"Live so that when your child thinks of love, fairness, consideration, caring, truth and integrity, they think of you. To ensure that they grow up to be their own person, it is better to think of them as temporary charges as opposed to lifelong possessions.
It is easier to build strong children than repair a broken adult. Being a parent therefore involves knowing when to 'hold close' and when to 'let go.' Your children are not your possessions who were born to carry your genes from one generation to the next or be the standard bearer of your failed ambitions. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They came into life through you and though they are of you, they do not belong to you. While it is the mother's umbilical cord that preserves their life in the womb, it is only through the cutting of it can they experience the freedom of life as an individual.
A society that does not protect its children is a society in greatest want of a future it will never know.The greatest gift a parent can give its child is to let it know and feel that they are loved without qualification. Next, give them the opportunity to make their own decisions and mistakes and you will have passed to them the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. Finally, encourage them always to express their true feelings at the moment of their birth and they shall never be misunderstood nor lack friendship in abundance." William Forde: May 3rd, 2015.