73+ Best Parenthood Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Parenthood is an experience like no other but also raising kids is a learn-as-you-go process. Profoundly inspirational parenthood quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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Famous Parenthood Quotes

I was a single parent, and I was prohibited from working. — Alison Moyet

I resisted parenthood for a long, long time. But having a daughter has given me a sense of hopefulness that I didn’t have before. — George Meyer

There really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child. — Anne Lamott

The family is the country of the heart. — Giuseppe Mazzini

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My kids are so much better parent than I was. — Dick Van Dyke

When your children arrive, the best you can hope for is that they break open everything about you. Your mind floods with oxygen. Your heart becomes a room with wide-open windows. You laugh hard every day. You think about the future and read about global warming. You realize how nice it feels to care about someone else more than yourself. — Amy Poehler

You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around—and why his parents will always wave back. — William D. Tammeus

Parenthood and having kids puts you in touch with a whole other sort of sensitivity which is nothing but good. You feel more than you ever felt. You feel that vulnerability, but at the same time you wouldn’t trade it for anything. — Stone Gossard

Your children make it impossible to regret your past. They’re its finest fruits. Sometimes the only ones. —Anna Quindlen

The central struggle of parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweigh our fears. — Ellen Goodman

When it comes to parenthood everyone thinks they will be terrible at it. We don’t think we have it in us. Then you find out that you do, which truly is a miracle in life. — Daniel Day-Lewis

There is the humility of being a father to someone so powerful, as if he were only a narrow conduit for another, greater thing. That’s how it feels right now, he thinks, kneeling beside her, rinsing her hair: as though his love for his daughter will outstrip the limits of his body. The walls could fall away, even the whole city, and the brightness of that feeling would not wane. — Anthony Doeer

I suspect that marriage is like parenthood: every last one of us is an amateur at it … — Anne Tyler

Kids don’t make up 100 percent of our population, but they do make up 100 percent of our future. — Zig Ziglar

Parenthood… It’s about guiding the next generation, and forgiving the last. — Peter Krause

It’s not only children who grow. Parents do, too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself. — Joyce Maynard

If our kids only expect blessings and exemptions, they will be terrible grown-ups. — Jen Hatmaker

My position in the family turned out to be a lucky one; I bore neither the brunt of my mother’s newness to parenthood nor the force of her middle-aged traumas, as my younger sister, Ruth, did. — Katharine Graham

Parenthood has been the beneficiary of wonderful performances by child actors. — Jason Katims

I’m, like, the biggest fan ever of ‘Arrested Development.’ To be a part of it is incredible. Same goes for ‘Parenthood. — Mae Whitman

I don’t know what’s more exhausting about parenting: the getting up early, or acting like you know what you’re doing. — Jim Gaffigan

When you have children yourself, you begin to understand what you owe your parents. — Japanese Proverb

Happiness in marriage and parenthood can exceed a thousand times any other happiness — James E. Faust

Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent. — Carl Jung

Parenthood abruptly catapults us into a permanent relationship with a stranger, — Andrew Solomon

Parenthood is not an object of appetite or even desire. It is an object of will. There is no appetite for parenthood; there is only a purpose or intention of parenthood. — Robin G. Collingwood

A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin. — Amy Tan

We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves. — Henry Ward Beecher

No human being can ever ‘own’ another, whether in friendship, love, marriage, or parenthood. — Eleanor Roosevelt

Are anybody’s parents typical? — Madeleine L’Engle

A parent’s love is whole no matter how many times divided. — Robert Brault

All parenting turns on a crucial question: to what extent parents should accept their children for who they are, and to what extent they should help them become their best selves. — Andrew Solomon

It’s the best thing going, parenthood. — Woody Harrelson

Parenthood is a lot easier to get into than out of. — Bruce Lansky

You have to be the parent; you can’t be their friend. — Patricia Richardson

Our children are watching us live and what we are shouts louder than anything we can say. — Wilferd Peterson

The rules for parents are but three: love, limit, and let them be. — Elaine M. Ward

