The joys of parenting are plentiful. But parents also know parenting entails many hard days and difficult times as well. Sometimes it can seem that the hardships start outweighing the joyful moments. And in your weariness, you wonder if you’re doing something wrong or if you were “blessed” with extra naughty kids. Well, rest assured, you aren’t the only parent going through these frustrating times. And to prove that, I’m going to share some good parenting quotes to let you know you’re not alone in your struggles.
5 Good parenting quotes to keep things in perspective
Raising children is the most important job you will ever have. Yes, it will be challenging, but don’t get so caught up focusing on the hardships that you overlook the joys of raising them. So when you are having one of those bad days or trying times, look at these quotes to help you manage your emotions and remind you of the bigger picture of parenting.
1. “Any child in his right mind will test the limits. That’s his job. He’s pretty new on the planet, after all, and he’s figuring out the rules. The most common reason children test the limits is that they really want to find out where those limits are. Children need the security of knowing that someone more experienced and knowledgeable is looking out for them. They don’t feel safe when we don’t guide and nurture. That’s why we often say that children will keep pushing until they find our limits.” — Dr. Laura Markham
2.“In raising my children, I have lost my mind but found my soul.” — Unknown
3. “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” ― Benjamin Spock
4. “You’re always going to wonder if you’re doing things wrong. But that’s what it means to be a mom, to care so much about someone else that you just want to be as perfect as possible.” — Naya Rivera
5. “There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one.”— Sue Atkins
5 Good parenting quotes for when you are discouraged
As parents, we don’t have access to the rallying support of our own cheerleading team. Sure, we get plenty of sticky kisses and the occasional mumbled “Thank you” from the teenagers, but it can be easy to forget how important our job is. And unfortunately, the world is not short of those who can find something to shame us about. So here are some quotes to build your confidence and fill you with the stamina needed to carry on despite what others think about your parenting styles or what you perceive as your failures.
6. “Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about and the hardest thing to do.” —Matt Walsh
7. “My worst parenting moments, the ones I am least proud of, happened because I was trying to impress a bunch of strangers I’ll probably never see again.” — Janel Mills
8. “To raise a child, it sometimes takes a village…but sometimes that village should shut up and mind their own business.” — Susan McLean
9. “It’s funny when you think back on the parent you thought you’d be before you had kids and how you judge other parents. Then you give in to the reality of it and just wing it.” — Maya Rudolph
10. “Don’t cry over the past; it’s gone. Don’t stress about the future; it hasn’t arrived. Live in the present and make it beautiful. You are very special.” — David Parker, Author
5 Good parenting quotes to lighten the mood
One thing you can be sure of when raising children. And that is that there will be tears — lots of them. I can’t say who will cry the most, you or your children but there will be tears. But hey, don’t forget there will be many happy tears as well. So why not look for ways to lighten your mood and laugh. Besides, laughing is always better than crying, don’t you agree? Below are some quotes that gave me a chuckle, and I’m sure you will enjoy them too.
11. “Everyone should have kids. They are the greatest joy in the world. But they are also terrorists. You’ll realize this as soon as they’re born, and they start using sleep deprivation to break you.” — Ray Romano
12. “My nickname is Mom, but my full name is Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom …” — Unknown
13. “When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out.” — Erma Bombeck
14. “When your ‘mom voice’ is so loud even the neighbors brush their teeth and get dressed.” — Unknown
15. “Having children is like living in a frat house: nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.”— Ray Romano
Remember, the path you are on is crowded. You are not alone. And you are doing better than you think you are.
Sometimes we have this love-hate relationship with this thing called parenting. We hate the challenges it brings, but we absolutely love the rewards that it brings our way. As for myself, I wouldn’t trade it for anything in this world, challenges and all. It’s been a total privilege and honor to raise my children. Yet, I identified with many of these quotes.
If any of these quotes speak to you, write it down and keep it handy. Perhaps write it out and hang it in a prominent place like the fridge, or store it on your smartphone. Looking at a quote can help you see the bigger picture and remind you that you are not alone in your struggles.
And lastly, a great way to learn some techniques to manage stress is to work with an anxiety coach through breakthrough coaching. An anxiety coach can help you discover the best anxiety relief techniques that will work for you, so you can be prepared when parenting responsibilities start to become overwhelming
Hi, I’m Kris Henderson, LPC. I want you to know that I am here to help. The easiest way to start taking control of your anxiety is to take the FREE 5-Day Anxiety Detox Challenge. If you would like more personalized support, I invite you to contact me or make an appointment online. Together, let’s work on coping skills that can help manage your emotions on those hard and trying days so it will allow you more time to experience the joys that come with parenting.