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“Children do not need superhuman, perfect parents. They have always managed with good enough parents: the parents they happened to have.”
“Whatever you do to your child's body, you are doing to your child's mind.”
“Guilt is the most destructive of all emotions. It mourns what has been while playing no part in what may be, now or in the future.”
“Loving a baby or child is a circular business, a kind of feedback loop. The more you give, the more you get, the more you get, the more you feel like giving.”
“Two generations ago only a few unfortunate children ever saw anyone hit over the head with a brick, shot, rammed by a car, blown up, immolated, raped or tortured. Now all children, along with their elders, see such images every day of their lives and are expected to enjoy them. ... The seven-year-old who hides his eyes in the family cops-and-robbers drama is desensitized four years later to a point where he crunches potato chips through the latest video nasty.”
Penelope Leach, English psychologist
Full name: Penelope Jane Balchin Leach.