Children need unconditional love right at the very moment they are most unlovable. Unconditional love that loves enough to extend discipline and counsel should never lash out in rage.
The quality of your marriage greatly affects the way you relate to your children and the way they receive love. If your marriage is healthy, both partners treating each other with kindness, respect, and integrity—you and your spouse will feel and act as partners in parenting.
Some persons believe everything that their kindred, their parents, and their tutors believe. The veneration and the love which they have for their ancestors incline them to swallow down all their opinions at once, without examining what truth or falsehood there is in them. Men take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them.
Remember that you are not called to produce successful, upwardly mobile, highly educated, athletically talented machines…Giving your children great opportunities is good; it is not, however, the goal of parenting. Christlikeness is. Above all, seek to raise children who look and act a lot like Jesus.
There is more power in a mother’s hand than in a king’s scepter.
Fathers and mothers, do not forget that children learn more by the eye than they do by the ear… Imitation is a far stronger principle with children than memory. What they see has a much stronger effect on their minds than what they are told.
Modeling a vibrant prayer life to your children and praying daily with your children is the best present you can ever give them.
Happy is the child who learns from honouring his parents to honour the Lord. And happy are the parents who so honour the name of Jesus, it is easy for the children to honour them.
It is the office of the parent to train the child to independence. As the schoolmaster’s aim ought to be to train his pupils to a stage where they are able to face the work of life without any more help from him, so parents have to recognize that there is a point at which their commands must cease and their children be allowed to choose and act for themselves.
There is a big difference between hurt and harm. We all hurt sometimes in facing hard truths, but it makes us grow. It can be the source of huge growth. That is not harmful. Harm is when you damage someone. Facing reality is usually not a damaging experience, even though it can hurt.