The best way to make children good is to make them happy.
Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards the things we live by and teach our children are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings.
Don’t just teach your kids to read, teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.
Caring for children has always been one of the deepest and most satisfying things that a human being does, and yet it is hard to keep a healthy attitude toward it in our competitive, outcome-oriented society.
Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.
Child-care costs are now the largest family expenditure in much of America, even exceeding the cost of housing.
We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.
Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.
The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.
Teach children what to think and you limit them to your ideas. Teach children how to think and their ideas are unlimited.
One of the best things we can do for our country, for advancing our children, is to upgrade our child care system.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
Caring for children is a dance between setting appropriate limits as caretakers and avoiding unnecessary power struggles that result in unhappiness.
A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice, but as yet unstained.
Putting babies as young as two weeks into child care for the first year of their life, for 60 hours a week, will cause their brains damage.
Child care can almost bankrupt a family, even a two-parent household in which both parents are working. That keeps a parent from being at ease and it really stifles the social and economic growth of a family. Women are hit hard across the board, but particularly in homes where the mother is the head of the household and the only wage-earner. It hurts her, and it hurts her children.
The problem in child care, which really all of us are going to have to think hard on, is that there is no really great solution that we can come up with for ages zero to three.
Most people assume that women are responsible for households and child care. Most couples operate that way – not all. That fundamental assumption holds women back.
Teachers do the noble work of educating our children. And we can’t thank them enough for the hard work they put in every day to ensure a bright future for all of us.