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800 Inspiring Parenting Quotes: Kids You Love (2023)

1. “We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.”


2. “Say 'no' only when it really matters. Wear a bright red shirt with bright orange shorts? Sure. Put water in the toy tea set? Okay. Sleep with your head at the foot of the bed? Fine.”—Gretchen Rubin


3. “Don’t let yourself become so concerned with raising a good kid that you forget you already have one.” – Glennon Melton


4. “I don’t have any romantic views of parenting. Every step of the way it’s really hard. It’s a dangerous world, physically and psychologically.” – Anne Lamott


5. “The truth is we’re all a little bit broken. We must learn to love the broken pieces of ourselves – be gentle and empathetic with ourselves, and others.”– Karen Salmansohn


6. “The ultimate gift we can give the world is to grow our tiny humans into adult humans who are independent thinkers, compassionate doers, conscious questioners, radical innovators, and passionate peacemakers. Our world doesn’t need more adults who blindly serve the powerful because they’ve been trained to obey authority without question. Our world needs more adults who challenge and question and hold the powerful accountable.” ~ L.R. Knost


7. “Parents are not perfect, nor are they saints. Dads and moms make mistakes all the time. How you handle these situations will be an important life lesson for your children. ” – Bethany Bridges


8. “True play is child-initiated and child-directed. It can occur on a blank playground. It can occur with a few tires. Children can play – and do play – when all they are given is space and time.” ~ Heather Shumaker


9. “Only parents love you unconditionally. Everyone else carries a “Conditions Apply” tag. This is the ultimate truth of life.” – Prathamesh Medhekar


10. “A child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.” ~ Pablo Casals


11. “There’s sometimes a weird benefit to having an alcoholic, violent father. He really motivated me in that I never wanted to be anything like him.” – Dean Koontz


12. “My parents taught me service – not by saying, but by doing. That was my culture, the culture of my family.” – Alice Walker


13. “Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.”- Bill Ayers


14. “I don’t think it matters how many parents you’ve got, as long as those who are around make their presence a good one. ” ― Elizabeth Wurtzel


15. “Parents are like God because you wanna know they’re out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something. ” ― Chuck Palahniuk


16. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”– Michael Jordan


17. “In 1971, Bossier City, Louisiana, there was a teenage girl who was pregnant with her second child. She was a high school dropout and a single mom, but somehow she managed to make a better life for herself and her children. She encouraged her kids to be creative, to work hard, and to do something special. That girl is my mother and she’s here tonight. And I just want to say, I love you, Mom. Thank you for teaching me to dream.” – Jared Leto


18. “Just imagine how different the world could be if we all spoke to everyone with respect and kindness.”– Holly Branson


19. “The affection of parents makes infants feel safe in this dangerous world, and gives them boldness in experimentation and in an exploration of their environments.”― Bertrand Russell


20. “Parents are without a doubt, one of the most, if not the most influential role models that their kids will probably have under normal circumstances. ” – Joseph R. Parker


21. “Putting your students’ emotional needs first is important because without feeling safe and understood, no instructional strategy will be effective.” ~ Jasper Fox, Sr.


22. “The best part of having two babies at once, a son and a daughter, is mostly everything. You’re just having that feeling of love inside you all the time and motherhood is such a fulfilling place to be. I kind of wish it would have happened to me earlier in my life.” – Jennifer Lopez


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


24. “The reason we love our parents is because they loved us first. Every single company should take this advice. ” – Gary Vaynerchuk


25. “To take children seriously is to value them for who they are right now rather than adults-in-the-making.” ~ Alfie Kohn


26. “‘I don’t think so Mommy!’ is what my child said after, ‘Can you please pick up the popcorn you threw all over?’” – Anna Faris


27. “My mother was the one constant in my life. When I think about my mom raising me alone when she was 20, and working and paying the bills, and, you know, trying to pursue your own dreams, I think is a feat that is unmatched.” – Barack Obama


28. “If opening your eyes, or getting out of bed, or holding a spoon, or combing your hair is the daunting Mount Everest you climb today, that is okay.”– Carmen Ambrosio


29. “The path of development is a journey of discovery that is clear only in retrospect, and it’s rarely a straight line.” 


30. “I think all of us are always five years old in the presence and absence of our parents.” – Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian


31. “Children are just different from one another, especially in temperament. Some are shy, others bold; some active, some quiet; some confident, others less so. Respect for individual differences is in my view the cornerstone of good parent-child relationships.”- Sandra Scarr


32. “Being a working parent sometimes is unbelievably heartbreaking and hard but thank god for FaceTime (even if it’s blurry). ” — Busy Philipps


33. “The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” ~ Maria Montessori


34. “While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about. ” – Angela Schwindt


35. “It is vital that when educating our children’s brains we do not neglect to educate their hearts.” ~ Dalai Lama


36. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”― Maya Angelou


37. “Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes


38. “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body. ” – Elizabeth Stone


39. “Having a little girl has been like following an old treasure map with the important paths torn away.” – Heather Gudenkauf


40. “Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories. ”― John Wilmot


41. “Being a father is a PRIVILEGE. It is nothing short of amazing!” -Larry Hagner, The Dad’s Edge: 9 Simple Ways to Have: Unlimited Patience, Improved Relationships, and Positive Lasting Memories


42. “To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favor of the needs of their children. As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the Savior Himself.”- James E. Faust


43. “The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears: they cannot utter the one, nor will they utter the other. ” – Francis Bacon


44. “A good father is a source of inspiration and self-restraint. A good mother is the root of kindness and humbleness.” – Dr. TP Chia


45. “To raise a child who is comfortable enough to leave you means you’ve done your job. They are not ours to keep, but to teach how to soar on their own.” ~ Anonymous


46. “[Motherhood is] the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary—it’s an act of infinite optimism.” – Gilda Radner


47. “Unless you read different points of view, your mind will eventually close, and you'll become a prisoner to a certain point of view that you'll never question. ” 


48. “We are coming to understand as fathers that our relationships with the important people in our lives – especially our children – are of paramount importance to feeling good about ourselves and feeling that our lives have meaning.” – Bruce Linton, Fatherhood: The Journey from Man to Dad


49. The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. ” – Morrie Schwartz


50. “The hardest part of raising a child is teaching them to ride bicycles. A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom. The realization that this is what the child will always need can hit hard.” – Sloan Wilson


51. “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 joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” ~ Rachel Carson


52. “A father’s goodness is higher than the mountain. A mother’s goodness is deeper than the sea.” – Japanese proverb


53. “Children first realize they can make a difference when parents listen, then respond with sensitivity.” ~ Elizabeth Hartley-Brewer


54. “Movement isn’t a break from learning; movement is learning, and the opportunities for thoughtful exploration in the classroom are endless.” ~ Aleta Margolis


55. “My mom is literally a part of me. You can’t say that about many people except relatives, and organ donors.” – Carrie Latet


56. “I may not be perfect but when I look at my children I know that I got something in my life perfectly right. ” – unknown


57. “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.”– Maya Angelou


58. “I encourage all fathers to focus on the intangibles because those are the gifts that make the difference.” – Asha Patrick, introduction to the book, Fatherhood


59. “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” – Gail Tsukiyama


60. “Making the decision to have a child — it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ” ― Elizabeth Stone, author


61. “I was little there were times I wanted my parents to be normal. I wanted them to have a religion. I wanted them to have a job, like the parents of every other kid I went to school with. ” — Gael Garcia Bernal


62. “What I do is so important to me. It’s like being a parent, in some ways, of a super-demanding , high-achieving child, with a cry that sounds really cool on the radio. ” — Lorde


63. “My parents couldn’t give me a whole lot of financial support, but they gave me good genes. My dad is a handsome son-of-a-gun, and my mom is beautiful. And I’ve definitely been the lucky recipient. So, thank you, Mom, and Dad. ” ― Ashton Kutcher


64. “Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the world you had to earn it. ” – Ann Brashares


65. “If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.” ~ Alfie Kohn


66. “Even if people are still very young, they shouldn’t be prevented from saying what they think.” Anne Frank, author


67. “A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone” – Billy Graham


68. “To be your father is the greatest honor I have ever received. It allowed me to touch mystery for a moment, and to see my love made flesh. If I could have but one wish, it would be for you to pass that love along. After all, there is not much more to life than that.” – Kent Nerburn, Letters to My Son – 20th Anniversary Edition: A Father’s Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love


69. “Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves.” – Marcelene Cox


70. “If you could look into my heart, how quickly you would see the special place you hold there and how much you mean to me.” – Ron Tranmer


71. “If your kids are giving you a headache, follow the directions on the aspirin bottle, especially the part that says keep away from children.” – Susan Savannah


72. “No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I’m not talking about the kids.” – Bill Cosby, Fatherhood, 1986


73. “To my beautiful daughter, always remember: you are brave, you are capable, you are pretty, and you can accomplish ANYTHING your heart desires! I know this because I am your mother.” – Unknown


74. “We mothers are learning to mark our mothering success by our daughters’ lengthening flight.” – Letty Cottin Pogrebin


75. “Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the world you had to earn it.” – Ann Brashares


76. “Sometimes you will be in control of your illness and other times you’ll sink into despair, and that’s OK! Freak out, forgive yourself, and try again tomorrow.”– Kelly Hemingway


77. “What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning.”– Chuck Grassley


78. “Are we forming children who are only capable of learning what is known, or should we try to develop creative and innovative minds?” ~ Jean Piaget


79. “To my father, who told me the stories that matter. To my mother, who taught me to remember them. ”― Marita Golden


80. “The Golden Rule of Parenting is do unto your children as you wish your parents had done unto you!” – Louise Hart


81. “Instant availability without continuous presence is probably the best role a mother can play.” – Lotte Bailyn


82. “Remind yourself daily: While education is useful, it’s love that children and the world need. A deeply loved child with only some education will go much further than a well educated child lacking love.” ~ Vince Gowmon


83. “It is one thing to show your child the way, and a harder thing to then stand out of it. ” — Robert Breault, author


84. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”– J.K. Rowling


85. “Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, author and poet


86. “My favorite thing about being a mom is just what a better person it makes you on a daily basis.” – Drew Barrymore


87. “She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her, the most potent moral force in her life, was the love of her father.” – Harper Lee


88. “Children’s emotions are as real as yours. Just because they might get sad over the colour of their cup, does not make their feelings any less real.” ~ Rebekah Lipp


89. “If a child is acting disruptive within the school system, don’t be too quick to assume there is something wrong with her. She simply may be doing her best to say that the system is not large enough to house the fullness of her creative spirit.” ~ Vince Gowmon


90. “If you ever feel like giving up, just remember there is a little girl watching who wants to be just like you.” – Unknown


91. “A mother is a person who is seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.”-Tenneva Jordan


92. “It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. My mom says some days are like that.” – Judith Viorst in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


93. “We need fathers to realize that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child, it’s the courage to raise one.” – President Barak Obama


94. “We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.” · “A parent's love is whole no matter how many times divided.” · “To understand your ...


