61 Inspirational Parenting Quotes For Hard Times

inspirational parenting quotes for hard times

Inspirational parenting quotes can be helpful for parents during hard times. They provide comfort, guidance, and motivation to continue on the journey of raising happy and healthy children.

Parenting is not easy and these quotes can help encourage and inspire parents to press on despite the difficult times they may face. 

Whether it’s reassuring words, a thought-provoking idea, or a reminder of why this challenging job is worth it, let these parenting quotes provide you with much-needed motivation when times get tough!

 Best Inspirational Parenting Quotes For Hard Times

1. “The best thing you can do for your children is to love your spouse.” – Barbara Bush

2. “It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” – L.R. Knost

3. “When you look into your child’s eyes, you understand the wonders of life have just begun.” – Unknown

4. “Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.” – W.E.B. Du Bois

5. “It’s 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

6. “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” – Robert Fulghum

7. “You don’t raise heroes; you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they will turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.” – Walter M. Schirra Sr.

8. “Teach your children to be responsible (so they will be) and kind (so they can’t help it).” – Woody Harrelson

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

10. “It’s time to stand up and tell your children the truth: We are living in a society of ‘instant gratification.’” – Alfie Kohn

11. “The most important thing that parents can give their children is unconditional love.” – Rachel Gathercole

12. “It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it myself.” – Joyce Maynard

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

14. “The truth is that parenting is a long game and if you look after your child’s heart, their future will take care of itself.”– Simon Sinek

15. “When you look into your child’s eyes and truly see them, then you will understand the importance of giving them the freedom to explore their world and make mistakes.” – Unknown

16. “It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do for our children, that hurts them.” – Mandy Hale

17. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland

18. “No matter how old your child is, they will always need you to set limits and boundaries; but sometimes, they need you to stretch those limits and boundaries too.” – Unknown

19. “Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement, and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.” – Bob Keeshan

20. “The most important ingredient we can add to our children’s lives is unconditional love.” – Unknown

21. “One of the greatest gifts you can give your children is to believe in them.” – Unknown

22. “It takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a child to raise a village.” – African Proverb

23. “Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes.” – Chinese Proverb

24. “Good parenting involves giving children the tools and confidence to make good decisions, not just telling them what to do.” – Unknown

25. “A good parent isn’t someone who provides for their children’s material needs; a good parent is someone who teaches their children to be resourceful, responsible adults.” – Unknown

26. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou

27. “Lead by example, be the person you want your children to become.” – Unknown

28. “The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home.” – Harold B. Lee 

29. “No matter how far life takes you, no matter how successful and happy you become, never forget the value of your family and the home from which you came.” – Unknown

30. “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”– Margaret Mead

31. “The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of their time each day.”– O.A. Battista

32. “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” – John W. Whitehead

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

34. “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

35.  “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

36. “No matter what you do, your job as a parent is not to be your child’s friend but to teach and guide them.” – Oprah Winfrey

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

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

39. “Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her.” – Urie Bronfenbrenner

40. “A home with a loving and loyal husband and wife is the supreme setting in which children can be reared in love and righteousness and in which the spiritual and physical needs of children can be met.” – David O McKay

41. “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” – Billy Graham 

42. “The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.” – Denis Waitley

43. “Let your kids fail- it is part of the learning process.” – Unknown

44.  “Kids learn from failure, not success.” – Unknown

45. “It takes a long time for children to become who they are going to be.” – Germaine Greer

46. “A parent’s job is to encourage their children and make them believe in themselves.”– Unknown

47. “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”– Albert Einstein

48.  “It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.” – L.R. Knost

49. “A parent’s love is whole no matter how many times divided.” – Robert Brault

50. “No matter what they tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

51. “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”– Theodore Hesburgh

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

53. “Parenting is not about what you give your kids but what you give them enough of: enough love, enough security, and most important, enough of yourself.” – Naomi Drew

54. “Children need to know that they are loved unconditionally and without any expectation of what they should be like or do.” – Paul Vitz

55. “First your parents, they give you your life, but then you have to choose how you’re going to live it.”– Jeanne Moreau

56. “Parenting isn’t easy and it doesn’t come with a manual, so don’t be hard on yourself. Know that you are doing the best you can with what you have.” – Amy Chua

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

58. “Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.”- Haim Ginott

59. “No matter how far life pushes you down, no matter how much you hurt, you can always bounce back.” – Dr. Seuss

60. “Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” – C.S. Lewis 

61. “Whatever else is uncertain in this stacatto life, you can be sure that you and your children will always be joined by a mutual love.” – Marge Kennedy


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