Raising a child is a most beautiful gift. The foundation of who that child will become is determined by his parents, his family, his surroundings. There is an African proverb that states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Everyone has been touched by a child in one way or another.

Raising a child is a most beautiful gift. The foundation of who that child will become is determined by his parents, his family, his surroundings.

There is an African proverb that states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Everyone has been touched by a child in one way or another.

A rabbinical saying is “Do not limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.”

Raising a child requires unconditional love, consistency, clear guidance, endless giving, a watchful eye, endless patience, thoughtful teaching, careful role modeling, a listening ear, a fair mind and an open heart.

Following are some words of inspiration from those who have known the love of a child.

“If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.”

-- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”

-- George Santayana

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.”

-- Franklin P. Jones

“Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.”

-- Ann Sullivan

“Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse? Think of the last time you felt humiliated or treated unfairly. Did you feel like cooperating or doing better?”

-- Jane Nelson

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”

-- James Baldwin

“When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.”

-- Louis Pasteur

“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”

-- Stacia Tauscher

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

-- Mark Twain

“Bitter are the tears of a child: Sweeten them. Deep are the thoughts of a child: Quiet them. Sharp is the grief of a child: Take it from him. Soft is the heart of a child: Do not harden it.”

-- Pamela Glenconner

“Children are our most valuable natural resource.”

-- Herbert Hoover

“Making the decision to have a child — it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.”

-- Elizabeth Stone

“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings.”

-- Hodding Carter

“If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn. If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight. If a child lives with fear, he learns to be apprehensive. If a child lives with pity, he learns to feel sorry for himself. If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy. If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty. If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident. If a child lives with tolerance he learns to be patient. If a child lives with praise, he learns to be appreciative. If a child lives with acceptance, he learns to love. If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself. If a child lives with recognition, he learns that it is good to have a goal. If a child lives with sharing, he learns about generosity. If a child lives with honesty and fairness, he learns what truth and justice are. If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith in himself and in those about him. If a child lives with friendliness he learns that the world is a nice place in which to live. If you live with serenity, your child will have peace of mind. With what is your child living?”

-- Dorothy Law Nolte

Diana Boggia, M.Ed., is a parenting educator in Stark County, Ohio, whose column appears weekly in The Repository. Send your child-rearing questions to FamilyMatters@cantonrep.com or The Repository, c/o Family Matters, 500 Market Ave. S, Canton OH 44702. This column is the opinion of the writer and not of the newspaper.