20 awesome parenting quotes

While reading through some great parenting quotes for this post, I noticed that quotes from the 1800s through yesterday had two common themes. Despite so many changes in society, people throughout time seem to have found essential truths about raising children.
The first theme of parenting quotes deals with setting an example for your children. They learn more from what you don’t explicitly teach them. You are their reference for how the world is supposed to work. They learn this by watching and interacting with you, consciously and subconsciously absorbing your behavior and reactions.This is especially true for knowledge of relationships. While each of us has our own unique personality and genetic dispositions, much of how we learn to interact with others is determined by how our parents act. Are you patient or quick tempered? Do you tend to argue loudly or avoid confrontation? Do you consider divorce a normal outcome of marriage? Think back to how your family acted, what behaviors were valued and modeled, and which were ignored or admonished. Knowing where your idea of “normal” comes from can empower you to change negative patterns.
Of course, the notion that your children’s futures are being shaped by every move you make is terribly nerve wracking. We have to be perfect all the time! Actually, this leads to the second common theme in the parenting quotes: just do your best. No one knows how to be the perfect parent–there really is no such thing, anyway. For every theory on parenting there is a counter theory in vogue two years later. All you can do is your best–nothing more, nothing less. In fact, when you make mistakes, admit them to your children. Use the moment to engage and teach them. When the day comes that they point out your own errors and give you advice, you’ll know that you have taught them well.

20 awesome parenting quotes

  1. We are apt to forget that children watch examples better than they listen to preaching – Roy L. Smith
  2. My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it
    – Clarence Budinton Kelland
  3. 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, parenting quotes
  4. There is no point in being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes – Dr. Who
  5. A father is someone who carries pictures where his money used to be – Lion
  6. Your children need your presence more than your presents – Jesse Jackson
  7. Stop trying to perfect your child, but keep trying to perfect your relationship with him – Dr. Henker
  8. To understand your parents’ love you must raise children yourself – Chinese Proverb
  9. Creativity, flexibility, tolerance and love are natural states of mind and our purpose is to nurture them to full blossom – Ronit Baras
  10. There is no such thing as a perfect parent so just be a real one. – Sue Atkins
  11. It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place – Colette
  12. Parents make mistakes too, don’t try to hide from them or cover them up. Admit them and teach your kids from the mistakes you make – K. Heath
  13. Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories.  ~John Wilmot
  14. Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.  ~Robert Fulghum
  15. Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn’t have anything to do with it.  ~Haim Ginott
  16. Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.  ~Roger Lewin
  17. Because of their size, parents may be difficult to discipline properly.  ~P.J. O’Rourke
  18. No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I’m not talking about the kids.  ~Bill Cosby, Fatherhood, 1986
  19. You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around – and why his parents will always wave back.  ~William D. Tammeus
  20. The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. – Richard David Bach
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