Some people behind leave a legacy, some leave behind children. Which would you prefer?
One of pleasures of parenting, future reader: parent can positively influence kid, make moment kid will remember for rest of life, moment that alters his/her trajectory, opens up his/her heart + mind.
Once, [Rabbi Chanoch] Teller was traveling with 16 of his  offspring … while changing planes in Frankfurt, Teller noticed a German woman gaping.
‘Are all of these your children?’ the woman asked. ‘From one wife?’
‘Yes, God has blessed me with all these children,’ the rabbi replied.
‘Haven’t you heard about the population problem?’the woman sniffed. ‘How many more children do you want to have?’
Rabbi Teller paused and looked the woman in the eye: ‘About 6 million,’ he said.
The nastiest kind of writer is a ghostwriter, who bears people’s children in their body for money.
To some, having children may seem as conducive to travelling as having your feet set in concrete.
When you take the time to actually listen, with humility, to what people have to say, it’s amazing what you can learn. Especially if the people who are doing the talking also happen to be children.
Children are like water; they don’t much care where the stream takes them. They do nothing to avoid or follow the contours.
You are my angel.
To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation-is that good for the world?
All of us have moments in out lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.