You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.
"I know what you and mum do after I go to bed" says 4yo ... (stunned silence) ... "You eat all the cakes"
Man with 6 kids happier than man with $6 million 1st guy doesn't want any more.
Kids never any good at listening but very good at imitating.
By time we realize our parents were right we have kids who think we are wrong.
Every child hopes parents will eventually run out of advice.
Definition of a showoff - some kid more talented than yours.
One of nice things about kids is that they don't tell you boring stories about the clever things their parents did
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes, they forgive them.
Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.
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Readers Digest story about mother who convinced her kids that, if they lied, a red light would shine from their forehead (that only she could see) so of course, whenever they lied, their hand would come up to cover their forehead - even when adults, they would involuntarily move hand
LST article abt children caring for parents eg girl now 17, who had been looking after herself and younger brother since she was 5 - mother an alcoholic with depression - moved out at 13 to go and look after dad who had had a kidney transplant - she became a clean freak to try to make up for being dirty and smelly bc mother didn't look after her.
Thriving business in Korea catering for kids who don't want to tell parents they're in trouble with teachers. They can rent a 'parent'. For $30 they'll make a phone call, $100 make a school visit. An offshoot of an existing impersonation business - fake kids to make boss think you're happily married, fake boyfriend/girlfriend for socials.
Kid searching through the Father's Day cards on the shelf, discarding each one after brief inspection: "I'm looking for one with money in it"
The Nebraska legislature's new "safe haven" law for unwanted babies, like other states' laws, allows them to be dropped off anonymously at hospitals, to discourage abortions (and neglect by unfit parents). However, unlike other states' laws, Nebraska's applies not just to infants
'Crying Doll' intended to 'inoculate' girls against teen pregnancy, but backfired. The attention they got from carrying the doll around actually encouraged them to have a real one.
More Anecdotes about Children
Drawing on Swedish terms, they distinguished between "dandelion children", who did about the same whatever their environment, and "orchid children", who wilted under poor care but flourished if carefully tended.Dandelion and Orchid Children
More Articles on Children
I don't know how he wound up with all the guns - I think the Gun Fairy comes round at night, finds all the houses with boys in them and distributes toys like MasterBlaster RocketGun. Needless to say, the Gun Fairy never leaves batteries. Dave Barry's Guide To Guys
Great story about trying to steal choc bars from vending machine in cinema. His friend was an expert at the internal architecture of the vending machine and he peruaded a kid with very long skinny arms to reach up into the machine. But he got stuck and they had to call the manager to unlock it. The manager was extremely angry. For the first time the inside of the machine was revealed to the kids - 200 candy bars, each nestling in its little slot. As the manager bent down to disentangle the kid's arm and shirt from the door, 200 hands reached past him and emptied the machine of its contents. The stuck kid took advantage of the commotion to wriggle out of his shirt and flee, barechested, never to be seen again. Bryson's mate got to study the internals and figured out how easy it was to steal whatever you liked. All round, it was a rare victory for the inhabitants of Kid's World. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid
When she told dinner party friends that she routinely called her daughter "garbage" one of guests got so upset she broke down in tears and had to leave early. But in fact it worked great with Sophia. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
Skills like persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit and self-confidence, are more crucial than sheer brainpower to achieving success. How Children Succeed
Interesting experiments into childrens lies. Put kid in lab facing a wall. Expter sets up elaborate toy behind child, then says he has to leave lab but kid is not allowed to look at it. Kid secretly filmed until expter comes back and asks kid if he peeked. Almost all 3 year olds do, and half of them lie to expter. By time they've reached 5, all of them peek and all of them lie. So in other words, lying starts to emerge almost as soon as we learn to speak.. Surprisingly, when parents shown the films of their kids denying that they peeked, they were unable to tell whether kid lying.
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OPINIONS - FORUMS AND LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Quiverfill, Intelligence and family income
Songs - the poetry of modern life
My child arrived just the other day
He came to the world in the usual way
But there were planes to catch and bills to pay
He learned to walk while I was away
And he was talkin' 'fore I knew it, and as he grew
He'd say "I'm gonna be like you dad
You know I'm gonna be like you"
More Children Theme Songs
There once was a lady from France,
who decided she'd just take a chance.
So she let herself go
for a minute or so,
and now all her sisters are aunts!!
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