19 Best Positive Parenting Quotes

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This article is going to talk about some of the best positive parenting quotes we could find.

We went and looked for the best positive parent involvement quotes.

We’re confident we selected the best positive quotes about parenting to help inspire all parents. Check it out.

As a parent, there’s going to be some days where things are going to be very difficult.

For all, we know it could be today for you. To help keep your sanity sometimes you need to find inspiration.

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One of the best ways to gather inspiration is through quotes.

For me personally, I’ve been a big collector of quotes for years.

Back in elementary and high school as nerdy as it sounds, I used to keep a quote journal where I wrote all the quotes that I found interesting.

Every so often I would flip through them just to gain some inspiration.

This is going to be something similar. I want you to be inspired and motivated as a parent.

Parenting is not easy, and it’s not for the faint of heart, but you got this.

You Got This!

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Positive Parenting Quotes

This parenting quote by Kittie Franz is about remembering you’re raising a child not managing an inconvenience. Check out the other quotes.

“Remember you are not managing an inconvenience. You are raising a human being.”

— Kittie Franz

Truthfully children can be an inconvenience.

They force you to shift your priority. In many ways, the things we loved to do and even our goals change with kids.

On the flipside remember that you’re raising and shaping the mind of the next generation. The next CEO, the next doctor or scientist that finds the cure for a disease could be your child.

Don’t take it for granted.

 This quote by Barbara Johnson emphasizes as parents we need to be present in the lives of our children. See the other positive parent involvement quotes.

“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.”

— Barbara Johnson

This quote is significant because it emphasizes the importance of being present in your kid’s life.

This quote by Barbara Johnson goes really well with this following

 This quote by Jessalyn Gilsig is about making sure as a parent you live in the moment when around your child. See the other quotes on positive parenting…

“Motherhood [and Fatherhood] has taught me the meaning of living in the moment and being at peace. Children don’t think about yesterday, and they don’t think about tomorrow. They just exist in the moment.”

— Jessalyn Gilsig

The original quote didn’t have fatherhood in there, but I went ahead and added it.

This quote is just as important to dads as it is for moms.

This is something I’m honestly still learning. I’m a big planner.

Always thinking about the future.

There’s nothing wrong with it, but like everything, too much of anything is a bad thing.

We all need to learn to take a break from thinking about the future and just live in the moment.

The moment is what kids want and the moment is what kids remember.

Don’t stop planning for a better future for your family, but don’t forget to give them their moment also.

To further highlight this point

 As a parent you need to make sure your present in the lives of your child. Down the road your kid is not going to regret the presents he or she never got…but the time that wasn’t spent. Click through to see the other quotes.

“Too much love never spoils children. Children become spoiled when we substitute presents for presence.”

— Anthony Withman

This goes back to the above quotes. It’s all about the precious moments you build with your child.

The times your child will cherish and remember when their older is not the toys they got or didn’t get, but the time you took to play with him or her using the toy.

Quote by Sue Atkins talking about the goal of parenting is not to be a perfect parent…good luck with that if it’s your goal. Instead just be a real parent.

“There is no such thing as a perfect parent. Just be a real one.”

— Sue Atkins

There’s no such thing as perfection. Just focus on trying your best.

As a parent you have to accept you’re never going to have all the answers. Sometimes you’ll just be lucky to have any answer. Many times we just have to figure it out on the fly as are children grow, and we grow right along with them. Good quote by Bridgett Miller…click through to see all the others.

“The point of parenting is not to have all the answers before we start out but instead to figure it out on the go as our children grow. Because as they do, so will we.”

— Bridgett Miller

As a parent, you’re not going to have all the answers. Honestly, you’ll probably be lucky to have answers half the time.

As your child is figuring out the world around them, you’re going to be figuring out how to best parent them.

This quote by Eileen Kennedy-Moore is talking about just loving your children where they’re at. Click to see all the other parenting quotes.

“By loving them for more than their abilities we show our children they are much more than the sum of their accomplishments.”

— Eileen Kennedy-Moore

Your child is going to have strengths and weaknesses based on their abilities.

We need to first love them where they’re at.

The child who’s falling behind in school should be loved just as much as the child with an IQ of 160.

Children should not feel like they have to work for your approval or your love. Your love should be a constant force in their life. Click through to see all the other inspirational parenting sayings.

“Children must never work for our love, they must rest in it.”

— Gordon Neufeld

Children need to feel your unconditional love.

 You want your child to listen to you based on respect than by fear.

“It is better for your children to come to you by a feeling of respect and gentleness, than by fear. ”

— Unknown

As a parent, you’re going to have some difficult moments with your child.

When those moments arise, and they will you’re going to be tested to see how you’re going to react.

You’ll think if I’m super hard on them and put the “fear of God” in them they’ll start listening and do what I want them to do.

The problem with the strategy of trying to put the fear of God in your kids to get them to listen is you’re not God.

The strategy as effective as it might be, risks causing resentment in your kids. You want your kid to come to you out of love and admiration and respect.

To help illustrate this point think how you feel at your job when you have a boss you don’t really like.

The boss who goes around putting the “fear of God” in all their subordinates.

