Parenting Quotes

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Parenting Quotes from Conrad Anker, Susie Bright, Don Willett, Mary J. Blige, James E. Faust. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.

I learned that life is about the people around you and

I learned that life is about the people around you and the people you give back to. That’s what parenting is: You’re not there for yourself; you’re there for your offspring and everyone else around you.
Conrad Anker
I had no idea that mothering my own child would be so healing to my own sadness from my childhood.
Susie Bright
In parenting, as in judging, the days are long, but the years are short.
Don Willett
I barely have time for my own children. To adopt more children and not have time for them, that would be poor parenting on my part.
Mary J. Blige
To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favor of the needs of their children. As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the Savior Himself.
James E. Faust
No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly.
Miguel de Cervantes
I feel sure that unborn babies pick their parents.
Gloria Swanson
My parents have always had this philosophy that overindulging your children is one of the worst things you could do as a parent. It’s something that was hammered into my head growing up. And while my mom and dad are not professional authorities on parenting, I can confirm from experience that they had a point.
Dan Levy
The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering.
Benjamin Spock
I came to parenting the way most of us do – knowing nothing and trying to learn everything.
Mayim Bialik
My kids love it. I thought I was the coolest dad in the world when I got to be in a Bond film, but ‘Harry Potter’, too? Well, I think I qualify for a medal for exceptional parenting or something, don’t you?
Robbie Coltrane
I have a neuroscience background – that’s what my doctorate is in – and I was trained to study hormones of attachment, so I definitely feel my parenting is informed by that.
Mayim Bialik
Parenting is tough.
Kate Middleton
The best parenting advice I actually got was from Shane McMahon. He was great with me when Brie was pregnant and all that. He said, ‘When you have that baby, make sure you take care of Brie first.’
Daniel Bryan
The thing about parenting rules is there aren’t any. That’s what makes it so difficult.
Ewan McGregor
Thing is, I went to a born-again Christian high school, was brought up in a traditional Mormon family where these ideas about parenting are of structure and sacrifice. To think outside of that idea of family and parenting that I’ve grown up with is tough but also very freeing.
Paul Walker
Kids are soft these days, period, end of the story in every respect. People coddle them too much. I’m sick of that; it’s irresponsible parenting. Taking care of them is one thing, but turning little boys into little girls because you’re coddling them so much, kids need to have experiences on their own.
Bill Goldberg
Mothers – especially single mothers – are heroic in their efforts to raise our nation’s children, but men must also take responsibility for their children and recognize the impact they have on their families’ well-being.
Evan Bayh
We’re living in a time when parenting is not at all mirroring the way I was parented. For me, I just followed my parents around on their errands; when they were busy on the phone, I was quiet. It’s a different kettle of fish these days: They run the house, and you listen to their music, and you go to their appointments.
Edie Falco
Parenting is much more nerve-wracking than ‘Jeopardy!’
James Holzhauer
Being a chef isn’t the ideal career to intersect with parenting, but I try to be in my kids’ lives as much as possible.
Wylie Dufresne
The children who are ‘our future’ will inherit a world created not just by parental devotion but by the sort of zealous, focused endeavors that can preclude good parenting.
Virginia Postrel
I’ve become sort of an accidental advocate for attachment parenting, which is a style of parenting that… basically, the way mammals parent and the way people have parented for pretty much all of human history except the last 200 years or so.
Mayim Bialik
The ’70s were a different time as far as parenting was concerned. People left their kids in the car with the windows cracked while they went to the grocery store.
Ann Patchett
Happiness is not always through success. Equally, the constant pursuit of success is sure unhappiness. But we have to find the balance. My own thoughts are that parenting is very personal. And we all feel enormous insecurity about parenting. What are they going to think of us 20 years down the line?
Amy Chua
Don’t judge other people. For example, if you want God’s anointing to be on you for parenting, you need to be careful not to criticize other parents.
