104+ Best Parenting Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Parenting is the raising of children and all the responsibilities and activities that are involved in it. Profoundly inspirational parenting quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

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There are times as a parent when you realize that your job is not to be the parent you always imagined you’d be, the parent you always wished you had. Your job is to be the parent your child needs, given the particulars of his or her own life and nature. — Ayelet Waldman

Children are our second chance to have a great parent-child relationship. — Laura Schlessinger

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth. — Erma Bombeck

If you’re financially responsible, your children have a much better chance to grow up financially responsible. — Suze Orman

A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it. — Frank A. Clark

Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life. — Muriel Spark

That’s my ideal day, time with my boys. — Kenny G

Family involvement is a valuable thing and playing together actively can be the ’90s version of it. Instead of just watching, you can do it together… something we don’t spend enough time on. We can motivate and excite each other about fitness. — Alan Thicke

I don’t think children’s inner feelings have changed. They still want a mother and father in the very same house; they want places to play. — Beverly Cleary

You have to support your children to have a healthy relationship. — Connie Sellecca

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

Screaming at children over their grades, especially to the point of the child’s tears, is child abuse, pure and simple. It’s not funny and it’s not good parenting. It is a crushing, scarring, disastrous experience for the child. It isn’t the least bit funny. — Ben Stein

I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home. — Robert Orben

I have three daughters, so I can’t be as tough as I want to be. When you have kids – especially daughters – they know how to work you. They’re a lot smarter than we are, that’s for sure. But I’ll be more tough on their boyfriends. — Tim McGraw

I think a dad has to make his daughter feel that he’s genuinely interested in what she’s going through. — Harry Connick, Jr.

I want to have children, but my friends scare me. One of my friends told me she was in labor for 36 hours. I don’t even want to do anything that feels good for 36 hours. — Rita Rudner

Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father. — Gloria Steinem

There are 80 million moms in the United States. Forty million stay at home with their children. — Andrew Shue

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. — Charles R. Swindoll

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Parenthood and family come first for me, and when I’m not working I’m cool with the Teletubbies. — Clive Owen

To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favor of the needs of their children. As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the Savior Himself. — James E. Faust

I feel very blessed to have two wonderful, healthy children who keep me completely grounded, sane and throw up on my shoes just before I go to an awards show just so I know to keep it real. — Reese Witherspoon

The interesting thing about being a mother is that everyone wants pets, but no one but me cleans the kitty litter. — Meryl Streep

A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone. — Billy Graham

Having a baby is a life-changer. It gives you a whole other perspective on why you wake up every day. — Taylor Hanson

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Parents are the bones on which children cut their teeth. — Peter Ustinov

I feel sure that unborn babies pick their parents. — Gloria Swanson

Because of their size, parents may be difficult to discipline properly. — P. J. O’Rourke

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. — Sigmund Freud

No one knows his true character until he has run out of gas, purchased something on the installment plan and raised an adolescent. — Marcelene Cox

As a housewife, I feel that if the kids are still alive when my husband gets home from work, then hey, I’ve done my job. — Roseanne Barr

My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would be, and much less about what we would do. — Mitt Romney

Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk. — Carl Jung

What parent has it easy? I just never make the difficulty of it an obstacle. I just do it. — Marlee Matlin

Listen to the desires of your children. Encourage them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision. — Denis Waitley

Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children. — George Bernard Shaw

Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise… specialized competence and success are all that they can imagine. — Allan Bloom

If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much. — Jackie Kennedy

Never raise your hand to your children – it leaves your midsection unprotected. — Robert Orben

Having a baby changes the way you view your in-laws. I love it when they come to visit now. They can hold the baby and I can go out. — Matthew Broderick

Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted. — Garrison Keillor

The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all. — Benjamin Spock

Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Internet is just bringing all kinds of information into the home. There’s just a lot of distraction, a lot of competition for the parent’s voice to resonate in the children’s ears. — Phil McGraw

At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experience of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses. — Ellen Key

Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being. — Miriam Makeba

How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child’s board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted. — Walter Scott

When you hold your baby in your arms the first time, and you think of all the things you can say and do to influence him, it’s a tremendous responsibility. What you do with him can influence not only him, but everyone he meets and not for a day or a month or a year but for time and eternity. — Rose Kennedy

Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them. — P. J. O’Rourke

Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. — Plato

Believe me, my children have more stamina than a power station. — Robbie Coltrane

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Children are not casual guests in our home. They have been loaned to us temporarily for the purpose of loving them and instilling a foundation of values on which their future lives will be built. — James Dobson

Children should have enough freedom to be themselves – once they’ve learned the rules. — Anna Quindlen

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. — Frederick Douglass

Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. — Robert Fulghum

To me luxury is to be at home with my daughter, and the occasional massage doesn’t hurt. — Olivia Newton-John

