Lawrence Kutner


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  • ''Archaeologists have uncovered six-thousand-year-old clay tablets from southern Babylonia that describe in great detail how the adults of that community found the younger generation to be insolent and disobedient.''
    Lawrence Kutner (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Parent and Child, ch. 6 (1991).
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  • ''Not all conflicts between siblings are good, of course. A child who is repeatedly humiliated or made to feel insignificant by a brother or sister is learning little except humiliation and shame.''
    Lawrence Kutner (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Parent and Child, ch. 10 (1991).
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  • ''Far more critical to children than learning the details of intercourse at a young age is ... that they learn to think of themselves as worthy of the respect of others and capable of making their own decisions, for that self-concept will inoculate them against many forms of sexual exploitation when they become older.''
    Lawrence Kutner (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Parent and Child, ch. 4 (1991).
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  • ''Theories of child development and guidelines for parents are not cast in stone. They are constantly changing and adapting to new information and new pressures. There is no "right" way, just as there are no magic incantations that will always painlessly resolve a child's problems.''
    Lawrence Kutner (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Parent and Child, ch. 1 (1991).
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  • ''Being a parent is such serious business that we dare not take it too seriously. Children are inherently funny. So are parents. We all are at our funniest when we are desperately struggling to appear to be in control of a new situation.''
    Lawrence Kutner (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Parent and Child, introduction (1991).
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  • ''Teasing is universal. Anthropologists have found the same fundamental patterns of teasing among New Zealand aborigine children and inner-city kids on the playgrounds of Philadelphia.''
    Lawrence Kutner (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Parent and Child, ch. 9 (1991).
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  • ''Children learn and remember at least as much from the context of the classroom as from the content of the coursework.''
    Lawrence Kutner (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Parent and Child, ch. 8 (1991).
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  • ''Everything from airplanes to kitchen blenders—and even chopsticks—comes with an instruction manual. Children, despite all their complexity, do not.''
    Lawrence Kutner (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Parent and Child, introduction (1991).
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  • ''A child's self-image is more like a scrapbook than a single snapshot. As the child matures, the number and variety of images in that scrapbook may be far more important than any individual picture pasted inside it.''
    Lawrence Kutner (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Parent and Child, ch. 4 (1991).
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  • ''Doing your child's homework is a bit like believing that they can get into shape by watching someone else exercise.''
    Lawrence Kutner (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Parent and Child, ch. 8 (1991).
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