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Hands with Earth, Photographic PrintChild Development refers to the physical growth, motor, language, emotional, social, cognitive and creative stages of children evolving into adults. Parenting is the guiding the child from birth to adulthood, usually done by the biological parents.

Children are naturally highly motivated to gain mastery over themselves and their environments, and the early years of life are decisive times for developing personal responsibility and respect for others which translates into the future of humanity.

NetPosterWorks gallery of child development and parenting posters include stages of child development, safety, health, discipline, parenting, and motivational images.

Quotes about Children ~
• “Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.” ~ Grace Abbott
• “If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals.” ~ Susan B. Anthony
• “The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to create, to invent, and therefore to foster civilization.
” ~ L. Frank Baum
• “Adults find pleasure in deceiving a child. They consider it necessary, but they also enjoy it. The children very quickly figure it out and then practice deception themselves.” ~ Elias Canetti
• “My major regret in life is that my childhood was unnecessarily lonely.” ~ Truman Capote
• “Adults find pleasure in deceiving a child. They consider it necessary, but they also enjoy it. The children very quickly figure it out and then practice deception themselves.” ~Thomas Carlyle
• “The parents always insisted on telling their child that their secret friends didn't exist — perhaps because they had forgotten that they too had spoken to their angel at one time.” ~ Paulo Coelho
• “To instruct calls for energy, and to remain almost silent, but watchful and helpful, while students instruct themselves, calls for even greater energy. To see someone fall (which will teach him not to fall again) when a word from you would keep him on his feet but ignorant of an important danger, is one of the tasks of the teacher that calls for special energy, because holding in is more demanding than crying out.” ~ Robertson Davies
• “Raising children is an uncertain thing; success is reached only after a life of battle and worry.” ~ Democritus
• “If our children are unable to voice what they mean, no one will know how they feel. If they can’t imagine a different world, they are stumbling through a darkness made all the more sinister by its lack of reference points. For a young person growing up in America’s alienated neighborhoods, there can be no greater empowerment than to dare to speak from the heart — and then to discover that one is not alone in ones feelings.” ~ Rita Dove
• “How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it.” ~ Alexandre Dumas, pere
• “Strange new problems are being reported in the growing generations of children whose mothers were always there, driving them around, helping them with their homework - an inability to endure pain or discipline or pursue any self-sustained goal of any sort, a devastating boredom with life.” ~ Betty Friedan
• “Anytime a child is born, the old people look in his face and ask him if he's the One.” ~ Ernest J. Gaines
• “Wrong training can be a very innocent thing. Consider a father who allows his child to read good books. That child may soon cease to watch television or go to the movies, nor will he eventually read Book-of-the-Month Club selections, because they are ludicrous and dull. As a young man, then, he will effectually be excluded from all of Madison Avenue and Hollywood and most of publishing, because what moves him or what he creates is quite irrelevant to what is going on: it is too fine. His father has brought him up as a dodo.”
Paul Goodman
• “We've got to work to save our children and do it with full respect for the fact that if we do not, no one else is going to do it.” ~ Dorothy Irene Height
• “Only mothers can think of the future-because they give birth to it in their children.” ~ Maxim Gorky
• “Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.” ~ Robert Heinlein
• “There comes a time in the life of every human when he or she must decide to risk ‘his life, his fortune, and his sacred honor’ on an outcome dubious. Those who fail the challenge are merely overgrown children, can never be anything else.” ~ Robert Heinlein
• “The soul of the newly born baby is marked for life by the pattern of the stars at the moment it comes into the world, unconsciously remembers it, and remains sensitive to the return of configurations of a similar kind.” ~ Johannes Kepler
• “I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.” ~ Aldo Leopold
• “Where does discipline end? Where does cruelty begin? Somewhere between these, thousands of children inhabit a voiceless hell.” ~ Francois Mauriac
• “Unless we teach our children peace, someone will teach them violence.” ~ Colman McCarthy
• “What makes us happy is service to others. If schools don't expose students to the joys of community service, we graduate people who are idea rich but experience poor. In these addled times of leave no child untested, we think it's enough to pound ideas into the kids' heads. You can make all A's in school and go out and flunk life.” ~ Colman McCarthy
