Polly Berrien Berends Poems

Polly Berrien Berends Quotes

We do not have to get our children to learn; only to allow and encourage them in their learning. We do not have to dictate what they should learn; only to discern and respond to what it is that they are learning. Such responsiveness is at once the most educational and the most loving.
Polly Berrien Berends (20th century), U.S. author. Whole Child/Whole Parent, ch. 3 (rev. 1987).
We cannot spare our children the influence of harmful values by turning off the television any more than we can keep them home forever or revamp the world before they get there. Merely keeping them in the dark is no protection and, in fact, can make them vulnerable and immature.
Polly Berrien Berends (20th century), U.S. author. Whole Child/Whole Parent, ch. 7 (rev. 1987).
Especially with our first child, we tend to take too much responsibility—both credit and blame—for everything. The more we want to be good parents, the more we tend to see ourselves as making or breaking our children.
Polly Berrien Berends (20th century), U.S. author. Whole Child/Whole Parent, ch. 3 (rev. 1987).

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