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Development, it turns out, occurs through this process of progressively more complex exchange between a child and somebody elseespecially somebody who's crazy about that child.
(Urie Bronfenbrenner (b. 1917) U.S. (Russian-born) psychologist, advocate for families. Quoted in Childhood, Robert H. Wozniak (1991).
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You can make children believe whatever you want, and the children of today are the soldiers and mothers of tomorrow.
(Dudley Nichols, U.S. screenwriter. Jean Renoir. Major Von Keller (Walter Slezak), This Land Is Mine (1943).)
What a wise and good parent will desire for his own children a nation must desire for all children.
(Consultative Committee On The Prima. Report of the Consultative Committee on the Primary School (HADOW), H.M.S.O. (1931).)
Parents of young children should realize that few people, and maybe no one, will find their children as enchanting as they do.
(Barbara Walters (20th century), U.S. journalist. How to Talk With Practically Anybody about Practically Anything, ch. 4 (1970).)
However painful the process of leaving home, for parents and for children, the really frightening thing for both would be the prospect of the child never leaving home.
(Robert Neelly Bellah (20th century), U.S. professor of sociology and author. Habits of the Heart, pt. 1, ch. 3 (1985).)
When men talk about defense, they always claim to be protecting women and children, but they never ask the women and children what they think.
(Patricia Schroeder (b. 1940), U.S. politician. First quoted in Ms. magazine (June 1976). As quoted in The Decade of Women, by Suzanne Levine and Harriet Lyons (1980).)
Children must eventually train their own children, and any impoverishment of their impulse life, for the sake of avoiding friction, must be considered a possible liability affecting more than one lifetime
(Erik H. Erikson (20th century), U.S. psychoanalyst. Childhood and Society, ch. 8 (1950).)
We passed the Children's Bureau bill calculated to prevent children from being employed too early in factories.
(William Howard Taft (1857-1930), U.S. president. Henry F. Pringle, The Life and Times of William Howard Taft, 2: 621, Farrar & Rinehart (1939).
Taft appointed Julia Lathrop to head a Children's Bureau. She was the first woman ever to become a bureau chief, April 15, 1912.)
Any beast can cry over the misfortunes of its own child. It takes a mensch to weep for others' children.
(Sam Levenson (20th century), U.S. humorist. As quoted in Raising Your Child to Be a Mensch by Neil Kurshan, ch. 2 (1987).)
I never met anyone who didn't have a very smart child. What happens to these children, you wonder, when they reach adulthood?
(Fran Lebowitz (20th century), U.S. author. "Words Are Easy, Books Are Not," The New York Times (August 10, 1994).)