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The Ultimate List of 115+ Inspirational Parenting Quotes (Printable Included)

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Obviously, people love quotes because you see quotes EVERYWHERE  printed on EVERYTHING these days. I too love quotes, but there are so many quotes it can become overwhelming to sift through them for the best. This inspired me to compile a list of the very best parenting quotes.

There are so many different parenting quotes. I decided to divide the post into different types of favorite parenting quotes.

Quotes can be beneficial in many ways.  They are pieces of wisdom condensed into one or a few sentences, which can resonate with the heart of the reader. Parenting quotes have the power to bring hope, faith, inspiration, and motivation to the parents reading them.  Many parenting quotes contain great advice. Therefore, they make awesome learning tools.

Quotes are best used when they are read several times.  If the quote influences you in a positive manner, you can write it down or print it out.  Place the parenting quote in an area where you will see it often.  You can even print it out and create a T-Shirt to spread your favorite quotes. Repeating quotes is a way to use them to your family’s advantage, learn from them and make them a part of who you are as a parent.

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Family Quotes

Families are like branches on a tree.  We grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.  ~Unknown

The world, we’d discovered, doesn’t love you like your family loves you. ~Louis Zamperini

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Being a family means you are a parent of something very wonderful. It means you will love and beloved for the rest of your life. ~Lisa Weed

The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family ~Lee Iacocca

A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it. ~Mary Karr

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family? ~Mother Teresa

Home is where you are loved the most and act the worst. ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Positive Parenting Quotes

Any child in his right mind will test the limits.  That’s his job.  He’s pretty new on the planet, after all, and he’s figuring out the rules.  The most common reason that children test the limits is that they really want to find out where those limits are.  Children need the security of knowing that someone more experienced and knowledgeable is looking out for them.  They don’t feel safe when we don’t guide and nurture.  That’s why we often say that children will keep pushing until they find our limits.  ~Dr. Laura Markham

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So often, children are punished for being human. Children are not allowed to have grumpy moods, bad days, disrespectful tones, or bad attitudes, yet we adults have them all the time.  None of us are perfect, and we must stop holding our children to a higher standard of perfection than we can attain ourselves.  ~Rebecca Eanes

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You can’t teach children to behave better by making them feel worse.  When children feel better they behave better. ~Pam Lee

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The sign of great parenting is not the child’s behavior.  The sign of truly great parenting is the parent’s behavior.   ~Unknown

Remember, loving guidance is about helping children to be more likely to choose to be cooperative. It is about choice, not force. ~Becky A. Bailey

Children are our equals, not in skill or knowledge, but in human dignity. ~Jennifer Lehr

Parents are often quick to judge whether or not behavior warrants a punishment, but when we pause to listen to what the behavior is saying about our child’s feelings and experience, a whole new world opens up to us and our children.  ~Rebecca Eanes

Intentional Parenting Quotes

The example we set for our kids – how to act when things don’t go our way- is much, much more important than the rules we set for them. ~Leo Babauta

Kids don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. ~Riney Jordan

Don’t let yourself become so concerned with raising a good kid that you forget you already have one. ~Glennon Melton

Sticks and stones may break bones, but words can shatter souls. Words matter. Choose wisely. ~L.R. Knost

Children should not be burdened with making us happy, nor blamed for making us sad or angry.  Children are not responsible for how we feel.  We are. ~Larissa Dann

You will never look back on life and think, “I spent too much time with my kids.”  ~Unknown

Nurturing never happens in a rush.  ~Emma Scheib

There are two gifts we should give our children.  One is roots.  The other is wings.  ~Unknown

Never fear spoiling children by making them too happy. Happiness is the atmosphere in which all good affections grow.  ~Thomas Bray

Children will become what they are told they are. ~Dorothy Delay

The best security blanket a child can have is parents who respect each other.  ~Janet Blaustone

In raising my children, I have lost my mind but found my soul.  ~Unknown

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Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her. ~Uri Bronfenbrenner

Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you.  No matter what.  If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big because to them all of it has always been big stuff.  ~Catherine M. Wallace