95. “The most beautiful thing in the world is to see your children smiling and knowing that you’re the reason behind their smile.”


96. “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


97. “As with everything else about children’s behavior, there’s nothing like a good role model. If you value play, your child will, too.” ~ Madeline Levine


98. “I thought I’d never be that annoying person, but as soon as Winnie was born, I was showing iPhone snaps to a cab driver. ” – Jimmy Fallon


99. “An environmental-based education movement—at all levels of education—will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration but a portal to the wider world.” ~ Richard Louv


100. “I got a lot of support from my parents. That’s the one thing I always appreciated. They didn’t tell me I was being stupid; they told me I was being funny.” – Jim Carrey


101. “ It is the sunlight of parental love and encouragement that enables a child to grow in competence and slowly gain mastery over his environment. ” –Felicity Bauer


102. . The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.  – O. A. Battista (Read here for great lists of family night and playful activities)


103. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”– Harvey Fierstein


104. “Trust children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.” ~ John Holt


105. “Still, it is a little disconcerting to consider that my father has been proven right about nearly everything he cautioned me against, warned me to avoid, or emphatically told me not to do!” – Nick Vujicic


106. “Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the world you had to earn it.” – Ann Brashares


107. “Give children toys that are powered by their imagination, not by batteries.” ~ H. Jackson BrownCLICK TO TWEET


108. “Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby – awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess.” – Lemony Snicket


109. Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience BECOMING, to find out what’s inside you, to MAKE YOUR SOUL GROW.” 


110. “No matter how old you are, there’s no cozier feeling than to have your mom take care of you. ”― Brandi Glanville


111. “Asking kids to meet target on standardized tests is like making them meet a sales quota. Our kids are not commodities.” ~ K.L. Nielsen


112. “Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life, and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.”-Gary Smalley


113. “Learning is alive when experiential, relevant and joyful. It is all but dead when limited to disassociated rationale and sedentariness.” ~ Vince Gowmon


114. “Parents are living gods. They do everything to make their children happy and expect nothing in return.” –Saravana Kumar Murugan


115. “Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.” – Bill Ayers


116. “Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life. ~John Muir


117. “My mom is the greatest mom in the whole wide world. She’s done everything for me to make my dreams come true.” – Josh Hutcherson


118. “A mother is the only person in the world, who can turn daughter’s worries and fears into happiness.” – Unknown


119. “If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it. Perhaps this is what Thoreau had in mind when he said, “the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think the same is true of human beings.” ~David Sobel


120. “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” – Roald Dahl


121. “Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” —Mae Jemison


122. “To my daughter. Never forget that I love you. Life is filled with hard times and good times. Learn from everything you can. Be the woman I know you can be.” – Unknown


123. “One of the greatest titles in the world is a parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad.” – Jim DeMint


124. “Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.” – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


125. “The thing about lying to your parents is, you have to do it to protect them. It’s for their own good.” – Sophie Kinsella


126. “Because even if the whole world was throwing rocks at you, if you still had your mother or father at your back, you’d be okay. Some deep-rooted part of you would know you were loved. That you deserved to be loved.” 


127. “You may speak but a word to a child, and in that child there may be slumbering a noble heart which shall stir the Christian Church in years to come.” Charles Spurgeon, preacher


128. “Children grow up hearing how broken the environment is, how broken beyond repair. Plant strawberries together, make wild medicines, paint the sunrise. Show them proof that for every act of destruction, they can sow a seed, however small, of beauty.” ~ Nicolette Sowder


129. “Regardless of the personal relationship you have with your own father, you have to aim to be better.” – Kirsten Watson


130. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”– Dr. Seuss


131. “Some men have wanted to be fathers for as long as they can remember. They have always seen themselves as fathers-to-be.” – Marcus Berkmann, Fatherhood: The Truth


132. “I believe the heart of the heavenly Father is reflected in the heart of the earthly father.” – Nathan Lorick, Dying to Grow


133. “But now, being a parent, I go home and see my son and I forget about any mistake I ever made or the reason I’m upset. I get home and my son is smiling or he comes running to me. It has just made me grow as an individual and grow as a man. ” – LeBron James


134. “It just occurred to me that the majority of my diet is made up of the foods that my kid didn’t finish…” – Carrie Underwood


135. “My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.” – Quentin Crisp, The Naked Civil Servant, 1968


136. “Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.” ~ Thomas Berry


137. “We used to sing along to Judy Garland and Ella Fitzgerald records together. She had the most amazing voice … She’s always encouraged me, and she’s still that person who, when things look dire, lifts me up and reminds me of who I am and that we all have a capacity for greatness.” – Sheryl Crowe


138. “My highest hope for her is just that she has the fearlessness to always be her authentic self, no matter what she thinks men want her to be.” – Channing Tatum


139. “I had no expectations about fatherhood, really, but it’s definitely a journey I’m glad to be taking.” – Christopher Meloni


140. “Loving a child doesn’t mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult. ” – Nadia Boulanger


141. “Parenthood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you’d have. It’s about understanding your child is exactly the person they are supposed to be. And, if you’re lucky, they might be the teacher who turns you into the person you’re supposed to be.” ~ Unknown


142. “The Golden Rule of Parenting is do unto your children as you wish your parents had done unto you!” –Louise Hart


143. “Teaching is learning. They are inseparable. The humility of a teacher is born when this is realized. Only then does teaching really begin.” ~ Vince Gowmon


144. “Having children is like living in a frat house: nobody sleeps, everything is broken, and there's a lot of throwing up.”—Ray Romano


145. “I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: 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


146. “The guys who fear becoming fathers don’t understand that fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man. The end product of child raising is not the child but the parent.” – Frank Pittman


147. “A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.” ~ Charles Brower


148. “The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering.” – Benjamin Spock, Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care


149. “I thought I’d never be the annoying person, but as soon as Winnie was born, I was showing iPhone snaps to a cab driver.” – Jimmy Fallon


150. “When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.” – Nora Ephron


151. “Too much leading and we create anxiety for children. Too much following and the same is true. In wisdom we find balance between the two.” ~ Vince Gowmon


152. “The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.” — Billy Graham, evangelist


153. “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” ~ Alvin Toffler


154. “It is vital that when educating our children’s brains we do not neglect to educate their hearts by nurturing their compassionate nature.” ~  Dalai Lama


155. “Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.” – Socrates


156. “You instantly become less selfish. You can’t be the biggest person in the world anymore—they are. [Motherhood] really grounds you.” – Keri Russell


157. “Mr. T. been to chemo, Mr. T been to radiation, hair fall out … but he’s back. Now I can give hope when I go to the hospital, see the sick kids with cancer, tell them, don’t quit.”– Mr. T


158. “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual, and physical education I received from her.” – George Washington


159. “Having children is like living in a frat house- nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up. ”– Ray Romano


160. “A good father is a source of inspiration and self-restraint. A good mother is the root of kindness and humbleness.”– Dr. T.P.Chia


161. “Pick two things to pursue. Just get really good at those things and learn everything you can about those things. ” 


162. “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” – Agatha Christie


163. “Before I became a parent, I didn’t know I could ruin someone’s day by asking them to put pants on. ” – unknown


164. “Everybody always tells you what an awesome and unique experience being a parent is. Words can never do the feeling justice. ” — Eric Church


165. “Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves. ” – Elbert Hubbard


166. “I love my parents no matter what we go through, no matter how much we argue, because I know, at the end, they’ll always be there.” – Unknown


167. “By education I mean an all-round drawing out of the best in the child and man; body, mind and spirit.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi


168. “The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.” ~ Rudolf Steiner


169. “Somewhere it is written that parents who are critical of other people’s children and publicly admit they can do better are asking for it.” – Erma Bombeck


170. “By profession I am a Soldier and take pride in that fact, but I am prouder to be a father.” – General Douglas MacArthur


171. “You may not control life’s circumstances, but getting to be the author of your life means getting to control what you do with them.” —Atul Gawande


172. “Parents aren’t the people you come from. They’re the people you want to be, when you grow up.” ― Jodi Picoult


173. “Parents are living gods. They do everything to make their children happy and expect nothing in return.” – Saravana Kumar Murugan


174. “I would define a leader as a person who puts the welfare of the group above himself. It’s the same thing with fathers.” – Etan Thomas, Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge


175. “Grown men can learn from very little children, for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show them many things that older people miss.” ~ Black Elk


176. “When I had my first child I thought, ‘This is the best-kept secret.’ You know how parents rattle on to you about, ‘Oh, you won’t believe your life will never be the same,’ and da, da, da and you think, ‘Why can’t these people just get over it? All they’re doing is yakking on about their kids. It’s such a bore.’ And then you have kids and you just want to do all the same things.” – Uma Thurman


177. “Children understand and remember concepts best when they learn from direct personal experience.” ~ Joseph Cornell


