100 Parenting Quotes To Encourage And Inspire You

By Maxime Lagacé maxime lagace

Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been writing and collecting quotes since 2004. He's also into personal development and productivity. Most of all, he's dedicated to help you live a simpler and more peaceful life. Learn more about him on his about page.

Here are 100 of the best parenting quotes I could find. The goal? To inspire you and (hopefully) help you raise wise, loving and happy kids. You’ll discover quotes by Fred Rogers, Jordan Peterson, Dalai Lama, and more. Enjoy!

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

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When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son. The Talmud

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To be a parent is to be chief designer of a product more advanced than any technology and more interesting than the greatest work of art. Alain de Botton

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Evidence of good parenting: the child has no desire to be famous. Alain de Botton

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Your children need your presence more than your presents. Jesse Jackson

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My goal is not to be liked, it’s to raise loving and responsible kids. Maxime Lagacé

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A lot of parents will do anything for their kids, except let them be themselves. Banksy

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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

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Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy. Robert A. Heinlein

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Your children will reap what you sow. Virgil

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Instead of buying your children all the things you never had, you should teach them all the things you were never taught. Material wears out but knowledge stays. Bruce Lee

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We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take. Cardinal Meymillod

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Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago. Warren Buffett

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It is a wise father that knows his own child. William Shakespeare

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The Best Parenting Quotes

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Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed. Maria Montessori

We’re a nation of exhausted and overstressed adults raising overscheduled children. Brené Brown

Question for parents: do you want to make your children safe, or strong? Jordan Peterson (12 Rules for Life, Amazon book)

A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be. Frank A. Clark

My understanding of the way a child grows is that you create the garden, you don’t grow the flower. You can merely fertilize the earth and keep it soft and moist, and then the flower grows as best it can. Ram Dass

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Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children. Sam Levenson

Every child should be taught that life is unfair so that we don’t end up with a bunch of adults who act like the world owes them something. Preethi Kasireddy

The task isn’t to tell children that they are amazing, it’s to model for them how one might live a very decent, self-accepting, humour filled and confident life knowing one isn’t anything of the sort – but fortunately, no one else is either. Alain de Botton (See also: How to Lend a Child Confidence, theschooloflife.com)

The task of a parent: to acclimatise the child to the true (often horrific) nature of reality without it giving up hope or the will to live. Alain de Botton

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Tell kids stories about your failures. Tim Elmore

The best way, perhaps the only way, to change others is to become an example. Naval Ravikant

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The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. Denis Waitley

The experience of raising young children – when they’re happy, you’re happy. Naval Ravikant

True, unconditional, love is the province of parents and saints. Naval Ravikant

You can’t be wrong if you teach your kids playing, creating, listening, but most of all, loving. Maxime Lagacé

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. James Baldwin

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You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once. Polish proverb

One of the universal fears of childhood is the fear of not having value in the eyes of the people whom we admire so much. Fred Rogers

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. Fred Rogers

6-year-olds should play outside and ask questions, not sit on a chair and memorize answers. Johnny Uzan

The best way of killing a rose is to force it open when it is still only the promise of a bud. José Saramago (The Cave)

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You’re only as happy as your unhappiest child. Andrew Rae

Parenthood is a great way to develop a leader’s mentality. Whatever the circumstances, there’s always one pair of eyes looking up to you. Johnny Uzan

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. Albert Einstein

Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice. Charles Kettering

Children are a poor man’s riches. English proverb

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The Most Famous Parenting Quotes

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Searching for a famous parenting quote or author? Check out those by Anne Frank, Dalai Lama, Victor Hugo, Michelle Obama, etc.
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At the end of the day my most important job is still mom-in-chief. Michelle Obama

A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. Victor Hugo

Spend more time smiling than frowning and more time praising than criticizing. Richard Branson (Virgin)

Your child will learn more from your beautiful thinking, talking and behaviour than anything else in the world. Yoko Ono

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. Maya Angelou

Use your success, wealth and influence to put them in the best position to realize their own dreams and find their true purpose. Put them through school, set them up with job interviews and help them become leaders in their own right. Hold them to the same level of hard work and dedication that it took for you to get to where you are now, and where you will eventually go. Kobe Bryant

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Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. Plato

I am convinced that every effort must be made in childhood to teach the young to use their own minds. For one thing is sure: If they don’t make up their minds, someone will do it for them. Eleanor Roosevelt

I wish with all my heart that every child could be so imbued with a sense of the adventure of life that each change, each readjustment, each surprise – good or bad – that came along would be welcomed as part of the whole enthralling experience. Eleanor Roosevelt

When a man dies, if he can pass enthusiasm along to his children, he has left them an estate of incalculable value. Thomas Edison

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There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it. Chinese proverb

You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. Kahlil Gibran (The Prophet)

