Sometimes the going gets tough: When it does, I often turn to my refrigerator. Yeah, I like ice cream a lot, but the other thing that helps me through is a good quote. I've collected quotes since way back when and my favorites are pasted on the refrigerator. I don't read them every day. Sometimes I forget they are there. Until, I need them. Then, I know where to find comfort, advice and inspiration.

Recently, I was in our library sans kiddo. This meant I had five minutes to peruse the stacks all by myself. I often find myself wandering into the parenting books section. There's just so much stuff and even if I never get through a single book from start to finish, I usually take away a few helpful tidbits. Such was my latest find: Everyday Opportunties for Extraordinary Parenting by Bobbi Conner, host of Public Radio's The Parent Journal.

Browsing the contents, I found some new quotes to add to my fridge collection. Thought I would share a few with you, just in case you ever needs some inspiration too. Enjoy!

Love means…spending time and paying attention to children. It means family rituals. Children like structure and they like to have things they can count on happening. – Marion Wright Edelman, founder/president of the Children's Defense Fund

Sometimes we focus so hard on all the things we're supposed to do that we forget to enjoy. And children are only with us for a very short time! – Judy Ford, family therapist and author

You know your child better than anybody else. You are the expert with your child! – Dr. Charlotte Thompson, pediatrician

Some children are extremely difficult. Some children are shy…it's all right to be shy. We don't create a child. In fact the important thing…is to help the child find out who he is..and that is a very exciting and wonderful and thrilling job! – Dr. Jeree Pawl, clinical psychologist

Play is serious work for children and we ought not interrupt it. – Bob Keeshan, TV personality and author

And there's plenty more…if you need more inspiration, check out your local library too!

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Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and ... More

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