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Quotations From NEIL KURSHAN

 

  • Allowing children to spew forth whatever is on their minds in the name of openness only creates an illusion of family closeness.
    Neil Kurshan (20th century), U.S. rabbi. Raising Your Child to Be a Mensch, ch. 4 (1987).

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  • Morality is not only taught; it is caught.
    Neil Kurshan (20th century), U.S. author. Raising Your Child to Be a Mensch, ch. 4 (1987).
  • A young child is no longer simply a child; he or she is a preschooler, poised at the starting gate in the race of life.
    Neil Kurshan (20th century), U.S. rabbi. Raising Your Child to Be a Mensch, ch. 3 (1987).

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  • Our most important task as parents is raising children who will be decent, responsible, and caring people devoted to making this world a more compassionate place
    Neil Kurshan (20th century), U.S. author. Raising Your Child to Be a Mensch, ch. 7 (1987).

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  • Family life is not a computer program that runs on its own; it needs continual input from everyone.
    Neil Kurshan (20th century), U.S. rabbi. Raising Your Child to Be a Mensch, ch. 4 (1987).

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  • The beginnings of altruism can be seen in children as early as the age of two. How then can we be so concerned that they count by the age of three, read by four, and walk with their hands across the overhead parallel bars by five, and not be concerned that they act with kindness to others?
    Neil Kurshan (20th century), U.S. author. Raising Your Child to Be a Mensch, ch. 3 (1987).

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  • If we focus exclusively on teaching our children to read, write, spell, and count in their first years of life, we turn our homes into extensions of school and turn bringing up a child into an exercise in curriculum development. We should be parents first and teachers of academic skills second.
    Neil Kurshan (20th century), U.S. rabbi. Raising Your Child to Be a Mensch, ch. 3 (1987).

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  • We all know children who grew up in authoritarian families and have never stopped rebelling against restrictiveness wherever they find it. And they seem to be more prone than others to find it!
    Neil Kurshan (20th century), U.S. rabbi. Raising Your Child to Be a Mensch, ch. 4 (1987).

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  • It is easy to lose confidence in our natural ability to raise children. The true techniques for raising children are simple: Be with them, play with them, talk to them. You are not squandering their time no matter what the latest child development books say about "purposeful play" and "cognitive learning skills."
    Neil Kurshan (20th century), U.S. rabbi. Raising Your Child to Be a Mensch, ch. 3 (1987).

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  • We cannot set aside an hour for discussion with our children and hope that it will be a time of deep encounter. The special moments of intimacy are more likely to happen while baking a cake together, or playing hide and seek, or just sitting in the waiting room of the orthodontist.
    Neil Kurshan (20th century), U.S. rabbi and author. Raising Your Child to Be a Mensch, ch. 2 (1987).

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