Two worst things as can happen to a child is never to have his own way - or always to have it.
Frances Hodgson Burnett - The Secret Garden
Children have got to be free to lead their own lives.
Sebastian in The Little Mermaid10
As a man, I've been representative of the values I hold dear. And the values I hold dear are carryovers from the lives of my parents.
We should never permit ourselves to do anything that we are not willing to see our children do.
Experts say you should never hit your children in anger. When is a good time? When you're feeling festive?
Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating the parents.
Children should have enough freedom to be themselves - once they've learned the rules.
I applaud anything that can take a kid away from a PlayStation or a Gameboy. That is a miracle in itself.
My standard comment is, "If you don't want your kids to be like Bart Simpson, don't act like Homer Simpson."
If you can give your child only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.
We are apt to forget that children watch examples better than they listen to preaching.
You want to be a good parent and you want to be a friend, and it's hard to be both. You have to balance it as well as you can.
Young people need models, not critics.
Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy!
The fate of a child is in the hands of his parents.
A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.
One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
It is easier to exemplify values than teach them.
Learning too soon our limitations, we never learn our powers.
I should wish to see a world in which education aimed at mental freedom rather than at imprisoning the minds of the young in a rigid armour of dogma calculated to protect them through life against the shafts of impartial evidence. The world needs open hearts and open minds, and it is not through rigid systems, whether old or new, that these can be derived.
Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact.
I don't believe in playing down to children, either in life or in motion pictures. I didn't treat my own youngsters like fragile flowers, and I think no parent should. Children are people, and they should have to reach to learn about things, to understand things, just as adults have to reach if they want to grow in mental stature. Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows. Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality. The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil, and that is what our pictures attempt to do.
Walt Disney - Deeds rather than words6