Joyce Meyer
I think that good parenting should allow children to be children. That naivety and slightly open way of looking at the world is very valuable.
Robert Winston
People who choose not to have kids do so because they respect the job of parenting so much that they know not to take it on if they know it’s not something that they’re up for, and I don’t know what to be a bigger tribute to parenting than that.
Meghan Daum
I sort of feel like people are not that honest about their own parenting. Take any teenage household; tell me there is not yelling and conflict.
Amy Chua
You have to support your children to have a healthy relationship.
Connie Sellecca
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.
Sigmund Freud
Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted.
Garrison Keillor
I love to read books that focus on parenting topics because there are so many different ways to do things. I find these books offer a lot of great opinions on many different subjects.
Kourtney Kardashian
Loving a child doesn’t mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult.
Nadia Boulanger
For me, Twitter works best as a way of taking pictures of being stuck in traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge. If people really want to read really funny quips about life, parenting, and pop culture, then by all means read Michael Ian Black’s tweets.
Michael Showalter
Becoming a father, I think it inevitably changes your perspective of life. I don’t get nearly enough sleep. And the simplest things in life are completely satisfying. I find you don’t have to do as much, like you don’t go on as many outings.
Hugh Jackman
I had a pretty well-adjusted style of parenting. I think my parents were very young, very open. I think I learned many things from them: etiquette and grace, compassion and charity. And who I am today is due to a lot of attributes of my parents.
Jo Frost
Do you want to be an artist and a writer, or a wife and a lover? With kids, your focus changes. I don’t want to go to PTA meetings.
Stevie Nicks
Family involvement is a valuable thing and playing together actively can be the ’90s version of it. Instead of just watching, you can do it together… something we don’t spend enough time on. We can motivate and excite each other about fitness.
Alan Thicke
The gain is not the having of children; it is the discovery of love and how to be loving.
Polly Berrien Berends
How my parents are in the kitchen is a good indicator of their parenting style. Mum cooks for sustenance, wants to get in and out, the job done quickly. My Dad wants to prance around in the kitchen, create a curry – and a mess – and entertain everyone.
Nadiya Hussain
Mama and Daddy King represent the best in manhood and womanhood, the best in a marriage, the kind of people we are trying to become.
Coretta Scott King
I’m endlessly fascinated by parenting, marriage, my wife and the ins and outs of marriage.
Rob Delaney
To me, Slow parenting is about bringing balance into the home. Children need to strive and struggle and stretch themselves, but that does not mean childhood should be a race. Slow parents give their children plenty of time and space to explore the world on their own terms.
Carl Honore
As a mother living in poverty, I don’t expect my parenting choices to be respected by default.
Stephanie Land
We learn much of parenting from our own parents. My love for my father deepened profoundly when he was kind, patient, and understanding.
James E. Faust
I have a shallow understanding of what it means to be alive, and I know certain things about parenting and being a wife and doing the school run. I know little bits, but I’m really a paddler on a beach.
Tamsin Greig
No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly.
Miguel de Cervantes
Cohabitation itself doesn’t cause ineffective parenting.
Stephanie Coontz
I think we’ve moved to thinking of parenting and pregnancy as something in which you should lose yourself.
Emily Oster
Parenting advice is mostly useless because every family is uniquely its own; artistic advice is mostly useless because every artist works in their own way. Thus, figuring out how to balance the two has an intense specificity.
Rumaan Alam
It’s a huge change for your body. You don’t even want to look in the mirror after you’ve had a baby, because your stomach is just hanging there like a Shar-Pei.
Cindy Crawford
I don’t claim to know everything about parenting, but I do know parents do their children a disservice by constantly sugarcoating their shortcomings to protect their feelings.
LZ Granderson
With parenting, like any other skill in life, practice makes perfect.
Jo Swinson
We must return optimism to our parenting. To focus on the joys, not the hassles; the love, not the disappointments; the common sense, not the complexities.
