If you pay a child a dollar to read a book, as some schools have tried, you not only create an expectation that reading makes you money, you also run the risk of depriving the child for ever of the value of it. Markets are not innocent.
Do not say, ‘It is morning,’ and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.
A child is owed the greatest respect; if you have ever have something disgraceful in mind, don’t ignore your son’s tender years.
Rich or poor, every child comes into the world with some imperative need of its own, which shapes its individuality.
New legislation has just been adopted by the International Labour Organization on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, such as bonded labour, prostitution and hazardous work.
The child’s mind is not the type of mind we adults possess. If we call our type of mind the conscious type, that of the child is an unconscious mind. Now an unconscious mind does not mean an inferior mind. An unconscious mind can be full of intelligence. One will find this type of intelligence in every being, and every insect has it.
Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it. Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return. Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return?
To me in my childhood, elves and fairies of all sorts were very real things, and my dolls were as really children as I was myself a child.
Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.
It is the nurse that the child first hears, and her words that he will first attempt to imitate.