Family & Education

15 Parenting Quotes for Those in the Thick of It

BY Barbara Danza TIMEJanuary 23, 2018 PRINT

Parenting is a wild ride—a learn as you go, call ‘em like you see ‘em, on the job training situation. All parents can use a dose of inspiration or, perhaps even more,  a good laugh. Here are some quotes to satisfy both.

“Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; not I have six children and no theories.”

—John Wilmot, Earl of Roschester

“If you’ve never been hated by a child, you’ve never been a parent.”

—Bette Davis

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”

—Benjamin Spock

“The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.”

—Lane Olinghouse

“A baby changes your dinner party conversation from politics to poops.”

—Maurice Johnston

“The biggest thing I remember is that there was just no transition. You hit the ground diapering.

—Paul Reiser

“Never do for a child what he is capable of doing for himself.”

—Elizabeth Hainstock

“Buying your kid a goldfish is a great way to teach them responsibility for 24-36 hours.”

—Conan O’Brien

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

—Jim Gaffigan

“Children spell love… T-I-M-E.”

—Dr. A. Witham

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”

—Milton Berle

“A 2-year-old is like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.”

—Jerry Seinfeld

“When a man dies, if he can pass enthusiasm along to his children, he has left them an estate of incalculable value.”

—Thomas Edison

“Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.”

—David Bly

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

—Theodore Hesburgh

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.”

—George Santayana

Barbara Danza
Barbara Danza is a mom of two, an MBA, a beach lover, and a kid at heart. Here, diving into the challenges and opportunities of parenting in the modern age. Particularly interested in the many educational options available to families today, the renewed appreciation of simplicity in kids’ lives, the benefits of family travel, and the importance of family life in today’s society.
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