Billy is a funny, cheeky, lovely boy and I love being with him. Parenthood is terrifying though. I can barely walk past a building without panicking that it’s going to collapse on his head. — Rufus Sewell

She was my mother and she would not leave me. This I had simply accepted and expected. I had no more thanked her for it than I did the sun for shining on me. — Khaled Hosseini

The causes of crime are very complicated. But there is a very big literature, as you know, about single parenthood in crime, about race in crime, and about poverty in crime. — Bill Bennett

There’s never been a parent in my life. — Shia LaBeouf

If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings. — Brian Tracy

Parenting is not for sissies. You have to sacrifice and grow up — Jillian Michaels

Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur. — Alvin Toffler

The best thing to spend on your children is your time. — Louise Hart

Life’s what happens when you’re making other plans. — John Lennon

If John Lennon was right that life is what happens when you’re making other plans, parenthood is what happens when everything is flipped over and spilling everywhere and you can’t find a towel or a sponge or your inside voice. — Kelly Corrigan

In practicing the art of parenthood, an ounce of example is worth a ton of preachment. — Wilferd Peterson

You can’t be a legend in your parent’s basement. — Joe Walsh

Parenting is about preparing children to get along with each other, to get along with you and without you, and that it’s impossible to get along without God. — Ann Voskamp

There’s no encyclopedia or book about parenthood. You learn on the fly. — LeBron James

Parenthood always involves recognizing your child as separate and different from you. — Andrew Solomon

What lingers from the parent’s individual past, unresolved or incomplete, often becomes part of her or his irrational parenting. — Virginia Satir

The irony of having teenagers, of course, is that at the exact moment they need to know the things that you alone can tell them, they have reached a moment in their lives when you, as their parent, are the only person they cannot get this information from. — Jennifer Finney Boylan

Single parenthood and poverty are about as closely related as you can get. — David Popenoe

Parenthood is a psychic sweat lodge: enter into it only if you are ready to have your own secreted toxins running into your eyes. Few people are prepared for its power – women or men. — Amity Gaige

There are times when parenthood seems nothing but feeding the mouth that bites you. — Peter Vries

Parenthood is one long exercise in relinquishing control — or the illusion that we ever had it. Postparenthood is about acceptance. — Jane Adams

Parenthood is nothing but doubts. — Tess Gerritsen

I’ll tell you a secret. A lot of times, parents are not the best at seeing their children clearly. — Celeste Ng

In today’s world, the large divorce rate does play a part. There are other factors, and whatever the single parenthood cause, it is difficult for a single parent. — Gordon Kettle

These are thy glorious works, Parent of good! — John Milton

Parenthood always comes as a shock. Postpartum blues? Postpartum panic is more like it. We set out to have a baby; what we get is a total take-over of our lives. — Polly Berrien Berends

It’s true: I don’t remember what life was like before parenthood. — Vera Farmiga

Maybe it’s just parenthood that puts you in a situation where you just have to develop a new attitude, I guess, about things. — James Mercer

Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying . . . demonstrates our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism, — Margaret Sanger

If you are a single parent, make friends with others in similar situations and develop friendships with married couples. Counsel with your priesthood leaders. Let them know of your needs and wants. Single parenthood is understood by the Lord. — Ezra Taft Benson

I loved her instantly. Of course, most parents love their children instantly. But I mention it here because I still find it a remarkable thing. Where was the love before? Where did you acquire it from? The way it is suddenly there, total and complete, as sudden as grief, but in reverse, is one of the wonders about being human. — Matt Haig

A mother who is really a mother is never free. — Honore de Balzac

I don’t consciously think of how parenthood has changed me but I’m sure it must have. — Cate Blanchett

No one told me that it would all happen at the same hallowed time: Mothering is at once the hardest and the holiest and the happiest. — Ann Voskamp

I don’t think anyone masters parenthood. — Melissa Etheridge

There aren’t many great adverts for marriage or parenthood. It always looks so stressful, and that’s what I’ve been scared of. What you don’t realize is how much you’re going to get back. — Robbie Williams

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