We worry about what a child will become tomorrow,
yet we forget that he is someone today.
We've had bad luck with our kids -
they've all grown up.
Children are the living messages
we send to a time we will not see.
John W. Whitehead
The prime purpose of being four is to enjoy being four -
of secondary importance is to prepare for being five.
While we try to teach our children all about life,
our children teach us what life is all about.
A young child is, indeed, a true scientist, just one big question mark.
What? Why? How?
I never cease to marvel at the recurring miracle of growth,
to be fascinated by the mystery and wonder of this brave enthusiasm.
To value his own good opinion,
a child has to feel that he is a worthwhile person.
He has to have confidence in himself as an individual.
Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.
If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.