Childcare Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old childcare quotes, childcare sayings, and childcare proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The best way to make children good is to make them happy.     

Oscar Wilde

Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards the things we live by and teach our children are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings.     

Walt Disney

Don't just teach your kids to read, teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.     

George Carlin

Caring for children has always been one of the deepest and most satisfying things that a human being does, and yet it is hard to keep a healthy attitude toward it in our competitive, outcome-oriented society.     

Alison Gopnik

Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.     

Mignon McLaughlin

Child-care costs are now the largest family expenditure in much of America, even exceeding the cost of housing.     

Donald Trump

We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.     

Margaret Mead

Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.     

Bob Talbert

The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.     

Frank A. Clark

Teach children what to think and you limit them to your ideas. Teach children how to think and their ideas are unlimited.     

Sandra Parks

One of the best things we can do for our country, for advancing our children, is to upgrade our child care system.     

Lois Frankel

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

Frederick Douglass

Caring for children is a dance between setting appropriate limits as caretakers and avoiding unnecessary power struggles that result in unhappiness.     

Charlotte Sophia Kasl

A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice, but as yet unstained.     

Lyman Abbott

Putting babies as young as two weeks into child care for the first year of their life, for 60 hours a week, will cause their brains damage.     

Mem Fox

Child care can almost bankrupt a family, even a two-parent household in which both parents are working. That keeps a parent from being at ease and it really stifles the social and economic growth of a family. Women are hit hard across the board, but particularly in homes where the mother is the head of the household and the only wage-earner. It hurts her, and it hurts her children.     

Nina Turner

The problem in child care, which really all of us are going to have to think hard on, is that there is no really great solution that we can come up with for ages zero to three.     

Edward Zigler

Most people assume that women are responsible for households and child care. Most couples operate that way - not all. That fundamental assumption holds women back.     

Sheryl Sandberg

Teachers do the noble work of educating our children. And we can't thank them enough for the hard work they put in every day to ensure a bright future for all of us.     

Denise Juneau

Child care is an invisible part of the economy.     

Ellen Galinsky

Defining child care primarily as women's sphere reinforces the devaluing of women and prevents their equal access to power.     

Mary Frances Berry

Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.     

Ernest Dimnet

The reason child care is such a loaded issue is that when we talk about it, we are always tacitly talking about motherhood. And when we're talking about motherhood we're always tacitly assuming that child care must be a very dim second to full-time mother care.     

Anna Quindlen

It's not a nice-to-have - it's a must-have. It's time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or a women's issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us.     

Barack Obama

Raising children uses every bit of your being your heart, your time, your patience, your foresight, your intuition to protect them, and you have to use all of this while trying to figure out how to discipline them.     

Nicole Ari Parker

Just as men must give up economic control when their wives share the responsibility for the family's financial well-being, women must give up exclusive parental control when their husbands assume more responsibility for child care.     

Augustus Y. Napier

Children seldom misquote. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.     


Children need models rather than critics.     

Joseph Joubert

Every child deserves a champion an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.     

Rita Pierson

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

Benjamin Spock