Positive Parenting Quotes To Inspire you

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Our favorite positive parenting quotes to help inspire and motivate you.

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Let’s face it, we all strive to be the best parent we can possibly be. Sometimes we might even aspire to be a perfect parent…by the way, there is no such thing.

But we all have bad days and grumpy moods and at the end of the day end up feeling defeated in our parenting. Thank goodness we are blessed to have a good father in heaven who gives us a second chance with every new day.

One of the greatest and strongest things we have on this earth is the love we have for our children, so let’s use that to help us navigate through our parenting journey and let go of bad attitudes and impossible expectations.

And for those days when we’re having a hard time, just grab yourself an extra cup of coffee or tea and read through some inspirational parenting quotes like the ones below….

Positive Parenting Quotes For Inspiration

1. “Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you never knew existed.” –Linda Wooten

2. “Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.” –Gerry Smalley

3. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men” –Frederick Douglass

4. “I came to parenting the way most of us do – knowing nothing and trying to learn everything” –Mayim Bialik

5. “Behind every young child who believed in himself is a parent who believed first.” –Matthew Jacobson

6. “Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep.” –H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

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

9. “You are as much serving God in looking after your own children, and training them up in God’s fear, and minding the house, and making your household a church for God, as you would be if you had been called to lead an army to battle for the Lord of hosts.” –Charles Spurgeon

10. “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” –Henry Ward Beecher

11. “All that I am. or hope to be, I owe to my mother.” –Abraham Lincoln

12. “A mother understands what a child does not say.” –Jewish Proverb

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

14. “Children learn to smile from their parents.” – Shinichi Suzuki

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15. “A father’s goodness is higher than the mountain. A mother’s goodness is deeper than the sea.” – Japanese proverb

16. “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” – Honore de Balzac

17. “Having kids made me clearer about who I was as a woman” – Reese Witherspoon

18. “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

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

20. “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver

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Positive Parenting Quotes

21. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” – Jill Churchill

22. “It’s not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns into compassion and understanding.” – Erma Bombeck

23. “Parental love is the only love that is truly selfless, unconditional and forgiving.” – T.P. Chia

24. “Don’t let yourself become so concerned with raising a good kid that you forget you already have one.” – Glennon Melton

25. “You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have for instance.” – Franklin P. Adams

26. “You, the parent, are your child’s first teacher and his best teacher. It’s an awesome responsibility, but one that brings immeasurable rewards.” –Jacquie McTaggart

27. “A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” –Tenneva Jordan

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28. “What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.” –Nicholas Sparks

29. “The daily choices we make as parents to filter what enters our children’s impressionable hearts and minds will go a long way in determining who our children become.” –Mark J. Musser

30. “Being a mom or dad is one of the most marvelous experiences in living.” –Dr. James Dobson

31. “Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.” –Sharon Jaynes

32. ” One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters.” –George Herbert

33. “The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.” –James E. Faust

34. “A mother is she who can take the place of all others but who’s place no one else can take.” –Cardinal Meymillod

35. “There is no influence so powerful as that of the mother” – Sara Josepha Hale

36. “There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.” –Pamela S. Nadav

37. “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” –Robert Browning

38. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s” –Princess Diana

39. “Motherhood is more than bearing children….it is the essence of who we are as women.” –Sherri L. Dew

40. “A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” –Irish Proverb

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

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42. “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. –Abraham Lincoln

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43. “The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.” –Elaine Heffner

44. “The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly—indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.” –Arianna Huffington

45. “I don’t believe there are devils enough in hell to pull a boy out of the arms of a godly mother.” –Billy Sunday

46. “Parents with their words, attitudes, and actions possess the ability to bless or curse the identities of their children.” –Craig Hill

47. “Don’t compare your child to others. There is no comparison between the sun and the moon. They shine when it’s their time.” –Unknown

48. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” –Benjamin Franklin

49. “Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. Take time with them, teach them to have faith in God. Be a person in whom they can have faith. When you are old, nothing else you’ve done will have mattered as much.” –Lisa Wingate

50. “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents” –Emilie Buchwald

51. “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

52. “But kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.” –Barbara Kinsolver

53. “To be in your children’s memories tomorrow,
You have to be in their lives today.” –Barbara Johnson

54. “Perhaps it takes courage to raise children.” –John Steinbeck

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55. “Everything depends on upbringing.” –Leo Tolstoy

56. “Your children need your presence more than your presents” –Jesse Jackson

57. “… be radical about grace and relentless about truth and resolute about holiness…” –Ann Voskamp

