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10 Famous Parenting Quotes (page 2)

10 Famous Parenting Quotes

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Updated on Aug 5, 2013

“When a man dies, if he can pass enthusiasm along to his children, he has left them an estate of incalculable value.” –Thomas Edison

You can pass on wisdom and ethics to your child, but inventor Thomas Edison believed these were surpassed by enthusiasm. After raising six children, Edison certainly had the experience to make such a claim. Enthusiasm drives people to learn and to succeed, so instilling it in your child can’t be a bad thing.

“Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” –Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson was one of America’s most beloved First Ladies and a devoted mother of two. She believed that praise and support help children reach their potential. It’s hard to argue when you consider how well her offspring turned out. Lynda was the First Lady of Virginia and a board member of several charity groups. Younger child Luci is a successful businesswoman.

“It is time for parents to teach young people that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” –Maya Angelou

Poet Maya Angelou encourages all parents to do as she has done and teach children about diversity. The mother of one believes children should learn to celebrate their own differences and those of people around them. Her words remind us that attitudes about race, sexuality and religion begin at home.

“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

Walt Disney’s philosophy is poignant in a world where we’re bombarded with tales of violent crimes, poverty and suffering. Many parents attempt to shield their offspring from the darker side of life, but it’s a difficult task. Instead we can remind our children of the power of the human nature and the generosity of the global community. It might seem simplistic, but these positive forces can provide great comfort.

These historic pieces of wisdom might not help you out of your next parenting jam, they might help you avoid the one after that. So don’t just read these quotes—put them to use!

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