Being a parent is for sure, one of the most beautiful things to ever happen to any person. However, having a child can be very overwhelming at times. The idea of raising a child without proper guidance may seem very frustrating and hard. You just need to relax and not stress yourself too much. Focus on your child and just give him the necessary things that he needs. No one ever has perfect knowledge about parenting right from the start so making mistakes and having some blind spots through the process is very normal. Always remember that there is no such thing as a perfect parent. Even the best moms and best dads out there still make mistakes every now and then. To raise your spirits up, here are some parenting quotes that will help you get through the day and relate to.


  1. “The best way to make children good is to make them happy.” –Oscar Wilde
  2. “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
  3. “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
  4. “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
  5. “Your children are not your children, they come through you, but they are life itself, wanting to express itself.” -Wayne Dyer
  6. “Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” -Oprah Winfrey
  7. “Having a child is like getting a tattoo … on your face. You better be committed.” -Elizabeth Gilbert
  8. “Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.” -Joseph Addison
  9. “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
  10. “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
  11. “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
  12. “Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality. The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil.” –Walt Disney
  13. “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
  14. “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” -Barbara Kingsolver
  15. “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” -Peggy O’Mara
  16. “Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed…” -Heraclitus
  17. “There really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.” -Anne Lamot
  18. “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
  19. “Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  20.  “Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.” -Matthew Jacobson
  21. “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” -E.M. Forster
  22. “When someone screams at me to hurry up, I slow down.” -Mario Lemieux
  23. “Mother Nature is providential. She gives us twelve years to develop a love for our children before turning them into teenagers.” -William Galvin
  24. “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
  25. “Having children is like living in a frat house — nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.” -Ray Romano
  26. “This is how memories are made… by going with the flow.” -Amanda Bynes
  27. “If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.” –Bette Davis
  28. “Pregnancy and motherhood are the most beautiful and significantly life-altering events that I have ever experienced.” -Elisabeth Hasselbeck
  29. “Be the parent today that you want your kids to remember tomorrow.” -Unknown
  30. “Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.” –Carl Jung
  31. “Having a baby dragged me, kicking and screaming, from the world of self-absorption.” -Paul Reiser
  32. “You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” -Franklin P. Adams
  33.  “Parenting is not for sissies. You have to sacrifice and grow up.” -Jillian Michaels
  34. “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” -Napoleon Hill
  35. “When a man dies, if he can pass enthusiasm along to his children, he has left them an estate of incalculable value.” –Thomas Edison
  36. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” –Frederick Douglass
  37. “Parenting without a sense of humor is like being an accountant who sucks at math.” -Amber Dusick
  38. “Patience is the art of concealing your impatience.” -Guy Kawasaki
  39. “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
  40. “Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself.” -Saint Francis de Sales
  41. “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
  42. “The thing about parenting rules is there aren’t any. That’s what makes it so difficult.” -Ewan McGregor
  43. “Calmness is the cradle of power.” -Josiah Gilbert Holland
  44. “I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that I am not capable of controlling the weather, to exercise the art of patience and to respect the fury of nature.” -Paulo Coelho
  45.  “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
  46. “Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” –Lady Bird Johnson
  47. “One thing I had learned from watching chimpanzees with their infants is that having a child should be fun.” –Jane Goodall
  48. “The more tranquil a man (or woman!) becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good.” -James Allen
  49. “There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one.” -Sue Atkins
  50. “It is time for parents to teach young people that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” –Maya Angelou
  51. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin
  52. “Who can occupy your patience when impatience roars through you? Your life is yours to live, no matter how you choose to live it. When you do not think about how you intend to live it, it lives in you.” -Gary Zukav
  53. “Your children are not your children. They are sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you.And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.” -Kahlil Gibran
  54. “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
