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Top 20 Funny and Profound Quotes on Parenting

quotes on parentingWhile there are many quotes on parenting across the internet, some of them I have found to be either distasteful or inappropriate, and that’s why for our website we have included our own quotes in parenting.   Some are funny, some are profound, but all of them have something that resonates with parents and the sometimes overwhelming task of bringing up children.

 

So here are our favorite Top 20 quotes on parenting

 

Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them. – P.J. O’Rourke

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

Having children is like living in a frat house – nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up. – Ray Romano

We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future. – President Franklin D. Roosevelt

We spend the first 12 months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next 12 months teaching them to sit down and shut up. – Phyllis Diller

We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves. – Henry Ward Beecher

There really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child. – Anne Lamott, Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year

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

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

The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires. – Dorothy Parker

If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings. – Brian Tracy

Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories. – John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester (1647-1680)

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. – James Baldwin

All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them. – Erma Bombeck

I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them. – Phyllis Diller

Your children are not your children, they come through you, but they are life itself, wanting to express itself. – Wayne Dyer

To bring up a child in the way he should go – travel that way yourself. – Josh Billings

Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society. – Benjamin Franklin

No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I’m not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal. – Bill Cosby

Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

 

Hopefully these quotes on parenting have made you stop what you are doing, step back from life for a moment, laugh a little and realize that parenting is the most important, most challenging and most rewarding job on the planet.  You might laugh a little, but be inspired to become the best parent you can possibly be.

 

And I trust that your parenting has been challenged by these funny and profound quotes on parenting.

Parenting for Dummies: A Not-So-Dumb Top Ten

A Not so dumb guide to parentingParenting for dummies is probably a bit condescending as a title, but the purpose of this article is to strip away the mystique of being a parent.  In its purest form, parenting should be pretty straight forward, but the truth is that, in the heat of the battle with our kids, it becomes almost overwhelming!

Hence the term, “for dummies”.  I want to strip away the smoke and mirrors and get back to the basics of how you can be a great parent, in a way that anyone, including a first time novice, should be able to apply.

So here is our not-so-dumb Top Ten of Parenting for Dummies (and also smart people like you!)

1. Set Limits

Parenting starts with setting sensible limits, and attaching sensible consequences to them.  Boundaries should be put in place and this will be dependent on the age of the children.  Pick your battles, and don’t put rules in place for things that are trivial, save it for the important ones.  So have a rule in place for staying out beyond curfew, but avoid making a Federal Case of the child not brushing their teeth.

2. Set Consequences

Consequences need to make sense and be proportional.  For example a perfect consequence for staying out late would be grounding the child. Don’t set a consequence that just frustrates the child, or that is perceived as unfair or inappropriate, such as spanking a child for hitting another child.  Do not threaten consequences you will not or cannot keep to, so avoid saying things like, “If you do that again I will kill you!”

3. Follow Through

If you set a consequence, follow through every single time, or you will consider yourself a real dummy in the long run!  Even if you don’t want to, even if it inconveniences you, follow through anyway because this teaches kids that the consequences to certain actions are a sure thing and they don’t change depending on the parent’s mood.

4. Provide Structure and Routine

Children love and need structure, so parenting for dummies insists on providing routine and structure, especially when the kids are young.  Get into the habit of doing the same thing routinely, because there is great security in this for your children.  Being chaotic in your household will see you struggle, so remember that one of the great premises of parenting for dummies is that routine and structure are your friend, not your enemy!

5. Teach Them Respect

Respect is important.  Your children need to respect you and your authority as a parent, other adults especially those closest to them, and social authorities like teachers, pastors, the Police and Armed Forces.  They must also be taught to respect those with disabilities, and to always be kind and honorable towards them.

6. Teach Them Self-Discipline

As they grow, children need to take responsibility for their actions, as do the parents.  You should not be b laming others all the time for your misfortune, because this teaches the same to your kids.  If you mess up, take responsibility, say you are sorry and move on.  Also, teach your children that there are no valid excuses to not doing certain things like homework and the dishes, there are only certain consequences, most of which are unpleasant!

7. Always Speak Positive Words

Always say positive things to your child, no matter how frustrating they get.  Never speak in anger and never lose your temper.  If you are getting close, walk away and calm down before you talk to them.  Make sure you never label them with their action, so your son would not be a naughty boy but a good boy who did something naughty.

8. Invest Time

Nothing says “I love you” more to your children than spending time with them.  Play games, take them out somewhere they like, sit and read with them, and I would also advise that during dinner the TV is turned off and conversation replaces it!

9. Keep the Dreams Alive

Every child has dreams, and your job as a parent is to encourage and promote those dreams.  However, make the child choose one or at most two dreams to pursue, because each one requires an investment in time and also money.  So, they might want to play football, or surf, or dance, or do karate, or design computer games, but they cannot do all of them at once.  Let them choose, then let them pursue their dreams.

10. Love Unconditionally

Kids need to know that they are loved, no matter what they might do.  Unconditional love does not depend on your mood, or on how tired you are, or on what their actions have been.  Tell them you love them whether they get an A or a F in Maths, and whether you have had a tough day or a great day.

Apply these Top Ten Tips and watch your family dynamic change and improve.  If you have this list and do what it says, you won’t need to think about parenting for dummies, you’ll be teaching others the secret to your family success!