A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
Dorothy C. Fisher
When you educate a man you educate an individual. When you educate a woman you educate a whole family.
Robert M. Maciver
The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day.
A man travels the world over in search of what he needs,
and returns home to find it.
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood,
but of respect and joy in each other’s life.
The happiness of the domestic fireside is the first boon of Heaven; and it is well it is so, since it is that which is the lot of the mass of mankind.
In a household of toddlers and pets, we discover this rule of thumb about happy families – that they are least two-thirds incontinent.
If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable – each segment distinct.
letty cottin pogerbin
“You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who’ve never had any.
“Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.”
–Gail Lumet Buckley
“The family – that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.
Bringing up a family should be an adventure, not an anxious discipline in which everybody is constantly graded for performance.
Milton R. Saperstein
amily life is full of major and minor crises — the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce — and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It’s difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul.
Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible — the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.
My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.
Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.
If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.
Thich Nhat Hanh
In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.