whose safe-keeping you had been given.” —Midge Decter

“What is a child? Ignorance. What is a child? Want of instruction.” —Epictetus, Discourses

“When you are good to others, you are best to yourself.” —Benjamin Franklin

“When your children ask, ‘why,’ your answer should be, ‘Because I am the boss.’” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“When your stepchildren ask, ‘why,’ your answer should be, ‘Because I am the boss.’ When they respond that you are not their biological parent so have no right to tell them what to do. Tell them that their teachers at school, the security at the mall, and the police are not their biological parents, but they are also your boss because it is their job to be your boss.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“With the best leaders, when the work is done, the task accomplished, the people will say, ‘We have done this ourselves.’“ —Lao Tzu

“Your kids will always have their share of critics, but you should not be one of them. Encourage and love them.” —John Finch

“Youth should stay away from all evil, especially things that produce wickedness and ill-will.” —Aristotle, Politics


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