To be a visionary parent, we need to keep working on ourselves, becoming forever new and improved. -- Mark Victor Hansen

Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone. - Columbian Proverb

When you were a kid, you never understood what your parents were going through. Now you'd just like to know how they got through it. - Unknown Author

Since God could not be everywhere, he created mothers. -- Jewish Proverb

A child does not need to be parented. He needs to be mothered and fathered. -- Zan Thompson

Don't worry that children never listen to you. Worry that they are always watching you. - Robert Fulghum

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Parenthood has two stages: when your children ask all the questions, and when they think they know all the answers.

If you want your children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. - Abigail van Buren

Children are natural mimics--they act like their parents in spite of every effort to teach them good manners.

If it is desirable that our children be kind, responsible, pleasant and honest, then those qualities must be taught--not hoped for. - James Dobson

I think that more of our children would grow up happier and more stable if they were acquiring a conviction, all through childhood, that the most important thing that human beings can do is serve humanity in some function and to live by their ideals. - Benjamin Spock

Our greatest obligation to our children is to prepare them to understand and to deal effectively with the world in which they will live and not with the world we have known or the world we would prefer to have. - Grayson Kirk

Foster independence among your children. Encourage them to cook, clean, and contribute. - Brian Tracy

It's the little things you do day in and day out that count. That's the way you teach your children. - Amanda Pays

Our children may learn about heroes of the past. Our task is to make ourselves architects of the future. - Jomo Mzee Kenyatta

Our children give us the opportunity to become the parents we always wished we'd had. - Louise Hart

Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression. - Haim Ginott

Never fear spoiling children by making them too happy. Happiness is the atmosphere in which all good affections grow. - Thomas Bray

Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes. - Asian proverb

Raising children is a creative endeavor, an art, rather than a science. - Bruno Bettelheim

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. - Denis Waitley

Parents are the first teachers of the children. - Burmese Proverb

Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave when they think that their children are naive. - Ogden Nash

Perhaps parents would enjoy their children more if they stopped to realize that the film of childhood can never be run through for a second showing. - Evelyn Nown

Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time. - Hebrew Proverb

You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once. - Polish Proverb

If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much. - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Sometimes we are so eager to give our children what we didn't have that we forget to give them what we did have.

If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money on them. - Abigail Van Buren

There is a wonderful word - Why? - that children, all children use. When they stop using it, the reason too often is that no one bothered to answer them. No one focused and cultivated the child's innate sense of the adventure of life. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, avoiding our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted. - Garrison Keillor

Remember that your children are not your own, but are lent to you by the Creator. - Native American Proverb

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots; the other is wings. - Hodding Carter

Children have more need of models than of critics. - Joseph Joubert

You don't know how much you don't know until your children grow up and tell you how much you don't know. - S. J. Perelman

Life, love, and laughter--what priceless gifts to give our children. - Phyllis Campbell Dryden

What you leave in your children, is more important than what you leave to them. - Denis Waitley

No commitment in the whole world demands quite as much as bringing up children. - Janene Wolsey Baadsgaard

We want our children to grow up to be such persons that ill-fortune, if they meet with it, will bring out strength in them, and that good fortune will not trip them up, but make them winners. - Edward Sandford Martin

Each day we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. - Charles Swindoll

Your children need your presence more than your presents. - Jesse Jackson