Quotations From POLLY BERRIEN BERENDS

 

  • 1.
    Most of us would do more for our babies than we have ever been willing to do for anyone, even ourselves.
    Polly Berrien Berends (20th century), U.S. author. Whole Child/Whole Parent, ch. 2 (rev. 1987).
  • 2.
    The child does not begin to fall until she becomes seriously interested in walking, until she actually begins learning. Falling is thus more an indication of learning than a sign of failure.
    Polly Berrien Berends (20th century), U.S. author. Whole Child/Whole Parent, ch. 4 (rev. 1987).

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  • 3.
    My list of things I never pictured myself saying when I pictured myself as a parent has grown over the years.
    Polly Berrien Berends (20th century), U.S. author. Whole Child/Whole Parent, ch. 2 (rev. 1987).
  • 4.
    The gain is not the having of children; it is the discovery of love and how to be loving.
    Polly Berrien Berends (20th century), U.S. author. Whole Child/Whole Parent, ch. 2 (rev. 1987).

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  • 5.
    If you think of learning as a path, you can picture yourself walking beside her rather than either pushing or dragging or carrying her along.
    Polly Berrien Berends (20th century), U.S. author. Whole Child/Whole Parent, ch. 3 (rev. 1987).
  • 6.
    Parenthood always comes as a shock. Postpartum blues? Postpartum panic is more like it. We set out to have a baby; what we get is a total take-over of our lives.
    Polly Berrien Berends (20th century), U.S. author. Whole Child/Whole Parent, ch. 2 (rev. 1987).

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  • 7.
    A sense of worthiness is a child's most important need.
    Polly Berrien Berends (20th century), U.S. author. Whole Child/Whole Parent, ch. 3 (rev. 1987).

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  • 8.
    We can see that the baby is as much an instrument of nourishment for us as we are for him.
    Polly Berrien Berends (20th century), U.S. author. Whole Child/Whole Parent, ch. 2 (rev. 1987).

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  • 9.
    Especially with our first child, we tend to take too much responsibility—both credit and blame—for everything. The more we want to be good parents, the more we tend to see ourselves as making or breaking our children.
    Polly Berrien Berends (20th century), U.S. author. Whole Child/Whole Parent, ch. 3 (rev. 1987).

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  • 10.
    We do not have to get our children to learn; only to allow and encourage them in their learning. We do not have to dictate what they should learn; only to discern and respond to what it is that they are learning. Such responsiveness is at once the most educational and the most loving.
    Polly Berrien Berends (20th century), U.S. author. Whole Child/Whole Parent, ch. 3 (rev. 1987).

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