If you could give your child anything, what would it be? Would it be fame, wealth, love, intelligence, security, education or something different?
This is such an important question because the answer that you give will dictate much of your child’s future. Why? The answer is not easily understood when your child is young. It is simple to understand after the fact because you along with a few genes made it happen.
As we look forward to a new year filled with happiness and success, I’d like to share a few quotes from some very wise people.
“Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to drain it dry.”
~ Alvin Price
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
~ Helen Keller
“Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.”
~ H. Jackson Brown
“If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.”
~ Abigail Van Buren
“Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.”
~ Robert A. Heinlein
“You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around – and why his parents will always wave back.”
~ William D. Tammeus
“If I had my child to raise all over again, I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later. I’d finger-paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting and more connecting. I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes. I’d take more hikes and fly more kites. I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play. I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars. I’d do more hugging and less tugging.”
~ Diane Loomans
“And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve had more of a tendency to look for people who live by kindness, tolerance, compassion, a gentler way of looking at things. ”
~ Martin Scorese
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