• “Too many schools process students as if they are slabs of cheese going to Velveeta High on the way to Cheddar U and Mozzarella Grad School.” ~ Colman McCarthy
• “Praise is warming and desirable. But it is an earned thing. It has to be deserved, like a hug from a child.” ~ Phyllis McGinley
• “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” ~ Margaret Mead
• “Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.” ~ Margaret Mead
• “The plain fact is that education is itself a form of propaganda – a deliberated scheme to outfit the pupil, not with the capacity to weigh ideas, but with a simple appetite for gulping ideas ready-made. The aim is to make ‘good’ citizens, which is to say, docile and uninquisitive citizens.” ~ H. L. Mencken
• “The function of a child is to live his/her own life, not the life that his/her anxious parents think he/she should live, nor a life according to the purpose of the educators who thinks they knows best.” ~ A. S. Neill
• “A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who doesn't play has lost forever the child who lived in him and who he will miss terribly.” ~ Pablo Neruda
• “There is an adult in every child and a child in every adult.” ~ Jean Piaget
• “Children sometimes see things clearly that are obscured in later life. We often forget the wonder that we felt as children when the cares of the “real world” have begun to settle on our shoulders. Children are not afraid to pose basic questions that may embarrass us, as adults, to ask. What happens to each of our streams of consciousness after we die; where was it before we were born; might we become, or have been, someone else; why do we perceive at all; why are we here; why is there a universe here at all in which we can actually be? These are puzzles that tend to come with the awakenings of awareness in any one of us — and, no doubt, with the awakening of self-awareness, within whichever creature or other entity it first came.” ~ Roger Penrose
• “Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” ~ Plato
• “Children's liberation is the next item on our civil rights shopping list.” ~ Letty Cottin Pogrebin
• “My mother made me a scientist without ever intending to. Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school: So? Did you learn anything today? But not my mother. “Izzy,” she would say, “did you ask a good question today?” That difference — asking good questions — made me become a scientist.” ~ Isidor Isaac Rabi
• “If the education and studies of children were suited to their inclinations and capacities, many would be made useful members of society that otherwise would make no figure in it.” ~ Samuel Richardson
• “Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
• “May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
• “Genius is the recovery of childhood at will.” ~ Arthur Rimbaud
• “The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it.” ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau
• “Children are given to us to discourage our better emotions.” ~ Saki
• “The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.” ~ Saki
• “Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays.” ~ Friedrich Schiller
• “Every child is in a way a genius; and every genius is in a way a child.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
• “But poverty, though it does not prevent the generation, is extremely unfavourable to the rearing of children. The tender plant is produced, but in so cold a soil, and so severe a climate, soon withers and dies.” ~ Adam Smith
• “If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.” ~ Tom Stoppard
• “School is established, not in order that it should be convenient for the children to study, but that teachers should be able to teach in comfort. The children’s conversations, motion, merriment are not convenient for the teacher, and so in the schools, which are built on the plan of prisons, ... are prohibited.” ~ Leo Tolstoy
• “Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
• “Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.” ~ Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray
• “I am convinced that, except in a few extraordinary cases, one form or another of an unhappy childhood is essential to the formation of exceptional gifts.” ~ Thornton Wilder
• “Man is not an end but a beginning. We are at the beginning of the second week. We are children of the eighth day.” ~ Thornton Wilder
• “I'm worried that students will take their obedient place in society and look to become successful cogs in the wheel - let the wheel spin them around as it wants without taking a look at what they're doing. I'm concerned that students not become passive acceptors of the official doctrine that's handed down to them from the White House, the media, textbooks, teachers and preachers.” ~ Howard Zinn

Educate the Whole Child, Poster
Educate the
Whole Child,

Child Development Posters

Building Block set of 6 posters illustrating areas & stages of child development,

Effective Discipline Poster

Discipline Posters

The word discipline comes from the Latin disciplina “instruction”, from the root discere “to learn,” and from which discipulus “disciple, pupil” derive. ...