178. “If your children fear you, they cannot trust you. If they don’t trust you, they cannot learn from you. “ -Lori Petro


179. “If your children spend most of their time in other people’s houses, you’re lucky; if they all congregate at your house, you’re blessed.” – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s


180. “Part of the reason that Lombardi’s players were willing to work with him was that he nurtured and cared for them like a father. When Lombardi succeeded, so did they.” – Donald T. Phillips, Run to Win: Vince Lombardi on Coaching and Leadership


181. “Becoming a dad means you have to be a role model for your son and be someone he can look up to.” – Wayne Rooney


182. “Love is unconditional acceptance. It is the love of parents for children; also the non-possessive love of partners; also the caring love between all people that enables forgiveness. It’s above energy, though it may be expressed energetically. It’s our essential nature: Spirit itself, the quality we share with God. And it is the binding force of the universe, inherent in all that is.” – Peter Shepherd


183. “The guys who fear becoming fathers don’t understand that fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man. The end product of child raising is not the child but the parent.” – Frank Pittman, Man Enough


184. “In some sense every parent does love their children. But some parents are too broken to love them well. ” – Paul Young


185. “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”– Deuteronomy 31:6


186. “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”– Stephen Hawking


187. “Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”– Arnold Schwarzenegger


188. “Parents are like consumer brands in that, as kids, we remember only two or three key things about them, missing the nuance you only appreciate as you get older and realize people are complicated. ”― Scott Galloway


189. “When little people are scared of something in nature, it’s our job to hold their hand and show them its beauty and purpose.” ~Penny Whitehouse


190. “There can never be too much nature inside a classroom. It is the antidote to the fast-paced, stressful world in which many young children live. Equally important, it encourages an appreciation of the natural world on which we depend.” ~ Condie Ward


191. “No man can possibly know what life means, what the world means until he has a child, and loves it. And then the whole universe changes and nothing will ever again seem exactly as it seemed before.” – L. Hearn


192. “You nurtured and protected me and taught me with great care. And every time I’ve needed you, you were always there.” – Ron Tranmer


193. “At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” – Jane D. Hull


194. “To raise a nature-bonded child is to raise a rebel, a dreamer, an innovator… someone who will walk their own verdant, winding path.” ~Nicolette Sowder


195. “Parents had some kind of sin radar. They always called when you were in the middle of something you just knew they’d consider wrong. Or at least risky.”― Rachel Caine


196. “Parents aren’t the people you come from. They’re the people you want to be, when you grow up.” – Jodi Picoult


197. “The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. ” 


198. “Scientists have proven that it’s impossible to long-jump 30 feet, but I don’t listen to that kind of talk. Thoughts like that have a way of sinking into your feet.”– Carl Lewis


199. “A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future.” – Unknown


200. “Love your parents and treat them with loving care. For you will only know their value when you see their empty chair.” – Anonymous


201. “Having children is like living in a frat house – nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.” – Ray Romano


202. “If you trust play, you will not have to control your child’s development as much. Play will raise the child in ways you can never imagine.” ~ Vince Gowmon


203. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will never perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”– John 3:16-17


204. “Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes in it to make it dry.” – Alvin Price


205. “Children don’t know how to ask for what they don’t know they need. Their asking comes in the form of behaviour.” ~ Bonnie Harris


206. “When you’re in the thick of raising your kids by yourself, you tend to keep a running list of everything you think you’re doing wrong. I recommend taking a lot of family pictures as evidence to the contrary.” —Connie Schultz


207. “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


208. “Mother nature is providential. She gives us twelve years to develop a love for our children before turning them into teenagers.” – William Galvin 


209. “The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.” ~ Maria Montessori


210. “Children harbor a great many doubts and sorrows that could be eased by a loving hug from a parent.” –Richelle E. Goodrich


211. “You may not have an earthly father that cares for you, but you have a heavenly one that does.” – Angelina Talpa, Love Yourself


212. “Ask any child development expert, and they will tell you that children do not develop in a straight line. There are no average children. There are no standard children.” ~ Cassi Clausen


213. “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” – Honore de Balzac


214. “Kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.” – Barbara Kingsolver


215. “I realized that to get through this thing called fatherhood, I would have to be stronger emotionally and physically than I had ever been before.” – Jeffrey Dumroese, Fatherhood


216. “When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that it’s the purest love you can find on this earth.” – Mitch Albom


217. “If we taught babies to talk as most skills are taught in school, they would memorize lists of sounds in a predetermined order and practice them alone in a closet.” ~ Linda Darling -Hammond


218. “Remember: everyone in the classroom has a story that leads to misbehavior or defiance. 9 times out of 10, the story behind the misbehavior won’t make you angry. It will break your heart.” ~ Annette Breaux


219. “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


220. “Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the world you had to earn it.” –Ann Brashares


221. “Parents aren’t the people you come from. They’re the people you want to be, when you grow up. ”– Jodie Picoult


222. “The word ‘education’ comes from the Latin ‘educere’ = e- (out of) + -ducere (to draw). Education is not just about putting information in. We have forgotten that it, in fact, begins in the child’s heart.” ~ Vince Gowmon


223. “Your goal in disciplining your child is actually to help him develop self-discipline, meaning to assume responsibility for his actions, whether the authority figure is present or not.” – Dr. Laura Markham


224. “My parents have lived longer than most and have expected very little. We have been blessed in too many ways to count.” – Ralph Webster


225. “If we want children to become creative leaders then we must learn to follow their lead at an early age.” ~ Vince Gowmon


226. “My mom had four kids, one with special needs. She had a full-time job, and she still came home and made dinner for us every night, from scratch. It was amazing.” – Eva Longoria


227. “My parents couldn’t give me a whole lot of financial support, but they gave me good genes. My dad is a handsome son-of-a-gun, and my mom is beautiful. And I’ve definitely been the lucky recipient. So, thank you, Mom, and Dad.” – Ashton Kutcher


228. “Accept the children the way we accept trees with gratitude, because they are a blessing, but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are. ” – Isabel Allende


229. “A mother’s love doesn’t make her son more dependent and timid; it actually makes his stronger and more independent. ” – Cheri Fuller


230. “Love your parents and treat them with loving care. For you will only know their value when you see their empty chair.” – Anonymous


231. “All I know is that I carried you for nine months. I fed you, I clothed you, I paid for your college education. Friending me on Facebook seems like a small thing to ask in return.” – Jodi Picoult


232. “A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.” – Billy Graham


233. “Love as powerful as your mother’s for you, leaves its own mark to have been loved so deeply .. will give us some protection forever.”-J.K. Rowling


234. “Unconditional love is what a child should expect from a parent even though it rarely works out that way. ”― Jeanette Winterson


235. “I inherited that calm from my father, who was a farmer. You sow, you wait for good or bad weather, you harvest, but working is something you always need to do.” – Miguel Indurain


236. “The best way to preserve a child’s vision is to let them see things their way rather than yours.” Jacob Liberman, Wisdom from an Empty Mind


237. “Butterflies have wings, so they can fly. Fish have gills, so they can swim. Bunnies have four legs, so they can run. I have a heart, so I can love you. ” – Unknown


238. “When you lose your parents, the sadness doesn’t go away. It just changes. It hits you sideways sometimes instead of head-on. Like now.” – Jude Watson


239. “What we are teaches the child far more than what we say, so we must be what we want our children to become.” ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce


240. “This then is the first duty of an educator: to stir up life but leave it free to develop.” ~ Maria Montessori


241. When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth.  – Mitch Albom


242. “The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears: they cannot utter the one, nor will they utter the other.” – Francis Bacon


243. “Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that’s why I call you dad because you are so special to me.” – Wade Boggs


244. “Every word, facial expression, gesture, or action on the part of a parent gives the child some message about self-worth.”- Virginia Satir


245. “Any parents are as ordinary human beings as others, making them angels or even more is up to their next generation. ”― Sandeep Sahajpal


246. “Never before in the history of men and women have expectant fathers been so involved in the pregnancy process.” – Harlan Cohen, Dad’s Expecting Too


247. “Dad needs to show an incredible amount of respect and humor and friendship toward his mate so the kids understand their parents are sexy, they’re fun, they do things together, they’re best friends. Kids learn by example. If I respect Mom, they’re going to respect Mom.” – Tim Allen


248. “The more risks you allow your children to make, the better they learn to look after themselves.” ~ Roald Dahl


249. “Strong-willed children become adults who change the world as long as can hang on for the ride and resist the temptation to ‘tame’ the spirit out of them.” ~ Sarah Stogryn


250. “It is the sunlight of parental love and encouragement that enables a child to grow in competence and slowly gain mastery over his environment. ” – Felicity Bauer


251. “Never take a mean advantage of anyone in any transaction, and never be hard upon people who are in your power. ” 


252. “Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent. ” – Bob Keeshan


253. “Fatherhood is a great thing that could ever happen. You can’t explain it until it happens—it’s like telling someone what water feels like before they’ve ever swum in it.” – Michael Bublé


254. “Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to make it dry. ” — Alvin H. Price


255. “We don’t always do the things our parents want us to do, but it is their mistake if they can’t find a way to love us anyway. ” ― J. Courtney Sullivan


256. “My mom and dad, you’re my heart, thank you for keeping me going all these years and never letting me give up. ” – Anna Gunn


257. “Parents are not perfect, nor are they saints. Dads and moms make mistakes all the time. How you handle these situations will be an important life lesson for your children.” – Bethany Bridges


258. “Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement, and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.” – Bob Keeshan


259. “Let us reach out to the children. Let us do whatever we can to support their fight to rise above their pain and suffering.” Nelson Mandela


260. “Becoming a good father is not automatic – it takes time and effort. We must be willing to invest in this job – our most important, second to being a husband – as any other career we might pursue.” – Dr. John C. Maxwell