58. “The raising of a child is the building of a cathedral. You can’t cut corners” –Dave Eggers

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Positive Parenting Quotes

59. “Raising teenage sons and daughters is a long and tiresome journey. With God’s help the final outcome will be worthwhile.” –Ana Monar

60. “Being a parent is dirty and scary and beautiful and hard and miraculous and exhausting and thankless and joyful and frustrating all at once. It’s everything.” –Jill Smockler

61. “Parents can tell but never teach, unless they practice what they preach.” –Arnold H. Glasow

62. “Believe that God is strong enough to save your children, no matter how you fail.” –Elyse Fitzpatrick

63. “Children don’t say, I had a hard day, can we talk? They say will you play with me?” –Lawrence Cohen

64. “If we are brave enough to listen, our children tell us exactly what they need. And it’s simple. They need us.” –Tracy Gillett

65. “Because children grow up, we think a child’s purpose is to grow up. But a child’s purpose is to be a child.” –Tom Stoppard

66. “If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together…there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart…I’ll always be with you.” –Christopher Robin

67. “Mama, your worth is not measured by your productivity” –Raisedgood.com

68. “children don’t just need to be loved; they need to know that nothing they do will change the fact that they’re loved.” –Alfie Kohn

Encouraging Parenting Quotes

69. “Fruit spoils, babies don’t. Hold your baby. Nuzzle that soft downy head. Breath in. Enjoy. This too shall pass. All too soon.” –Pinky McKay

70. “Allow yourself to think that the possibility of failure is a necessary part of parenting well…. Avoiding the possibility of failure means avoiding the possibility of being an extraordinary parent-and avoiding what you want for your child.” –Lisa Coyne

71. “Even though you can’t control outcomes for your child, you can parent unconditionally with all your heart.” –Lisa Coyne

72. “God is at work telling a story of restoration and redemption through your family. Never buy into the myth that you need to become the “right” kind of parent before God can use you in your children’s lives. Instead learn to cooperate with whatever God desires to do in your heart today so your children will have a front-row seat to the grace and goodness of God.” –Reggie Joiner

73. “One minute you’re taking off the training wheels, propping your children up, and the next they’re coasting downhill looking ahead while you applaud them from behind.” –Jessica Marie Baumgartner

74. “Sometimes being a good parent means knowing when to let go.” –Liz Braswell

75. “Motherhood is like planting a garden; you tend and toil not to create the greatest bloom, but to keep the weeds and pests from destroying your crop.” –Allene vanOirschot

76. “I consider my example as often as possible, because one day my example will be all that is left of me.” –Jonathan Heimberg

77. “You may leave your mother’s lap when you grow up, but you never leave her heart.” 
– Debasish Mridha, MD

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78. “A baby is a symbol of peace, a source of dreams, and a light of hope — all in a little bundle of joy.”  –Debasish Mridha, MD

79. “If you like to see pure love, look at a mother and her child.”  –Debasish Mridha, MD

80. “For all my parenting worries, what I most want to hear is that my children are walking in the truth. I want my babies to grow up to love Jesus, to love his Word, and to grow the Kingdom of God.” –Danika Cooley

Positive parenting quote by Dido Stargaze
Positive Parenting Quotes

81. “Don’t just teach your kids, train them how to learn from everything.” –Dido Stargaze

82. “Hug and kiss your children every day”  –Ivette Cruz

83. “Let your interactions with children be intentionally and purposefully loving, fun, and accepting.”  –Tara Bianca

84. “Multitasking is just a byproduct of being a good parent.”  –Sarvesh Jain

85. “A family who laughs together blesses each other.”  –Anne Weaver

86. “No matter how old they become, our children will always be our babies.” 
Wayne Gerard Trotman

87. “Never stop having conversations with your kids even when it feels like they are not listening. 
Keep talking and being a living example because the seeds are being planted” 
Sope Agbelusi

88. “We don’t have to be perfect in our parenting, just purposeful.”  –Holli Kenley 

89. “Love is at the root of everything. All learning, all parenting, all relationships. Love or the lack of it.”  – Fred Rogers

90. “Encourage and support your kids because children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.”  -Lady Bird Johnson

91. “Someone is going to teach your children about life. I implore you to be this person.”  –Meredith Essalat

Positive Parenting Quotes

92. “The final goal of raising children both at home and school is to help them grow into good men and women. 
Childhood and teen years are a gift from God. They are the two life phases to learn the difference between good and evil, right and wrong.
It is the chance to plant every noble value and meaning in life into these little souls.” 
Noora Ahmed Alsuwaidi

