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17 Amazing Parenting Quotes That Will Make You a Better Parent

  • Be There

    "To be in your children's memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today."


  • Do Your Best

    "There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one."

    —Sue Atkins

  • Have Insight

    "The kids who need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving ways."

    —Russel Barkley

  • Walk the Parent Walk

    "Whatever you would have your children become, strive to exhibit in your own lives and conversation."

    —Lydia H. Sigourney

  • You're in for Life

    "Having a child is like getting a tattoo ... on your face. You better be committed."

    —"Eat Pray Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert

  • Manage Your Stress

    "Remember: You are not managing an inconvenience. You are raising a human being."

    —Kittie Frantz

  • Let It Go...

    "It seems I've officially lost my mind. I think my kids ran away with it."


  • It's a Big Deal

    "Making the decision to have a child—it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body."

    —Elizabeth Stone

  • Your Words Hold Power

    "The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice."

    —Peggy O'Mara

  • Give Unlimited Love

    "Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they're already asleep."

    —H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

  • Take a Risk

    "All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them."

    —Erma Bombeck

  • Hold on for the Ride

    "Having children is like living in a frat house—nobody sleeps, everything's broken, and there's a lot of throwing up."

    —Ray Romano

  • They Were Never Broken

    "Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them."

    —Bill Ayers

  • Care for Yourself

    "When my kids become unruly, I use a nice safe playpen. When they're finished, I climb out."

    —Erma Bombeck

  • Watch Them Soar—Without You

    "Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves."

    —Elbert Hubbard

  • It's Not Just Your Kid

    "It's amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawnmower or vacuum cleaner."

    —Ben Bergor

  • What It's All About

    "One thing I had learned from watching chimpanzees with their infants is that having a child should be fun."

    —Jane Goodall