261. “A father never gives up on a son, not really, no matter how poorly he behaves at times or how many stupid decisions he makes. He tries to help that son learn how to become the man he was meant to be.” – Aleksandra Layland, Far Haven


262. “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


263. “Some children threaten to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parent’s going.” – Phyllis Diller


264. “I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”– Dr. Seuss


265. “If you could look into my heart, how quickly you would see the special place you hold there and how much you mean to me. ” ― Ron Tranmer


266. “My father once said, ‘If the whole world wants to go left and you feel like going right, go right. You don’t have to follow. You don’t have to make a big deal about which way you’re going. Just go. It’s very easy’.” – Yanni


267. “Close observation of children at play suggests that they find out about the world in the same way as scientists find out about new phenonoma and test new ideas…during this exploration, all the senses are used to observe and draw conclusions about objects and events through simple, scientific investigations.” ~ Judith Roden


268. “A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking. ” – Helen Rice


269. “One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad. ” – Jim DeMint


270. “The weird thing is that you’re just not a parent … and then you are. It takes your brain a couple hours to catch up to that. ” — Seth Meyers


271. “My parents didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing up. We were comfortable, but I didn’t go to Oxbridge, and yet every American interviewer I get says to me, ‘You’re related to Charles II! Your grandfather was a baronet!’ And it’s infuriating because that is a part of my history, but you’re trying to turn me into a posh boy, and I’m not.” – Kit Harington


272. “It doesn’t matter what your background is or where you came from. If you have dreams and goals, that’s all that matters.”– Serena Williams


273. “As special needs parents we don’t have the power to make life “fair,” but we do have the power to make life joyful.”


274. “Someday when the pages of my life end, I know that you will be one of the most beautiful chapters.” – Unknown


275. “All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon the sand. ” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox


276. “We don’t always do the things our parents want us to do, but it is their mistake if they can’t find a way to love us anyway.” – J. Courtney Sullivan


277. If you're going to focus on anything, focus on what you can control. And the only thing you can control is your performance. 


278. “Don’t wait until your child’s school understands how important green time is for their growing minds.  Today, leave the homework untouched, in favour of outdoor play and real-world learning.”


279. “My mother, she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.” – Jodi Picoult


280. “What works for one couple or father may not work for another couple or father. You will need to research to locate or help find your comfort zone for you and your growing family.” – Jacob Westlin, The Expectant Dad’s Manual An Ultimate Guide for Balancing Work with Fatherhood and Coping with the Responsibilities of Having a New Baby in the Family


281. “My father taught me that one of the most important abilities in life is to be able to take the pain and persevere, and for years this lesson had served me well.” – Yanni


282. “Everything we do as teachers must ensure that the child’s inherent desire to learn is kept alive.” ~ Robert John Meehan


283. “...my father, [was] a mid-level phonecompany manager who treated my mother at best like an incompetent employee. At worst? He never beat her, but his pure, inarticulate fury would fill the house for days, weeks, at a time, making the air humid, hard to breathe, my father stalking around with his lower jaw jutting out, giving him the look of a wounded, vengeful boxer, grinding his teeth so loud you could hear it across the room ... I'm sure he told himself: 'I never hit her'. I'm sure because of this technicality he never saw himself as an abuser. But he turned our family life into an endless road trip with bad directions and a rage-clenched driver, a vacation that never got a chance to be fun.” 


284. “When parents tell their children not to congregate on corners, especially in groups, out of fear for them encountering the police, what does that say? We have a trust problem.” – Rahm Emanuel


285. “Close observation of children at play suggests that they find out about the world in the same way as scientists find out about new phenonoma and test new ideas…during this exploration, all the senses are used to observe and draw conclusions about objects and events through simple, if crude, scientific investigations.” ~ Judith Roden


286. “I also believe that parents, if they love you, will hold you up safely, above their swirling waters, and sometimes that means you’ll never know what they endured, and you may treat them unkindly, in a way you otherwise wouldn’t.” –Mitch Albom


287. “I have my parents to thank for that, they raised me to be active and play all sports. They taught me the importance of staying healthy, being focused and setting goals in whatever I do. ” ― Kiana Tom


288. “Dig deep to finish what you start. Because no matter how hard it feels to push through adversity at the time, once you’re done, you’ll own the experience for the rest of your life.”― Aaron Lauritsen


289. “The moment you begin to actively discover the amazing personhood of your child, parenting starts to feel like less of a burden and more of an adventure. ” — Angela Pruess, licensed child therapist


290. “Looking back, I realize that nurturing curiosity and the instinct to seek solutions are perhaps the most important contributions education can make.” ~ Paul Berg


291. “The interesting thing about being a mother is that everyone wants pets, but no one but me cleans the kitty litter. ”— Meryl Streep


292. “My biggest parenting conundrum: why is it so hard to put someone who is already sleepy to sleep.” – Chrissy Teigen


293. “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” – Roald Dahl


294. “Affection without sentiment, authority without cruelty, discipline without aggression, humor without ridicule, sacrifice without obligation, companionship without possessiveness.” – William E. Blatz


295. “So, as all proud fathers do, I boasted about all of their successes and all of the joy they bring to my wife and me.” – Dennis Lominac, My Family is My Life


296. “[What’s beautiful about my mother is] her compassion, how much she gives, whether it be to her kids and grandkids or out in the world. She’s got a sparkle.” – Kate Hudson (on mom Goldie Hawn)


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


298. “My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don’t deny it. I’d rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh – anything but work.” – Abraham Lincoln


299. “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it.”– Michael Jordan


300. “Parents are living gods. They do everything to make their children happy and expect nothing in return. ”― Saravana Kumar Murugan


301. “Teaching is not about answering questions but about raising questions – opening doors for them in places they could not imagine.” ~Yawar Baig


302. “When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job to share our calm, not join their chaos. ” ― L. R. Knost, author


303. “Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby- awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess. ” ― Lemony Snicket


304. “I was two years old in 1960. I came too late for the party.” He leans down and pecks me on the head. I pull away out of habit. “And I’m not even going to ask how you know about acid flashbacks.” 


305. “It’s really easy to fall into the trap of believing that what we do is more important than what we are. Of course, it’s the opposite that’s true: What we are ultimately determines what we do!” —Fred Rogers


306. “Being a parent makes you feel like a blanket that’s always too small. No matter how hard you try to cover everyone, there’s always someone who’s freezing. ” ― Fredrik Backman


307. “Any parents are as ordinary human beings like others, making them angels or even more is up to their next generation.” – Sandeep Sahajpal


308. “What’s it like to be a parent? It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love. ” — Nicholas Sparks


309. “You either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate, it belongs to you.”– Josh Shipp


310. “Since the jobs that our preschoolers will do probably don’t exist yet, our priority is to teach them the skills to adapt and inquire and question and cooperate…life skills. So much more useful than rigid concepts such as the alphabet.” ~ Caroline Bellouse


311. “Mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” – Cardinal Mermillod


312. “Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to drain it dry.”- Alvin Price


313. “I’m thankful my parents obliged me to live with the unvarnished truth: I might not have been a looker, but I was a better speller than the prettiest girl in my class, and I was funnier, too. ” — Laurie Graham


314. “That’s the thing about parents. They ask what you think, but they don’t really care, or at least they don’t care enough to let it affect the outcome. ”― Peter Monn


315. “Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the world you had to earn it.”- Ann Brashares


316. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”– Barack Obama


317. “It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.” ~ Leo Buscaglia


318. “The Golden Rule of Parenting is do unto your children as you wish your parents had done unto you!” – Louise Hart


319. “The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.”Helen Keller


320. “All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants” ~ J.W. Gardner


321. “It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding. ” — Erma Bombeck, humorist


322. “I believe that children are, by nature, very forgiving. I don’t think children expect their parents to be perfect. I think they demand that their parents be real. ” — Beth Moore


323. “If we don’t shape our kids, they will be shaped by outside forces that don’t care what shape our kids are in.”—Dr. Louise Hart


324. “There is more to a boy than what his mother sees. There is more to a boy then what his father dreams. Inside every boy lies a heart that beats. And sometimes it screams, refusing to take defeat. And sometimes his father's dreams aren't big enough, and sometimes his mother's vision isn't long enough. And sometimes the boy has to dream his own dreams and break through the clouds with his own sunbeams.” 


325. “How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child’s board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.” – Walter Scott


326. “When our little people are overwhelmed by big emotions it is our job to share our calm, not join their chaos.” ~ L.R. Knost


327. “I learned from my parents the idea that, if you are devoted enough and you want to study something enough, you can really teach yourself anything.” – Brit Marling


328. “Rushing children’s development is a formula for turning them into who they are not. Letting them play is a kind means of meeting them where they are and encouraging their authentic unfolding.” ~ Vince Gowmon


329. “When you are born into a world where you don’t fit in, it’s because you were born to help create a new one.” ~ Anonymous


330. “Oh no-"she began.It shocked her to be right. Parent's were right, not children. Children could say anything, Arriety knew and enjoy saying it- knowing always they were safe and wrong.” 