Fred G. Gosman
Parenthood always comes as a shock. Postpartum blues? Postpartum panic is more like it. We set out to have a baby; what we get is a total take-over of our lives.
Polly Berrien Berends
I hate the idea of parenting being this false perfect picture. It’s challenging and difficult at times. I like the fact I can be honest about that and people seem to respect that.
Tom Fletcher
Offering unequal leaves just reinforces the longstanding notion that parenting responsibilities aren’t equal, and that doesn’t help anyone.
Christine Tsai
Parenting is love, sure, but it’s as much about receiving love as it is giving it. Parenthood is a kind of vanity.
Rumaan Alam
I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.
Robert Orben
Perfectionism is really a challenge for me, and it causes me to be super-critical of myself in so many ways: about body image constantly; about parenting; about being a mother.
Jennifer Nettles
Parenting is different for everybody.
LaVar Ball
Parenting put music in the right place for me. Touring was always the first priority before, but it isn’t any more. And, paradoxically, that has made my ability to make music much easier.
Anoushka Shankar
Loving and parenting a dog as a single parent can create all sorts of new and unusual problems, but also new sources of joy.
Jenna Morasca
Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore.
Ogden Nash
I can only speak for my husband and myself, but we don’t feel like we could do any of this parenting without our faith.
Jodi Benson
I don’t think my music is that big of a deal – my entire life is parenting. The fact that I make records and go off and play shows is a small percentage of my day-to-day existence.
Phil Elverum
The way I was parented did affect my parenting – probably in the reverse. My dad was pretty strict, and the next generation probably wants to be less strict.
Alan Thicke
I think I’m going to have to live vicariously through my daughter’s rebellion because I certainly never did go through adolescence.
Brooke Shields
Certainly, workers in many industries do not have the privilege of being able to balance parenting at the workplace, and we must fight especially hard to support working parents in low-wage jobs.
Michelle Wu
From politics to parenting, Christians have something to say.
Monica Johnson
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
Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them.
P. J. O’Rourke
As soon as you become a parent, everyone gives you their parenting advice. It’s like an onslaught of information about how other people do it.
Essie Davis
Sociologists well understand that chaos at home causes violent behavior, educational failure and social alienation among children. Yet, many of us in America stay far, far away from this topic. That in itself is a national scandal. Bad parenting is gravely harming this nation.
Bill O’Reilly
My whole thing with parenting, even though this is my first time, I want to just put five or six objects on the floor – a trumpet, a piano, some dancing or a computer or whatever it is, and just see what he picks up.
Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
Erma Bombeck
Sadness, irritability, fatigue, and distractedness are among the most common side effects of grief while parenting.
Rachel Simmons
The challenging part of parenting for me is to make sure that an individual person is an individual and not some sort of cookie-cutter version of me. At the same time, I want to make sure that I impart my sense of the world as an adult.
Jamie Lee Curtis
We criticize mothers for closeness. We criticize fathers for distance. How many of us have expected less from our fathers and appreciated what they gave us more? How many of us always let them off the hook?
Ellen Goodman
Too many people treat parenting like it’s the 20th item on their to-do list.
John Kennedy
As parenting goes, knowing the whereabouts of one’s children is pretty fundamental.
Katie Hopkins
Mama and Daddy King represent the best in manhood and womanhood, the best in a marriage, the kind of people we are trying to become.
Coretta Scott King
I want to speak directly to the audience, to say, ‘I’m like you – I’m frustrated, I’m not an expert, I don’t have a manual on parenting, I make mistakes, I’m selfish too.’
Bernie Mac
The family teaches us about the importance of knowledge, education, hard work and effort. It teaches us about enjoying ourselves, having fun, keeping fit and healthy.
Kamisese Mara
My mother was the influence in my life. She was strong; she had great faith in the ultimate triumph of justice and hard work. She believed passionately in education.
