Quotation by Stephanie Martson

Just as Michelangelo saw the "David" in the raw, unformed block of marble before he struck it with his chisel, we as parents can imagine the fine adult human beings who will emerge from our children's growing, evolving selves. By holding this image in our minds, we can, through our encouragement, nurture our children to blossom into their fullest potential.
Each child has his own individual expressions to offer to the world. That expression can take many forms, from artistic interests, a way of thinking, athletic activities, a particular style of dressing, musical talents, different hobbies, etc. Our job is to join our children in discovering who they are.
Stephanie Martson (20th century), U.S. family therapist, author. The Magic of Encouragement, ch. 1 (1990).
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