25 parenting quotes to encourage moms and dads!
Parenthood is wearisome and wonderful. It is exhausting and exhilarating. Sometimes just knowing that you aren’t in it alone is encouraging. For that reason, I’ve put together a list of 25 parenting quotes to inspire, encourage and amuse you along your parenthood journey.
“I came to parenting the way most of us do — knowing nothing and trying to learn everything.” — Mayim Bialik, actress and neuroscientist
“Encourage and support your kids because children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” — Lady Bird Johnson, former First Lady of the United States
“You’re on a long journey. You’ll have good days and bad. And sometimes they happen all in the same day. Don’t get bogged down by the bad moments. Know that it really is worth it and whatever phase you’re in really does end.” — Stacey A. Shannon, journalist and blogger in “60 Motherhood truths“
“Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.” — Matthew Jacobson, blogger
“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, actor and comedian
“Parenthood…It’s about guiding the next generation, and forgiving the last.”
― Peter Krause, in the American T.V. series “Parenthood”
“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, family therapist
“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” — Jill Churchill, author
“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” — Angela Schwindt, a mom and coach
“There are many ways to measure success; not the least of which is the way your child describes you when talking to a friend.” — Anonymous
“My children aren’t a burden or annoyance; they are my greatest masterpiece.” — Stacey A. Shannon, journalist and blogger in “Back to school blues“
“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” — Proverbs 22:6 KJV
“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” — Franklin P. Adams, columnist
“Making the decision to have a child — it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” — Elizabeth Stone, author
“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” — Billy Graham, evangelist
“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.” — Phyllis Diller, actress and comedian
“There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one.” — Sue Atkins, parenting coach
“Having a child is like getting a tattoo … on your face. You better be committed.” — Elizabeth Gilbert, journalist
“As a mother, my job is to take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible.” — Ruth Bell Graham, author
“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, elementary education reformist
“We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves.” — Henry Ward Beecher, minister
“Motherhood is a constant learning process that requires flexibility and a sense of humor. And just when you think you have it all figured out, your children like to remind you that you certainly don’t.” — Stacey A. Shannon, journalist and blogger in “Motherhood requires a sense of humor“
“Each day of our lives we make deposits into the memory banks of our children.” — Charles R. Swindoll, pastor
“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” — C.S. Lewis, writer
“Childhood is fleeting, so let kids be kids and cherish the time you have together.” — Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President
A bonus 26th quote: “A Mother’s Promise”
“I will love you completely and fully no matter what you do.
I will work hard to make sure you get any help you need.
I will always be your soft place to land.
I will pray over and for you as long as there is breath in my body.
I will protect you to the very best of my ability.
I will be there to lift you up when life kicks you down.
I will be your biggest fan forever and always in everything you do.
I will fail and make mistakes, but I will always do my best.
I will forever be thankful and grateful that I get to be your mom.“
— Stacey A. Shannon, journalist and blogger