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

A lot of parents will do anything for their kids except let them be themselves.  ~Banksy

To raise a child who is comfortable enough to leave you means you’ve done your job.  They are not ours to keep but to teach how to soar on their own.  ~Unknown

The kids who need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving ways.  ~Unknown

There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than a transformation of the way we raise our children.  ~Marianne Williamson

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The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother, and the most important thing a mother can do for her children is to love their father.  ~Anonymous

If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. ~Abigail Van Buren

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

Be who you needed when you were young.  ~Unknown

Funny Parenting Quotes

The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable. ~Lane Ollinghouse

If evolution works, how come mother’s only have two hands? ~David Frost

My kids will walk right past their fatehr sitting on the couch and come bang on the shower door for me to open a fruit snack. ~ The Funny Beaver

From what I can gather, motherhood is just repeatedly getting up after having just sat down two seconds ago. ~Lauren Mullen

You know you’ve grown a lot as a parent when you watch your kid lick something in public and think, “Eh. He’s licked worse.” ~@PerfectPending

Ok, kids, listen carefully because I’m only going to say this 175,276 more times. ~@mommyowl

The only things kids wear out faster than their shoes is their parents. ~John J. Plomp

Parenting Quotes For Moms

As a mother, my job is to take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible.  ~Ruth Bell Graham

There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it. ~Chinese Proverb

Motherhood has taught me the meaning of living in the moment and being at peace. Children don’t think about yesterday and they don’t think about tomorrow. They just exist in the moment. ~Jesalyn Gilsig

God could not be everywhere so he created mothers. ~Jewish Proverb

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You’re always going to wonder if you’re doing things wrong. But that’s what it means to be a mom, to care so much about someone else that you just want to be as perfect as possible. ~Naya Rivera

There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one. ~Jill Churchhill

We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong. ~Laura Stavoe Harm

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

Parenting Quotes About Fatherhood

To her, the name of fatehr was another name for love. ~Fanny Fern

My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it. ~Clarence Budinton Kelland

One of the greatest things a father can do for his children is to love their mother. ~Howard W. Hunter

Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice. ~Charles Kettering

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply, “We’re raising boys!” ~Harmon Killebrew

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. ~Billy Graham

When I was a boy of 14, my father ws so ignorant I could hardly stand ot have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. ~Mark Twain

L.R. Knost Parenting Quotes

Every day in a hundred small ways our children ask, ” Do you see me?  Do you hear me?  Do I matter?”  Their behavior often reflects our response. ~L.R. Knost

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 hte world a little less cruel and heartless. L.R. Knost

Parenting has nothing to do with perfection. Perfection isn’t even the goal, not for us, not for our children. Learning together to live well in an imperfect world, loving each other despite or even because of our imperfections, and growing as humans while we grow our little humans, those are the goals of gentle parenting. So don’t ask yourself at the end of the day if you did everything right. Ask yourself what you learned and how well you loved, then grow from your answer. That is perfect parenting.  ~L.R. Knost

Respond to your children with love in the worst moments, their broken moments, their angry moments, their selfish moments, their lonely moments, their frustrating moments, their inconvenient moments because it is in their most unlovable human moments that they most need to feel loved.  ~L.R. Knost

Play is the language of childhood.  Speaking our children’s language may sound like nonsense to us, but it sounds like love to them.  ~L.R. Knost

Discipline is helping a child solve a problem.  Punishment is making a child suffer for having a problem.  To raise problem solvers, focus on solutions, not retributions.  ~L.R. Knost

One day, your child will make a mistake or a bad choice and run to you instead of away form you and in that moment you will know the immense value of peaceful, positive, respectful parenting. ~L.R. Knost

Dr. Shefali Tsabary Quotes

When you parent, it’s crucial you realize you aren’t raising a “mini-me” but a spirit throbbing its own signature. ~Dr. Shefali Tsabary

In all kinds of ways- if we are willing, our children take us into places in our hearts we didn’t know existed. ~Dr. Shefali Tsabary