331. “Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.” – George Santayana


332. “One of the greatest features of science is that it doesn’t matter where you were born, and it doesn’t matter what the belief systems of your parents might have been: If you perform the same experiment that someone else did, at a different time and place, you’ll get the same result.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson


333. “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” —Roald Dahl


334. “Becoming a good father is not about learning five practical handy techniques that can be pulled out of the kitbag whenever they’re needed. It’s a mind game. It’s about having a set of attitudes and ideas that shape what you do in the thousands of different situations you find yourself in as a dad.” – Tony Payne, Fatherhood: What it is and what it’s for


335. “Only parents love you unconditionally. Everyone else carries a “Conditions Apply” tag. This is the ultimate truth of life. ” – Prathamesh Medhekar


336. “You are such a beautiful girl, and I’m so proud of the incredible way that you are growing up. Even at such a young age, you are full of wisdom, kindness, compassion, and courage.” – Unknown


337. “The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.” – Orlando A. Battista


338. “At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents. ” – Jane D. Hull


339. “My daughter makes me laugh with her incredibly humorous take on the world. Everything makes her laugh, and I aspire to take in the world the same shoes she does.” – Unknown


340. “Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce, Contemporary American scholar


341. “When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth.”- Mitch Albom


342. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” –Maya Angelou


343. “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


344. “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.” – Honore de Balzac


345. “A spirited, unruly student is preferable. It’s much easier to direct passion than to try and inspire it.” ~ Joan Desmond


346. “You learn so much about yourself from being a parent and you care more about the world you are raising your kids in. ” — Kim Kardashian


347. “Then I would give you a bath and sprinkle you with sweet-smelling powder. And if you still smelled bad, I wouldn’t mind,


348. “Most important jobs of a parent: unconditional love, comfort and protection, and a solid platform and values for future success. ”― M. James Airey


349. “The more adults turn play into a project, the more it loses its very essence. The gifts derived from play are suffocated by unnecessary structure and hovering, leaving little room for the child to learn, develop and enjoy his or her explorations.” ~ Vince Gowmon


350. “It’s time we stop buying the lie that we need to be hard on kids because “the world is hard”. Love them as hard as you can. That’s what they need. ” -Tara Vogler


351. If your children fear you, they cannot trust you. If they don’t trust you, they cannot learn from you. -Lori Petro


352. “Explain to me again: how come we treat reading and mathematics as more important than learning to get along with one another?” ~ Pennie Brownlee


353. “I tried to go to sleep with my headphones still on, but then after a while my mom and dad came in, and my mom grabbed Bluie from the shelf and hugged him to her stomach, and my dad sat down in my desk chair, and without crying he said, 'You are not a grenade, not to us. Thinking about you dying makes us sad, Hazel, but you are not a grenade. You are amazing. You can't know, sweetie, because you've never had a baby become a brilliant young reader with a side interest in horrible television shows, but the joy you bring us is so much greater than the sadness we feel about your illness.'


354. “At home I was blessed with a strong role model for a father, and on the field I was equally blessed to have the best coaches an athlete could ask for. Each and every lesson a coach taught me has shaped me into the person and father I am today.” – Tom Limbert, Dad’s Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time


355. “Children are born naturalists. They explore the world with all of their senses, experiment in the environment, and communicate their discoveries to those around them.” ~The Audubon Nature Preschool


356. “I think when you become a parent you go from being a star in the movie of your own life to the supporting player in the movie of someone else’s. ” ― Craig Ferguson


357. “That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes. ” 


358. “Becoming a father is one of the most important, exciting, absorbing, and life-changing events in a man’s life. There is nothing like it and nothing that can fully prepare you for it.” – Tim Atkinson, Fatherhood: The Essential Guide


359. “It’s time to return to childhood, to simplicity, to running and climbing and laughing in the sunshine, to experiencing happiness instead of being trained for a lifetime of happiness. It’s time to let children be children again. .” ~ LR KNOST


360. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”– Judy Garland


361. “Being a dad isn’t just about eating a huge bag of gummy bears as your wife gives birth. It means being comfortable with the word ‘hero.'” – Ryan Reynolds


362. “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; also when friends desert us; and when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” – Washington Irving


363. “So much developmental trauma can be avoided if we simply give children the right to exercise their natural right to play, to move, to explore the outdoors unsupervised… if we let children be children!” ~ Vince Gowmon


364. “To your parents you are still that innocent baby, and sometimes even you will need your father’s hand and your mother’s lap. ”― Amit Kalantri


365. “My daughter is my biggest achievement. She is a little star and my life has changed so much for the better since she came along.” – Denise Van Outen


366. “When I’m with my parents, that’s the place I can unplug. That’s the place I can shut down and not worry about work or what’s going on. I go home and hang out with them. I sleep more there than any place else ever.” – Carrie Underwood


367. “When you’re young, you think your dad is Superman. Then you grow up, and you realize he’s just a regular guy who wears a cape.” – Dave Attell


368. “Children always learn, but not necessarily what you want them to learn.” ~Dr.Lillian Katz, University of Illinois


369. “Encourage your child to have muddy, grassy or sandy feet by the end of each day, that’s the childhood they deserve.”


370. “Children desperately need to know – and to hear in ways they understand and remember – that they’re loved and valued by mom and dad.” – Paul Small


371. “Her smile makes me smile. Her laugh is infectious. Her heart is pure and true. Above all, I love that she is my daughter.” – Unknown


372. “There is nothing better than being a parent. It is the most challenging job one could ever ask for. I love being a mom, and I love being a friend to my children as well. ” — Marlee Matlin


373. “Until you have a kid with special needs you have no idea of the depth of your strength, tenacity and resourcefulness.”


374. “Over the years, I learned so much from mom. She taught me about the importance of home and history and family and tradition. She also taught me that aging need not mean narrowing the scope of your activities and interests or a diminution of the great pleasures to be had in every day.” – Martha Stewart


375. “There’s something that just happens to you when you have a baby, and you look at their little eyes for the first time when you’re holding them. They’ve been safe inside your belly for almost 10 months, and now they’re in your arms. Intuition kicks in, where you will do anything for them and you have all the tools inside of you to take care of them.” -Hillary Duff


376. “It’s always been a dream of mine to get somewhere and to have my mom and dad with me up there. ” – Haley Reinhart


377. “Even if we give parents all the information they need and we improve school meals and build brand new supermarkets on every corner, none of that matters if when families step into a restaurant, they can’t make a healthy choice.” – Michelle Obama


378. “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you’ll never change the outcome.”– Michael Jordan


379. “Don’t anger your parents in order to please other people. Those other people did not spend their lives building yours.” -Anonymous


380. “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. ”- Honore de Balzac


381. “No mother is ever, completely, a child's idea of what a mother should be, and I suppose it works the other way around as well. But despite everything, we didn't do too badly by one another, we did as well as most.” 


382. “…but the truly frightening thing was to learn that his mother was no stronger than he was, that the blows of the world hurt her just as much as they hurt him and that except for the fact that she was older, there was no difference between them.” 


383. “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.”-Roald Dahl


384. “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. ” — Robert Fulghum, author


385. “I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments when they aren’t trying to teach us.” -Umberto Eco


386. “What it’s like to be a parent; it’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.” – Nicholas Sparks 


387. “I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much.” – Hedy Lamarr


388. “Children always assume the sexual lives of their parents come to a grinding halt at their conception.” – Alan Bennett


389. “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”– Dr. Seuss


390. “When children play in natural spaces, they’re far more likely to invent their own games than in more structured settings – a key factor in becoming self-directed and inventive adults later in life” ~Richard Louv


391. “Mother Nature is providential. She gives us twelve years to develop a love for our children before turning them into teenagers. ” -William Galvin


392. “But now, being a parent, I go home and see my son and I forget about any mistake I ever made or the reason I’m upset. I get home and my son is smiling or he comes running to me. It has just made me grow as an individual and grow as a man.” – LeBron James


393. “Parents had some kind of sin radar, Claire thought. They always called when you were in the middle of something you just knew they’d consider wrong. Or at least risky. ”― Rachel Caine


394. “So, on beyond Z! It’s high time you were shown. That you really don’t know. All there is to be known. There’s no limit to how much you’ll know, depending how far beyond zebra you go.”– Dr. Seuss


395. “Good, honest, hardheaded character is a function of the home. If the proper seed is sown there and properly nourished for a few years, it will not be easy for that plant to be uprooted.” – George A. Dorsey


396. “If we want our children to move mountains, we first have to let them get out of their chairs.” ~ Nicolette Sowder


397. “You cannot make people learn. You can only provide the right conditions for learning to happen.” ~ Vince Gowmon


398. “Parents must get across the idea that I love you always, but sometimes I do not love your behavior.” – Amy Vanderbilt


399. “I’m sure most parents read to their children to explain what certain things mean. So books are a good way to convey a message to anybody. Everybody reads.” – Joyce Meyer


400. “When adversity strikes, that’s when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on.”– LL Cool J


401. “The art of teaching lies in knowing the balance between structure and flow, telling and asking, speaking and silence.” ~ Vince Gowmon


402. “Being a parent is a weird juggling act – and nobody does it right. Everybody does it wrong. ” — Jamie Lee Curtis


403. “My greatest wish is that my kids always know how much I love them, and that they walk through the rest of their life knowing I’ll always be there for them anyway I can. ” – Unknown


404. “So often, children are punished for being human. Children are not allowed to have grumpy moods, bad days, disrespectful tones, or bad attitudes, yet we adults have them all the time! We think if we don’t nip it in the bud, it will escalate and we will lose control. Let go of that unfounded fear and give your child permission to be human. We all have days like that. None of us are perfect, and we must stop holding our children to a higher standard of perfection than we can attain ourselves. All of the punishments you could throw at them will not stamp out their humanity, for to err is human, and we all do it sometimes.” ~ Rebecca Eanes, The Newbie’s Guide to Positive Parenting


405. “Parenting is really just a matter of tracking, of hoping your kids do not get so far ahead you can no longer see their next moves.” – Jodi Picoult


406. “Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark to have been loved so deeply .. will give us some protection forever.” – J.K. Rowling


407. “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” ~ Kay Redfield Jamison


408. “In some sense every parent does love their children. But some parents are too broken to love them well.” – Wm. Paul Young


409. “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” – Sophia Loren


410. “The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams, and aspirations he sets not only for himself but for his family.” – Reed Markham


411. “Since I’ve heard your first scream and saw your wonderful eyes, my heart has been stolen. And it was the prettiest thief I’ve ever seen.” – Unknown


412. “A teacher is a compass that activates the magnets of curiosity, knowledge and wisdom in the pupils.” ~ Ever Garrison


413. “Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman


414. “Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children.” – Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966


415. “My biggest parenting conundrum: why is it so hard to put someone who is already sleepy to sleep.” –Chrissy Teigen


