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Penelope Leach

  • 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

(1937)

Full name: Penelope Jane Balchin Leach.