65 Amazing Quotes To Inspire and Recharge Your Parenting

By on Jul 01, 2014

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Today’s blog post is going to take a little detour off the main road. We’re going to pause from gulping down information and slaying cyber dragons and simply refuel our parenting tanks. So often the best wisdom comes from lands far beyond our well-traveled parenting peripheral. The best ideas and most brilliant connections often sneak up on us to challenge our thinking and our parenting norms, which can be a very, very good thing.

So here are some great (and hopefully new) thoughts on parenting to inject some fresh vision and levity into your perspective. If you’re anything like this mom, you much prefer a good cup of coffee, a quiet house, and a double dose of higher thinking over just about any life perk. Oh, and if you need a great laugh, listen to Author Andy Andrews’ 50 Famous Parental Sayings in this video!

65 Amazing Parenting Quotes:

  1. “Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.” – Princess Diana
  2. “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” – Dr. Benjamin Spock
  3. “Even in our increasingly toxic culture, parents can still have the inside track in their children’s development because parents are their children’s first and most important moral teachers.” – Dr. Michele Borba
  4. “The most beautiful sight in the world is a little child going confidently down the road of life after you have shown him the way.” – Confucius
  5. “I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.” – Maya Angelou
  6. “What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.” -Nicholas Sparks
  7. “Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.” -Og Mandino
  8. “To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” – Barbara Johnson
  9. “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” – James Baldwin
  10. “If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.” – Haim G. Ginott
  11. “Parents are not interested in justice, they’re interested in peace and quiet.” – Bill Cosby
  12. “Don’t let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone.” – Stephen King
  13. “The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires.” – Dorothy Parker
  14. “Work at our responsibility as parents as if everything in life counted on it.” – Gordon B. Hinckley
  15. “No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I’m not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal.” – Bill Cosby
  16. “Let the children learn from your attitude that he is important. Encourage him. Be kind. It is a rough world, and he, like everyone else, is fighting to survive. Be cheerful. Don’t be a whiner.” -Marjorie Pay Hinckley
  17. “We change our behavior when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. Consequences give us the pain that motivates us to change.”
    – Henry Cloud
  18. “Being a parent does not make you ‘every parent.’ I wish I could take back every piece of advice I gave friends with kids older than mine. I was a cocky novice with a superiority complex.” -John Kinnear, blogger
  19. “But let me tell you something, ladies. There will come a day when you look back on these [toddler] years with something that feels like wistfulness. A longing even. Because that pea-soup-spewing, head spinning, chicken-nugget-clutching abomination in the car seat behind you is going to be a teenager some day. And then things get really fun.” – Jennifer Ball, blogger
  20. “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” – Brene Brown
  21. “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” – Maya Angelou
  22. “Sometimes we’re so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up.” – Dr. James Dobson
  23. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglas
  24. “Live life in such a way that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  25. “If you are a parent, open doors to unknown directions to the child so he can explore. Don’t make him afraid of the unknown, give him support.” – Osho
  26. “The biggest mistake in parenting is refusing to make your mistakes.” – Shirin Purnell
  27. “Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.” – Richard L. Evans
  28. “When you’re feeling insecure and just plain not-good-enough as a parent, remember most parents feel the same way.” – Anon.
  29. “Leave your pride, ego, and narcissism somewhere else. Reactions from those parts of you will reinforce your children’s most primitive fears.” – Henry Cloud
  30. “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” – Peggy O’Mara
  31. “Always kiss your children good night even if they’re already asleep.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  32. “Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.” – Anon.
  33. “There will be so many times you feel like you failed, But in the eyes, heart, and mind of your child you are supermom.” – Stephanie Precourt
  34. “Children need love the most when they least deserve it.” – Harlod Hulbet
  35. “To an adolescent, there is nothing in the world more embarrassing than a parent.” – Dave Barry
  36. “A lot of parents would do anything for their kids except let them be themselves.” – Banksy
  37. “The reason grandchildren and grandparents get along so well is because they have a common enemy.” – Anon.
  38. “A father’s words are like a thermostat that sets the temperature in the house.” – Paul Lewis
  39. “Raising children is part joy and part guerilla warfare.” – Ed Asner
  40. “The parent’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” – Henry W. Beecher
  41. “Children spell ‘love’. . . T-I-M-E. – Dr. A. Witham
  42. “The school will teach children how to read, but the environment of the home must teach them what to read. The school can teach them how to think, but the home must teach them what to believe.” – Charles A. Wells
  43. “When your children reach adolescence, they fire you as parent. You’ve got to scramble to get rehired as a consultant.” – Mike Riera
  44. “When my kids become wild and unruly I use a nice safe playpen. When they are done I climb back out.” – Erma Bombeck
  45. “Don’t feel entitled to anything you didn’t sweat and struggle for.” – Marian Wright Edelman
  46. “The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.” – Duke of Windsor
  47. “The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.” – Fred Astaire
  48. “Expectations are resentments under construction.” – Anne Lamott
  49. “If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.” – Haim Ginott
  50. “The fundamental defects of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.” – Bertrand Russell
  51. “Successful family involvement is not a sporadic activity. It is a sustained commitment to instill the habits of learning and to set high expectations. It is making connections to teachers and schools not only when trouble arises, but as a part of the everyday process of children’s schooling.” – U.S. Secretary of Education
  52. “Stay on your child’s team, even when it appears to be a losing team.” – Anon.
  53. “If you as parents cut corners, your children will too. If you lie, they will too. If you spend all your money on yourselves and tithe no portion of it for charities . . . your children won’t either. And if parents snicker at racial and gender jokes, another generation will pass on the poison adults still have not had the courage to snuff out.” – Marian Wright Edelman
  54. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller
  55. “When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them.” – Rodney Dangerfield
  56. “We go into parenting, and we discover that we don’t have the answers. We are at a loss.” – Julia Cameron
  57. “Giving kids whatever they ask for is disastrous parenting. There’s no sense of something earned. I’m sorry, but when you’re 12, you don’t need a new cell phone every few months just because a new one comes out.” – Ewan McGregor
  58. “Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.” – Marian Wright Edelman
  59. “The secret to success, to parenting, to life, is to not count up the cost. Don’t focus on all the steps it will take. Don’t stare into the abyss at the giant leap it will take. That view will keep you from taking the next small step.” – Regina Brett
  60. “Relationships are complicated no matter what style of parenting you choose.” – Mayim Bialik
  61. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
  62. “Parenting is the most important job on the planet next to keeping Gary Busey off the nation’s highways.” -Dennis Miller
  63. “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
  64. “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.” – Jackie Kennedy
  65. “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.” -Dr. Phil McGraw

 What’s your favorite parenting quote or mantra? Please share! 


Toni Birdsong is a Family Safety Evangelist to McAfee. You can find her on Twitter @SafeEyes

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Toni Birdsong is a Family Safety Evangelist for McAfee. She is an author, speaker, and cyber savvy mom of two teenagers (much to their dismay). As a family safety evangelist for McAfee, she focuses on online safety and often speaks to educators, parents, and teens about dodging the dangers online. She is the co-owner of ...

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