Best Parenting Quotes

Parenting quote: There are two things we should give our children - one is roots and the other is wings (unknown)

Great parenting quotes are a great way to inspire ourselves as parents.

As you may know, I love quotes (and if you’ve had a chance to read my book or my life coaching website, you know). Since I was young, I believed that the quotes we choose to adopt help us plant thoughts in our mind. If we choose inspiring, motivating and encouraging quotes, we develop have an inspiring, motivating and encouraging mindset. If we choose sarcastic, pessimistic and disappointed quotes, we will have exactly what we bargained for.

Quotes are affirmations we want to believe in
– Ronit Baras

What we believe about our parenting has a direct impact on our family life. We manifest our beliefs to create the reality we believe we live in. I read many of the quotes I find over and over again, until they become part of me.

I have collected the quotes that I love about parenting and I have carefully chosen the ones I believe appropriate for parents and parenting. Remember, some quotes may seem funny, but they may not be good to believe in. I have written them in no particular order. They are just ones that I feel are precious.

I hope the quotes on this list inspire, motivate and encourage you on your parenting journey. Pick the ones you like and read them over and over until you feel they are a part of you.

Parenting quotes

Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist
– Michael Levine

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings
– Hodding Carter

Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to drain it dry
– Alvin Price

A mother understands what a child does not say
– Jewish Proverb

The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children, the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all
– Benjamin Spock

Never fear spoiling children by making them too happy. Happiness is the atmosphere in which all good affections grow
– Thomas Bray
Father and child holding handsIf a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in
– Rachel Carson

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it
– Harry S. Truman

I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week
– Mario Cuomo

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

We are apt to forget that children watch examples better than they listen to preaching
– Roy L. Smith

My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it
– Clarence Budinton Kelland

When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking
– Unknown

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang up my first painting on the refrigerator, and I wanted to paint another one.

Parents with little childWhen you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you feed a stray cat, and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me, and I knew that little things are special things.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I heard you say a prayer, and I believed there is a God I could always talk to.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I felt you kiss me goodnight, and I felt loved.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw that you cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I LOOKED… and wanted to say thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.

There is always a moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in
– Graham Green

The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them
– Frank A. Clark

All children behave as well as they are treated
– Anonymous

Mother with boy and girlStop trying to perfect your child, but keep trying to perfect your relationship with him
– Dr. Henker

Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation
– C. Everett Koop

Praise your children openly, reprehend them secretly
– W. Cecil

It is better to bind your children to you by a feeling of respect and by gentleness than by fear
– Terence

To understand your parents’ love you must raise children yourself
– Chinese Proverb

The best way to make children good is to make them happy
– Oscar Wilde

To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today
– Anonymous

Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be
– David Bly

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother, and the most important thing a mother can do for her children is to love their father
– Anonymous

There is no point in being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes
– Dr. Who

A father is someone who carries pictures where his money used to be
– Lion

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother
– Lin Yutang

A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for
– Anonymous

Children Learn What They Live
– Dorothy Law Neite

If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.

Father with daughterIf a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.

If a child learns to feel shame, he learns to feel guilty.

If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.

If a child lives with encouragement he learns confidence.

If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.

If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.

If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.

If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.

If a child lives with acceptance and friendship, he learns to find love in the world.

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he created mothers
– Jewish proverb

The child of a tiger is a tiger
– Haitian proverb

And my final one:

Creativity, flexibility, tolerance and love are natural states of mind and our purpose is to nurture them to full blossom
– Ronit Baras (from the book “Be Special, Be Yourself for Teenagers“)

I hope you find strength in the wisdom of the quotes and adopt the ones that you feel you need to make your parenting happy.

Happy parenting is the #1 tool for raising happy kids!

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  • tina

    I love the one “When you thought I wasn’t looking”. It always gives me goosebumps!

  • Ronit Baras

    I sometimes get lucky enough to see one of my own kids do something similar and this is sooo rewarding.

    The Happiness Coach

  • Ruth Adedayo

    I have been thoroughly inspired by these quotes. I was really touched by the one which says;
    “Stop trying to perfect your child but keep trying to perfect your relationship with him”
    I intend to aplly this with my teenage son.


  • Sanjul

    Parents that grant everything a child wants, actually deny them everything. Without applying discretion in wish-management, a child shall seldom learn to stay happy.

  • Ronit Baras

    Hi Ruth,

    I think this quote is very much takes away lots of heartach and suffering from parent- child relationships.

    It is a different focus.


  • Ronit Baras


    You are so right.
    sometimes giving our kids everything they want, is crippling them by weakening the “want” “strive” and “desire” muscle.

    Happy day

  • Guest

    A child will Know how to love, when they have been loved,
    But a child who has been hurt, must learn how.

  • Cathymuhwezi

    good lessons.i love them.

  • ronitbaras


    I love your writing. 
    wonderful quote. 
    Did you come up with that? 


  • ronitbaras

    thanks, Come again! 

  • Kellie

    I am trying to find a quote that I heard many years ago. It goes something like
    0-5 we teach them, 5-10 we guide them 10-15 we watch and hope they listened after that we can only be their friend.
    Can anyone help me with this I’m not sure if I have it right.
    Regards Kellie

  • Gal Baras

    Sorry, Kellie, I can’t find it either, but I know it’s true, except for the last bit, because parents can never really be equal to their children. We should, however, do everything we can to keep our kids’ trust during their teenage years in order to have a good relationship with them as grownups.

  • Win

    Tears rolled down when i read the poem “when you thought i was not looking”….it brings me back all the beautiful memories of my late mom…..

  • ronitbaras

    I looked for it too.
    Can’t find it. 
    I love it though I don’t think the goal is to be your child’s friend, ever. 
    I have clients that this friendship thing with their kids brought lots of pain into their life. 

  • ronitbaras


    I love this poem too. 

  • john mengry f. valenzuela

    i gave the best love to my kids, but what about love those kids without dad are needed?every time i meet those kids abandoned by their father…how i wish i can share my wings with them, just to make them feel the warm embrace of the father. Heart breaking!

  • ronitbaras


    It is heart breaking! 
    I agree! 
    It is a scar for life that only forgiveness heals.