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My greatest wish.

My greatest wish is that my kids always know how much I love them, and they walk through the rest of their lives, knowing that I’ll always be there for them whenever they need me.

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1. The daily choices we make as parents to filter what enters our children’s impressionable hearts and minds will go a long way in determining who our children become. Mark J Musser, Parenting Essentials

2. It definitely takes a village to raise a child as the old saying goes, but you as the parent are the key to providing the support your kid needs to be successful in life. Milton Stewart, Parental Guidance

3. While mothers still bear the brunt of housework and child-rearing, fathers are increasingly realizing that providing is not parenting. Madonna King, Fathers and Daughters

4. Babies don’t need fathers, but mothers do. Someone who is taking care of a baby needs to be taken care of. Amy Heckerling

5. We never know the love of a parent until we become parents ourselves. Henry Ward Beecher

6. Mistakes are made and lessons are learned, whether raising a son or a daughter or both, whether raising one child or more than one, or whether raising a child with your husband, as a single parent, or in a blended family. No parent is perfect. Catherine Musco Garcia-Prats, Good Sons Don’t Just Happen

7. As a parent, you can’t completely avoid making mistakes. Accept it. The best you can do is to study your children, learn from your mistakes, and focus wisely on their upbringing. Gary Ezzo; Robert Bucknam, On Becoming Preteen Wise

8. Parents are without a doubt, one of the most, if not the most influential role models that their kids will probably have under normal circumstances. Joseph R. Parker, Raising Sons

9. The truth is that the perfect mom/perfect child concept is a myth. The only perfect parent is God, and look at the trouble He had with His kids, Adam and Eve. Cheri Fuller, What a Son Needs From His Mom

10. Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope. John Ciardi

11. Your parents, proudly here today, and their parents before them, perhaps proudly here today, understood a simple equation for success: your children would do better than you had. Anna Quindlen

12. Sensible children bring joy to their father; foolish children despise their mother. Proverbs 15:20 (NLT)

13. My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes. Michael Jordan

14. You may find that by examining your relationship with your own siblings you’ll see things you want to emulate, and elements of how you were parented you now wish to change with your own children. Linda Blair, Siblings

15. Kids learn the difference between good and bad and right and wrong from their parents. One way they learn which behaviors and actions a parent wants are by how a parent responds. David Leads, Relationship Up

16. Mothers and fathers are the strategic planners, the general managers, the CFOs, the PR and marketing departments, the chauffeurs, and, should something go awry, the troubleshooters. David McCullough Jr., You Are Not Special: And Other Encouragements

17. If parents are gracious, children will bask in it like the beach on a sunny day. Michael Cannon Loehrer, Porch Talk with Gramps on Parenting

18. Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to make it dry. Alvin H. Price

19. … my mother and father continue to provide unwavering support for everything I do. That is a great gift – the foundation of my spirit – that I try to always pay forward. Nick Smith, Justice through Apologies

20. Love your parents and treat them with loving care.
For you will only know their value when you see their empty chair. Author Unknown

21. I appreciate your parents. You never know what sacrifices they went through for you. Author Unknown

22. … love on your parents as much as you can while they’re still here to enjoy it. Listen to their stories regardless of how many times they tell them to you. These are the moments you will treasure long after they are gone. Anquanette Gaspard, Blink & You Will Miss It:

23. Every mother hopes that her daughter will marry a better man than she did, and is convinced that her son will never find a wife as good as his father did. Martin Andersen-Nexo

24. Parenting is not a one-sided spectator sport to be observed by the other half. Todd Anderson, 21 Must-Know Tips For New Dads

25. I don’t know what’s more exhausting about parenting: getting up early or acting like you know what you’re doing. Jim Gaffigan

26. They say that parenting is like dancing. You take one step, your child takes another. Michael Jackson