What We Do with our children—and what we do to them—is a worryingly accurate indication of what we think about the world, God, and ourselves. To many adults, children are just a nuisance. But the point is that they're a nuisance (if they are) because they matter. They disturb our organized adult world because they are real people.
N. T. Wright, Matthew for Everyone: Part Two

BLESSED are those who number babies and animals among their friends; in their embodied innocence, such small creatures keep us simple.
Margaret Guenther, Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction

[T]HE ONLY OBSERVATIONS worth making are those that sink in upon you in childhood. We don't know we're observing, but we see everything. Our minds are relatively blank, our memories are not crammed full of all sorts of names, so that the impressions we gather in the first twelve years are enormous and vivid and meaningful—they come laden with meaning, in a way that experience does not later on.
John Updike, interview with Philip Yancey in Image journal

IT SHOULD BE NOTED that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.
Michel de Montaigne, Essays

ALL MEMBERS of the congregation share in the responsibility of educating and nurturing children. … Christian education of children depends upon adults who actively and intentionally mentor children in practices of faith, and upon the ability of children to have access to and participate in the community's practices.
Joyce Ann Mercer, Welcoming Children

"CHILDREN aren't coloring books. You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors."
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

WE GAZE at the future through the window of our children; how we shape them ...

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