My hunch is that if we allow ourselves to give who we really are to the children in our care, we will in some way inspire cartwheels in their hearts.
It is our continuing love for our children that makes us want them to become all they can be, and their continuing love for us that helps them accept healthy discipline -- from us and eventually from themselves.
Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.
Love is at the root of everything. All learning, all parenting, all relationships. Love or the lack of it.
It's important to give up -- maybe daily -- the longing to be perfect…what a heavy burden.
It's not possible to be a parent without having times of worry.
When we look for what's best in the person we happen to be with at the moment, we're doing what God does, so in appreciating our neighbor, we're participating in something truly sacred.
Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered ... just one kind word to another person.
I think of discipline as the continual everyday process of helping a child learn self-discipline.
I believe it's a fact of life that what we have is less important than what we make out of what we have.
I believe it's a fact of life that what we have is less important than what we make out of what we have. The same holds true for families: It's not how many people there are in a family that counts, but rather the feelings among the people who are there.
The purpose of life is to listen -- to yourself, to your neighbor, to your world and to God and, when the time comes, to respond in as helpful a way as you can find ... from within and without.
Love isn't a perfect state of caring.
Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.
I went into television because I hated it so, and I thought there's some way of using this fabulous instrument to nurture those who would watch and listen.
Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else.
The kingdom of God is for the broken hearted.
There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.
We want to raise our children so that they can take a sense of pleasure in both their own heritage and the diversity of others.
Pretending doesn't require expensive toys.
It's the people we love the most who can make us feel the gladdest ... and the maddest! Love and anger are such a puzzle!
Try your best to make goodness attractive. That's one of the toughest assignments you'll ever be given.
It's a miracle when we finally discover whom we're best equipped to serve.
The number 143 means 'I love you.' It takes one letter to say 'I' and four letters to say 'love' and three letters to say 'you.' One hundred and forty-three. 'I love you.' Isn't that wonderful?
If the day ever came when we were able to accept ourselves and our children exactly as we and they are, then, I believe, we would have come very close to an ultimate understanding of what 'good' parenting means.
There's a world of difference between insisting on someone's doing something and establishing an atmosphere in which that person can grow into wanting to do it.
Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning...They have to play with what they know to be true in order to find out more, and then they can use what they learn in new forms of play.
Honesty is often very hard. The truth is often painful. But the freedom it can bring is worth the trying.
We all have only one life to live on Earth, and through television we have the choice of encouraging others to demean this life or to cherish it in creative, imaginative ways.
There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.
Real strength has to do with helping others.
If your trusted and people will allow you to share their inner gardern...what better gift?
I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers -- so many caring people in this world.
I don't think that the basics that kids need have changed in 10,000 years.
What matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What really matters is helping others win too. Even if it means slowing down and changing our course now and then.
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
It's not the honors and not the titles and not the power that is of ultimate importance. It's what resides inside.
How many times have you noticed that it's the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning?
I just feel that there isn't enough silence, and I'm always asking people if they can just give some silence.
I believe that the basis of any health education lies in a person's caring enough about himself that he'll want to take care of himself.
The world needs a sense of worth, and it will achieve it only by its people feeling that they are worthwhile.
I hope you're able to grow to respect whoever you are inside.
I'm proud of you. I hope that you are proud of you too.
Play is really the work of childhood.
Transitions are almost always signs of growth, but they can bring feelings of loss. To get somewhere new, we may have to leave somewhere else behind.
Parents are like shuttles on a loom. They join the threads of the past with threads of the future and leave their own bright patterns as they go.
In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.
You can't really love someone else unless you really love yourself first.
Our world hangs like a magnificent jewel in the vastness of space. Every one of us is a part of that jewel. A facet of that jewel. And in the perspective of infinity, our differences are infinitesimal.
Deep down, we know that what matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What really matters is helping others win, too.
I've always wanted to have a neighbor just like you. I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.
When we talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.
When your heart has room for everybody then your heart is full of love.
There have always been times when children wished for superhuman powers. Cave children probably pretended to be superhunters, just as children today pretend about being superstrong or superfast.
We need to help people to discover the true meaning of love. Love is generally confused with dependence. Those of us who have grown in true love know that we can love only in proportion to our capacity for independence.
There is no normal life that is free of pain. It's the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.
It may take months or years for a wish to come true, but it's far more likely to happen when you care so much about a wish that you'll do all you can to make it happen.
You can choose to let this thing bother you or let this be an adventure and welcome the challenge.
You know, you don't have to look like everybody else to be acceptable and to feel acceptable.
