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51 Relatable Quotes About Parenting for Mom & Dad

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Being a parent is a true adventure. 


You may sometimes relate to funny quotes about parenting, bad parenting quotes, co-parenting quotes, or just affirmations that you’re doing your best at the most rewarding and challenging job in the world.


Read on for some parenting quotes that you may find relatable.

1. “Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” – Charles R. Swindoll
2. “You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.” – Franklin P. Jones
3. “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.” – Jackie Kennedy
4. “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” – Robert Fulghum
5. “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
6. “We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.” – Henry Ward Beecher
7. “Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.” – Erma Bombeck
8. “Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them.” – P. J. O’Rourke
9. “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
10. “Even as kids reach adolescence, they need more than ever for us to watch over them. Adolescence is not about letting go. It’s about hanging on during a very bumpy ride.” – Ron Taffel
11. “Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
12. “Children should have enough freedom to be themselves – once they’ve learned the rules.” – Anna Quindlen
13. “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
14. “How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child’s board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak, which he has planted.” – Walter Scott
15. “At every step, the child should be allowed to meet the real experience of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses.” – Ellen Key

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Parenting definitely has some challenging moments. - Tamera Mowry

16. “Having children is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain.” – Martin Mull
17. “Believe me, my children have more stamina than a power station.” – Robbie Coltrane
18. “We are apt to forget that children watch examples better than they listen to preaching.” – Roy L. Smith
19. “Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life.” – Muriel Spark
20. “To me, luxury is to be at home with my daughter, and the occasional massage doesn’t hurt.” – Olivia Newton-John
21. “Few things are more satisfying than seeing your children have teenagers of their own.” – Doug Larson
22. “When a parent shows up with an attitude of entitlement, understand that under it is a boatload of anxiety.” – Robert Evans
23. “I want to have children, but my friends scare me. One of my friends told me she was in labor for 36 hours. I don’t even want to do anything that feels good for 36 hours.” – Rita Rudner
24. “Parents forgive their children least readily for the faults they themselves instilled in them.” – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
25. “I suppose it’s amazing how quick life goes by when you have children.” – Steffi Graf
26. “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
27. “The unconditional love for your child, it’s truly amazing.” – Jourdan Dunn
28. “I had no idea that mothering my own child would be so healing to my own sadness from my childhood.” – Susie Bright
29. “The gain is not the having of children; it is the discovery of love and how to be loving.” – Polly Berrien Berends
30. “Ironically, parenting is a shame and judgment minefield precisely because most of us are wading through uncertainty and self-doubt when it comes to raising our children.” – Brene Brown

Ironically, parenting is a shame and judgment minefield precisely because most of us are wading through uncertainty and self-doubt when it comes to raising our children. - Brene Brown

31. “The Golden Rule of Parenting is; do unto your children as you wish your parents had done unto you!” – Louise Hart
32. “With parenting, like any other skill in life, practice makes perfect.” – Jo Swinson
33. “Parenting is no sport for perfectionists.” – Andrew Solomon
34. “Modern parents want to nurture so skillfully that Mother Nature will gasp in admiration at the marvels their parenting produces from the soft clay of children.” – George Will
35. “I’ve decided the secret of parenting is benevolent neglect.” – Barry Humphries
36. “Parenting definitely has some challenging moments.” – Tamera Mowry
37. “What lingers from the parent’s individual past, unresolved or incomplete, often becomes part of her or his irrational parenting.” – Virginia Satir
38. “There’s this constant guilt that comes with parenting. You always feel like you’re never enough. If you’re confident in your parenting, you probably suck at it.” – Nia Vardalos
39. “I ask only child-free pals for parenting advice because they’re the only ones sane and well-rested enough to have any real insight.” – Glennon Doyle Melton
40. “As I started parenting, I realized there is no formula to it.” – Sonali Bendre
41. “The thing about parenting rules is there aren’t any. That’s what makes it so difficult.” – Ewan McGregor
42. “Parenting is one of the best management training programs there is.” – Irene Rosenfeld
43. “All children will do things that you may not want them to. That’s part of parenting.” – Carl Hart
44. “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
45. “Everything that happens to me in a day enhances my parenting.” – Pamela Adlon

Everything that happens to me in a day enhances my parenting. - Pamela Adlo

46. “Parenting is a learning process.” – Kim Zolciak-Biermann
47. “The uncertainty of parenting can bring up feelings in us that range from frustration to terror.” – Brene Brown
48. “Parenting is not for sissies. You have to sacrifice and grow up.” – Jillian Michaels
49. “Parenting is not for everybody. It changes your life. Especially when they’re little.” – Tori Amos
50. “Parenting is an impossible job at any age.” – Harrison Ford
51. “I’m trying to break any chain of negative parenting that I might have survived.” – Eddie Vedder

I'm trying to break any chain of negative parenting that I might have survived. - Eddie Vedder
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