John H. Johnson
We Anglophones have reasons for adopting strange diets. Increasingly, we live alone. We have an unprecedented choice of foods, and we’re not sure what’s in them or whether they’re good for us. And we expect to customize practically everything: parenting, news, medicines, even our own faces.
Pamela Druckerman
In many ways, I don’t think journalism is any different from banking. And I don’t think that banking is any different from parenting.
Stephanie Ruhle
Gerard and I pretty much share all parenting responsibilities, although I’m definitely the disciplinarian.
I went to my local Sure Start centre, and they put me on a parenting course. I learned things that might seem simple – that it was important to hug and love your child, and read to them. This might seem obvious, but it wasn’t to me at the time.
Angela Rayner
I think a dad has to make his daughter feel that he’s genuinely interested in what she’s going through.
Harry Connick, Jr.
Kids are a great analogy. You want your kids to grow up, and you don’t want your kids to grow up. You want your kids to become independent of you, but it’s also a parent’s worst nightmare: That they won’t need you. It’s like the real tragedy of parenting.
Jonathan Safran Foer
In parenthood, there’s so much fear around parenting in this day and age, and there’s so much fear around technology.
Rosemarie DeWitt
Do remember to pick your battles when you start parenting your stepchildren.
Emily V. Gordon
Every cliche about kids is true; they grow up so quickly, you blink and they’re gone, and you have to spend the time with them now. But that’s a joy.
Liam Neeson
Indeed – judicious, consistent parenting is a dream of mine. No judgements, learning space and listening carefully are my goals.
Emma Thompson
Parenting a pre-teen is quite something.
Melissa Rivers
I would love to have kids one day. In fact, I’m pretty good with them. I grew up with five half-siblings, the youngest of whom is 11 years younger than me, so I think I learned some pretty cool parenting skills quite early on in life.
Matthew Perry
There’s no handbook for parenting. So you walk a very fine line as a parent because you are civilizing these raw things. They will tip the coffee over and finger-paint on the table. At some point, you have to say, ‘We’re gonna have to clean that up because you don’t paint with coffee on a table.’
Gary Oldman
For decades, parents were told by so-called parenting ‘experts’ that offspring would be best raised on the belief each is special and entitled to all life has to offer.
Bob Barr
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
I’ve decided the secret of parenting is benevolent neglect.
Barry Humphries
I’m trying to break any chain of negative parenting that I might have survived.
Eddie Vedder
Parenting is difficult under any circumstances, and in my father’s view, to raise a morally upright and honest child, you sometimes have to lie to him.
W. Bruce Cameron
My approach to parenting is that everything is open – everything. I’m not very good at covert, or subtle, and I’ve had to learn timing. I do blunder in a bit.
Dawn French
For me, conscious parenting is staying attuned to your child, being really open and in the moment. It means staying as present as possible in your own breath for the betterment of your whole family.
Anna Getty
I think Lincoln had a unique parenting style. He let his kids run free and wild.
Steven Spielberg
My daughter’s position in our household is definitely higher than mine. I listen to her a lot. I guess you can say that’s my parenting style.
Zhao Wei
Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life.
Muriel Spark
The basic idea that incentives can be used to motivate behavior is a powerful one. It works for employees, and it has a clear place in parenting, as anyone who has tried to potty-train a recalcitrant toddler with sticker rewards knows.
Emily Oster
You know, parenting is so personal. And we’re all afraid that we didn’t quite get it right. And it feels like the stakes are so high. By we – what if we made a mistake?
Amy Chua
If there is any truth to my parenting the dreamwork movement, it comes from the power of the press.
Henry Reed
Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.
Carl Jung
The parenting style that is good for grit is also the parenting style good for most other things: Be really, really demanding, and be very, very supportive.
Angela Duckworth
Too often, our societal norms still set up a false choice between parenting and professionalism.
Michelle Wu
I do not wish to share any parenting responsibilities with Michael because he is doing so well without me.
