Thought-Provoking Quotes for Parents

In six years’ time, our family went from this…

To this…

No, I’m not pointing out my husband’s drastic hair change. Although, like the addition of two more children, it was a much welcomed change. 🙂

Yes, it’s gone by fast so far. All those veteran parents who have told me, “Those little years go so fast. Enjoy them while you can,” were right. I don’t know about you, but that advice makes me nervous every time I hear that. Am I using my time wisely? Or am I squandering it?

I can’t make the years of my influence in my kids’ lives slow down. And, ultimately, I know that our Sovereign, good God is working all things for the good of those who love him. Whew, it’s not all on our shoulders!

But, we do have a big responsibility as parents. And, the only thing I know to do to keep on the right parenting path is seek God’s wisdom and other wise people’s advice…and pray that God helps me make these gems of wisdom a reality in my life.

God’s Word is where I start with parenting advice. But, today I want to share some quotes I’ve been collecting about parenting from various resources and books I’ve encountered over the years. Some are from Christians and some are not, but all of them have been helpful reminders to me in this journey so far. I review them periodically and pray in light of them to keep me focused on my goals in parenting.

Here are a few of my favorite parenting quotes…

“If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.”

Haim Ginott

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.”

Frank P. Adams

“If you want to see what children can do, stop giving them things.”

Norman Douglas

“Being listened to is so close to being loved that most people cannot tell the difference.”

David Oxberg

“You know that the beginning is the most important part of any work, especially in the case of a young and tender thing; for that is the time at which the character is being formed.”


“The end goal for us as parents is to conduct God’s discipline in our children’s lives in such a way that they experience healing from their sin.”

– Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony

“If you sow love and respect into your child, you will reap the harvest of a teenager who wants to show you love and respect.”

– Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony

“To be with a child in Christian ways means self-control more than child-control. To be Christian is to ask: What can I bring to another? Not: What do I want that person to know or be? It means being willing to learn from another, even a child.”

Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony

“I must choose to do those things that will give satisfaction as I view my life as a whole, rather than measure satisfaction at the end of each day.” – A Mother’s Heart by Jean Fleming

“The state of your heart is the state of your home.”

Loving the Little Years by Rachel Jankovich

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