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“You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts.  You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.  You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.  For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.  You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” – Khalil Gibran

“The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended – and not to take a hint when a hint is not intended.” – Robert Frost

“If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson…hold yourself up as an example not as a warning.”  – George Bernard Shaw

“No success can compensate for failure in the home”  – David O. McKay

“I attribute my success in life to moral, intellectual, and physical education which I received from my mother.” – George Washington

“…Perhaps a child who is fussed over gets a feeling of destiny; he thinks he is in the world for something important and it gives him drive and confidence.” – Dr. Benjamin Spock

“The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart.” – Mencius

“Respect the child. Be not too much his parent.  Trespass not on his solitude.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap on a rope.” – Bill Cosby

“It is better to advise than to upbraid, for the one corrects the erring, the other only convicts them.” – Epictetus

“We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of a dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Nobody’s family can hang out the sign ‘Nothing the matter here’.” – Chinese proverb

“Men are what their mothers made them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is a wise father who knows his child.” – William Shakespeare

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”  – Proverbs 22:6. KJV

“Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes.” – Fortune cookie proverb

“Marriage is not just spiritual communion and passionate embraces; marriage is also three meals a day, sharing the workload, and remembering to carry out the trash.” – Dr. Joyce Brothers

“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.” – Benjamin Franklin


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