Debbie Rowe
The number of stressors has multiplied exponentially: traffic, money, success, work/life balance, the economy, the environment, parenting, family conflict, relationships, disease. As the nature of human life has become far more complicated, our ancient stress response hasn’t been able to keep up.
Andrew J. Bernstein
Everything that happens to me in a day enhances my parenting.
Pamela Adlon
We all, as parents, are laughing at ourselves and helicopter parenting and saying, ‘This isn’t the way we were parented; we were allowed to run free.’ When I talk to my friends, we are all fascinated by what we are doing, but we can’t seem to stop ourselves.
Liane Moriarty
Parents are key when it comes to keeping kids off drugs. Good parenting is the best anti-drug we have.
Mel Carnahan
When I was a kid, my mother’s parenting style teetered between benign neglect and intense bouts of violence.
Ariel Gore
My son was five months old, and I built a makeshift studio in my living room so that I could do the attachment parenting approach and write the record at the same time. That was fortuitous, that we could build that in the house.
Alanis Morissette
It’s funny: everybody is going to have a little bit of different point of views when it comes to parenting.
Haylie Duff
We’ve had bad luck with our kids – they’ve all grown up.
Christopher Morley
Parenting is an impossible job at any age.
Harrison Ford
Parents should not smoke in order to discourage their kids from smoking. A child is more likely to smoke when they have been raised in the environment of a smoker.
Christy Turlington
I’m not a parenting expert. In fact, I’m not sure that I even believe in the idea of ‘parenting experts.’ I’m an engaged, imperfect parent and a passionate researcher. I’m an experienced mapmaker and a stumbling traveler. Like many of you, parenting is by far my boldest and most daring adventure.
Brene Brown
Women are individuals in parenting, and why not?
Erica Jong
When a parent shows up with an attitude of entitlement, understand that under it is a boatload of anxiety.
Robert Evans
The most rewarding aspect of parenting is seeing my children be authentic. The most rewarding thing for me is to see them do anything that they’re proud of.
Jamie Lee Curtis
I take parenting incredibly seriously. I want to be there for my kids and help them navigate the world, and develop skills, emotional intelligence, to enjoy life, and I’m lucky to be able to do that and have two healthy, normal boys.
Joan Cusack
If you put twenty parents in a room together, they will all have different parenting styles due to how they were raised and how they choose to raise their children. To each their own!
Cynthia Bailey
Parenting is something that I got early, because when you grow up without a father being there, and you see a single mother struggle to feed the kids, you do not want to put your own blood through that.
Attachment parenting demands not just certain actions you take with your baby but also certain emotional states to accompany those actions.
Hanna Rosin
I am always trying to evolve, so I like to read parenting books and things like that.
Kourtney Kardashian
Giving kids whatever they ask for is disastrous parenting. There’s no sense of something earned. I’m sorry, but when you’re 12, you don’t need a new cell phone every few months just because a new one comes out.
Ewan McGregor
People discuss parenting the way they talk about denominations of faith.
Ty Burrell
I think the parenting of Tina and myself combined allowed our kids to really find their passion at an early age.
Mathew Knowles
I’m torn about late parenting. I believe people should spend their twenties living and having fun and not having any regrets later. I also think people in their thirties generally make better parents but so many of my friends are having trouble – myself included – as fathers get older.
Eric McCormack
In the past, I have been guilty of returning from work with some parenting words of wisdom, ignoring the fact that my wife has been dealing with the situation for a while. The correct strategy at these times is to wind my mansplaining neck in.
Romesh Ranganathan
My parenting heroes are the Obamas! They’ve been married for so long, and it looks like they’re having fun, and their kids are down to earth, well-adjusted, and smart. They seem to have a strong family unit that I would like to emulate in my life.
My work makes me a better mom. It gives me a little door to step out of my parenting and bring the excitement from my day back home.
Christie Brinkley
Poor parenting may be reflected in poor sibling relationships.
