Parenting is one of the most rewarding jobs there is. But it’s not always easy, especially during tough times. That’s why it can be helpful to have some parenting quotes to turn to for inspiration and wisdom. Here are a few parenting quotes that I’ve found uplifting in my own tough times. I hope they give you a little boost too.

Parenting Quotes to Get You Through Hard Times

It’s no secret that parents are not perfect. We strive to be, but it is impossible. Some days you feel like the best parent in the world, and other days you just want to throw your hands up in defeat. I have had my share of moments where I was sure I was doing everything wrong. The good thing about parenting is that there is always someone who has felt worse than you, so don’t worry too much!

  • We’re all imperfect parents, and that’s perfectly okay. Tiny humans need connection, not perfection. — LR Knost
  • Parenting without a sense of humor is like being an accountant who sucks at math. — Amber Dusick
  • Don’t let yourself become so concerned with raising a good kid that you forget you already have one. — Glennon Melton-Doyle
  • If, at the end of the day, everyone feels love, you will have done enough. — Unknown
  • You will never really know what kind of parent you were or if you did it right or wrong. Never. And you will worry about this and them as long as you live. But when your children have children, and you watch them do what they do, you will have part of an answer. — Robert Fulghum
  • No matter how much time you spend reading books or following your intuition, you’re gonna screw it up. Fifty times. You can’t do parenting right. — Alan Arkin
  • Parenting shouldn’t feel like a competitive sport. It’s plenty challenging without any added obstacles. Strive to be loving and kind; have the courage to ask for help; take a break when you need it; celebrate all the great stuff; be kind to yourself, and be yourself. That’s who your kid loves anyways. — Ariadne Brill
  • Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. — Benjamin Spock

troubled time parenting quotes for hard times

  • 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


  • So even when it might seem easy to throw in the towel, just hang on. Things are a thousand times brighter on the other side, and your children will be better for it. — Unknown
  • I think that when moms just give themselves up, the kids know. They feel guilty; they resent their mother for making them feel guilty, and then they grow up and do the same thing. Whereas my mother showed me that it’s okay to focus on yourself. — Jillian Michaels
  • It takes a village to raise a child. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. — Unknown
  • The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days waiting for better ones ahead. — Marjorie Pay Hinkley
  • I may not be able to give my kids everything they want, but I give them what they need: love, time, and attention. You can’t buy those things. — Nishan Panwar
  • If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent. — Bette Davis
  • Raising children is an exercise in frustration management, punctuated by occasional moments of pure joy. — Unknown
  • You’re going to get advice from a lot of people, and you can take bits and pieces, but you know innately what your child needs. You should trust that. — Lucy Liu
    You have those moments: exhaustion, the stress of having an exuberant child, and you don’t want to be judged by your worst mistakes. It’s a part of life, and it’s a part of what makes us who we are. — Viola Davis
  • You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible—oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible. — Tina Fey
  • The truth is, parenting as well as we can is always hard – really, truly, the hardest thing any of us has ever done. — Laura Markham

Good parenting quotes

  • If you’re completely exhausted and don’t know how you’re going to keep giving this much of yourself day after day, you’re probably a good parent. — Bunmi Laditan

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Positive Parenting Quotes

Looking for some inspiration to help you through your day? Check out these positive parenting quotes! They will help you remember that the journey is worth it, even on the tougher days. So read on and be inspired.

  • 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 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
  • Motherhood 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
  • Never fear to spoil children by making them too happy. Happiness is the atmosphere in which all good affections grow. — Thomas Bray
  • I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves. — Joey Bell C.
  • Too much love never spoils children. Children become spoiled when we substitute presents for presence. — Anthony Withman
  • By loving them for more than their abilities, we show our children that they are much more than the sum of their accomplishments. — Eileen Kennedy-Moore
  • You must first teach a child he is loved. Only then is he ready to learn everything else. — Amanda Morgan

Positive Parenting Quotes

  • What good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is usually best, after all. — Benjamin Spock

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  • If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves. — Carl Jung
  • We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • No one is ever quite ready; everyone is always caught off guard. Parenthood chooses you. And you open your eyes, look at what you’ve got, say “Oh, my gosh,” and recognize that of all the balls there ever were, this is the one you should not drop. It’s not a question of choice. ― Marisa de Los Santos
  • Children start out loving their parents, but as they grow older and discover their parents are human, they become judgmental. And sometimes, when they mature, they forgive their parents, especially when they discover they are also human. — Oscar Wilde
  • 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
  • It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity, there is beauty, and there is strength. ― Maya Angelou
  • Most things are good, and they are the strongest things, but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality. The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil. ― Walt Disney
  • The best kind of parent you can be is to lead by example. — Drew Barrymore
  • Parenting can let us witness a new universe where adjustments and flexibility are known. — Unknown
  • The thing about parenting rules is there aren’t any. That’s what makes it so difficult. — Ewan McGregor

Parenting quotes tips

  • At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. — Jane D. Hull

Final Thoughts

Parenting is hard work, and it takes patience, consistency, and understanding to raise a happy, healthy child. The best way to keep your sanity during this process is by making sure you take time for yourself every day. I hope these inspirational parenting quotes help you find the strength to keep going and that they provide some much-needed perspective in your hardest moments.

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Hermione M.

My name is Hermione. I am the founder of WomenH and I write about women's health, wellness, mental health, and personal growth. I created this platform to inspire women to take care of themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally to become their best selves. Thank you for stopping by.

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