Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.
Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.
Love is staying up all night with a sick child - or a healthy adult.
Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
The parent who could see his boy as he really is, would shake his head and say: 'Willie is no good; I'll sell him.
Both my mother and father were very supportive of any career move any of us wanted to make.
The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.
There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.
We criticize mothers for closeness. We criticize fathers for distance. How many of us have expected less from our fathers and appreciated what they gave us more? How many of us always let them off the hook?
A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.
Autism is a neurological disorder. It's not caused by bad parenting. It's caused by, you know, abnormal development in the brain. The emotional circuits in the brain are abnormal. And there also are differences in the white matter, which is the brain's computer cables that hook up the different brai
There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.
I just sat all night looking at him, saying, 'Wow, it's incredible.' When Yoko woke up, I told her, 'He's fine,' and we cried.
If [Sean] doesn't see me a few days or if I'm really, really busy, and I just sort of get a glimpse of him, or if I'm feeling depressed without him even seeing me, he sort of picks up on it. And he starts getting that way. So I can no longer afford to have artistic depressions. If I start wallowing
The reason why kids are crazy is because nobody can face the responsibility of bringing them up.
Well, I just want him to grow up happy. That's the main thing.
I wanted to give five solid years of being there all the time (with Sean). I hadn't seen my first son Julian grow up, and now there's a 17-year-old man on the phone talking about motorbikes. No matter what artistic gains I get, or gold records, if I can't make a success out of my relationship with t
As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.
The beauty of 'spacing' children many years apart lies in the fact that parents have time to learn the mistakes that were made with the older ones - which permits them to make exactly the opposite mistakes with the younger ones.
A child needs both to be hugged and unhugged. The hug lets her know she is valuable. The unhug lets her know that she is viable. If you're always shoving your child away, they will cling to you for love. If you're always holding them closer, they will cling to you for fear.
Prejudice is the child of ignorance.
It's hard enough to work and raise a family when your kids are all healthy and relatively normal, but when you add on some kind of disability or disease, it can just be such a burden.
Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
To be a successful father... there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years.