  55. “I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” -Umberto Eco
  56. “Why don’t kids understand their nap is not for them, but for us?” -Alyson Hannigan
  57.  “One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.” -Aldous Huxley
  58. “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
  59. “I looked on childrearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully interesting and challenging as any honourable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.” -Rose Kennedy
  60. “Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. Take time with them, teach them to have faith in God. Be a person in whom they can have faith. When you are old, nothing else you’ve done will have mattered as much.” -Lisa Wingate
  61. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” -Jill Churchill
  62. “I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.” -C. Joybell C.
  63. Parenthood…it’s about guiding the next generation and forgiving the last.” -Peter Krause
  64. “I came to parenting the way most of us do -knowing nothing and trying to learn everything.” – Mayim Bialik
  65. “What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.” -Nicholas Sparks
  66. “The best kind of parent you can be is to lead by example.” -Drew Barrymore
  67. “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
  68.  “To raise a child, it sometimes takes a village…but sometimes that village should shut up and mind their own business.” -Susan McLean
  69. “Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did – that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that – a parent’s heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.” -Debra Ginsberg
  70. “For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.” -Lily Tomlin
  71. “Having kids — the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings — is the biggest job anyone can embark on. As with any risk, you have to take a leap of faith and ask lots of wonderful people for their help and guidance. I thank God every day for giving me the opportunity to parent.” -Maria Shriver
  72. “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” -Emilie Buchwald
  73. “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
  74. “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
  75. “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.” -Jackie Kennedy
  76. “My children are the reason I laugh, smile, and want to get up every morning.” -Gena Lee Nolin
  77.  “Rejection is an opportunity for your selection.” -Bernard Branson
  78.  “If John Lennon was right that life is what happens when you’re making other plans, parenthood is what happens when everything is flipped over and spilling everywhere and you can’t find a towel or a sponge or your ‘inside’ voice.” -Kelly Corrigan
  79. “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, author of Love Walked In
  80. “I became the kind of parent my mother was to me.” -Maya Angelou
  81. “If your kid needs a role model and you ain’t it, you’re both fucked.” -George Carlin
  82. “The journey matters as much as the destination.” -Michelle Dockery
  83.  “Adults constantly raise the bar on smart children, precisely because they’re able to handle it. The children get overwhelmed by the tasks in front of them and gradually lose the sort of openness and sense of accomplishment they innately have. When they’re treated like that, children start to crawl inside a shell and keep everything inside. It takes a lot of time and effort to get them to open up again. Kids’ hearts are malleable, but once they gel it’s hard to get them back the way they were.” -Haruki Murakami
  84. “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
  85. “We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves.” -Henry Ward Beecher
  86. “Perhaps it takes courage to raise children..” -John Steinbeck
  87. “The best advice my mom has ever given me is to never give up. She believes when one door shuts, another door opens. Always, always move forward.” -Melissa Rivers
  88. “Encourage and support your kids because children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” -Lady Bird Johnson
  89. “Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.” -Linda Wooten
  90. “It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” -L. R. Knost
  91. “Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” -Saadi
  92. “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” -Jim Valvano
  93. “My worst parenting moments, the ones I am least proud of, happened because I was trying to impress a bunch of strangers I’ll probably never see again.” -Janel Mills
  94. “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”  -Jean- Jacques Rousseau
  95. “But from the very start, there is that small streak of steel within each child. That thing that says “I am,” and forms the core of personality.” -Diana Gabaldon
  96. “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
  97. “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” -Mitch Alboom
  98. “My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.” -Wilma Rudolph
  99. “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them FEEL.” -Carol Buchner
  100.  “I don’t know what’s more exhausting about parenting: getting up early, or acting like you know what you’re doing.” -Jim Gaffigan

Parenting can be very hard at times. You may lose hope and just feel sad and feel incompetent. All you need to remember is that everyone is prone to making some mistakes every now and then, especially for a first time parent. It’s very normal to not always be able to give what your child needs and that’s okay. If you’re feeling down, just read a few of these quotes and remember that nothing is more important than your child.



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