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parenting quotes (79)

I'd just as soon stay home and raise babies.
June Allyson   Category: Parenting

Don't try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it.
Russell Baker   Category: Parenting

A mother who is really a mother is never free.
Honore de Balzac   Category: Parenting

I figure that if the children are alive when I get home, I've done my job.
Roseanne Barr   Category: Parenting

Mothers - especially single mothers - are heroic in their efforts to raise our nation's children, but men must also take responsibility for their children and recognize the impact they have on their families' well-being.
Evan Bayh   Category: Parenting

We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.
Henry Ward Beecher   Category: Parenting

My father was a farmer and my mother was a farmer, but, my childhood was very good. I am very grateful for my childhood, because it was full of gladness and good humanity.
Roberto Benigni   Category: Parenting

Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise... specialized competence and success are all that they can imagine.
Allan Bloom   Category: Parenting

Studies show that children best flourish when one mom and one dad are there to raise them.
John Boehner   Category: Parenting

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
Erma Bombeck   Category: Parenting

I had no idea that mothering my own child would be so healing to my own sadness from my childhood.
Susie Bright   Category: Parenting

Having a baby changes the way you view your in-laws. I love it when they come to visit now. They can hold the baby and I can go out.
Matthew Broderick   Category: Parenting

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
Buddha   Category: Parenting

It is a sad commentary of our times when our young must seek advice and counsel from "Dear Abby" instead of going to Mom and Dad.
Abigail Van Buren   Category: Parenting

No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly.
Miguel de Cervantes   Category: Parenting

A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it.
Frank Howard Clark   Category: Parenting

I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career. I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party, what my son was writing. I was thinking about Legos.
Jill Clayburgh   Category: Parenting

I don't think children's inner feelings have changed. They still want a mother and father in the very same house; they want places to play.
Beverly Cleary   Category: Parenting

If kids come to educators and teachers from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.
Barbara Colorose   Category: Parenting

Believe me, my children have more stamina than a power station.
Robbie Coltrane   Category: Parenting

Family life was wonderful. The streets were bleak. The playgrounds were bleak. But home was always warm. My mother and father had a great relationship. I always felt 'safe' there.
Robert Cormier   Category: Parenting

No one knows his true character until he has run out of gas, purchased something on the installment plan and raised an adolescent.
Marcelene Cox   Category: Parenting

It's a huge change for your body. You don't even want to look in the mirror after you've had a baby, because your stomach is just hanging there like a Shar-Pei.
Cindy Crawford   Category: Parenting

My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.
Quentin Crisp   Category: Parenting

Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.
Phyllis Diller   Category: Parenting

There's really no point in having children if you're not going to be home enough to father them.
Anthony Edwards   Category: Parenting

Childhood obesity is best tackled at home through improved parental involvement, increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint from eating.
Bob Filner   Category: Parenting

Love is staying up all night with a sick child - or a healthy adult.
David Frost   Category: Parenting

That's my ideal day, time with my boys.
Kenny G   Category: Parenting

Both my mother and father were very supportive of any career move any of us wanted to make.
James Gandolfini   Category: Parenting

Telling a teenager the facts of life is like giving a fish a bath.
Arnold H. Glasow   Category: Parenting

We criticize mothers for closeness. We criticize fathers for distance. How many of us have expected less from our fathers and appreciated what they gave us more? How many of us always let them off the hook?
Ellen Goodman   Category: Parenting

It's hard enough to work and raise a family when your kids are all healthy and relatively normal, but when you add on some kind of disability or disease, it can just be such a burden.
Patricia Heaton   Category: Parenting

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
Theodore Hesburgh   Category: Parenting

What feeling is so nice as a child's hand in yours? So small, so soft and warm, like a kitten huddling in the shelter of your clasp.
Marjorie Holmes   Category: Parenting

My mom's a Catholic, and my dad's a Jew, and they didn't want anything to do with anything.
Isabelle Huppert   Category: Parenting

If you're asking your kids to exercise, then you better do it, too. Practice what you preach.
Bruce Jenner   Category: Parenting

My mother was the influence in my life. She was strong; she had great faith in the ultimate triumph of justice and hard work. She believed passionately in education.
John H. Johnson   Category: Parenting

Mom and Dad would stay in bed on Sunday morning, but the kids would have to go to church.
Lynn Johnston   Category: Parenting

My father wasn't really involved and my mom is the light in my life.
Marion Jones   Category: Parenting

Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.
Carl Jung   Category: Parenting

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.
John F. Kennedy   Category: Parenting

Mama and Daddy King represent the best in manhood and womanhood, the best in a marriage, the kind of people we are trying to become.
Coretta Scott King   Category: Parenting

Few things are more satisfying than seeing your children have teenagers of their own.
Doug Larson   Category: Parenting

Success for me its to raise happy, healthy human beings.
Kelly LeBrock   Category: Parenting

Girls are the future mothers of our society, and it is important that we focus on their well-being.
Miriam Makeba   Category: Parenting

The family teaches us about the importance of knowledge, education, hard work and effort. It teaches us about enjoying ourselves, having fun, keeping fit and healthy.
Kamisese Mara   Category: Parenting

The Internet is just bringing all kinds of information into the home. There's just a lot of distraction, a lot of competition for the parent's voice to resonate in the children's ears.
Phil McGraw   Category: Parenting

I've said it before, but it's absolutely true: My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future.
Liza Minelli   Category: Parenting

Every cliche about kids is true; they grow up so quickly, you blink and they're gone, and you have to spend the time with them now. But that's a joy.
Liam Neeson   Category: Parenting

To me luxury is to be at home with my daughter, and the occasional massage doesn't hurt.
Olivia Newton-John   Category: Parenting

I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.
Robert Orben   Category: Parenting

There are some great questions to ask your doctor. If he says 'no,' then you find yourself a different doctor. There really has to be a change in how we medically look at women at this time. I mean, this is not just baby gloom.
Marie Osmond   Category: Parenting

Parenthood and family come first for me, and when I'm not working I'm cool with the Teletubbies.
Clive Owen   Category: Parenting

Home life's great, man. The kids are great, happy and healthy. I've reached this sort of wonderful precipice.
Ryan Phillippe   Category: Parenting

Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
Plato   Category: Parenting

I want to have children, but my friends scare me. One of my friends told me she was in labor for 36 hours. I don't even want to do anything that feels good for 36 hours.
Rita Rudner   Category: Parenting

Education, like neurosis, begins at home.
Milton R. Sapirstein   Category: Parenting

We expect teachers to handle teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and the failings of the family. Then we expect them to educate our children.
John Sculley   Category: Parenting

You have to support your children to have a healthy relationship.
Connie Sellecca   Category: Parenting

I get whatever placidity I have from my father. But my mother taught me how to take it on the chin.
Norma Shearer   Category: Parenting

I think I'm going to have to live vicariously through my daughter's rebellion because I certainly never did go through adolescence.
Brooke Shields   Category: Parenting

There are 80 million moms in the United States. Forty million stay at home with their children.
Andrew Shue   Category: Parenting

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

In automobile terms, the child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering.
Benjamin Spock   Category: Parenting

What good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is usually best after all.
Benjamin Spock   Category: Parenting

Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.
Gloria Steinem   Category: Parenting

The interesting thing about being a mother is that everyone wants pets, but no one but me cleans the kitty litter.
Meryl Streep   Category: Parenting

It's a great mistake, I think, to put children off with falsehoods and nonsense, when their growing powers of observation and discrimination excite in them a desire to know about things.
Anne Sullivan   Category: Parenting

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
Charles R. Swindoll   Category: Parenting