Children are contemptuous haughty irritable envious sneaky

Children are contemptuous, haughty, irritable, envious, sneaky, selfish, lazy, flighty, timid, liars and hypocrites, quick to laugh and cry, extreme in expressing joy and sorrow, especially about trifles, they’ll do anything to avoid pain but they enjoy inflicting it:  little men already.  ~Jean de La Bruyère, Les Caractères, 1688RC

In a dark moment i ask how

In a dark moment I ask, “How can anyone bring a child into this world?” And the answer rings clear, “Because there is no other world, and because the child has no other way into it.” ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Children are the living messages we send

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.  ~Neil Postman, The Disappearance of Childhood (introduction), 1982not John W Whitehead, The Stealing of America, 1983, see email from Marc Postman; PMB

If there were no schools to take

If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.  ~Edgar W. HoweLLDT

The prime purpose of being four is

The prime purpose of being four is to enjoy being four – of secondary importance is to prepare for being five.  ~Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook, 1985, introduction, FW

You are worried about seeing him spend

You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing.  What!  Is it nothing to be happy?  Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long?  Never in his life will he be so busy again.  ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 1762LCD

Pausing to listen an airplane in the

Pausing to listen to an airplane in the sky, stooping to watch a ladybug on a plant, sitting on a rock to watch the waves crash over the quayside – children have their own agendas and timescales.  As they find out more about their world and their place in it, they work hard not to let adults hurry them.  We need to hear their voices.  ~Cathy Nutbrown

Cleaning your house while kids are still

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.  ~Phyllis Dillerquoted in The Last Word, ch. 16, ed. Carolyn Warner, 1992, FW