13 Parenting Quotes to Live By

13 Parenting Quotes to Live By

How is it that a few well-chosen words can create such an impact? Sometimes this seems particularly true with parenting quotes, where the chance utterance by someone: famous or layperson, historical or present-day, can seem to perfectly encapsulate your current parenting situation. Maybe it puts your philosophy into words, or maybe it makes you realise that others are going through the same current struggle as you, reinforcing the fact that you are not alone.

We love these 13 parenting quotes so much that we created new layouts for each one, and we just have a feeling that at least one of them will speak directly to you. Which one will it be?

1. Love and Acceptance

Parenting Quotes - Love and Acceptance

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

2. Funny – Small Children

Parenting Quotes -  Small Children

All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them. – Erma Bombeck

3. Funny – Teenagers

Parenting Quotes - Teenagers

The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires. – Dorothy Parker

4. Inspirational

Parenting Quotes - Inspirational

If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings. – Brian Tracy

5. Spiritual

Parenting Quotes - Spiritual

Your children are not your children, they come through you, but they are life itself, wanting to express itself. – Kahlil Gibran

6. On Parenting Advice

Parenting Quotes - Parenting Advice

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

7. Having Fun

Parenting Quotes - Having Fun

One thing I had learned from watching chimpanzees with their infants is that having a child should be fun. – Jane Goodall

8. Quality over Quantity

Parenting Quotes - Quality over Quantity

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

9. Independence

Parenting Quotes - Independence

Never do for a child what he is capable of doing for himself. – Elizabeth Hainstock

10. Reading

Parenting Quotes - Reading

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. – Emilie Buchwald

11. Preparation

Parenting Quotes - Preparation

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

12. Money

Parenting Quotes - Money

A parent is someone who carries pictures where their money used to be. – Lion

13. Praise

Parenting Quotes - Praise

Praise your children openly, reprehend them secretly. – W. Cecil

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Eli is Canvas Factory's resident blogger and social media buff. She has a passion for art, craft, design, fashion and photography. She loves to explore the joys and challenges of family life, relationships, motherhood and pet ownership. Eli finds it's more funny to poke fun at herself than others. She's travelled extensively and considers herself a citizen of the world.

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