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1 Parenting Quotes Govern a family as you would a small fish very gently. ~ Chinese proverb Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. ~ James Baldwin Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you. ~ H. Jackson Brown Sometimes we re so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up. ~ Dr. James Dobson If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men. ~ M. Montessori The school will teach children how to read, but the environment of the home must teach them what to read. The school can teach them how to think, but the home must teach them what to believe. ~ Charles A. Wells Children spell love T-I-M-E. ~ Dr. A. Witham A child s mind is not a container to be filled, but rather a fire to be kindled. ~ D. Brande It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. ~ Frederick Douglas Virtually every issue that we deal with, be it education be it human services, gang problems or drugs, we find STRONG FAMILIES the ultimate solution. ~ Van Goethe Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. ~ Roger Lewin Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the tree is lost when raking leaves. ~ Marcelene Cox

2 The same boiling water that hardens the egg will soften the carrot. So it is with children. Everything depends on the individual s particular reaction to stressful circumstances. ~ Hide or Seek Be the change you wish to see in the world. ~ Mahatma Ghandi When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world. ~ George Washington Carver Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else. ~ Will Rogers Opinions cannot survive if one has no chance to fight for them. ~ Thomas Mann There are two kinds of people: those who GIVE energy and those who DRAIN energy. ~ Freeman A Hrabrowski III The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends in large measure upon how our children grow up today. ~ Margaret Mead When your children reach adolescence, they fire you as parent. You ve got to scramble to get rehired as a consultant. ~ Mike Riera If you want to move people, it has to be toward a vision that s positive for them, that taps important values, that gets them something they desire and it has to be presented in a compelling way so that they feel inspired to follow. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The child pulls parents and teachers together, but without the help of one another, parents and teachers pull the child apart. ~ Debora Tinnin Parents are children s first and most influential teachers. By reading to children or having them read to us, by making sure homework is done, by monitoring television use, by knowing how children spend their time, parents can have a powerfully positive effect on their children s learning. ~ U.S. Secretary of Education

3 The difficult thing about children is that they come with NO INSTRUCTIONS. You pretty well have to assemble them on your own. ~ Turn Your Heart Toward Home (film) Involved parents develop more positive attitudes toward school and school personnel, help gather support, and bring additional resources to benefit the schools. Teachers who participated in a parent involvement program improved their teaching and reported much greater job satisfaction. In addition, these schools reported that parent involvement programs prove to be a cost-effective way to increase student achievement. ~ 1987 Metropolitan Life Survey of the American Teacher Any effort to give parents more opportunities to help their children learn will require a shift in public attitudes regarding the importance of learning, a willingness of educators to fundamentally rethink the role of parents and school family relationships, and the cooperation of the entire community. ~ U.S. Secretary of Education Successful family involvement is not a sporadic activity. It is a sustained commitment to instill the habits of learning and to set high expectations. It is making connections to teachers and schools not only when trouble arises, but as a part of the everyday process of children s schooling. ~ U.S. Secretary of Education Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope for in the future.... ~ Charles Kettering Programs designed with strong parent involvement produce students who perform better than otherwise identical programs that do not involve parents as thoroughly, or that do not involve them at all. ~ Anne T. Henderson One of the most important things we see happening is that not only do parents become more effective as parents, but they become more effective as people. It s a matter of higher self-esteem. ~ Bronfenbrenner, National PTA

4 If you think one year ahead... plant a seed. If you think ten years ahead... plant a tree. If you think one hundred years ahead... Educate the People. ~ Chinese Proverb If we are to prevent the fabric of our society from coming apart, we must teach our children to excel not only academically, but also in their appreciation of their obligation to others. ~ Clarence Page, columnist Laughter is like changing a baby s diaper. It doesn t permanently solve any problems, but it makes things more acceptable for a while. ~ Unknown Concentrate on: What you can do, not what you cannot do. ~ Unknown Concentrate on: What you have, not what you don t have. ~ Unknown When a parent loses the early confrontations with a child, the later conflicts become harder to win. ~ Unknown Learning makes a man fit company for himself. ~ Anonymous There should be a healthy balance between work and play in every child s life. Dare to Discipline. ~ Unknown I don t become what I think I can. I don t become what you think I can. I become what I think you think I can! ~ Unknown Stay on your child s team, even when it appears to be a losing team. You ll have the rest of your life to enjoy mutual fellowship if you don t over react in frustration now Parenting isn t for cowards. ~ Unknown Model for children how a well-put-together adult handles him/herself. ~ Unknown You can solve a problem any way you want to as long as it doesn t make a problem for anyone else! ~ Unknown A bruised knee will mend; bruised courage may last a lifetime. ~ Unknown

5 NORMS Stay on schedule: be on time. Participate actively if you think it, say it; ask questions; take care of your neighbor; one person talks at a time. Take care of yourself. What is said here, stays here; what is learned here, leaves here! It s OK to have FUN!! ~ Unknown

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