Parenting Quotes

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



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



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



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




Children should have enough freedom to be themselves – once they’ve learned the rules.-Anna Quindlen




A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone. – Billy Graham



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




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


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



Parents are the bones on which children cut their teeth.-Peter Ustinov




I feel very blessed to have two wonderful, healthy children who keep me completely grounded, sane and throw up on my shoes just before I go to an awards show just so I know to keep it real.-Reese Witherspoon



My father was a farmer and my mother was a farmer, but, my childhood was very good. I am very grateful for my childhood, because it was full of gladness and good humanity.-Roberto Benigni



Every cliche about kids is true; they grow up so quickly, you blink and they’re gone, and you have to spend the time with them now. But that’s a joy.-Liam Neeson



Childhood obesity is best tackled at home through improved parental involvement, increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint from eating.-Bob Filner



Because of their size, parents may be difficult to discipline properly.-P. J. O’Rourke



I don’t think children’s inner feelings have changed. They still want a mother and father in the very same house; they want places to play. – Beverly Cleary



Even as kids reach adolescence, they need more than ever for us to watch over them. Adolescence is not about letting go. It’s about hanging on during a very bumpy ride.-Ron Taffel



Having a baby is a life-changer. It gives you a whole other perspective on why you wake up every day.-Taylor Hanson



The well-being and welfare of children should always be our focus.-Todd Tiahrt



Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them.-P. J. O’Rourke




You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.-Franklin P. Jones



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



To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favor of the needs of their children. As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the Savior Himself.-James E. Faust



Childhood is a short season.-Helen Hayes



Children are our second chance to have a great parent-child relationship.-Laura Schlessinger



The family teaches us about the importance of knowledge, education, hard work and effort. It teaches us about enjoying ourselves, having fun, keeping fit and healthy.-Kamisese Mara



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


There are times as a parent when you realize that your job is not to be the parent you always imagined you’d be, the parent you always wished you had. Your job is to be the parent your child needs, given the particulars of his or her own life and nature.-Ayelet Waldman



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



Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being.-Miriam Makeba



My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would be, and much less about what we would do.-Mitt Romney



Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted.-Garrison Keillor




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



Children are not casual guests in our home. They have been loaned to us temporarily for the purpose of loving them and instilling a foundation of values on which their future lives will be built.-James Dobson




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



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



My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.-Quentin Crisp



At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experience of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses.-Ellen Key




Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.-Erma Bombeck



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



Having children is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain.-Martin Mull




Hugs can do great amounts of good – especially for children.-Princess Diana



I regret not having had more time with my kids when they were growing up.-Tina Turner




When you hold your baby in your arms the first time, and you think of all the things you can say and do to influence him, it’s a tremendous responsibility. What you do with him can influence not only him, but everyone he meets and not for a day or a month or a year but for time and eternity.-Rose Kennedy



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



Never raise your hand to your children – it leaves your midsection unprotected. – Robert Orben




Parenting classes should be mandatory, whether you are adopting or not, and would include an evaluation of your current physical, mental and financial state as well as how ready you are to take on the rigors of parenthood. Our children are our most precious natural resource, and there is absolutely no other way to parent but to put them first.-Dale Archer



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



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



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



A mother who is really a mother is never free.-Honore de Balzac



We are apt to forget that children watch examples better than they listen to preaching.-Roy L. Smith



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



Having a baby changes the way you view your in-laws. I love it when they come to visit now. They can hold the baby and I can go out.-Matthew Broderick




Don’t try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it.-Russell Baker



There’s really no point in having children if you’re not going to be home enough to father them. – Anthony Edwards



Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process.-John F. Kennedy



We expect teachers to handle teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and the failings of the family. Then we expect them to educate our children.-John Sculley


Any kid will run any errand for you, if you ask at bedtime.-Red Skelton


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