How effective is it?

You probably do what they want.

But how do you feel about it?

Different scenario.

What if it’s a boss you really like?

How effective is it?

Does it not make you want to work harder? And go the extra mile?

You definitely feel differently.

Excellent quote by Witcraft talking about what really matters as a parent. Hint: It’s not the material things. Click through to see all the other quotes on parenting well.

It’s better to be well respected than well feared.

“One hundred years from now it won’t matter what your bank account was, the sort of house you lived in, or the kind of car you drove, but the world may be different because you were important in the life of a child.”

— Forest E. Witcraft

Witcraft’s quote is such a powerful positive quote on parenting.

I think at times we place such a big emphasis on working so we can pay bills and have nice things.

By themselves, there’s nothing wrong with those things.

It’s just we tend to place a lot of emphasis on stuff that in the grand scheme of things that don’t truly matter.

Things that don’t really impact the world.

We talk about wanting to change the world, and we always think we need to do this grand thing.

As parents, all you really have to do is love your child well.

Parenting quote by Graham R. White Do you know how to change the world? It’s by demonstrating to your child how you want the world to be. Click through to see all the other parent/family quotes and sayings.

That well taken care of child than grows up and takes care of a couple more people. You see we can create this positive cascade that keeps growing.

“The most powerful way to change the world is to live in front of our children the way we would like the world to be.”

— Graham R. White

Let me just say talk is cheap…very cheap. Action is what matters. While it might seem like your child isn’t listening to you.

Your child is listening.

He or she might only seem to listen and pick up things they shouldn’t while ignoring the important things they should listen to.

You know what they’re also doing. They’re watching you. They’re watching how you act. How you treat others.

They’re also watching for you to model the behaviors you’re telling them to do.

By Amanda Morgan Before a child is ready to learn you first must teach your child he or she is loved first.

Do they see you yelling and treating others poorly, and yet you’re trying to teach them respect?

“You must first teach a child he is loved. Only then is he ready to learn everything else.”

— Amanda Morgan

Children have this innate need to be loved and cared for.

If he or she doesn’t feel loved and cared for you’re going to have a hard time trying to teach him or her anything of importance.

By Jean-Jacques Rousseau  As a parent patience is an important trait to have.

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

You remember the phrase patience is a virtue?

Patience is hard sometimes. But the end result is a valuable lesson to you and your child.

Patience is remaining calm (not getting angry or acting out of anger) in the face of difficult situations or circumstances.

By Rebecca Eanes A parenting quote on being mindful on how we punish kids for having grumpy days or bad days. As adults we have days like that. We need to educate them on how best to channel the feelings on those days.

Show your child how they should act in the face of a difficult situation.

“So often, children are punished for being human. They are not allowed to have grumpy moods, bad days, disrespectful tones, or bad attitudes. Yet, we adults have them all the time. None of us are perfect. We must stop holding our children to a higher standard of perfection than we can attain ourselves. ”

— Rebecca Eanes


This was my feeling when I first read this.


This statement really hits home and makes me think. I hope it does the same for you.

What’s the application for this?

Do you let kids get away with bad behavior? I don’t believe that’s what it’s saying.

It’s saying kids like adults have bad days and bad moments like adults do.

While you, of course, want to educate and guide your child in an appropriate way to display frustration or a bad day.

 Your child is looking for you to notice them. If you don’t notice them at times bad behavior can be a result of that. Quote by L.R. Knost

We also need to be patient with them when they fall short of that.

“Every day, in a hundred small ways our children ask, “Do you hear me? Do you see me? Do I matter” There behavior often reflects our response.”

— L.R. Knost

Your child wants your attention and to know you love them. Children will go to great lengths if they feel they don’t have it.

Quote by Matthew Jacobsen For every child who looks at themselves and says “I think I can” Is a parent who first said. “Yes you can” Click through to see all the other family quotes

Bad behavior at times is a reflection of that.

“Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.”

— Matthew Jacobsen

Singer, writer, poet and civil right acitivst Maya Angelou said it well in this quote. Details will be lost with time. But feelings will stand the test of time. Excellent quote by Maya Angelou

Great adults are born from great parents who believed in them and loved them first.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

— Maya Angelou

One of my all-time favorite quotes.

The great American poet, singer and civil rights activist (amongst other accomplishments) Maya Angelou said it well.

When your child gets to be an adult they’ll forget the exact things you told them, they might forget what all you guys did together.

But they will remember how they felt when they were around you during those activities.

Quote on Raising kids This quote focuses on the importance of not necessarily raising kids to have more stuff than you had. But the focus should be so they become a better person than you were. Click through to see all the other quotes.

“Don’t raise your kids to have more than you had. Raise them to be more than you were.”

— Unknown

There’s absolutely nothing wrong about wanting your child to have more than you had, especially if you grew up poor with inconsistent food, water, and shelter.

What good and loving parent wouldn’t want their child to have more than they did?

Of course, they do.

This quote focuses more on materialism.

As a society and culture, we focus too much on material items. This quote teaches us to also look at the quality of a person.

In other words, you want your kids to hopefully be a better person than you were based on learning from your mistakes.

Final Thoughts

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