Get Moving Laminated Poster
Get Moving
Laminated Poster

Fitness Motivation Posters -

Physical fitness, defined as “the body’s ability to function efficiently and effectively in work and leisure activities, to be healthy, to resist hypokinetic (low activity) diseases, and to meet emergency situations.”

Food Safety in the Kitchen Poster

Safety Posters

Kitchen, school, playground, health

Taking Temperatures, Laminated Poster
Taking Temperatures, Laminated Poster

health posters

10 Principles of Parenting, Laminated Poster
10 Principles
of Parenting,
Laminated Poster

10 Principles of Parenting

1- What You Do Matters
2- You Can Not Be Too Loving
3- Be Involved in Your Child's Life
4- Adapt Your Parenting to Fit Your Child
5- Establish Rules and Set Limits
6- Help Foster Your Child's Independence
7- Be Consistent
8- Avoid Harsh Discipline
9- Explain Your Bules and Decisions
10- Treat Your Child With Respect

Ga! Conversations with Baby, Laminated Poster
Ga! Conversations with Baby,
Laminated Poster

Ga! Conversations with Baby-

Holding intelligent conversations with your baby ... Speak slowly ... Mommy, daddy, tree, duck ...Don't use pronouns ... Pause & Listen ... Make eye contact ...

Pregnancy and Birth Anatomical Chart Styrene Plastic
Pregnancy and Birth Anatomical Chart

Pregnancy and Birth Anatomical Chart
Illustrates anatomy of mammary glands and infant within mother. Shows fertilization; implantation and trimester; fetal development. Discusses genetic screening and hormonal changes during pregnancy. Shows and describes the three stages of labor.

• more pregnancy anatomy posters

Maria Montessori, portrait by Ernst Ulmer

Maria Montessori - Global PathMarker Fine Art Print
“Within the child lies
the fate of the future.”
b. 8-31-1870,

available only at-
Creative Process

Famous People in the Montessori movement posters
Women Scientist posters

Reading is Fun Alphabet poster
Reading is Fun Alphabet Poster

Reading is Fun Alphabet Poster

• more alphabet posters
• see Historic Reading posters

"If a Child" Poem, Matted Print

“If a Child” Poem, Matted Print

“If a child lives with criticism,
he learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility,
she learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule,
he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame,
she learns to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance,
she learn to patient.
If a child lives with encouragement,
she learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise,
he learns to appreciate,
If a child lives with fairness,
she learns justice,
If a child lives with security,
he learns to have faith,
If a child lives with approval,
she learns to like herself,
And if he lives with acceptance and friendship,
he learns to find love in the world.”

peace posters

Protest against Child Labor, New York, 1909
Protest against Child Labor, New York, 1909

Child Labor

History Through a Lens poster series
Images of Labor posters

How the World Says Hello, Art Print
How the World
Says Hello,
Art Print

Hands with Earth, Photographic Print
Hands with Earth,
Photographic Print

• more peace & justice posters
environment posters
geography posters

The Liddell Children -Lorina, Alice, & Edith Photographic Print
The Liddell Children - Lorina, Alice, & Edith Photographic Print

The Liddell Children - Lorina, Alice, & Edith

Lewis Carroll & Alice's Adventures in Wonderland posters
children's literature posters

Vishnu in His Incarnation as Krishna, as a Child Lying on His Back, circa 16th Century, Giclee Print
Vishnu in His Incarnation as Krishna, as a Child Lying on His Back, circa 16th Century, Giclee Print

Vishnu in His Incarnation as Krishna, as a Child Lying on His Back, circa 16th Century, Giclee Print

Hindu posters

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