Sunday, March 13, 2011

Everyone Else's Children Matter Too

photo courtesy of peaceful parenting mom, Erin Davey



"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the welfare of our children is intimately linked to the welfare of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. If one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will be responsible for the violent act. The good life for our own children can be secured only if a good life is also secured for all other people's children."


~Lilian Katz




Lilian Katz, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood Education at the University of Illinois, and former president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. In addition, Katz formerly directed the ERIC Clearinghouse for Early Childhood Education and published several works including Talks with Teachers of Young Children, and Engaging Children's Minds: The Project Approach. For thirteen years Katz wrote a regular column for Parents Magazine and is now chair of the editorial board of the International Journal of the Early Years published in the United Kingdom.

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful quote! I think this quote also explains how so many moms get into each other's 'business'about parenting choices and the like because they intuitively feel like mothering the next child as if it was their own.

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  2. Beautiful quote. I used it in a post about why we should care about what happens to Habiba and Alma yesterday.

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  3. this bi____, I mean, ex-coworker if mine at a preschool we taught at said to me once, and within earshot of kids..."well aren't you the mother of all". needles s to say, I quit that hellish place and last night dreamt I strangled her. lmao.no really, I did.

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  4. Exactly why I chose to vaccinate my kiddos. Not only am I protecting them, and at the same time protecting the children around them. :-D

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  5. Beautiful. And another reason to fully vaccinate. On schedule.

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  6. Vaccines cause more harm than good. :-( I suggest contact Guggie Daly for lots of information that you are NOT told about vaccines. I haven't had vaccines since Kindergarten and I have only had the flu ONCE in my life (when I was 6 or 7). I've never had any bad illness and I've never been hospitalized, and the people I know who don't vaccinate their kids are happy they don't. Their kids are happy, they never get sick. Whereas if they had vaccines, they probably wouldn't be as healthy.

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  7. I think bringing this beautiful quote down to a vaccine debate is pretty low. We can vaccinate the world, but if we don't help them with basic needs, i.e. improving their quality of life, we're not really helping.

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  8. Let's not get into a debate over other mothers' choices ... surely part of being a parent to all, if not the most important part, is to have respect for opposing points of view and to inform of your own beliefs and research with gentle clarity without causing distress and offence. What are you going to do if your own children make a decision you disagree with? Helen

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