Here is a list of favorite quotes that, I think, add up to share a simple message better than I can ever say it. When you read them, you will see they are about teaching but they speak to being a parent just as much as they speak to being a teacher. Enjoy!
- Seek the opportunity to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference. —John Wooden
- Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children. —Sitting Bull
- It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. —Fredrick Douglas
- Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. —Charles Swindoll
- Children are educated by what the grown-up is, not by his talk. —Carl Jung
- Children have never been very good at listening to their parents, but they have never failed to imitate them. —James Baldwin
- Your children will see what you are all about by how you live rather than from what you say. —Wayne Dyer
- The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children. —Dietrich Bonhoffer
- Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. —John Steinbeck
- I've come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It's my personal approach that creates the climate. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized. —Haim Ginott
So, what is the simple message? There are actually a couple that may jump to your mind. Practice what we preach, handle with care, and the power of the positive are all in the mix. I am going to think about these simple messages this week. Hope you find them inspiring too.