Parenting Sayings and Quotes

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

The life of a mother is the life of a child: you are two blossoms on a single branch.     

Karen Maezen Miller

I'm beginning to perceive motherhood as a long, slow letting go, of which birth is just the first step.     

Sandra Steingraber

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands     

Anne Frank

Parents need to fill a child's bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can't poke enough holes to drain it dry.     

Alvin Price

Encourage & support your kids because 'Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.     

Lady Bird Johnson

When you give a little of yourself to a child, you give a little of yourself to their future!     

Kevin Heath

We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves.     

Henry Ward Beecher

If you are a parent, open doors to unknown directions to the child so he can explore. Don't make him afraid of the unknown,give him support     


Parenthood...It's about guiding the next generation, and forgiving the last.     

Peter Krause

Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.     

Barbara Kingsolver

There is nothing that moves a loving father's soul quite like his child's cry.     

Joni Eareckson Tada

I mean, when the world comes for your children, with the knives out, it's your job to stand in the way.     

Joe Hill

Parenthood is the opiate of the masses.     

Chuck Palahniuk

If we never have headaches through rebuking our children, we shall have plenty of heartaches when they grow up.     

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

The danger of motherhood. you relive your early self, through the eyes of your mother.     

Joyce Carol Oates

It's our children who teach us how to be parents.     

Susie Morgenstern

There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one.     

Sue Atkins

Whatever you would have your children become, strive to exhibit in your own lives and conversation.     

Lydia H. Sigourney

Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves.     

Elbert Hubbard

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


Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children.     

George Bernard Shaw

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

Frank A. Clark

Stop trying to perfect your child, but keep trying to perfect your relationship with him.     

Dr. Henker

Praise your children openly, reprehend them secretly.     

W. Cecil

Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be     

David Bly

Kids are like a mirror, what they see and hear they do. Be a good reflection for them.     

K. Heath

The rules for parents are but, limit, and let them be.     

Elaine M. Ward

If your child has a weakness, teach them how to turn it into a strength! The only Failure is not trying.     

Kevin Heath

Love is giving your kids your undivided attention and time     

Kevin Heath

If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.     

Haim Ginott

The trouble with learning to parent on the job is that your child is the teacher.     

Robert Brault

Parenting is a stage of life's journey where the milestones come about every fifty feet.     

Robert Brault

A parent's love is whole no matter how many times divided.     

Robert Brault

The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children     

Elaine Heffner

Perhaps it takes courage to raise children.     

John Steinbeck

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

Gena Lee Nolin

What good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is usually best after all.     

Benjamin Spock

It is time for parents to teach young people that in diversity there is beauty & there is strength     

Maya Angelou

Funny Parenting Quotes

We spend the first 12 months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next 12 months teaching them to sit down and shut up.     

Phyllis Diller

The quickest way for a parent to get a child's attention is to sit down and look comfortable.     

Lane Olinghouse

A new father quickly learns that his child invariably comes to the bathroom at precisely the times when he's in there, as if he needed company. The only way for this father to be certain of bathroom privacy is to shave at the gas station.     

Bill Cosby

A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp.     

Raymond Duncan

Parenthood: That state of being better chaperoned than you were before marriage.     

Marcelene Cox

Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore, and that's what parents were created for.     

Ogden Nash

If you have never been hated by your child you have never been a parent.     

Bette Davis

Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn't have anything to do with it.     

Haim Ginott

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

Benjamin Spock

No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal.     

Bill Cosby

Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories.     

John Wilmot