416. “There’s always the syndrome of the parent-child relationship: when someone has known you since you were very young, it doesn’t matter how much more independent, how much older or more mature you get – there is still that element, the dynamic of the relationship that is very hard to transform successfully.” – Helene Grimaud


417. “My parents were supportive of my creativity but did not have a lot of patience for whimsy with zero production value. They had stuff to do.” ― Mindy Kaling


418. “I’m more interested in arousing enthusiasm in kids than in teaching the facts. The facts may change, but that enthusiasm for exploring the world will remain with them the rest of their lives.” ~ Seymour Simon


419. “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”– Desmond Tutu


420. “The first lesson every child of Athena learned: Mom was the best at everything, and you should never, ever suggest otherwise.” – Rick Riordan


421. “Parents must lead by example. Don’t use the cliche; do as I say and not as I do. We are our children’s first and most important role models.” – Lee Haney


422. “Look around on your next plane trip. The iPad is the new pacifier for babies and toddlers. Younger school-aged children read stories on smartphones; older boys don’t read at all, but hunch over video games. Parents and other passengers read on Kindles or skim a flotilla of email and news feeds.” – Maryanne Wolf


423. “Character is largely caught, and the father and the home should be the great sources of character infection.” – Frank H. Cheley


424. “The daily choices we make as parents to filter what enters our children’s impressionable hearts and minds will go a long way in determining who our children become.” – Mark J. Musser


425. “We don’t always do the things our parents want us to do, but it is their mistake if they can’t find a way to love us anyway.” –J. Courtney Sullivan


426. “When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out. ” – Erma Bombeck


427. “My parents have lived longer than most and have expected very little. We have been blessed in too many ways to count. ”― Ralph Webster


428. “”As a single mom, I’m juggling a lot and working long hours. Yes, it costs them a little, but what my children get in return is a mother who is energized and content.” — Edie Falco


429. “Kids bullied into obeying parents and teachers may resist – not because they’re ‘hard to handle’ but because they’ve been treated as a thing to be handled.” ~ Alfie Kohn


430. “My mom is my hero. [She] inspired me to dream when I was a kid, so anytime anyone inspires you to dream, that’s gotta be your hero.” – Tim McGraw


431. “The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children.” – Chuck Palahniuk (1962 – ), Invisible Monsters, 1999


432. “To a father, when a child dies, the future dies; to a child when a parent dies, the past dies.” – Red Auerbach


433. “I’m thankful my parents obliged me to live with the unvarnished truth: I might not have been a looker, but I was a better speller than the prettiest girl in my class, and I was funnier, too.” – Laurie Graham


434. “Lecturing to you will not make you a better father, because fatherhood is not a matter of conscious information; it’s a matter of having the right frame of mind and the right pattern of reactions to children’s behaviors and needs.” – Rob Wagner, Discipline begins with Dad: A family man’s story about respectfully teaching respect


435. “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” – Charles Wadsworth


436. “A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful, is dimmed and even lost  before we reach adulthood.” ~Rachel Carson


437. “Step parents are not around to replace a biological parent, rather augment a child’s life experience. ” – Azriel Johnson


438. “You’re a very special lady, who showered me with love I am thankful for you as I’ve told God above.” – Charly Lester


439. “You don’t remember the times your dad held your handle bars. You remember the day he let go.” ~ Lenore Skenazy


440. “Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” ~John Lubbock


441. “I was not encouraged to follow the career of a writer because my parents thought that I was going to starve to death. They thought nobody can make a living from being a writer in Brazil. They were not wrong.” – Paulo Coelho


442. “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” — Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid revolutionary and political leader


443. “A good father is a source of inspiration and self-restraint. A good mother is the root of kindness and humbleness. ”– Dr. T. P. Chia


444. “I don’t want my children to follow in my footsteps. I want them to take the path next to me and go further than I could have ever dreamt possible.” – Unknown


445. “What our parents tell us when we are small seldom goes ignored, no matter how foolish it may be. ”― Stephen King


446. “So you pull me from my play, my all consuming play to learn maths with brightly coloured bits of plastic. Whilst I sit there learning with you, all I can think about is getting back to my play… my all consuming play where I was measuring, using shapes, making patterns, counting, solving problems and THINKING – until I got pulled away to come and learn maths with you.” ~ Elaine Bennett


447. “My parents elected me president of the family when I was 4. We actually had an election every year and I always won. I’m an only child, and I could count on my mother’s vote.” – Condoleezza Rice


448. “There were times when…I didn’t have a lot of friends. But my mom was always my friend. Always.” – Taylor Swift


449. “It is in playing, and only in playing, that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.” ~ D.W. Winnicott, British pediatrician


450. “A father’s goodness is higher than the mountain, a mother’s goodness deeper than the sea.” – Japanese Proverb


451. “You nurtured and protected me and taught me with great care. And every time I’ve needed you, you were always there. ” — Ron Tranmer


452. “I like my body so much better after I had kids. Is that a crazy thing to say? I’m more womanly. I feel sexier.” – Reese Witherspoon


453. “Everyone else we knew growing up is the same: image of their parents, no matter how loud they told themselves they’d be different” – Tana French


454. “Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example rather than his advise.” – Charles F. Kettering


455. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” — Frederick Douglass, abolitionist and statesman


456. “But kids don't stay with you if you do it right. It's the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won't be needed in the long run.”—Barbara Kingsolver


457. “When you become a parent, you look at your parents differently. You look at being a child differently. It’s an awakening, a revelation that you have.” – Philip Seymour Hoffman


458. “When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to move beyond the bounds of reality. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. A small child can be a superhero.” ~ Fred Rogers


459. “There is nothing worse than a thirteen-year-old boy. You’re embarrassed by your parents, and you’re trying to find your independence because, deep inside, you are so dependent on your mom.” – Ben Affleck


460. “Being a father means you have to think fast on your feet. You must be judicious, wise, brave, tender, and willing to put on a frilly hat and sit down to a pretend tea party.” – Matthew Buckley, Fatherhood: The Manliest Profession


461. “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. ” – Lucille Ball


462. “Children harbor a great many doubts and sorrows that could be eased by a loving hug from a parent.” – Richelle E. Goodrich


463. “My mom and dad met at Anaheim High School. After they got married, all they wanted to do was have four children, and they did. ” – Gwen Stefani


464. “I believe in the strength and intelligence and sensitivity of women. My mother, my sisters [they] are strong. My mum is a strong woman and I love her for it.” – Tom Hiddleston


465. “Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves.” – Elbert Hubbard


466. “Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.”~ Richard Louv


467. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson


468. “There were times when, in middle school and junior high, I didn’t have a lot of friends. But my mom was always my friend. Always.” – Taylor Swift


469. “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” – James Baldwin


470. “Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality. ” – George Santayana


471. “‘Love’ is that condition in which happiness of another person is essential to your own. ”– Robert A. Heinlein


472. “It’s not so much what children learn through play, but what they won’t learn if we don’t give them the chance to play. Many functional skills like literacy and arithmetic can be learned either through play or through instruction – the issue is the amount of stress on the child. However, many coping skills like compassion, self-regulation, self-confidence, the habit of active engagement, and the motivation to learn and be literate cannot be instructed. They can only be learned through self-directed experience (i.e. play). ~ Susan J. Oliver


473. “Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.”—Bill Ayers


474. “Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.” – Bill Ayers


475. “If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings.” – Brian Tracy


476. “As parents, we guide by our unspoken example. It is only when we’re talking to them that our kids aren’t listening. ” — Robert Brault


477. “These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life. I’m not downplaying that.” – Steve Jobs


478. “But she wasn’t around, and that’s the thing when your parents die, you feel like instead of going in to every fight with backup, you are going into every fight alone. ” ― Mitch Albom


479. “Motherhood doesn’t have to be so serious and structured. There’s something freeing about poking fun at yourself and being silly from time to time. ”—Eliza Morrill


480. “The biggest surprise about motherhood was how completely and totally it changed how I look at myself, and what I believe I deserve, for the better.” – Unknown


481. “I love my daddy. My daddy’s everything. I hope I can find a man that will treat me as good as my dad. ” – Lady Gaga


482. “Parenting is the best job I’ve ever had. It’s the most demanding, intense, all-consuming, challenging, and fun job ever, but talk about overworked and underpaid!” — Jessica Mills


483. “I think people who have good parents come into the world with strength, yes, and an advantage.” – Oprah Winfrey


484. “I love when my kids tell me they’re bored. As if the lady standing in front of a full sink of dirty dishes is where you go to get ideas about how to have a good time.”


