Inspirational messages children hear on a regular basis help them forge their characters and reach their dreams. They often remember them as they grow and base their actions in part on those messages. Posting inspirational quotes in your home, or repeating them to your children out loud, helps to guide them as they grow.
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” is one of Eleanor Roosevelt’s most famous quotations. When children are bullied and become fearful of being themselves or accomplishing a dream, this quotation reminds them that they are in charge of their attitudes toward the world. Although people insult them, they have the inner power to refuse to let it daunt them.
George Dana Boardman said, “Sow an act, and you reap a habit; sow a habit, and you reap a character; sow a character, and you reap a destiny.” This statement shows the logical progression from doing one wrong thing to it becoming a way of life. Encourage children to build a worthy character by sowing positive deeds throughout their lives.
Dreams to Reality
Epictetus, a Greek philosopher, reminded us that we can dream all day long but we have to act to make our dreams reality when he said, “First say to yourself what you would be, and then do what you have to do.” This reminds children that they can do whatever they want to do. They must define it to themselves first, and then take action to make it happen.
Live for Today
It is important that children value the time that they are given. This helps them to make the best decisions to build their character and their lives. Babatunde Olatunji, a West African musician, reminds everyone of this in his quote, “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That's why we call it the present.”
Epictetus, a former slave, also stated, “No man is free who is not master of himself.” This simple reminder helps children to understand they must control themselves before they set out to accomplish their goals. It also helps them understand that true freedom is in an individual. Whether the conditions outside a person are conducive to freedom or not, the individual can choose to be free by controlling his own thoughts and actions.
No One Is Perfect
An anonymous writer once wrote, "No one is perfect - that's why pencils have erasers." This quote teaches children that there is no one in the world that is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes, that's just part of living. All you can do is give 100 percent all the time. If you do make a mistake, you can do your best to fix it.
Thomas Jefferson said, "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." This quote can help to teach children of any age how important it is to always tell the truth. Explain what honesty means and why it is always smart to be honest.