Robert J. Waldinger
Deciding together to have a child and sharing in child-rearing do not immunize a marriage. Indeed, collaborative couples can face other problems. They often embark on such an intense style of parenting that they end up paying less attention to each other.
Stephanie Coontz
A parentologist is a person who writes a book about parenting that is very clear about answers to, ‘How am I supposed to raise my child?’ Some of these well-intentioned people may be a bit too sure-footed on the sometimes slippery slope of parenting.
Clyde Edgerton
Parenting involves two separate activities. You have to change your child in that you need to educate your child and instill moral values in them. But you also need to celebrate your child for who he or she is and make them feel really good.
Andrew Solomon
Parenting is the hardest thing I have ever done. I tried to find the balance between the strict, traditional Chinese way I was raised, which I think can be too harsh, and what I see as a tendency in the West to be too permissive and indulgent. If I could do it all again, I would, with some adjustments.
Amy Chua
Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process.
John F. Kennedy
There are 80 million moms in the United States. Forty million stay at home with their children.
Andrew Shue
The unconditional love for you child, it’s truly amazing.
Jourdan Dunn
A picture excites the love of parenting that comes through meditation on a child.
John Dickerson
It is a sad commentary of our times when our young must seek advice and counsel from ‘Dear Abby’ instead of going to Mom and Dad.
Pauline Phillips
I think that the ideal of parenting can make people unhappy. It’s that this lie that they’re being told by society that parenting is one thing – and when parenting is something completely different – that’s what makes them unhappy.
Jessica Valenti
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
Frederick Douglass
Parenting is not for everybody. It changes your life. Especially when they’re little.
Tori Amos
Parenthood and family come first for me, and when I’m not working I’m cool with the Teletubbies.
Clive Owen
My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.
Quentin Crisp
The secret to success, to parenting, to life, is to not count up the cost. Don’t focus on all the steps it will take. Don’t stare into the abyss at the giant leap it will take. That view will keep you from taking the next small step.
Regina Brett
We go into parenting, and we discover that we don’t have the answers. We are at a loss.
Julia Cameron
The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all.
Benjamin Spock
It’s hilarious to me that by writing an obscene fake children’s book I am mistaken for a parenting expert.
Adam Mansbach
Abortion is defended today as a means of ensuring the equality and independence of women, and as a solution to the problems of single parenting, child abuse, and the feminization of poverty.
Robert Casey
I might be at the odd press conference with a little bit of spill on me because I’m not going to hide the imperfections of parenting. I don’t think anyone needs that.
Jacinda Ardern
One of the many problems with parenting is that kids keep changing. Just when you’re used to one stage, they zoom into another.
Pamela Druckerman
Some have said that ‘Frankenstein’ is a story of a bad parenting giving rise to a troubled child.
Dave Morris
My father was a farmer and my mother was a farmer, but, my childhood was very good. I am very grateful for my childhood, because it was full of gladness and good humanity.
Roberto Benigni
I had three children while doing a show, as demanding as ‘Good Morning America,’ so this is – you know, it’s almost like I’m less daunted about motherhood, and parenting at this point in time. And I think I’m just much more fit and healthy than I was 20-years-ago.
Joan Lunden
You can make sure your kids make their beds and hang up their clothes and put their dishes in the dishwasher when you’re the one calling the shots. So, parenting alone, for me anyway, I think is almost easier, being single.
Jane Kaczmarek
The parenting books didn’t work for me; I got my parenting lessons from everything but the books! And it was about figuring things out. So every time I had a thought, I would put down my conclusions and thoughts.
Sonali Bendre
Society should see parenting as a public health issue and help parents to bring their children up feeling loved. We have birthing classes, but no parenting classes. The latter is desperately needed if we are to avoid self-destruction.
Bernie Siegel
I’m not the first to admit that raising a child in Park Slope, Brooklyn, can bear an embarrassing resemblance to the TV show ‘Portlandia.’ My wife and I try to have some ironic distance from the culture of organic, chemical-free parenting, but we’re often participants.
