Parent Quotes

Children aren’t happy with nothing to ignore,
And that’s what parents were created for.
Ogden Nash

The parents exist to teach the child, but also they must learn what the child has to teach them; and the child has a very great deal to teach them. Arnold Bennett

Parents are not interested in justice, they’re interested in peace and quiet. Bill Cosby

There are times when parenthood seems nothing but feeding the mouth that bites you. Peter de Vries

Role modeling is the most basic responsibility of parents. Parents are handing life’s scripts to their children, scripts that in all likelihood will be acted out for the rest of the children’s lives. Stephen R. Covey

Listen to the desires of your children. Encourage them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision. Denis Waitley

If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent. Bette Davis

A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them a fortune. Richard Whately

The pressures of being a parent are equal to any pressure on earth. To be a conscious parent, and really look to that little being’s mental and physical health, is a responsibility which most of us, including me, avoid most of the time because it’s too hard. John Lennon

If parents award freedom regardless of whether their children have demonstrated an ability to handle it, children never learn to see a clear link between responsible behavior and adult privileges. Melinda M. Marshall

Parents who expect change in themselves as well as in their children, who accept it and find in it the joy as well as the pains of growth, are likely to be the happiest and most confident parents. Fred Rogers

Parents are like shuttles on a loom. They join the threads of the past with threads of the future and leave their own bright patterns as they go. Fred Rogers

Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life. Muriel Spark

Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father. Gloria Steinem

Permissiveness is the principle of treating children as if they were adults; and the tactic of making sure they never reach that stage. Thomas Szasz

If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings. Brian Tracy

Because we believe ourselves to be better parents than our parents, we expect to produce ‘better’ children than they produced. Judith Viorst

The worst problems for children stem from parental conflict, before, during, and after divorce or within marriage. Stephanie Coontz

Fortunately, children do not need ‘perfect’ parents. They do need mothers and fathers who will think on their feet and who will be thoughtful about what they have done. They do need parents who can be flexible, and who can use a variety of approaches to discipline. James L Hymes

Hopefulness is the heartbeat of the relationship between a parent and child. Each time a child overcomes the next challenge of his life, his triumph encourages new growth in his parents. In this sense a child is parent to his mother and father. Louise J Kaplan

Parents – especially step-parents – are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don’t fulfil the promise of their early years. Anthony Powell

Parents sometimes make not those allowances for youth, which, when young, they wished to be made for themselves. Samuel Richardson

I doubt that we can ever successfully impose values or attitudes or behaviors on our children – certainly not by threat, guilt, or punishment. But I do believe they can be induced through relationships where parents and children are growing together. Such relationships are, I believe, build on trust, example, talk, and caring. Fred Rogers

Parenting forces us to get to know ourselves better than we ever might have imagined we could. Fred Rogers

Call them rules or call them limits, good ones, I believe, have this in common: They serve reasonable purposes; they are practical and within a child’s capability; they are consistent; and they are an expression of loving concern. Fred Rogers

I don’t believe that children can develop in a healthy way unless they feel that they have value apart from anything they own or any skill that they learn. They need to feel they enhance the life of someone else, that they are needed. Who, better than parents, can let them know that? Fred Rogers

In some ways being a parent is like being an anthropologist who is studying a primitive and isolated tribe by living with them. Lawrence Kutner