Half term is here and I sit at my computer thankful in many ways that my kids will have some downtime; a rest and break from learning that they sorely need and I’ll have a break from trying to force them out the door each morning and incessantly worrying about if they have friends/are happy/are doing well.
On the on the other hand the kids are off school which means endless moaning and whining, no time for exercise, and many hours dedicated to trying to keep them away from the TV and convince them to swim, walk, ride a bike instead.
It strikes me that a mother’s love for her children is the surest way to send a person mad. So much love for these small people who cause so much antagonism. And yet, however painful it is, you wouldn’t change them for anything in the world.
Looking for inspiration: I found the following wonderful quotes that filled me with renewed optimism and a way to live by this half term:
14 inspiring quotes to live by this half term
“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” ― Peggy O’Mara
“Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.” ― David Bly
“The ultimate gift we can give the world is to grow our tiny humans into adult humans who are independent thinkers, compassionate doers, conscious questioners, radical innovators, and passionate peacemakers. Our world doesn’t need more adults who blindly serve the powerful because they’ve been trained to obey authority without question. Our world needs more adults who challenge and question and hold the powerful accountable.” ~ L.R. Knost
“Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories.” ― John Wilmot
“We spend the first 12 months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next 12 months teaching them to sit down and shut up.” ― Phyllis Diller
“Parenthood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you’d have. It’s about understanding your child is exactly the person they are supposed to be. And, if you’re lucky, they might be the teacher who turns you into the person you’re supposed to be.” ~ Unknown
“We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves.” ― Henry Ward Beecher
“Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.” ― H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
“The best way to make children good is to make them happy.” ― Oscar Wilde
“It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” ~ L.R. Knost
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ~ Picasso
“Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love.” ~ Mildred B. Vermont
“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” ~ Angela Schwindt