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The Best Parenting Quotes for Parents to Live By


The Best Parenting Quotes to live by

I’ve been sharing some of the best parenting quotes on my facebook page from time to time (my favorites anyway) and they are often the most popular and re-shared items on my page. So today I wanted to gather them here for reference and easy accessibility—both for you and for me.

Here goes…

Note: I have a post of the best mother quotes (here’s the second one) and one of father quotes as well.

The Best Parenting Quotes

Just Be a Real Parent Quote by Sue Atkins

“There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one.” – Sue Atkins

Best Parenting Quotes - Children Spell Love T-I-M-E

“Children spell love… T-I-M-E.” – Dr. A. Witham

Best Parenting Quotes - Swindoll

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” – Charles R. Swindoll

Reach for the Sun Quote

“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

More of the Best Parenting Quotes

Raising Children Quote by John Wilmot

“Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories.” – John Wilmot

Raising Kids Quote by Diane Loomans

“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 Loomans

Children Learning from Parents Quote by Robert Fulghum

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

Best Parenting Quotes - Children's Happiness

“Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?” – Samuel Johnson

Treat a Child Quote by Ginott

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

Enjoy the Little Things Quote by Robert Brault

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault

Children are Unpredictable Quote by Franklin P. Jones

“Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they’re going to catch you in next.” – Franklin P. Jones

Let Your Children Overhear the Nice Things You Say Quote by Haim Ginott

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

Best Parenting Quotes - Childhood Quote by Paolo Coelho

“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” – Paulo Coelho

Let Kids Get Bored Quote by Kim Raver

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

More of the Best Parenting Quotes

Childs Potential Quote by Maria Montessori

“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” – Maria Montessori

No Act of Kindness, No Matter How Small, is Ever Wasted Quote by Aesop

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop, The Lion & the Mouse

Best Parenting Quotes - Childhood Quote by Horton the Elephant

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” – Horton the elephant

Best Parenting Quotes - Childhood Quote by Dorothea Brande

“A child’s mind is not a container to be filled but rather a fire to be kindled.” – Dorothea Brande

Rachel Carson quote about a child's sense of wonder about the world we live in

“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

Question for you… What do YOU think are the best parenting quote here? Or do you have one to add? (I’m always looking for good quotes!)

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  • Reply
    July 26, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Hello, I love the quotations and I would like to put some of them on the walls of my classroom, so that the parents can see them all the time. The problem is that they speak… Romanian and I would like to print them exactly on the wallpaper they are on. That is why I would like to ask you to send me some blanck wallpapers of them, so I may write on. I love the one from the quotation which starts by “It’s not only the children who grow…” and the one that starts by “A child can teach an adult three things…” Thank you very much!

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    Marjolein van Leeuwen - Gonzalez
    January 27, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Hi Jean,

    I truly enjoyed reading your post. The quotes are just lovely. I used them as inspiration to wrote an article for my blog for young parents, is it ok if I link them through to your blog? I am still tweaking the article but would love to link to your page.

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    Deena Mathew
    February 3, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Wow!!! Nice quotes on this site is what i strongly feel. I like these lines very much: “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”.

    Our children can be our greatest teachers if we are humble enough to receive their lessons.

    I had come across parenting quotes . I have enjoyed reading this quotes from both the sites.Thanks for sharing this quotes.

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    Emmanuel T. Muleta
    April 12, 2016 at 1:39 am

    I like the principles

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    November 15, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    what amazing qoute for children to live by . we must ponder on it . parents teachers and other concern citizen for children join forces to protect their own rights and protection. Our guidance and support will guide them to be a good citizen in our country and will lead them into the pathway of righteousness.

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    Abdul Majeed
    August 1, 2018 at 11:27 am

    As after reading these thoughts I feel so happy and active that I have no words to explain it. I would also like to share it with my friends. Thanks for sharing Being a Parent Quotes

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    Abdul Majeed
    August 1, 2018 at 11:30 am

    It’s really an awesome collection. Thanks for the sharing of a list Being a Parent Quotes

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    Brutal Frau
    August 27, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Hi Jean,
    Lovely and all are golden words. I really want to practice in future if I got married. Thank you Ms Jean.

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    Rumors Media
    May 12, 2020 at 10:56 am

    lols these are funny :D

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    November 2, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Thanks Jean,

    It’s great quotes…

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