Oh what joys come from raising boys

Of all animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.
– Plato

What children expect from grownups is not to be ‘understood’, but only to be loved, even though this love may be expressed clumsily or in sternness. Intimacy does not exist between generations – only trust.
Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardour, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
If a child lives with approval, he learns to live with himself.
Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.
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