The parenting journey holds the potential to be a spiritually regenerative experience for both parent and child, where every moment is a meeting of spirits, and both parent and child appreciate that each dances on a spiritual path that’s unique, holding hands and yet alone. ~Dr. Shefali Tsabary

To shift the parenting paradigm so that it is no longer about the raising of the child, but the raising of the parent’s consciousness. ~Dr. Shefali Tsabary

How do we communicate worthiness to our children? Only through our presence. Our full-on, engaged, attuned presence. ~Dr. Shefali Tsabary

Once children enter our life, their impact is indelible and we are required to reinvent ourselves in response ~Dr. Shefali Tsabary

Parent the child in front of you and not the child you fantasized about having. ~Dr. Shefali Tsabary

Parenting Quotes By Famous People

I wholeheartedly believe that when we are fully engaged in parenting regardless of how imperfect, vulnerable, and messy it is, we are creating something sacred. ~Brene’ Brown

Your children need your presence more than your presents.  ~Jesse Jackson

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

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It’s not difficult to take care of a child; it’s difficult to do anything else while taking care of a child.  ~Julianne Moore

Sleep at this point is just a concept, something I’m looking forward to investigating in the future. ~Amy Poehler

A 2- year old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it. ~Jerry Seinfeld

I’ve never met a 2-year old who is terrible. I’m so cool with every stage my daughter goes through. I just think she’s amazing. I hope she’s not looking at me thinking, “Mom are the terrible 30s coming on with you?” ~Katie Holmes

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. ~Fredrick Douglass

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

We need to remember to teach our children that solitude can be a much-to-be-desired condition. Not only is it acceptable to be alone; at times it is positively to be wished for…. In the silence we listen to ourselves. Then we ask questions of ourselves. We describe ourselves to ourselves, and in the quietude we may even hear the voice of God. ~Maya Angelou

Parenting Quotes From U.S Presidents Or Their Wives

I looked on child-rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it. ~Rose Kennedy

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her. ~George Washington

The bond between mothers and their children is one defined by love. As a mother’s prayers for her children are unending, so are the wisdom, grace, and strength they provide to their children.” ~George W. Bush

Childhood is fleeting, so let kids be kids and cherish the time you have together. ~Abraham Lincoln

No matter how busy you are, carve out time to play with your kids. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Provide plenty of love balanced by structure and discipline. ~Barack Obama

I have found the very best way to advise your children is to find out what they want to do and advise them to do it. ~Harry S. Truman

Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them. ~Lady Bird Johnson

At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent. ~Barbara Bush

Parenting Quotes For New Parents

A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for. ~Unknown

A baby fills a place in your heart that you never knew was empty. ~Unknown

Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You’ll be crtiicized either way. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

Parenting Quotes On How To Talk To Children

Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth.  For what they believe is what they will become.  ~Brooke Hampton

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

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. ~Unknown

A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to.  ~Robert Brault

Because children see parents as authority figures and gods, they think that the way you treat them is the way they deserve to be treated: “What you say about me is what I am” is a literal truth to our child. Consequently, when children are treated with respect, they conclude that they deserve respect and hence develop self-respect. ~Stephanie Marston

Christian Parenting Quotes

God hasn’t just sent you to do his work in the lives of your children; he will use the lives of your children to advance his work in you. ~Paul David Tripp

Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be SOMETHING YOU DO, but SOMEONE you raise!  ~Unknown

Our 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

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Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go – but be sure you go that way yourself. ~Charles Spurgeon

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

Our job as a parent is to recognize, accept, and appreciate the unique way God has created each child. So tell your children and show them that you love and appreciate them just like God made them. When you do, it conveys incredible worth and value to them. ~Paul Osteen

Love your children—and let them know you love them. Children who experience love find it far easier to believe God loves them. ~Billy Graham

I believe that children are, by nature, very forgiving. I don’t think children expect their parents to be perfect. I think they demand that their parents be real. ~Beth Moore

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The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. ~Peggy O’Mara

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