Friday, August 15, 2008

Choosing Children

"Even though many and perhaps most adults today dislike and distrust children, there is at the same time a growing minority of people who like, understand, trust, respect, and value children in a way rarely known until now. Many of these people are choosing to have children as few people ever before did. They don't have children just because that is what married people are supposed to do, or because they don't know how not to have them. On the contrary, knowing well what it may mean in time, energy, money, thought, and worry, they undertake the heavy responsibility of having and bringing up children because they deeply want to spend a part of their life living with them. Having chosen to have children, they feel very strongly that it is their responsibility to help these children grow into good, smart, capable, loving, trustworthy, and responsible human beings..."

-- Patrick Faregna
Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book of Homeschooling

4 comments:

  • Amy

    LOVE that!

  • Randi

    I can't stand that a statement like that even needs to be written. I'd like to think that all parents choose to have children although I do know that's not true. I deeply wish we lived in a society that valued the life of a child.

  • Karen

    Love that so much. It made my heart break this morning when I read on CNN about the New Years baby being shaken to death - how can people not see that little babies are so helpless & uterly dependent on their parents for everything. Anyway - i could go on & on but I'll step down off my soap box....

  • DeDe

    So sad and yet so true.

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