Did Mother Teresa say this about raising children?


Mother Teresa said in part about raising children,


For years, internet users have shared a quote about raising children attributed to Mother Teresa, a famous missionary and Catholic saint who worked in Calcutta (now Kolkata), India. But we couldn’t find the source of the quote. For example, in September 2019, Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli posted the quote on his Facebook page and attributed it to Mother Teresa:

Kids are like kites, you teach them to fly, but they won’t take your flight path.
You will teach them to dream, but they will not dream your dream.
You will teach them to live, but they will not live your life.
But in every flight, in every dream and in every life the mark of the teachings received will always remain.

We could find no record of Mother Teresa making this quote. It’s not included in all of the roundups we’ve found of notable statements by her. We’ve searched Google Books versions of books written by her or that contain her writings (“Come Be My Light,” “A Simple Path, “No Greater Love”) and didn’t find the quote there either.

The quote has been widely shared online and attributed to Mother Teresa, who died in 1997 at age 87, but we’ve never come across an example of it being shared, along with an accompanying quote that would indicate when and where she got it. supposedly said. It’s not an uncommon phenomenon to come across quotes attributed to famous people online, but whether that person actually said them is often another story.

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