93. “Every child, in every situation is worthy of love and respect.” 
Ariadne Brill

94. “We can’t change the way we were raised, but we can 100% change the way we raise our children.”  –Jessica Joelle Alexander

95. “Stop worrying about what others think of you or your child’s behaviour. Focus on doing what is right for your children, and believe in that success.” –Jessica Joelle Alexander

96. “May the inheritance you leave for your children be greater than material wealth.” –Joshua Becker

97. “When children are trained up in God’s system, they don’t want to go anywhere else.” 
Drenda Keesee

98. “There is no better therapy than a hug from a child.” 
Jacqui Shepherd

99. “Parenting isn’t something you do. It’s who you are. You are a mother. You are a father.” 
Mandi Hart

100. “Make memories with your children because, in years to come, you will want to remember days such as these. Memories are made up of spontaneous and planned moments. They are shared times of laughter, sadness, and surprise with those you love.” 
Mandi Hart

101. “Parenthood is a high calling. It’s our first mission field and our first place for discipleship. I think that it is one of the toughest places to make disciples. God loves family, and his heart is that parents disciple and raise their children.” 
Mandi Hart

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102. “Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” -John Trainer

103. “Children are far more capable than we allow them to be.” 
Jamie Glowacki

104. “Start training and teaching your children young. The later you start, the harder it is. What you teach them now, for better or worse will be the foundation of the rest of their lives.” 
Josh Hatcher

105. “It’s amazing what you’ll do for your child, isn’t it?”  –Diane Chamberlain

106. “Be Brave, Be Bold! Never allow fear to dictate your choices. Use your VOICE & trust in your abilities.” Rosalie Bardo

107. “Instruction is good for a child; but example is worth more.”  –Alexandre Dumas

108. “We don’t lose ourselves in parenthood. We find parts of ourselves we never knew existed.” 
L.R. Knost

109. “Let love always lead you to listen more deeply, understand more fully, connect more securely, forgive more freely, communicate more clearly, and respond more gently.” 
L.R. Knost

110. “Join them in their world when they’re little so you’ll be welcome in their world when they get big.”  –L.R. Knost

111. “Mothers, grandmothers, and mother nature are the best doctors around.” –Dr. Robert S. Mendelsohn

112. “Taking time to create memories will stamp moments that will forever be etched on your heart and on the hearts of your children.” –Eve M. Harrell

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113. “There is no better example for our children, then the one we set before them every day” 
Davin Whitehurst

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Positive Parenting Quotes

114. “In these last days, what the world really needs is courageous parenting from mothers and fathers who are not afraid to speak up and take a stand.” 
Larry R. Lawrence

115. “I never thought the brightest smile would come from a mouth without teeth.” 
Iván Zapién

116. “All that a child needs is great love.”  –Lailah Gifty Akita

117. “A mother’s love is like an everlasting bed of roses, that continues to blossom. A mother’s love bears strength, comfort, healing and warmth. Her beauty is compared to a sunny day that shines upon each rose petal and inspires hope.”  –Ellen J. Barrier

118. “Someday my children will look fondly on the annoying things I did and see them clearly as evidence of love.”  –Richelle E. Goodrich

119. “Listening to our kids with an open heart & mind is the strongest way to build a relationship with them – especially when they’re wrong.”  –Roma Khetarpal

120. “There is no job more important than parenting. This I believe.” 
Benjamin Carson

121. “The only safe guide is the Bible. It is the revelation of a God who has infinite knowledge and can therefore give you absolute truth. God has given you a revelation that is robust and complete. It presents an accurate and comprehensive picture of children, parents, family life, values, training, nurture, and discipline – all you need to be equipped for the task of parenting.” 
Tedd Tripp

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

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Positive Parenting Quotes: Bible Verses

123. “Jesus said: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” –Matthew 19:14

124. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” –James 1:5

125. “Let us not become weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” –Galatians 6:9

126. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” –Jeremiah 29:11

127. “Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” –1 Corinthians 15:58

128. “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” –Hebrews 12:11

129. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” –Proverbs 27:17

130. “Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you…” –Deuteronomy 5:16

Final Thoughts

I hope you found something here that really spoke to you and gave you encouragement in your parenting walk.

Being a mom is hard. Being a dad is hard. But we are not alone.

God truly is here for us to seek counsel from.

Here are a few books that have been a blessing to me the last seventeen years raising kids. I revisit these books over and over through the years and I always learn something new or find encouragement in a new way.

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