One’s family is the most important thing in life. I look at it this way: One of these days I’ll be over in a hospital somewhere with four walls around me. And the only people who’ll be with me will be my family.

-Robert Byrd

“I am weird, you are weird. Everyone in this world is weird. One day, two people come together in mutual weirdness and fall in love.”

-Dr. Suess

Focus on your marriage. Because that’s the nucleus of the home, whatever you do to restore its health and strength will naturally restore what’s broken among the other relationships. If you have no children yet, this will make a comfortable nest for them to begin life well. If you have children, the changes you make in your marriage will affect the rest of the household more quickly and dramatically than you think.

-Charles R. Swindoll

Put aside your preconceived expectations about your child’s behavior relative to his or her age. At-risk adopted children may appear to be a certain age physically, but inside they are playing catch-up-emotionally, behaviorally, and developmentally.

-Karyn Purvis

From the time they hit middle school, they start moving away from home. They are not doing anything wrong; it’s just the way they are made. They are becoming independent, and they begin redefining themselves through the eyes other people who are not in their immediate family. The older they get, the more important it is to have other voices in their lives saying the same things but in a different way.

-Reggie Joiner

“If your kids are giving you a headache, follow the directions on the aspirin bottle, especially the part that says, ‘keep away from children.’”

-Susan Savannah

It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.

-Joyce Maynard

I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia: it seemed like a good idea at the time.

-Bill Cosby