My favorite parenting quotes

I’ve been reading a lot of great parenting quotes lately, so I decided to compile the best ones.  Some are wise, some are funny, and some are just plain logical.  I hope you enjoy them!  Let me know if I missed any good ones.

“I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.”

–Robert Orben

“We are apt to forget that children watch examples better than they listen to preaching.”

–Roy L. Smith

“Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what.  If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.”

–Catherine M. Wallace

“If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.”

–Abigail Van Buren

“Parenting without a sense of humor is like being an accountant who sucks at math.”


“A lot of parents will do anything for their kids expect let them be themselves.”


“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.”

–Ann Landers

“Your children will become who you are, so be who you want them to be.”

–David Bly

“You know your life has changed when going to the grocery store by yourself is a vacation.”


“A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.”

–Billy Graham

“If parents pass enthusiasm along to their children, they will leave them an estate of incalculable value.”

–Thomas Edison

“There is no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a great one.”

–Jill Churchill
“Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.”

–Lady Bird Johnson

“Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child.”

–Native American Proverb

“The attitude you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from more than what you tell them.  They don’t remember what you try to teach them.  They remember what you are.”

–Jim Henson

“Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.”

–Robert A. Heinlein

“Insanity is hereditary – you get it from your kids.”

–Sam Levenson