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Children. How about them the mankind joked?

I Believe that as soon as the representative homo the sapiens learned to talk articulately, the considerable share in subjects for discussions was represented by children. Unfortunately, to us not to find out any more what problems of education could be discussed many thousands years ago, but, having heard, are not excluded, as would be surprised to some similarity to our time. However, then matured very much early (and reasons for jokes, perhaps, there was less).

And further - as in any extremely serious business - the mankind spoke about children or is very serious, or joking. A subject - inexhaustible at least because it is possible not to live even up to a maturity, but it is impossible to do anybody without the period under the fine name - the childhood. The reminiscence of it, experience, gazing in the children, surprise to “similarities“ and “dissimilarities“, cares, problems - yes is, perhaps, the best part of human internal life.

Therefore was told much, all also will not be captured.

Lips of the baby

that children and fools speak the truth - all know. What it plainly means - nobody knows. But much happened to listen to amazingly apt remarks from the children.

The child - a mirror in which the world is reflected (and all adults in it) and this play of light on sides of “a small crystalline lens“ gives a special charm to children`s perception of life.

“The childhood often holds in the weak fingers truth which adults the courageous hands cannot keep and which opening makes pride of the latest years“. (D. Reskin). But, we will hope that a children`s hand in our adult palm - too our way to knowledge. And not just certain abstract truth, but also to knowledge of tenderness, pride, force, pleasure. Fathers and children “That wise child who knows the father“ - important told


Homer. “That wise father who knows the child“ - paraphrased

V. Shakespeare.

So, a subject of “fathers and children“ in serious and comic statements of mankind. Any relations - always a sore subject. And quite often not to do without humour. It is pleasant that the humour and irony in statements of adults are always directed to themselves, and not regarding the love, care and efforts at all.

“There are three ways something to make: to make most, to employ somebody or to forbid the children to do it“ . Or - “At children you can learn much. For example, to learn how many in you there is patience …“ And even: with “small children, as with intellectuals: when they rustle, they irritate us when sit quietly - it is suspicious» . (G. Laub).

The growing-up child - a special subject of attention, surprise, and again - jokes concerning:

“You understand that the child grew up when he ceases to ask from where children undertake and refuses to say where he is going to go.“ (O. Rourke). Or: “Parents are usually sure that they perfectly know the children, and time only strengthens them in this delusion “ - (T. Dreiser).

“The first half of our life is destroyed by our parents, the second - our children.“ (Klerens Derrou, English lawyer).

This well-known aphorism in a satirical look describes certain “modern representation“ about composed the human person. Disputable, but not without subtlety what also psychologists like to talk about is noticed. In fact - a funny hyperbole, and it can be transformed exactly the opposite. But first of all is a self-irony. Samoironiya`s

and self-criticism

is quite often heard

In comic words about “fathers and children“ also “self-criticism“:

“The adult with ability to the real maturity - this the one who grew up from the childhood, without having lost at the same time the best children`s lines“ . Or: “The child needs your love even more even then when he deserves it least“ . (E. Bombek).

The most known here, perhaps, statement of the master of paradoxes O. Uald: “Children begin with love to parents. Maturing, they begin to judge them. Sometimes they forgive them“. Responsibility of the adult to the child was always realized by

. But even it can be given not grandiloquently, and it is half-joking. The mankind never joked “about children“, the mankind played a trick only on itself, such mature, clever and important.

“When you at have children, you begin to understand THAT you owe your parents“ . Or: “Children need models for imitation more, but not critics“ (Ge. Joubert).

There is a huge layer of poetry and art which is devoted to children. Here tenderness and understanding, a certain reverence and it is frequent - harsh realities of life. But first of all - love. Children`s life, curiosity, games, pranks, dreams - a special subject in art.

But also in comic statements - too love and understanding to our such unusual, predictable - to nepredskazumy, obedient and quite often harmful children. Children and the future

This communication understood

always, it is difficult not to realize it. Sometimes in this regard were expressed thoughtfully, but not without sarcasm: “Protect tears of your children that they could spill them on your grave“. (Pythagoras).

Were sometimes expressed a little prudently, slightly pompously, but from it it is not less correct in fact: “Children - one third of our population and all our future“ - is quite so said in the program of assistance to children`s health (to Child Health Promotion Programme - CHPP).

And it is possible to tell even more simply: “The child is an opinion of God that the world has to exist and proceed“.

This and our opinion. Let there is further a world, including, - in our children. And we need only to speak about them, playing a trick on myself. We need only to love them.

Very few people from us are capable to tell presently: “I sons three and maids without account“ - do not have such opportunities. The few are capable to deal with problems not of the children. But all understand the value of the small, bright and fragile period of life.