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Parenting....a Joy, a Blessing, a Challenge!

A parent can claim success at parenting when the child is a success at parenting the parent's grandchild! Only by observing behavior through two generations can we assure ourselves that postive behaviors have been passed on successfully. - David Ray Smith

We never know the love of our parents for us till we have become parents. - Henry Ward Beecher

Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves. - Elbert Hubbard

Parents are the bone on which children cut their teeth. - Peter Ustinov

There never was a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him asleep. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The following quote comes from a Knoxville Tennessee News Sentinel newspaper published on January 16, 1999. The column was written by Deborah Mathis, a columnist for Gannett News Services and is titled "BY THE TIME WE'RE GRANDPARENTS, WE'VE LEARNED PARENTING"

...I have come to one rock-hard conclusion: You don't get the hang of the child-rearing business until after your're a grandparent. It's the balance of nature. Parent begets child, child drives parent nuts, parent drives child nuts, grandparent makes parent feel guilty, grandparent makes child feel great, grandparent feels super. Then the child becomes the parent, the parent becomes the grandparent and the cycle starts anew. For each, a season of heaven and a season of hell. - Deborah Mathis

My List of Parenting Links

SmithDRay's Home Page
Who and What is SmithDRay's? Links to all other SmithDRay's pages.
Parenting Press
Books for children and those who raise them.
Parenting Books
Books on behavior and discipline as well as special needs parenting.
Parenting K-6 Children
Books on parenting and some great parenting links.
Parenting 101
Parenting tips that work from cradle to college.
Faith & Grace
Books on parenting from a Christian perspective.
Discount Books
Parenting books at discount prices.
Parenting Workshop
Parents communicating character, competence and control
Baby Names! Children's literature
Parenting Educational Opportunities
North Carolina Parenting Resources National Network for Family Resiliency Parenting Education Planning
Parenting Videos & CD-ROMs
Large variety of parenting videos, etc.
The Parent Center
Short stories, good links, and excellent variety
All Mixed Up
Writers page with family and parenting included
Parenting Videos & CD-ROMs
Large variety of parenting videos including Raising a Strong-Willed Child

SmithDRay's Inspire Pages:

A bad man is worse when he pretends to be a saint - Bacon (Moral and Historical works)

SmithDRay's Hypocrisy and The Boy's Ideal Page
The importance of example in parenting

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