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands. Anne Frank

Modern education is premised strongly on materialistic values. It is vital that when educating our children’s brains that we do not neglect to educate their hearts, a key element of which has to be the nurturing of our compassionate nature. 14th Dalai Lama

More kids are ruined by the behavior of their parents than by the amount they inherit. Children learn from your actions. Warren Buffett

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It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. Frederick Douglas

We must do everything in our power to cease the behaviour that makes children everywhere feel afraid. Alice Walker

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. Friedrich Nietzsche (The Dawn)

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. Sigmund Freud

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

Do I want to be a hero to my son? No, I would like to be a very real human being. That’s hard enough. Robert Downey Jr

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

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Short Parenting Quotes

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One-liners, short parenting quotes, sayings, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.
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Let kids be kids. David Perell

Encourage talking. David Perell

Kids spell love T-I-M-E. John Crudele

Everything depends on upbringing. Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace)

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Teach your kids that talent doesn’t exist and that people who persevere are the wise ones. Maxime Lagacé

Noble fathers have noble children. Euripides

Their lives should be good, not easy. @DailyDadEmail

Strengthen a parent and you strengthen a child. Fred Rogers

A parents words become the children’s thoughts. Bill Masur

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Children empty our pockets and fill our souls. Tim Fargo

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. George Herbert

A boy needs a father to show him how to be in the world. Ian Morgan Cron

Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them. Lady Bird Johnson

Most parents : “Be safe”. Wise parents : “Become strong”. Fateh Singh

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The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. Peggy O’Mara

There are not perfect parents just as there are no perfect children. Fred Rogers

How do you celebrate your kids’ failures? Maxime Lagacé

The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering. Benjamin Spock

No amount of money will buy back missed time with your kids. Save Your Sons (twitter.com)

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Your kids are wildflowers. Give them the right environment. Maxime Lagacé

My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it. Clarence Budington Kelland

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

The love you give your kids will travel several generations into the future. Thibaut

Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors. Khaled Hosseini

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Helpful Parenting Sayings (Tips For Parents)

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High standards, consistency, but most importantly, unconditional love, is what will help you raise good kids. Maxime Lagacé

You really have to be yourself. The best thing that you can do, for anybody, is just to offer one more honest adult in their lives. Fred Rogers

You cannot fix your children and you cannot plan their lives. You can guide, support, nurture and love them in the best way you can. Iyanla Vanzant

Stop telling children what to think and start teaching them how to think. Anthony Pompliano

Make your kids think otherwise society will do it for them. Maxime Lagacé

When parents are too hands-on, kids fail to learn self-reliance. Instead of hovering like a helicopter parent, try submarine parenting: give kids the freedom to explore and surface if there’s a distress signal. Adam Grant

Snowplow parents prepare the road for kids. Responsible parents prepare kids for the road. Resilience is built not by eliminating struggle, but by normalizing it. Teach kids to see obstacles as temporary hurdles. Adam Grant

Parents focus too much on grades and goals, and too little on generosity. Kids raised to be kind are more successful in school and work — and happier too. At family dinner, don’t just ask kids what they achieved. Ask who they helped and who helped them. Adam Grant

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These six words can save your child so much unnecessary pain: “I love you as you are”. Scott Barry Kaufman

Teach your kids about money before they’re old enough to earn their own. Morgan Housel

There’s someone around you who looks up to you. They may be struggling, full of doubt or afraid. You can change their life with four words. “I believe in you”. Said at the right time, those are the most powerful words in the world. Johnny Uzan

If you want to inhibit kids’ growth, keep telling them they are smart. If you want to give compliments and nurture growth, praise their curiosity and efforts. Unknown

Best parenting advice I can give: Get your own sh*t together so you pass on as little of your own baggage as possible. The less weight your kids start with the more opportunities they’ll have. Mark Allan Bovair

Kids will follow your example. Not your advice. Don’t just tell them to: do more physical activity, eat healthier food, get outside more, do the right thing, be kind to others, read books. Make sure you are doing these things so your kids will follow. Lead by example. Jack Coulson

Being in shape is one of the greatest gifts you’ll ever give your children. Dan Go

The goal of raising children should be to create adults with the proper balance of self-love and discipline. Bill Masur

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Parenting Quotes: The Conclusion

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Anything that we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds. Life is for service. Fred Rogers

Let’s recap:

  • The true present is your whole presence
  • Help your kids by not helping them too much
  • Your kids are wildflowers, not bonsai trees: let them play, let them make mistakes, let them grow as they are
  • Great mindsets to teach:
    • Perseverance is more important than talent
    • Humility is beautiful
    • Failing is useful
  • Best parenting style? Authoritative Parenting (In other words, “be firm, but warm”)

 

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

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May 9, 2020

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