Don’t you love inspiring, funny or thought-provoking:
quotes about mom,
quotes about dad,
quotes about parenting,
quotes on children and love,
and funny quotes by children?
As a parent, I find inspiration, meaning and some laughs in these great parenting quotes! As a parenting educator, I love to inspire and help you by sharing quotes that strike home. Isn’t it great how sometimes a quote can embody wisdom and make it easier to remember?
I’ve also added some experts’ short tips on parenting that I especially like. I have a category for funny quotes by children too, so feel free to send me your children’s funny quotes too! I update this page frequently, and would love to add your gems!
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Quotes about parenting:
In order to influence a child, one must be careful not to be that child’s parent or grandparent. ~ Don Marquis, US humorist (1878 – 1937)
Nothing purchased can come close to the renewed sense of gratitude for having family and friends. – Courtland Milloy
“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.”
~ Richard David Bach
“If your children look up to you, you’ve made a success of life’s biggest job.”
“If I had my had my child to raise over again:
I’d build self-esteem first and the house later
I’d finger paint more and point the finger less
I would do less correcting and more connecting
I’d take my eyes off my watch and watch with my eyes
I would care to know less and know to care more
I’d take more hikes and fly more kites
I’d stop playing serious and seriously play
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars
I’d do more hugging and less tugging
I’d see the oak tree in the acorn more often
I would be firm less often and affirm much more
I’d model less about the love of power
And more about the power of love.”
~ Diane Loomans
“By profession I am a Soldier & take pride in that fact, but I am prouder to be a father.”
~General Douglas MacArthur
“The thing that impresses me the most about America is the way parents obey their children.”
~ King Edward VIII
“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
~ Rudyard Kipling
“We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”
~ Martin Luther King
“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. Tammeuson
“It isn’t the size of the family, it’s the interactions of the members inside. Michele Borba
There is no such thing as a perfect parent so just be a real one.”
~ Sue Atkins
“The more you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
“The more you read, the more you know.
The more you know, the smarter you grow.
The smarter you grow, the stronger your voice
when taking a stand or making a choice.
Added to my Facebook page by my friend,
teacher Kerry Crawford
Cleaning house while your kids are still growing up is
like shoveling the walk before it starts snowing.”
~ Phyllis Diller
“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
“They may forget what you said
but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
~ Carol Buchner
“All happy families resemble each other, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
~ LEO TOLSTOY, Anna Karenina
“When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang up my first painting on the refrigerator, and I wanted to paint another one.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you feed a stray cat, and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me, and I knew that little things are special things.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I heard you say a prayer, and I believed there is a God I could always talk to.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I felt you kiss me goodnight, and I felt loved.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw that you cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I LOOKED….and wanted to say thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.
Thanks to Connie Back From http://www.heartquotes.net/emotions.html
The emotional frontier is truly the next frontier to conquer in human understanding.”
~ Doc Childre and Howard Martin, The HeartMath Solution
http://www.heartquotes.net/emotions.html for more HeartMath quotes
“Don’t just parent your kids, develop them.”
~ Robin Sharma
“1. When you grow up you can do whatever you want to do,
2. When you do something, make sure you do it well,
3. Never give up; it is stunning how far you can get if you don’t give up,
4. Never forget how much I love you.
Robin Sharma’s words to his kids each night.”
“Wherever you go, no matter the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”
~Anthony J. D’Angelo
Environment is more important than heredity.
~ Karl Menninger
“There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.”
~ Chinese Proverb
“Nobody ever did, or ever will, escape the consequences of his choices.”
~ Alfred A. Montapert
“The only corner of the universe that you can be certain of improving is yourself.”
“When you are in the presence of a child, you are their teacher.”
“The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.”
~ Tom Bodett
“When God thought of mother, He must have laughed with satisfaction, and framed it quickly—so rich, so deep, so divine, so full of soul, power, and beauty, was the conception.”
~ Henry Ward Beecher
“Always when judging
Who people are,
Remember to footnote
The words “So far.”
“I think we are underestimating the power of technology in rewiring young people’s brains.
Interesting comment given the amount of plasticity we now know the brain has. (My editor’s note.)
Present-oriented kids know about the consequences (teen girl knows unprotected sex is likely to lead to pregnancy or sexually transmitted disease ) but knowledge never feeds back to change behavior.
~ Philip Zimbardo
60% had family dinners, 50 years ago. Now 20%
~ Philip Zimbardo
Tips on parenting:
Three key traits of well-liked kids are:
1. They encourage others (therefore encourage them),
2. They smile (reinforce that you love their smile),
3. They use a lot of eye contact (so teach them to look the talker in the eye). Dr. Michele Borba
Children need a pond in which to fish for good behavior, so notice what your children do well. ~ Dr. Lynne Kenney
Be specific and genuine in your praise. ~ Dr. Lynne Kenney
The child is always right. Find out the valid reason for any disturbing behavior so you can respond to her need and eliminate the cause. ~ Naomi Aldort
Be a parent FIRST – the friendship will follow as your foundation is built…. ~ Sue Scheff
As a parent, you have no greater leverage than listening with unconditional love. ~ Marjie Knudsen
“One of the greatest lessons we can teach our children is to live their lives with the ability to face fear and go beyond, to persevere and accomplish goals.” ~ Andrea Patten, author, What Kids Need to SucceedQuotes by children:
Funny Quotes by children!
I don’t like the cold:you have to wear too many clothes,you can’t go swimming,what’s the goodness in that? – Isabel 7, Submitted via her mother on Twitter.
Your Parenting Quotes
“The most important thing she’d learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” ~~Jill Churchill, Grime and Punishment
Doug Greene shared this one from a bumper sticker, “Your kids are your parents’ ultimate revenge.”
A humorous contribution from a dad who is a friend of mine, and wishes to remain anonymous:
Hush little baby don’t say a word. Never mind that noise you heard. It’s just the beasts under your bed, in your closet, in your head!
This is what my son said to me when he was three and I yelled at him over a Cheerio mess. “When you yell, I lose my voice.” Pretty profound at 3 years old. Good thing he was my first kid. ~ Cheryl M.
Dear Mom, I hate you. Love Taylor. ~ Avril H. (What a great example of the ambivalence our kids can feel, and how they love us even when they lash out!)
Once again, send me your favorite:
quotes about dad,
quotes about mom,
quotes about parenting,
quotes about children and love,
funny quotes by children.
I will add them to this page for everyone’s enjoyment and/or inspiration!