20 Parenting Quotes That Will Make You Smile
20 Parenting Quotes That Will Make You Smile

Few experiences are as universally shared as the journey of parenthood. Sometimes this adventure of epic proportions presents more joy that you think your heart can stand and sometimes it’s harder than anything you think you are capable of surviving. 

Whether you’re making your way through a peak or valley on your journey, here are 20 parenting quotes that all parents will surely relate to and that will, hopefully, make you smile.

1. “Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.”—John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

2. “Over at our place, we’re sure of just one thing: everybody in the world was once a child.”—Walt Disney

3. “We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.”—Henry Ward Beecher

4. “You know what it’s like having a fourth kid? Imagine you’re drowning, then someone hands you a baby.”—Jim Gaffigan

5. “The biggest thing I remember is that there was just no transition. You hit the ground diapering.”—Paul Reiser

6. “When you have children yourself, you begin to understand what you owe your parents.”—Japanese Proverb

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

8. “There really are places in your heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.”—Anne Lamott

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9. “A two-year-old is kind of like having a blender but you don’t have a top for it.”—Jerry Seinfeld

10. “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”—Milton Berle

11. “If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the mystery of the world we live in.”—Rachel Carson

12. “When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.”—Louis Pasteur

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13. “My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.”—Wilma Rudolph, Olympian

14. “Cleaning your house while your children are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.”—Phyllis Diller

15. “Any kid will run any errand if you ask at bedtime.”—Red Skelton

16. “Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”—Charles R. Swindoll

17. “Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them, all of it has always been big stuff.”—Catherine M. Wallace

18. “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”—Angela Schwindt

19. “You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around—and why his parents will always wave back.”—William D. Tammeus

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(NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP/Getty Images)

20. “Every home is a university and the parents are the teachers.”—Mahatma Gandhi

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