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As parents, it is important to remember the impact that you are making, especially during the time when boys are in their coming of age phase. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves to take each day as it comes, and to enjoy the small wins and the special moments.Although being a parent can be hard at times, it is full of intrinsic value and gratification as you influence and impact your boy’s life. Here are ten inspirational quotes to encourage parents, from some of the most thoughtful people in history.

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” Jane D Hull, Govenor of Arizona (1997 to 2003)

As a parent, you really do make the biggest impact on your son’s life.

“The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.” Goethe, German writer and statesman

It is not enough to have high expectations of your son; it is more important to show him, through your actions, how much you believe in him and his abilities.

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” Milton Berle, first major American TV star

Parents can encourage their son to be resourceful and create their own opportunities.

“It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau, essayist and poet

An open mind, understanding, creativity and perspective. Encourage your son to look beyond the surface and not just take things at face value.

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” Henry David Thoreau

Teach your son to be forward-thinking. He should learn from the past but not to be hindered by it.

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” Warren Buffet, American business magnate, investor and philanthropist

Teaching your son appreciation for what others have contributed is important. Similarly, the time, love, interest and presence that you invest in your son now will pay off well into the future.

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.” Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for education

Parents are vital in reminding their son of their unique qualities to build their confidence and how they see themselves in the community.

“To the mind that is still, the whole world surrenders.” Lao Tzu, ancient Chinese philosopher

Teenage boys have a reputation of being hot headed risk takers. Parents can lead by example by showing the power of stillness and reflection.

“… whatever good or bad fortune may come our way, we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.” Herman Hesse, German novelist, poet and painter

There is a lesson in every life experience.

“I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles – the character of an honest man.” George Washington, statesman, soldier, inventor and the First American President

Having a good reputation is important, but their is importance in having a reputation that is grounded in integrity.

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William Elder


Mr Alan Elder was born in Scotland and migrated to Australia with his parents at a young age. He attended The Scots College for all his schooling, graduating in 1944. He played 1st XI Cricket and was a member of the College Cadet Unit. After leaving school Mr Elder studied accountancy and retained a life-long love of the College, especially the Pipes and Drums. Mr Elder never married, however the significant bequest he left will allow his Scots family to remember him through the Lang Walker Business Centre.