Quote of the Day

• 20 April 2009



































The Husband passed this quote along to me this week...I really, really love it. What a beautiful reminder. Admittedly though, I just added several more things to my ongoing to-do/to-become list; namely, "be a better mother", which we all know does not happen overnight.

"Your toddler will do what they need to do, and not necessarily what you say. If you're patient, then they will be patient. If you speak gently, then they will be gentle. Whatever you want them to be, you have to start becoming."

-Helen Hunt

21 comments:

Becca said...

Oh I love that! And I totally agree. :)

Horsley Family said...

I always need to remember that. Isn't it so true!

Horsley Family said...

ps- no wonder why my little one is a little onry in the morning... I'm onry in the morning!

Cat said...

Great advice. I need to remember that! Thanks for sharing...

- Tracy said...

Thank you for sharing that!

Ali said...

I think I read that recently in Parents or something of the like as well...

Rowena said...

You know, I think that MIGHT be true for SOME kids, but I also think that each child has a lot to do with how they react to the world. In many cases that is probably true, but I've seen too many variations in temperament and personality to believe that 100%. Sometimes we don't mirror what we see around us, sometimes we act against it. And if there's "too much" kindness, might we try to take advantage of that kindness, rather than echo that kindness?

Not only that, but that philosophy is then putting a whole lot of weight on the parents for who their kids turn out to be-- and taking away much agency from the child.

I really do think that becoming a human being is far too complex a journey to sum up in just one quote or philosophy.

Jaime said...

I so needed to read that quote today! Thank you - it's brilliant!

Julie Pia said...

What a sweet quote and isn't it so true?

Thanks for the reminder! loves....

Rachel said...

I think I'm going to hang that one on the fridge. I need that daily reminder.

Elaina said...

I could have benefited from that quote last week! Such a great reminder. Thanks for sharing.

Carrie said...

I put it to the test today, and wow. What a result! Thank you for sharing this, I love it.

Iman said...

This will get printed, framed, and hang in my
kitchen for the rest of my days.
Wish you had posted this at 7:15 this morning ;p

Kim said...

Thank you Steph. I needed that today. :)

paula said...

This is so true. So simply put.

Mary said...

What a great reminder for us all to strive to be the person we want our children to be. It's so hard sometimes. I had to post this one to my blog as well!

Carla said...

I just read this on another blog and it spoke volumes to me. I know I will not be the sole contributor to who my child becomes as a person but I will play some part and I always hope to make that part honest and true and kind and loving. Thank you for posting this.

karen said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the reminder.

edith said...

So true. I read it and it affected my own behavior right away. Be gentle and they will be gentle too. Wonderful. Thank you for reminding me.

Mandee said...

This is just what I needed- this quote has been life changing for me and my boys this week. Thanks for sharing.

Sacredartist said...

Two more quotes to add to this.

Values are caught not taught.

and

A soft answer turns away wrath but grievous words stir up anger.

Blessings

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