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Parenting Quotes

22 of the best book quotes about parenting
  1. #1
    “On the other hand, Florence was right. The kids were definitely mad at me. But as a Chinese mother, I put that out of my head.”
  2. #2
    “Chinese parents believe that their kids owe them everything.”
  3. #3
    “All decent parents want to do what’s best for their children. The Chinese just have a totally different idea of how to do that.”
  4. #4
    “Western parents try to respect their children’s individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions, supporting their choices, and providing positive reinforcement and a nurturing environment. By contrast, the Chinese believe that the best way to protect their children is by preparing them for the future, letting them see what they’re capable of, and arming them with skills, work habits, and inner confidence that no one can ever take away.”
  5. #5
    “Mother says as th’ two worst things as can happen to a child is never to have his own way—or always to have it. She doesn’t know which is th’ worst.”
  6. #6
    “That’s the thing about being the product of happily married parents. You grow up thinking the fairy tale is real, and more than that, you think you’re entitled to live it.”
  7. #7
    “Chinese parents believe that they know what is best for their children and therefore override all of their children’s own desires and preferences.”
  8. #8
    “For Chinese people, when it comes to parents, nothing is negotiable.”
  1. #9
    “Chinese parenting is one of the most difficult things I can think of. You have to be hated sometimes by someone you love and who hopefully loves you, and there’s just no letting up, no point at which it suddenly becomes easy.”
  2. #10
    “Florence saw childhood as something fleeting to be enjoyed. I saw childhood as a training period, a time to build character and invest for the future.”
  3. #11
    “It occurred to me that the reason my parents had no money was me. I’d sapped the family savings with Phalanxifor copays, and Mom couldn’t work because she had taken on the full-time profession of Hovering Over Me.”
  4. #12
    “I ain’t doing my duty by that boy, and that’s the Lord’s truth, goodness knows. Spare the rod and spile the child, as the Good Book says. I’m a-laying up sin and suffering for us both, I know. He’s full of the Old Scratch, but laws-a-me! he’s my own dead sister’s boy, poor thing, and I ain’t got the heart to lash him, somehow. Every time I let him off, my conscience does hurt me so, and every time I hit him my old heart most breaks.”
  5. #13
    “By contrast, I can’t tell you how many Asian kids I’ve met who, while acknowledging how oppressively strict and brutally demanding their parents were, happily describe themselves as devoted to their parents and unbelievably grateful to them, seemingly without a trace of bitterness or resentment.”
  6. #14
    “Then her conscience reproached her, and she yearned to say something kind and loving; but she judged that this would be construed into a confession that she had been in the wrong, and discipline forbade that. So she kept silence, and went about her affairs with a troubled heart.”
  7. #15
    “Happiness is not a concept I tend to dwell on. Chinese parenting does not address happiness.”
  8. #16
    “Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I’ve tried to live so I can look squarely back at him.”
  1. #17
    “Perhaps it takes courage to raise children.”
  2. #18
    “Is she the only one at fault? For though she’s spoiled, and dreadfully so, A girl can’t spoil herself, you know. Who spoiled her, then? Ah, who indeed? Who pandered to her every need? Who turned her into such a brat? Who are the culprits? Who did that? Alas! You needn’t look so far To find out who these sinners are. They are (and this is very sad) Her loving parents, MUM and DAD. And that is why we’re glad they fell Into the garbage chute as well.”
  3. #19
    “The innocent and helpless creature bestowed on them by heaven, whom to bring up to good, and whose future lot it was in their hands to direct to happiness or misery, according as they fulfilled their duties towards me.”
    author
    Mary Shelley
    person
    Parents
    book
    Frankenstein
    character
    Victor
    concept
    Parenting
  4. #20
    “He turned out the light and went into Jem’s room. He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.”
  5. #21
    “To have a child is the greatest honor and responsibility that can be bestowed upon any living being.”
  6. #22
    “What if, in raising children, we focus on ability instead of gender? What if we focus on interest instead of gender?”
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