Adam Davidson
There’s nothing to be gained, and much to be lost, in trying to bend every child to match a one-size-fits-all notion of what it means to be a boy or girl of a specific age. Better to set a few parameters and then go with the flow. Call it ‘jazz parenting.’
Ezekiel Emanuel
My parenting philosophy pretty much boils down to this: I love my kids; I tolerate yours. Mine just make common, age-appropriate mistakes – phases, let’s call them – while your kids are completely undisciplined and probably need counseling.
Colin Cowherd
America’s parenting customs can shock foreigners.
Pamela Druckerman
Children are our second chance to have a great parent-child relationship.
Laura Schlessinger
If the day ever came when we were able to accept ourselves and our children exactly as we and they are, then, I believe, we would have come very close to an ultimate understanding of what ‘good’ parenting means.
Fred Rogers
Don’t try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it.
Russell Baker
Never raise your hand to your children – it leaves your midsection unprotected.
Robert Orben
Smaller families mean we have more time and money to lavish on each child. Parents are more anxious because small families give them less experience of parenting and put their genetic eggs in fewer baskets.
Carl Honore
Dad was a strict disciplinarian and would give us a wallop with a wooden spoon if we were out of order. But we really respected him – he didn’t try to be our best friend.
Stephen Mangan
Parenting takes a lot of creativity, and I embrace it fully.
Carrie-Anne Moss
I have three daughters, so I can’t be as tough as I want to be. When you have kids – especially daughters – they know how to work you. They’re a lot smarter than we are, that’s for sure. But I’ll be more tough on their boyfriends.
Tim McGraw
In Los Angeles, parenting is a competitive sport. From Beverly Hills baby boutiques to kids’ yoga classes, L.A. fuses high style, industrial-strength materialism, and parental outsourcing into our own unique version of child-rearing.
Shawn Amos
Parenting is meant to be just a natural part of life. You just think you know how to do it but, of course, it’s much more complicated than that.
Essie Davis
I’m not a parent, but it seems to me the nature of parenting is contingent, full of unexpected challenges – which is one of the wonderful and amazing things about it.
Stacey D’Erasmo
So much of my work is about children and/or parenting; it’s something I’m drawn to without being able to completely articulate why.
Paul G. Tremblay
Gorsuch showed his true colors to the LGBTQ community when, in one of his first dissenting opinions on the high court, he advocated limiting the reach of the landmark 2015 marriage equality ruling by denying certain parenting rights to same-sex couples.
Sarah McBride
What lingers from the parent’s individual past, unresolved or incomplete, often becomes part of her or his irrational parenting.
Virginia Satir
Some men don’t want to be responsible fathers. It’s easier to say ‘Let’s just turn the kids over to the state.’ Women end up bearing the entire load, raising kids alone without a husband to share the parenting.
Tim Huelskamp
I’ve got letters from all over the world saying what you’re describing as American parenting is Chilean middle-class parenting, or it is Finnish middle-class parenting, or it is Slovak middle-class parenting.
Pamela Druckerman
Launching a kid into college is about more than having the money to pay for it. Parents invest so much of their time and identities in the process that it can feel like a part time job. For many parents, the college your child ends up attending becomes a parenting grade.
Rachel Simmons
Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.
Gloria Steinem
My father was the biggest influence on my own parenting because I became the complete opposite to him. He found it very difficult to show physical love, like cuddling and that kind of stuff, so I went the other way.
Keith Allen
Around a third of parents still worry that they will look like a bad mother or father if their child has a mental health problem. Parenting is hard enough without letting prejudices stop us from asking for the help we need for ourselves and our children.
Kate Middleton
Family life was wonderful. The streets were bleak. The playgrounds were bleak. But home was always warm. My mother and father had a great relationship. I always felt ‘safe’ there.
Robert Cormier
You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.
