Posts tagged ‘kids’

July 20, 2014

Observed on the street: “Can I drive this time?”

Observed on the street: A young girl of about 5 and her father walk towards their car outside a local drug store. The little girl skips along beside her father, and, as they approach the vehicle, chirps out hopefully, “Can I drive this time, Daddy?”


July 19, 2013

Put some spark in your parenting!

Excellent parenting advice from children’s author Roald Dahl, as printed at the end of his book Danny the Champion of the World:

to children who have read this book

When you grow up
and have children of your own,
do please remember something important.

A stodgy parent is no fun at all!

What a child wants
is a parent who is


May 20, 2013

Of archers and bibliophiles

Two quotes today, one for parents, the other for book lovers . . . or both for book-loving parents!

First, from poet and artist Khalil Gibran, inspiration those of us with children:

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

Be patient and aim well.

Second, from journalist and writer Christopher Morley, comfort for those of us with a stack of books always nearby:

There’s no mistaking a real book when one meets it.  It is like falling in love.

How many times have I fallen in love with pages and pages of unbroken prose?  Far too many to count.

March 27, 2013

What we should tell our kids, every day . . .

A wonderful quote from Spanish cellist Pablo Casals:

Each second that we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again.  And what do we teach our children?  We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France.  When will we also teach them what they are?  We should say to each of them, “Do you know what you are?  You are a marvel.  You are unique.  In all the world, there is no other child like you. . . . Your legs, your arms, your fingers, the way you move. . . . You have the capacity for anything.  Yes, you are a marvel.”

Every child deserves to hear this, spoken with unrestrained energy and enthusiasm, from an adult in his or her life.  Don’t you think?

February 16, 2013

Observed on the street: A little Seussian wisdom, in just the right place

Posted in big letters — one to a page — in the front window of a local elementary school, this phrase from Dr. Seuss’s book Horton Hears a Who!:

Don’t give up!  I believe in you all.  A person’s a person, no matter how small.


November 17, 2012

Laugh of the day – A castle on the corner

Observed on the street:

A young girl to her mother as she points enthusiastically to a building on a street corner in my neighbourhood:  “Look Mommy — a castle!”

Mother, patiently:  “That’s not a castle, that’s Starbucks.”

September 13, 2012

Kids and love

I came across this parenting maxim in a book I’m reading:

Kids spell love T-I-M-E.

How true it is.

June 26, 2012

Laugh of the day – June 26, 2012

Observed on the street:

A pre-schooler to his mother, as they walk towards Shoppers Drug Mart:  “Is that the Band-Aid store?”

Life’s necessities are so much simpler when you’re four years old 🙂