In “The Kite Runner”, Khaled Hosseini’s protagonist overhears a conversation between his father and Rahim (a close friend of his father). As the conversation unfolds, Rahim laughs and says, “Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors.”
In “The Element”, Ken Robinson suggests that we look “into the eyes of your children….and, rather than approaching them with a template about who they might be,” try “to understand who they really are.”
In “The Prophet”, Kahlil Gibran sings about children:
“You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.”