485. “Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” ~ Oscar Wilde


486. “Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.” ― Oscar Wilde


487. “Parents are like God because you wanna know they’re out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters


488. “If I could give my child three things, it would be the confidence to always know their self-worth, the strength to follow their dreams, and the ability to know how truly, deeply loved they are. ” – unknown


489. “Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field since the payment is pure love.” – Mildred Vermont


490. “A daughter is a miracle that never ceases to be miraculous…full of beauty and forever beautiful…loving and caring and truly amazing.” – Deanna Beisser


491. “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


492. “Stepparents are not around to replace a biological parent, rather augment a child’s life experience.” – Azriel Johnson


493. “Sometimes, when I want to take on the world, I try to remember that it’s just as important to sit down and ask my son how he’s feeling or talk to him about life.” – Angelina Jolie


494. “Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love, and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” – Stevie Wonder


495. “It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” ― J.K. Rowling


496. “Son, don’t ever get frustrated by stupid people. Being mad at stupidity is like being mad at grass—it’s everywhere. ”


497. “With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.”– Dr. Seuss


498. “No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star.” – Edwin Hubbell Chapin


499. “I think being a parent is knowing how to love. Sometimes love is discipline, sometimes it’s humor, sometimes it’s listening. ” — Melissa Etheridge


500. “Children grow up hearing how broken the environment is, how broken beyond repair.  Plant strawberries together, make wild medicines, paint the sunrise. Show them proof that for every act of destruction, they can sow a seed, however small, of beauty.” ~Nicolette Sowder


501. “I could never love anyone the way I love you, I used to tell my wife. And then the second I looked in that baby’s eyes, in that exact moment, that if we were ever under attack, I would use my wife as a human shield to protect that baby.” – Ryan Reynolds


502. “It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings. ” ― Ann Landers


503. “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” —Ruth Bader Ginsberg


504. “I keep trying to convey the pleasure every parent and teacher could feel while observing, appreciating and enjoying what the infant is doing. This attitude would change our educational climate from worry to joy. Can anybody argue about the benefits for a child who is appreciated and enjoyed for what she can do and does naturally? …I believe this issue is so basic, so important, that it cannot be overstated.” ~ Magda Gerber


505. “My biggest parenting conundrum: why is it so hard to put someone who is already sleepy to sleep. ” – Chrissy Teigen


506. “Becoming a parent erased many of my negative childhood feelings and filled them in with something new. ” – Mariska Hargitay


507. “’I don’t think so Mommy!’ is what my child said after, ‘Can you please pick up the popcorn you threw all over?’” – Anna Faris


508. “When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth. ” – Mitch Albom


509. “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


510. “Having children is like living in a frat house- nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.”- Ray Romano


511. “Our parents can show us a lot of things: they can show us how we are to be and what things we ought to strive for, or they can show us how not to be and what things we ought to stray from, then you may have the kind of parents that show you all the things about you that you want to get rid of and you realize those traits aren't yours at all but are merely your parents' marks that have rubbed off onto you.” 


512. “We receive our inheritance the day we learn a skill from a parent. How we use that skill will determine how far we go!”― Andrew-Knox B Kaniki


513. “I feel like I’ve lived quite a sheltered life, like my mom and dad were quite protective of me. ” – Leona Lewis


514. “We change our behavior when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. Consequences give us the pain that motivates us to change.”—Henry Cloud


515. “The people who are horrified by the idea of children learning what they want to learn when they want to learn it have not accepted the very elementary psychological fact that people (all people, of every age) remember the things that are important to them – the things they need to know – and forget the rest.” ~ Daniel Quinn


516. “I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.” ~ Haim G. Ginott


517. “Encourage and support your kids, because children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.”—Lady Bird Johnson


518. “The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.”– Brian Herbert


519. “When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you. ” — Nora Ephron


520. “As children observe, reflect, record, and share nature’s patterns and rhythms, they are participating in a process that promotes scientific and ecological awareness, problem solving, and creativity.” ~Deb Matthews Hensley


521. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. ”


522. “What is essential is to realize that children learn independently, not in bunches; that they learn out of interest and curiosity, not to please or appease the adults in power; and that they ought to be in control of their own learning, deciding for themselves what they want to learn and how they want to learn it.” ~ John Holt


523.  “It’s right to talk about motherhood as a wonderful thing, but we also need to talk about its stresses and strains. It’s OK not to find it easy. Asking for help should not be seen as a sign of weakness. ” — Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge


524. “Parents of young children should realize that few people, and maybe no one, will find their children as enchanting as they do.” – Barbara Walters


525. “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential … these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”– Confucius


526. “Play helps build a warm relationship between family members and create a bank of positive feelings and experiences that can be drawn upon in times of conflict. Through play, you can help your children solve problems, test out ideas, and explore their imaginations.”—Carolyn Webster-Stratton


527. “One of the greatest titles in the world is a parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad. ” – Jim DeMint


528. “Parents aren’t the people you come from. They’re the people you want to be, when you grow up.”– Jodie Picoult


529. “Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.” ~ Rabindranath TagoreCLICK TO TWEET


530. “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” – Mitch Albom


531. “Being a father is the single greatest feeling on Earth. Not including those wonderful years I spent without a child, of course. ” – Ryan Reynolds


532. “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” – Cathy Ladman


533. “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”- Elizabeth Stone


534. “Do not train children to learn by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” ~ Plato


535. “Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them. ” ― Oscar Wilde


536. “I mean, when the world comes for your children, with the knives out, it’s your job to stand in the way. ” ― Joe Hill


537. “Parents with their words, attitudes, and actions possess the ability to bless or curse the identities of their children. ” – Craig Hill


538. “Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.” –Oscar Wilde


539. “There’s nothing like your mother’s sympathetic voice to make you want to burst into tears. ” ― Sophie Kinsella


540. “As parents, we guide by our unspoken example. It is only when we’re talking to them that our kids aren’t listening.” – Robert Brault.


541. “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


542. “Find it within you to love exactly who you are and to know you’re capable, you’re loved and you’re beautiful. The world is a better place, because of you. You are unique because there is only ONE of you.” – Shantel VanSanten


543. “The best education does not happen at a desk, but rather engaged in everyday living – hands on, exploring, in active relationship with life.” ~ Vince Gowman


544. “Parents aren’t the people you come from. They’re the people you want to be when you grow up.” ― Jodie Picoult


545. “My mother was a reader, and she read to us. She read us Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when I was 6 and my brother was 8; I never forgot it.” – Stephen King


546. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”– Dr. Seuss


547. “Having an infant son alerts me to the fact that every man, at one point, has peed on his own face.” – Olivia Wilde


548. “My biggest parenting conundrum: why it is so hard to put someone who is already sleepy to sleep.” – Chrissy Teigen


549. “The best education does not happen at a desk, but rather engaged in everyday living – hands on, exploring, in active relationship with life.” ~ Vince Gowmon


550. “It is time for parents to teach young people that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. ” – Maya Angelou


551. “Getting down on all fours and imitating a rhinoceros stops babies from crying. (Put an empty cigarette pack on your nose for a horn and make loud snort noises.) I don’t know why parents don’t do this more often. Usually it makes the kid laugh. Sometimes it sends him into shock. Either way it quiets him down. If you’re a parent, acting like a rhino has another advantage. Keep it up until the kid is a teenager and he definitely won’t have his friends hanging around your house all the time.” – P.J. O’Rourke


552. “The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them. ” – Frank A. Clark


553. “When I was growing up, my parents were almost involved in various volunteer things. My dad was head of Planned Parenthood. And it was very controversial to be involved with that.” – Bill Gates


554. “I learned from my parents the idea that, if you are devoted enough and you want to study something enough, you can really teach yourself anything. ” – Brit Marling


555. “I feel very blessed to have two wonderful, healthy children who keep me completely grounded, sane, and throw up on my shoes just before I go to an awards show just so I know to keep it real. ” -Reese Witherspoon


556. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”– Galatians 5:22-23


557. “If you care about what you do and work hard at it, there isn’t anything you can’t do if you want to.” —Jim Henson


558. “Watching a child makes it obvious that the development of his mind comes through his movements.” ~ Maria Montessori


559. “The uncertainty of parenting can bring up feelings in us that range from frustration to terror. ” — Brene Brown


560. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”– J.K. Rowling


561. “A child enters your home and for the next twenty years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it. The child departs, leaving the house so silent you think you are going mad. ” — John Andrew Holmes


562. “When they’ve finished reading, Olivia’s mother gives her a kiss and says, ‘You know, you really wear me out. But I love you anyway.’ And Olivia gives her a kiss back and says, ‘I love you anyway too.’” – Ian Falconer in Olivia


563. “I believe that we parents must encourage our children to become educated, so they can get into a good college that we cannot afford. ” — Dave Barry


564. “If we want our children to move mountains, we first have to let them get out of their chairs.” ~Nicolette Sowder


565. “In case you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.” – Haim Ginott


566. “When you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be. ” – Leo Tolstoy


567. “An environmental-based education movement—at all levels of education—will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration but a portal to the wider world.” ~ Richard Louv


568. “Parents must get across the idea that I love you always, but sometimes I do not love your behavior. ” — Amy Vanderbilt


569. “It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.” – Colette, My Mother’s House, 1922


570. “Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” ~ Friedrich Froebel


571. “When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so someone in the house is happy to see you.” – Nora Ephron


572. “Sometimes I’m amazed that my wife and I created two human beings from scratch yet struggle to assemble the most basic of IKEA cabinets.” – John Kinnear


573. “While it is important to educate children, what is much more pressing is the need to love them. When education becomes more important than love, it is no longer education at all. For, tending to the delicate spirit of children is foundational if education is to fulfill its intended purpose of serving the greater whole.” ~ Vince Gowmon


574. “I’ve been building my son’s trust for two yrs with high-fives. Today I’m going to hit him with a ”˜too slow. ’ Welcome to the real world, son. ” -Trevor Williams


575. “What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange, it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love. ” –Nicholas Sparks


576. “Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn.” ~Alice Miller


577. “I’ve never had a moment’s doubt. I love you. I believe in you completely. You are my dearest one. My reason for life.” – Ian McEwan


578. “Once you’re a parent, male or female, every single thing that happens in your life is seen through the prism of being a parent. ” — Russell Crowe


579. “Classroom management is not about having the right rules… it’s about having the right relationships.” ~ @SteeleThoughts


580. “I also believe that parents, if they love you, will hold you up safely, above their swirling waters, and sometimes that means you’ll never know what they endured, and you may treat them unkindly, in a way you otherwise wouldn’t. ” ― Mitch Albom


581. “When we deny children play, we are denying them the right to understand the world.” ~ Erika & Nicholas Christakis


582. “I don’t know if I feel like a bad mom, but at the end of the day I’m always plagued with, did I do enough? Should I go in a different direction? But I also know that my entire life revolves around [my son] Louis.” – Sandra Bullock


583. “She was our mother and belonged to us. She was never mentioned to anyone because we simply didn’t have enough of her to share. ”― Maya Angelou


584. “It just occurred to me that the majority of my diet is made up of the foods that my kid didn’t finish…” – Carrie Underwood


585. “If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings. ” — Brian Tracy


586. ‘”However my parents – both of whom came from impoverished backgrounds and neither of whom had been to college, took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing quirk that would never pay a mortgage or secure a pension.” – J. K. Rowling


587. “If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive at this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.” – Thich Nhat Hanh


588. “Anything you teach in an indoor classroom can be taught outdoors, often in ways that are more enjoyable for children.” ~ Cathy James


589. “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” ~ Albert Einstein


590. “What I think is happening is not that men value work less, but that fatherhood is becoming equally important. While work was once the only source of meaning for a man, fatherhood and parenting have become as important to his self-esteem as his work.” – Bruce Linton, Fatherhood: The Journey from Man to Dad


591. “Perhaps if tearful little boys were comforted instead of shamed there wouldn’t be so many angry men struggling to express and empathize with emotions.” ~ Lelia Scholl


592. “I have repeatedly stated and emphatically declared that the key to the restoration and preservation of a sane and healthy society is the salvaging of the male, especially as a responsible father.” – Myles Munroe, Fatherhood Principle, The: God’s Design and Destiny for Every Man


593. “A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” ~ Paulo Coelho


594. “Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the water. Through an active, reciprocal exchange, teaching can strengthen learning how to learn.” ~ Loris Malaguzzi


595. “We're taught to expect unconditional love from our parents, but I think it is more the gift our children give us. It's they who love us helplessly, no matter what or who we are.” 


