10 Inspiring Parenting Quotes

Sometimes you just need a little lift and motivation to get you through the day. These quotes are full of encouragement, joy and reminders of why parenting is so wonderful.

  1. “Whatever you would have your children become, strive to exhibit in your own lives and conversation.” — Lydia H. Sigourney
  2. “If we continually try to force a child to do what he is afraid to do, he will become more timid, and will use his brains and energy, not to explore the unknown, but to find ways to avoid the pressures we put on him. If, however, we are careful not to push a child beyond the limit of his courage, he is almost sure to get braver.” — John Holt
  3. “The last step in parental love involves the release of the beloved; the willing cutting of the cord that would otherwise keep the child in a state of emotional dependence.” — Lewis Mumford
  4. “Children thrive when parents set before them increasingly difficult, but always meetable challenges.” — Anonymous
  5. “There is no such thing as a perfect parent so just be a real one.” — Sue Atkins
  6. “Children need love, especially when they don’t deserve it.” — Harold Hulbert
  7. “Don’t try to be perfect. Life isn’t; no one is. Use mistakes and mishaps as opportunities to grow tolerance and to teach. There is such a thing as happy accidents. And love, love, love and listen, listen, listen.” — Terri Hatcher
  8. “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
  9. “Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.” — Benjamin Franklin
  10. “To bring up a child in the way he should go – travel that way yourself.” — Josh Billings

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