In my own life, as the nearer I get to the end of life on this earth, the simpler I want to become.
The way you would draw a tree is different from the way anyone else would draw a tree -- and that's the way it's supposed to be.
One of the greatest dignities of humankind is that each successive generation is invested in the welfare of each new generation.
Caring is not what a powerful person gives to a weaker one. Caring is a matter of being there...lamenting right along with the one who laments.
The space between the television set and the viewer is holy ground.
I believe that those of us who are the producers and purveyors of television, I believe that we are the servants of this nation.
You make each day a special day. You know how, by just your being you.
Life is deep and simple, and what our society gives us is shallow and complicated.
You're much more than your job description or your age or your income or your output.
You've made this day a special day, by just your being you. There's no person in the whole world like you, and I like you just the way you are.
Love is like infinity: You can't have more or less infinity, and you can't compare two things to see if they're "equally infinite." Infinity just is, and that's the way I think love is, too.
Love and trust, in the space between what's said and what's heard in our life, can make all the difference in the world.
I feel the greatest gift we can give to anybody is the gift of our honest self.
To grow up to be healthy, very young children do not need to know how to read, but they need to know how to play.
Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.
Out of difference can come the reinforcement of two important values. One is tolerance and the other is awareness that people who disagree over the things they hold dear really can live together in love and respect.
Grandparents are both our past and our future. In some ways they are what has gone before, and in others they are what we will become.
Anything mentionable is manageable.
I like you just the way you are.
Fame is a four-letter word; and like tape or zoom or face or pain or life or love, what ultimately matters is what we do with it.
Feeling good about ourselves is essential in our being able to love others.
Kids can spot a phony a mile away.
Grandparents can be very special resources. Just being close to them reassures a child, without words, about change and continuity, about what went before and what will come after.
What really matters is not just our own winning but helping other people to win, too.
The greatest gift that you can give another person is to gracefully receive whatever it is that they want to give us.
Vermont is a small state which makes an enormous difference.
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day, especially in times of "disaster," I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers-so many caring people in this world.
What really matters is helping others win, too, even if it means slowing down and changing our course now and then.
Some time in your day today, try to turn off all the noises you can around you, and give yourself some ‘quiet time.' In the silence, let yourself think about something. Or if possible, think about nothing.
All of our growth is rooted in the firm trust that all of those who first cared about us maintained.
People wear all sorts of things, but the best part is the part that's on the inside. That's what's really you -- the person inside.
You are a very special person. There is only one like you in the whole world. There's never been anyone exactly like you before, and there will never be again. Only you. And people can like you exactly as you are.
Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.
Anything that's human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.
Who we are in the present includes who we were in the past.
To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.
Mutual caring relationships require kindness and patience, tolerance, optimism, joy in the other's achievements, confidence in oneself, and the ability to give without undue thought of gain.
I'm proud of you for the times you came in second, or third, or fourth, but what you did was the best you have ever done.
How sad it is that we give up on people who are just like us.
A love of learning has a lot to do with learning that we are loved.
I'm fairly convinced that the Kingdom of God is for the broken-hearted. You write of 'powerlessness.' Join the club, we are not in control. God is.
We all have negative urges, but we don't have to act out those urges.
The child is in me still and sometimes not so still.
Propel, propel, propel your craft softly down liquid solution. Ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, Existence is simply illusion.
For a couple with young children, divorce seldom comes as a "solution" to stress, only as a way to end one form of pain and accept another.
Anger makes us feel so isolated.
I feel that the real drama of life is never center stage, it's always in the wings. It's never with the spotlight on, it's usually something that you don't expect at all.
Our worlds needs more time to wonder and reflect but there is too much fast paced constant distraction.
If it's mentionable, it's manageable.
Hopefully your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are.
If the grain of wheat could know fear, it would be paralyzed with anxiety at the thought of being dropped in the ground, covered over, put out of sight, doomed to inactivity, yet what a glorious harvest awaits it!
You're certainly somebody that people can love.
Just because somebody wants to be alone sometimes, it doesn't mean they don't love you.
Listening is where love begins: listening to ourselves and then to our neighbors.
It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine; could you be mine?
It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?...
It's a neighborly day in this beauty wood,
A neighborly day for a beauty.
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?...
I've always wanted to have a neighbor just like you.
I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.
So, let's make the most of this beautiful day.
Since we're together we might as well say:
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won't you be my neighbor?
Won't you please,
Won't you please?
Please won't you be my neighbor?
Often out of periods of losing come the greatest strivings toward a new winning streak.