Franklin P. Jones
You learn that there’s no right way to do it, no wrong way to do it. It’s just what you feel comfortable with, to trust that, and don’t let anybody box you in to a certain style of parenting or make you feel a certain way about what your kids do.
Stephen Curry
I suppose it’s amazing how quick life goes by when you have children.
Steffi Graf
There are times as a parent when you realize that your job is not to be the parent you always imagined you’d be, the parent you always wished you had. Your job is to be the parent your child needs, given the particulars of his or her own life and nature.
Ayelet Waldman
My parenting skills came from two decades of being in the field helping families and having the opportunity to work with hundreds of families of all different ages.
Jo Frost
Parenting is a sensitive, controversial subject, so I say to all the mommas and the daddies of the world God bless and good luck!
Cynthia Bailey
Everyone’s generation probably feels like they’re parenting in a better way.
David Sheff
I’m afraid the parenting advice to come out of developmental psychology is very boring: pay attention to your kids and love them.
Alison Gopnik
Whether I’m running, working, relating, parenting, learning – whatever I’m doing, I want to surround myself with people who push me.
Kristin Armstrong
Marriage is no longer the main way in which societies regulate sexuality and parenting or organize the division of labor between men and women.
Stephanie Coontz
To me luxury is to be at home with my daughter, and the occasional massage doesn’t hurt.
Olivia Newton-John
A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it.
Frank A. Clark
I think there’s been a big psychological shift in people my age raising children. The world that they are growing into requires a different style of parenting.
Asher Keddie
It’s a great mistake, I think, to put children off with falsehoods and nonsense, when their growing powers of observation and discrimination excite in them a desire to know about things.
Anne Sullivan
I’m tired but grateful: choosing to blend parenting and public service has made me a more confident mother and a better legislator.
Michelle Wu
Childhood obesity is best tackled at home through improved parental involvement, increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint from eating.
Bob Filner
I think letting babies cry it out is barbaric. Why would parenting stop when it’s dark outside? You can’t expect a baby to know that he’s supposed to sleep just because we want to go to bed.
Holly Marie Combs
I’m hosting weekend retreats all over America. It is like a 24-hour slumber party for moms. We laugh, eat, play games, get massages, win prizes, talk about parenting and even cry a bit.
Lisa Whelchel
You hear so much awful stuff before you have a kid, like you’ll never sleep again, we always knew it would be utter garbage. We’re pretty relaxed people, the less stressed you are the more easy you’ll find parenting.
Spencer Matthews
Parenting girls makes you quite gender-conscious – it’s almost impossible to fight the power of pink. It’s not such a terrible thing to want to be a princess when you’re five, but it would be nice if there were some other options.
Robert Webb
People ask me how I’ve raised three children as a single parent but honestly, parenting has been a breeze.
Reham Khan
Children live in the only successful Marxist state ever created: the family. ‘From each according to his ability, to each according to his need’ is the family’s practice as well as its theory. Even with today’s scattershot patterns of marriage and parenting, a family is collectivist to a more than North Korean degree.
P. J. O’Rourke
Because of their size, parents may be difficult to discipline properly.
P. J. O’Rourke
Few things are more satisfying than seeing your children have teenagers of their own.
Doug Larson
Tiger parenting is all about raising independent, creative, courageous kids. In America today, there’s a dangerous tendency to romanticize creativity in a way that may undermine it.
Amy Chua
My approach to parenting is the same as my approach to life: it’s all about putting in the hours and working hard.
Perez Hilton
In response to our fast-food culture, a ‘slow food’ movement appeared. Out of hurried parenthood, a move toward slow parenting could be growing. With vital government supports for state-of-the-art public child care and paid parental leave, maybe we would be ready to try slow love and marriage.
Arlie Russell Hochschild
As a father you’re guilty until proven innocent. You’re a second class citizen in terms of parenting. As a father you have to prove your ability to be a father whilst residence, power and control is left solely with the mother.
Stacey Solomon
Parenting is one of the best management training programs there is.
Irene Rosenfeld