51 Best Parenting Quotes of All Time

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Parenting is one of the hardest tasks for anyone. It is a process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. It takes your life to a different level. Though it has many hurdles, it is very much satisfying and enjoyable. Whenever you feel low in this journey, here are some best parenting quotes for you.

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Top 51 Inspiring Parenting Quotes

  • “No one is ever quite ready; everyone is always caught off guard. Parenthood chooses you. And you open your eyes, look at what you’ve got, say “Oh, my gosh,” and recognize that of all the balls there ever were, this is the one you should not drop. It’s not a question of choice.” ― Marisa de los Santos, author of Love Walked In
  • “I came to parenting the way most of us do — knowing nothing and trying to learn everything.” — Mayim Bialik, actress and neuroscientist
  • “Everyone should have kids. They are the greatest joy in the world. But they are also terrorists. You’ll realize this as soon as they’re born, and they start using sleep deprivation to break you.” — Ray Romano, actor and comedian
  • “The beauty of motherhood is not in the freshly pressed shirts and smiling photos we show the world. The beauty of motherhood is in the folds and creases of our lives, the grimaces, and tantrums, the moments when we have to grit our teeth to get through when we pound on windows and yell and scream and demand better of each other and ourselves.” — Robyn Passante, blogger
  • “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, actress
  • “Parenting without a sense of humor is like being an accountant who sucks at math.” — Amber Dusick, blogger
  • “Parenting is not for sissies. You have to sacrifice and grow up.” — Jillian Michaels, trainer and TV personality
  • “Pregnancy and motherhood are the most beautiful and significantly life-altering events that I have ever experienced.” — Elisabeth Hasselbeck, TV personality
  • “Having a baby dragged me, kicking and screaming, from the world of self-absorption.” — Paul Reiser, comedian
  • “I don’t think it matters how many parents you’ve got, as long as those who are around making their presence a good one.” ― Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of Prozac Nation
  • “Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.” — Matthew Jacobson, blogger
  • “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” — Peggy O’Mara, blogger
  • “Motherhood has completely changed me. It’s just about like the most completely humbling experience that I’ve ever had. I think that it puts you in your place because it really forces you to address the issues that you claim to believe in and if you can’t stand up to those principles when you’re raising a child, forget it.” — Diane Keaton, actress
  • “You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” ― Franklin P. Adams, newspaper columnist
  • “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, actor
  • “Motherhood was the great equalizer for me; I started to identify with everybody… as a mother, you have that impulse to wish that no child should ever be hurt, or abused, or go hungry, or not have opportunities in life.” — Annie Lennox, singer
  • “People expect you to change when you become a mother, and of course my priorities changed when I had Violet. She’s number one in my life and the best thing that ever happened to me, but I still have fun. I am still myself, but that is made out to seem like I am rebelling against motherhood.” — Imelda May, musician
  • “The thing about parenting rules is there aren’t any. That’s what makes it so difficult.” — Ewan McGregor, actor
  • “No matter how much time you spend reading books or following your intuition, you’re gonna screw it up. Fifty times. You can’t do parenting right.” — Alan Arkin, actor

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  • “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, actor and comedian
  • “My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.” — Wilma Rudolph, Olympian
  • “There are so many quiet times you spend as a mother that aren’t glorified but are a foundation for your kids. No matter what, there was always a thick safety net under this trapeze.” — Tina Fey, actress and comedian
  • “My worst parenting moments, the ones I am least proud of, happened because I was trying to impress a bunch of strangers I’ll probably never see again.” — Janel Mills, blogger
  • “Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.” — Linda Wooten, writer
  • “The best advice my mom has ever given me is to never give up. She believes when one door shuts, another door opens. Always, always move forward.” — Melissa Rivers, TV personality
  • “For me, being a mother made me a better professional, because coming home every night to my girls reminded me what I was working for. And being a professional made me a better mother, because by pursuing my dreams, I was modeling for my girls how to pursue their dreams.” — Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
  • “I became the kind of parent my mother was to me.” — Maya Angelou, poet
  • “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, author of lift
  • “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.” — Jackie Kennedy, former First Lady of the United States
  • “Having kids — the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings — is the biggest job anyone can embark on. As with any risk, you have to take a leap of faith and ask lots of wonderful people for their help and guidance. I thank God every day for giving me the opportunity to parent.” ― Maria Shriver, journalist
  • “To raise a child, it sometimes takes a village…but sometimes that village should shut up and mind their own business.” — Susan McLean, blogger
  • “I don’t remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.” ― Anne Lamott
  • “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future,”  – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States
  • “Parenthood…it’s about guiding the next generation and forgiving the last.” — Peter Krause, actor
  • “I looked on childrearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully interesting and challenging as any honourable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.” — Rose Kennedy, socialite and philanthropist
  • Parenting is not giving your child everything they want. Parenting is not being your child’s friend. Parenting is about preparing your child to be a useful and respectful person in society. – GloZell
  • 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
  • At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. – Jane D. Hull
  • 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
  • Having a baby is a life-changer. It gives you a whole other perspective on why you wake up every day. – Taylor Hanson
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 think parenting these days is definitely different from when a lot of people grew up. As much blame as we give a lot of our kids for what they’re not doing… I also try to give them as much credit for dealing with things that we didn’t have to deal with. Bullying was one on one and face to face. Now it’s all over the Internet. – Nelly
  • I’m not a parenting expert. In fact, I’m not sure that I even believe in the idea of ‘parenting experts.’ I’m an engaged, imperfect parent and a passionate researcher. I’m an experienced mapmaker and a stumbling traveler. Like many of you, parenting is by far my boldest and most daring adventure. – Brene Brown
  • I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. – Sigmund Freud
  • Loving a child doesn’t mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult. – Nadia Boulanger
  • Children should have enough freedom to be themselves – once they’ve learned the rules.

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