Parenting quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Women are individuals in parenting, and why not?
– Erica Jong

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

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

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

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

The best parenting advice I actually got was from Shane McMahon. He was great with me when Brie was pregnant and all that. He said, ‘When you have that baby, make sure you take care of Brie first.’
– Daniel Bryan

My children are the reason I laugh, smile and want to get up every morning.
– Gena Lee Nolin

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

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

Tell me how a person judges his or her self-esteem, and I will tell you how that person operates at work, in love, in sex, in parenting, in every important aspect of existence – and how high he or she is likely to rise. The reputation you have with yourself – your self-esteem – is the single most important factor for a fulfilling life.
– Nathaniel Branden

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

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

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

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

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

If I feel good about my parenting, I have no interest in judging other people’s choices. If I feel good about my body, I don’t go around making fun of other people’s weight or appearance. We’re hard on each other because we’re using each other as a launching pad out of our own perceived deficiency.
– Brene Brown

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

We must return optimism to our parenting. To focus on the joys, not the hassles; the love, not the disappointments; the common sense, not the complexities.
– Fred G. Gosman

Some have said that ‘Frankenstein’ is a story of a bad parenting giving rise to a troubled child.
– Dave Morris

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

Learning from wolves to interact with pet dogs makes about as much sense as, ‘I want to improve my parenting – let’s see how the chimps do it!’
– Ian Dunbar

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parenting now is a two-way relationship where you learn from each other.
– Juhi Chawla

I get whatever placidity I have from my father. But my mother taught me how to take it on the chin.
– Norma Shearer