20 inspirational and funny parenting quotes

By Mandi Hart
Published on: April 21, 2022
Son on dads shoulders

Parenting is another way of ensuring you don’t really know as much as you think you do. Here are twenty parenting quotes I could find. The goal? To encourage and hopefully inspire you to raise and release world changers. And some quotes are here just for laughs. They are a little ridiculous, but hopefully, they will make you smile. Enjoy!

Parenting quotes to inspire you

“Instead of buying your children all the things you never had, you should teach them all the things they did not teach you. Material wears out but knowledge stays.” – Bruce Lee

“We have to prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child.” – Tim Elmore

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

“I don’t think anyone can grow unless he’s loved exactly as he is now, appreciated for what he is rather than what he will be.” – Fred Rogers

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

 “A child identifies his parents with God, whether or not the adults want that role. Most children ‘see’ God the way they perceive their earthly fathers.” – James Dobson

“God has whispered His purposes into your child’s heart. It is your privilege to uncover the secrets in their hearts through prayer and scripture. Every person has tremendous worth.To be born means that you have a purpose, that you are precious and that you are worthy of love.” – Mandi Hart

“Praise your children openly, reprehend them secretly.”- W Cecil

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

“Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.” – Psalm 127:3,4

“Parenthood…It’s about guiding the next generation, and forgiving the last.” – Peter Krause

“Encourage and support your kids, because children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” – Lady Bird Johnson

The lighter side of being a parent

Sometimes, we need to smile at being a mom or dad. Intentional parenting isn’t always serious stuff, and it’s time to ditch mom guilt too.

“The hardest part of parenting is being fake mad when they do something that is actually hilarious.’

‘Silence is golden…unless you have kids, then silence is suspicious.’

‘You can learn many things from your children. How much patience you have, instance.” Franklin P Jones

‘If I ever go missing, please follow my kids or my dogs. They can find me, no matter where I try to hide.’

‘I don’t want to sleep like a baby, I want to sleep like my husband.’

‘The biggest thing I remember is that there was just no transition. You hit the ground diapering.’ – Paul Reiser

‘They say it takes a village. Where can I get directions to this village?’

‘The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.’ – Lane Olinghouse

When there’s a quote that speaks to your heart, it can be a good idea to keep it close by. Print it out and hang it on the fridge, store it on your smartphone, or write it on your calendar. Looking at a quote that reminds you of the bigger picture could be key to helping you be the best parent you can be – and bring a smile to your face.


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