The good parts of a book may be only something a writer is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck of his whole damn life --and one is as good as the other.
If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.
It is true that you may occasionally overhear a mother say Children must have their naps, It's mother who knows best. When what she really means by that Is that she needs a rest.
Perhaps, as some wit remarked, the best proof that there is Intelligent Life in Outer Space is the fact it hasn't come here. Well, it can't hide forever - one day we will overhear it.
We'd go to the fraternity house. It was a good place to practice. But we really wanted the kids to overhear us. And whoever heard us would go nuts over it.