While the children are yet in their infancy feed them from the breast of heavenly grace, foster them in the cradle of all excellence, rear them in the embrace of bounty. Give them the advantage of every useful kind of knowledge. Let them share in every new and rare and wondrous craft and art. Bring them up to work and strive, and accustom them to hardship. Teach them to dedicate their lives to matters of great import, and inspire them to undertake studies that will benefit mankind. (Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 127)
I’ve been familiar with this quotation for years, but a friend recently forwarded it to me and i was struck by the many concepts embedded in this little paragraph. Is there something that particularly stands out to you regarding the advice in this quotation? For a new project which i’ll hopefully “unveil” soon, i am looking for additional pithy parenting wisdom from sacred texts or writings that have inspired and driven your parenting philosophy. Got any to share? I would love to hear!!