70 Best Parenting Advice Quotes

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Most people would say that having children is a blessing, and I completely agree. However, I must say that parenting is also one of the most challenging things I’ve ever had done. It’s an ongoing struggle to ensure that my kids are healthy and safe, while making sure I raise them to be well-adjusted, happy adults.

Of course, my kids aren’t always happy with my decisions. However, I make these decisions for their good. The simple reality is that parenting is hard.

I want to share some of the best parenting advice quotes. Some of these quotes are funny, some are inspirational, and some are helpful. First, let’s look at some of the best parenting advice quotes.

The Best Parenting Advice Quotes of All Time

I hope you can find inspiration from a few of these quotes.

1. “Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older, they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.” Oscar Wilde

2. “The thing about parenting rules is there aren’t any. That’s what makes it so difficult.” Ewan McGregor

3. “Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

4. “My biggest parenting conundrum: Why is it so hard to put someone who is already sleepy to sleep?” Chrissy Teigen

5. “No matter how much time you spend reading books or following your intuition, you’re gonna screw it up. Fifty times. You can’t do parenting right.” Alan Arkin

6. “There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one.” Sue Atkins

7. “The Golden Rule of Parenting is do unto your children as you wish your parents had done unto you!” Louise Hart

8. “I don’t know what’s more exhausting about parenting: the getting up early, or acting like you know what you’re doing.” Jim Gaffigan

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

10. “Being a father is the single greatest feeling on Earth. Not including those wonderful years I spent without a child, of course.” Ryan Reynolds

11. “My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.” Wilma Rudolph

12. “Having a child is like getting a tattoo … on your face. You better be committed.” Elizabeth Gilbert

13. “The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.” O. A. Battista

14. “There are so many quiet times you spend as a mother that aren’t glorified but are a foundation for your kids. No matter what, there was always a thick safety net under this trapeze.” Tina Fey

15. “There really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.” -Anne Lamott

16. “Parenting is a life time job and does not stop when a child grows up.” Jake Slope

17. “No one is ever quite ready; everyone is always caught off guard. Parenthood chooses you. And you open your eyes, look at what you’ve got, say, “Oh, my gosh,” and recognize that of all the balls there ever were, this is the one you should not drop. It’s not a question of choice.” Marisa de los Santos

18. “When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.” Nora Ephron

19. “Parents are living gods. They do everything to make their children happy and expect nothing in return.” Saravana Kumar Murugan

20. “I came to parenting the way most of us do — knowing nothing and trying to learn everything.” Mayim Bialik

21. “Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.” Bill Ayers

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

23. “Everyone should have kids. They are the greatest joy in the world. But they are also terrorists. You’ll realize this as soon as they’re born, and they start using sleep deprivation to break you.” Ray Romano

24. “You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” Franklin P. Adams

25. “A parent’s love is whole no matter how many times divided.” Robert Brault

26. “The beauty of motherhood is not in the freshly pressed shirts and smiling photos we show the world. The beauty of motherhood is in the folds and creases of our lives, the grimaces, and tantrums, the moments when we have to grit our teeth to get through, when we pound on windows and yell and scream and demand better of each other and ourselves.” Robyn Passante

27. “Having children is like living in a frat house — nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.” – Ray Romano

28. “We don’t always do the things our parents want us to do, but it is their mistake if they can’t find a way to love us anyway.” J. Courtney Sullivan

29. Encourage and support your kids because children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” Lady Bird Johnson

30. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” Jill Churchill

31. “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my mother.” Abraham Lincoln

32. “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

33. “The thing about parenting rules is there aren’t any. That’s what makes it so difficult.” Ewan McGregor

34. “Parents aren’t the people you come from. They’re the people you want to be when you grow up.” Jodi Picoult

35. “Parenting without a sense of humor is like being an accountant who sucks at math.” Amber Dusick

Best Parenting Advice Quotes

36. “We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

37. “Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.” Matthew Jacobson

38. “Parenting is not for sissies. You have to sacrifice and grow up.” Jillian Michaels

39. “Why don’t kids understand their nap is not for them, but for us?” Alyson Hannigan

40. “My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.” Michael Jordan

41. “Pregnancy and motherhood are the most beautiful and significantly life-altering events that I have ever experienced.” Elisabeth Hasselbeck

42. “It just occurred to me that the majority of my diet is made up of the foods that my kid didn’t finish.” Carrie Underwood

43. “Children harbor a great many doubts and sorrows that could be eased by a loving hug from a parent.” Richelle E. Goodrich

44. “Having a baby dragged me, kicking and screaming, from the world of self-absorption.” Paul Reiser

45. “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” Barbara Kingsolver

46. “There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.” Henry Ward Beecher

47. “I don’t think it matters how many parents you’ve got, as long as those who are around make their presence a good one.” Elizabeth Wurtzel

48. “Mother Nature is providential. She gives us twelve years to develop a love for our children before turning them into teenagers.” William Galvin

49. “While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.” Angela Schwindt

50. “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

51. “Your children are not your children, they come through you, but they are life itself, wanting to express itself.” Wayne Dyer

52. “A good father is a source of inspiration and self-restraint. A good mother is the root of kindness and humbleness.” Dr T.P. Chia

53. “Motherhood has completely changed me. It’s just about like the most completely humbling experience that I’ve ever had. I think that it puts you in your place because it really forces you to address the issues that you claim to believe in and if you can’t stand up to those principles when you’re raising a child, forget it.” Diane Keaton

54. “On our 6 a.m. walk, my daughter asked where the moon goes each morning. I let her know it’s in heaven, visiting Daddy’s freedom.” Ryan Reynolds

55. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” Maya Angelou

56. “Dad needs to show an incredible amount of respect and humor and friendship toward his mate so the kids understand their parents are sexy, they’re fun, they do things together, they’re best friends. Kids learn by example. If I respect Mom, they’re going to respect Mom.” Tim Allen

57. “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” Mitch Albom

58. “Parenthood … It’s about guiding the next generation, and forgiving the last.” Peter Krause

59. “Motherhood was the great equalizer for me; I started to identify with everybody … as a mother, you have that impulse to wish that no child should ever be hurt, or abused, or go hungry, or not have opportunities in life.” Annie Lennox

60. “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” Oprah Winfrey

61. “The greatest gift a parent can give a child is self-confidence.” Stewart Stafford

62. “People expect you to change when you become a mother, and of course my priorities changed when I had Violet. She’s number one in my life and the best thing that ever happened to me, but I still have fun. I am still myself, but that is made out to seem like I am rebelling against motherhood.” Imelda May

63. “But kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.” Barbara Kingsolver

64. “If we are wonderful parents and family members, then there’s really nothing else to prove.” Ron Baratono

65. “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. ” Osho

66. “You don’t have to give birth to someone to have a family.” Sandra Bullock

67. “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” Clarence Budinton Kelland

68. “For me, being a mother made me a better professional, because coming home every night to my girls reminded me what I was working for. And being a professional made me a better mother, because by pursuing my dreams, I was modeling for my girls how to pursue their dreams.” Michelle Obama

69. “My daughter told me I looked like a piñata, and I take that as the highest compliment.” Mindy Kaling

70. “It is the sunlight of parental love and encouragement that enables a child to grow in competence and slowly gain mastery over his environment.” Felicity Bauer


There you have it − 70 of the most inspiring parenting advice quotes. These are all quotes that I like to take to heart in one way or another. After all, there really is nothing better than being a parent. Add in the comments below if you have your own inspirational quotes, or know other great ones not listed above.

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