50 Most Inspiring Parenting Quotes

Here are 50 of the most inspirational parenting related quotes I have found in different corners of the internet. Why? To show you we’ve all been there. To encourage you to keep going, even though parenting is so hard and we have no idea what we are doing most of the time. To get you through the day. To remind you to be strong. To celebrate you. To fight right along with you. And to remind you to be happy & live life! You are a good parent, you’ve got this!


“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

– Horton the elephant


“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
― Benjamin Franklin


“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
― James Baldwin


“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”

– Rachel Carson


“I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible — oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.”

– Tina Fey



“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, Foucault’s Pendulum


“My instinct is to protect my children from pain. But adversity is often the thing that gives us character and backbone. It’s always been a struggle for me to back off and let my children go through difficult experiences.”

– Nicole Kidman


“There is no such thing as a perfect parent, so just be a real one.”

-Sue Atkins


“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”
― Benjamin Spock


“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow,
You have to be in their lives today.”
― Barbara Johnson



“Children are people, and they should have to reach to learn about things, to understand things, just as adults have to reach if they want to grow in mental stature. Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows. 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 Company


“By loving them for more than their abilities we show our children that they are much more than the sum of their accomplishments.”
― Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential


“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, Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages


“It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell me children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.”

– Joyce Maynard


“If I had my child to raise all over again, I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later. I’d finger-paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting and more connecting. I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes. I’d take more hikes and fly more kites. I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play. I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars. I’d do more hugging and less tugging.“

– Diane Loam’s



“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.”

– Robert Fulghum


“Treat a child as though he already is the person he’s capable of becoming.”

– Haim Ginott


“I think it’s necessary to let kids get bored once in a while—that’s how they learn to be creative.”

– Kim Raver


“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

– Aesop, The Lion & the Mouse


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

– Jill Churchill


To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.

– Bill Wilson


The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.

– Rajneesh


Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.

– Linda Wooten


“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

–Frederick Douglas


“It is time for parents to teach young people that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

–Maya Angelou


“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“We are apt to forget that children watch examples better than they listen to preaching.” -Roy L. Smith“Hugs can do great amounts of good – especially for children.”

-Princess Diana


“Your children need your presence more than your presents.”

– Jesse Jackson


 “What feeling is so nice as a child’s hand in yours? So small, so soft and warm, like a kitten huddling in the shelter of your clasp.”

-Marjorie Holmes


“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budinton Kelland“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.”

-Alvin Price


“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.”



“Slow parents understand that childrearing should not be a cross between a competitive sport and product-development. It is not a project; it’s a journey. Slow parenting is about giving kids lots of love and attention with no conditions attached.”

-Carl Honore


“There is no need to be perfect to inspire others… Let people get inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.”

– Robert Tew


“The way we treat our children directly impacts what they believe about themselves.”

– Ariadne Brill


Young Children come to see themselves through the eyes of their parents. The way you speak to her is the way she speaks to herself.”

– Rebecca Eanes and Laura ling (Positive Parenting in Action)


“You don’t need to attend every argument you’re invited to.”

– Unknown


“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

– Albert Einstien


“Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse? Think of the last time you felt humiliated or treated unfairly. Did you feel like cooperating or doing better?”

– Jane Nelson


“If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.”

– Haim Ginott


“There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do.”

– Amy Poehler


“When in Doubt, choose the kids. There will be plenty of time later to choose work.”

– Anna Quindlen


“You may think the grass is greener on the other side, but if you take the time to water your own grass it would be just as green.”

– Unknown


“A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.”

– Knights of Pythagoras


“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, then we must teach the way they learn.”



“As your kids grow they may forget what you said, but won’t forget how you made them feel.”

– Kevin Heath


“If your child has a weakness, teach them how to turn it into a strength! The only Failure is not trying.”

– Kevin Heath


“Important to admit your mistakes & say your sorry to your kids. Only that way will you build trust.”


“Don’t be afraid of giving kids responsibility, be there to guide & support them, not just to do things for them”

– Kevin Heath

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