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Parents’ Quotes

parents_laughing The rollercoaster of parenthood can send you on loops of laughter and fun, fear and anguish, worry and doubt. Hearing what other parents in history had to say might just be what you need to hear.

Take a journey with us through some parents’ quotes.


Parents who struggle to let go:

-There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.   – Hodding Carter, Jr.

-It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t. – Barbara Kingsolver


Parents don’t have all the answers:

-Parenthood is the passing of a baton, followed by a lifelong disagreement as to who dropped it. – Robert Brault

-In spite of the six thousand manuals on child raising in the bookstores, child raising is still a dark continent and no one really knows anything. You just need a lot of love and luck – and, of course, courage. – Bill Cosby

-Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories. – John Wilmot

-A person soon learns how little he knows when a child begins to ask questions. – Richard L. Evans


Encourage your children:

-Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities. – Gary Smalley


Building a legacy:

-Lucky parents who have fine children usually have lucky children who have fine parents. – James A. Brewer

No love like this:

-When you have brought up kids, there are memories you store directly in your tear ducts. – Robert Brault

-There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it. – Chinese Proverb

-Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. – – Elizabeth Stone

-Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby – awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess. ― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid


Surviving parenthood:

-The first art of being a parent consists in sleeping when the baby isn’t looking. – Unknown

-The real menace about dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old. – – Jean Kerr

-When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out. – Erma Bombeck

-Yes, having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit. – Bill Cosby, Fatherhood


A parents’ worries:

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

-Parents: People who spend half their time wondering how their children will turn out, and the rest of the time when they will turn in. – Eleanor Graham Vance

-Children are a great comfort in your old age – and they help you reach it faster, too. – Lionel Kauffman

-I also believe that parents, if they love you, will hold you up safely, above their swirling waters, and sometimes that means you’ll never know what they endured, and you may treat them unkindly, in a way you otherwise wouldn’t. ― Mitch Albom, For One More Day


Set the example:

-Children have more need of models than of critics. – Carolyn Coats, Things Your Dad Always Told You But You Didn’t Want to Hear

-Kids spell love T-I-M-E. – John Crudele

-Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn’t have anything to do with it. – Haim Ginott

-What a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give. – P.D. James, Time to Be in Earnest

-To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while. – Josh Billings


May these parents’ quotes inspire you on your journey of parenthood.


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