Did you know that June 1 is celebrated as Global Parents’ Day? Here are 10 reflections on parenting to mark the day:
- Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do – Benjamin Spock
- Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them – James Baldwin
- I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom – Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum
- Your children are not your children. They are sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. 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. life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the make upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness. For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He also loves the bow that is stable – Kahlil Gibran
- What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love – Nicholas Sparks.
- Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn – Benjamin Franklin
- Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did – that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that – a parent’s heart bared, beating forever outside its chest – Debra Ginsberg
- We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future – Franklin D. Roosevelt
- I don’t remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child – Anne Lamott
- To be in your children’s memories tomorrow you have to be in their lives today – Barbara Johnson.
- Happy Parent’s Day!