Childhood is a short season. — Helen Hayes

The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering. — Benjamin Spock

Parents should not smoke in order to discourage their kids from smoking. A child is more likely to smoke when they have been raised in the environment of a smoker. — Christy Turlington

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

It’s hard enough to work and raise a family when your kids are all healthy and relatively normal, but when you add on some kind of disability or disease, it can just be such a burden. — Patricia Heaton

It’s a huge change for your body. You don’t even want to look in the mirror after you’ve had a baby, because your stomach is just hanging there like a Shar-Pei. — Cindy Crawford

Every word, facial expression, gesture, or action on the part of a parent gives the child some message about self-worth. It is sad that so many parents don’t realize what messages they are sending. — Virginia Satir

If we had paid no more attention to our plants than we have to our children, we would now be living in a jungle of weed. — Luther Burbank

When a parent shows up with an attitude of entitlement, understand that under it is a boatload of anxiety. — Robert Evans

Leave part of the yard rough. Don’t manicure everything. Small children in particular love to turn over rocks and find bugs, and give them some space to do that. Take your child fishing. Take your child on hikes. — Richard Louv

No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly. — Miguel de Cervantes

Love is staying up all night with a sick child – or a healthy adult. — David Frost

We criticize mothers for closeness. We criticize fathers for distance. How many of us have expected less from our fathers and appreciated what they gave us more? How many of us always let them off the hook? — Ellen Goodman

We are apt to forget that children watch examples better than they listen to preaching. — Roy L. Smith

Dad needs to show an incredible amount of respect and humor and friendship toward his mate so the kids understand their parents are sexy, they’re fun, they do things together, they’re best friends. Kids learn by example. If I respect Mom, they’re going to respect Mom. — Tim Allen

Every cliche about kids is true; they grow up so quickly, you blink and they’re gone, and you have to spend the time with them now. But that’s a joy. — Liam Neeson

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. — Franklin P. Jones

My mother was the influence in my life. She was strong; she had great faith in the ultimate triumph of justice and hard work. She believed passionately in education. — John H. Johnson

Having children with someone is the real bond. — Francesca Annis

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. — Jane D. Hull

Mama and Daddy King represent the best in manhood and womanhood, the best in a marriage, the kind of people we are trying to become. — Coretta Scott King

Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore. — Ogden Nash

We’ve had bad luck with our kids – they’ve all grown up. — Christopher Morley

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process. — John F. Kennedy

I think I’m going to have to live vicariously through my daughter’s rebellion because I certainly never did go through adolescence. — Brooke Shields

The well-being and welfare of children should always be our focus. — Todd Tiahrt

If you’re asking your kids to exercise, then you better do it, too. Practice what you preach. — Caitlyn Jenner

I regret not having had more time with my kids when they were growing up. — Tina Turner

Do you want to be an artist and a writer, or a wife and a lover? With kids, your focus changes. I don’t want to go to PTA meetings. — Stevie Nicks

My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it. — Quentin Crisp

Mothers – especially single mothers – are heroic in their efforts to raise our nation’s children, but men must also take responsibility for their children and recognize the impact they have on their families’ well-being. — Evan Bayh

Even as kids reach adolescence, they need more than ever for us to watch over them. Adolescence is not about letting go. It’s about hanging on during a very bumpy ride. — Ron Taffel

Hugs can do great amounts of good – especially for children. — Princess Diana

Few things are more satisfying than seeing your children have teenagers of their own. — Doug Larson

We expect teachers to handle teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and the failings of the family. Then we expect them to educate our children. — John Sculley

Parents forgive their children least readily for the faults they themselves instilled in them. — Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Children that are raised in a home with a married mother and father consistently do better in every measure of well-being than their peers who come from divorced or step-parent, single-parent, cohabiting homes. — Todd Tiahrt

Studies show that children best flourish when one mom and one dad are there to raise them. — John Boehner

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

My father was a farmer and my mother was a farmer, but, my childhood was very good. I am very grateful for my childhood, because it was full of gladness and good humanity. — Roberto Benigni

It’s a great mistake, I think, to put children off with falsehoods and nonsense, when their growing powers of observation and discrimination excite in them a desire to know about things. — Anne Sullivan

I suppose it’s amazing how quick life goes by when you have children. — Steffi Graf

Don’t try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it. — Russell Baker

It is a sad commentary of our times when our young must seek advice and counsel from ‘Dear Abby’ instead of going to Mom and Dad. — Pauline Phillips

Any kid will run any errand for you, if you ask at bedtime. — Red Skelton

Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going. — Phyllis Diller

Becoming a father, I think it inevitably changes your perspective of life. I don’t get nearly enough sleep. And the simplest things in life are completely satisfying. I find you don’t have to do as much, like you don’t go on as many outings. — Hugh Jackman

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