596. “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. ” – Maya Angelou


597. “Every day, in a 100 small ways, our children ask, ‘Do you hear me? Do you see me? Do I matter?’ Their behavior often reflects our response.” ~ L.R. Knost


598. “As I got older, my life became a whirlwind of homework and responsibilities. The hospital became my retreat, a place to gather my thoughts and focus on my health. The nurses are my friends as well as my caretakers. The doctors are my parents as well as my physicians.”– Claire Wineland


599. “They’re not just playing in nature, they are: Learning, creating, sensing, believing, relaxing, exploring, observing, wondering, connecting, discovering, appreciating, understanding, experimenting…”~ Penny Whitehouse


600. “Children don’t need much advice but they really do need to be listened to and not just with half an ear.” ~ Emma Thompson


601. “His passion for helping people has always been transparent in his advice and I am thankful for that" explained Lee of his father.


602. “Stop trying to turn children into someone they are not. Instead, let them unfold into who no human can imagine them to be.” ~ Vince Gowmon


603. “It’s not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns into compassion and understanding.” – Erma Bombeck


604. “I take pride in knowing that of all the things I have accomplished, no success or honor is greater than that of being a father.” – Les Brown, Up Thoughts For Down Times


605. “Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes. ” — Chinese Proverb


606. “Have you ever noticed how parents can go from the most wonderful people in the world to totally embarrassing in three seconds?” – Rick Riordan, The Red Pyramid


607. “A father should present the fundamental qualities of leadership, responsibility, and accountability, as well as the capabilities of planning, disciplining, and loving. Fathering is a full-time job.” – Myles Munroe, Fatherhood Principle, The: God’s Design and Destiny for Every Man


608. “Children harbor a great many doubts and sorrows that could be eased by a loving hug from a parent. ”― Richelle E. Goodrich


609. “Son, in life you are owed nothing. Always seek ways to leverage your talents. Most of all, be industrious in everything you do. ”


610. “Today's the youngest you're ever going to be. You've got to live like it. You've got to live young every day. ” 


611. “It’s a different kind of love. It’s very pure, it’s unconditional, but they haven’t earned it yet. They didn’t do anything, they just exist and you love them completely, but it’s not built on anything other than their existence.” – John Legend


612. “The moment I decided to follow instead of lead, I discovered the joys of becoming part of a small child’s world.” ~ Janet Gonzalez-Mena


613. “Motherhood has completely changed me. It’s just about the most completely humbling experience that I’ve ever had. I think that it puts you in your place because it really forces you to address the issues that you claim to believe in and if you can’t stand up to those principles when you’re raising a child, forget it.” – Diane Keaton


614. “It’s not always easy being her daughter.’ I think,’ she said, ‘sometimes it’s hard no matter whose daughter you are.” – Sarah Dessen


615. “My mother … had a very deep inner spirituality that allowed her to rebuild her life. It’s extraordinary that she had such a strong sense of self and such a commitment to the future and such a strong creative sense that she could build new worlds for herself and for us out of the total devastation in her life.” – Caroline Kennedy


616. “Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love.” ~ Mildred B. Vermont


617. ‘Thank you’ is a very small phrase to convey my gratitude towards you but I am still using it to say how lucky I am to be raised by you.


618. “Playing together in nature is as much about us as it is about the child. Children get to celebrate and be themselves, while we are reminded of our inner child – the essence of who we are.” Nicolette Sowder


619. “Parents must get across the idea that “I love you always, but sometimes I do not love your behavior.” – Amy Vanderbilt


620. “If you don’t understand what unconditional love is, when you become a parent it all makes sense. ” — Kate Summers


621. “It’s not always about convincing your parents of what you want to do, but just saying, ‘This is what I’m doing; this is what I love.'” – Stormzy


622. “No amount of money can be paid for the relationship between a father and his sons and a father and his daughters.” – Willie Williams, 7 Steps to Parenting Power


623. “While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about.” –Angela Schwindt


624. “Respect your parents because they are the one who will never let you down at any cost…. . ” – Anisha Upadhyay


625. “There are times as a parent when you realize that your job is not to be the parent you always imagined you’d be, the parent you always wished you had. Your job is to be the parent your child needs, given the particulars of his or her own life and nature. ” -Ayelet Waldman


626. “It is not intellect but rather imagination that is the source of creativity. What if imagination was nurtured as much if not more in school?” ~ Vince Gowmon


627. “If God places a child before you, and you are too busy to wield either a positive or negative influence…you just did the latter! You communicated that the child doesn’t matter and isn’t important.” ― Wess Stafford, President Emeritus of Compassion International


628. “If we want children to play BIG in the world, then let’s let them play in small ways to start.” ~ Vince Gowmon


629. “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing.”- Phyllis Diller


630. “Restore balance. Most kids have technology, school and extracurricular activities covered. It’s time to add a pinch of adventure, a sprinkle of sunshine and a big handful of  outdoor play.” ~ Penny Whitehouse


631. “My parents are my backbone. Still are. They’re the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40.” – Kobe Bryant


632. “There are two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better. ” 


633. “I know my parents care and love me, but they never show it the way that they do for my brother. ”― Tashie Bhuiyan


634. “I believe that we parents must encourage our children to become educated, so they can get into a good college that we cannot afford.” – by Dave Barry


635. “Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.” ~ John Muir


636. “I’m still amazed at how my mother emerged from her lonely early life as such an affectionate and levelheaded woman.” – Hillary Clinton


637. “Fathers are expected and assumed to be the leaders of their family and leaders within their respective homes.” – Akil White Khalid, Black Fatherhood: Trials & Tribulations, Testimony & Triumph


638. “One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad.” – Jim DeMint


639. “Be the parent today that you want your kids to remember tomorrow. ” ~Unknown · 2. “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. ” ~Jean-Jacques 


640. “All parents are concerned about their children’s well-being. As a parent of three kids, I’m very concerned about their well-being.” – Tom Brady


641. “For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things that are ‘educational.’ The child learns while living and any part of living that is enjoyable is also play.” ~ Penelope Leach


642. “Structure is akin to a fence surrounding a playground. While it is needed, if it is too close, it will stifle exploration and learning.” ~ Vince Gowmon


643. “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.” ~ Carl Jung


644. “I cherish the occasions when my daughter manages to do something for the first time, or does something better than she’s ever done it before. But I try to resist the knee-jerk tendency to say, ‘Good job!’ because I don’t want to dilute her joy. I want her to share her pleasure with me, not look to me for a verdict. I want her to exclaim, ‘I did it!’ (which she often does) instead of asking me uncertainly, ‘Was that good?’ ~ Alfie Kohn


645. “Every child needs a parent, grandparent or friend who will say let’s go it’s time for an adventure.” ~Penny Whitehouse


646. “The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.” – Frank A. Clark


647. “More than children can know what’s good for their parents, the parents know what’s good for their children. ”― VKBoy


648. “Have you ever noticed how parents can go from the most wonderful people in the world to totally embarrassing in three seconds?” ― Rick Riordan


649. “The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore


650. “Being a mother is learning about the strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed”


651. “Love is the supreme form of communication. In the hierarchy of needs, love stands as the supreme developing agent of the humanity of the person. As such, the teaching of love should be the central core of all early childhood curriculum with all other subjects growing naturally out of such teaching.”~ Ashley Montagu


652. “My mom [has] always been my hero. Watching her experience something like breast cancer was pivotal, I think in my whole family’s life and experience. She is one strong lady.” – Emma Stone


653. “The extension of the positive characteristics of a father can contribute more to the healing of a nation than all the money-laden do good programs combined. It is these caring, compassionate, respectful and loving attributes that can not only encourage and heal a family, but can be extended outward to a neighborhood, a town, a city, a territory, a region, and a country.” – Byron R. Pulsifer


654. “Teach children what to think and you limit them to your ideas. Teach children how to think and their ideas are unlimited.” ~ Sandra Parks


655. “To effectively teach a child one must reach the child in mind-body-heart, not just intellect, not just the linear-left brain we make such a priority.” ~ Vince Gowmon


656. “She was our mother and belonged to us. She was never mentioned to anyone because we simply didn’t have enough of her to share.” – Maya Angelou


657. “Being a father is the single greatest feeling on Earth. Not including those wonderful years I spent without a child, of course.” –Ryan Reynolds


658. “No one knows his true character until he has run out of gas, purchased something on the installment plan and raised an adolescent. ” — Marcelene Cox


659. “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


660. “To me, having kids is the ultimate job in life. I want to be most successful at being a good father.” – Nick Lachey


661. “The activities that are the easiest, cheapest, and most fun to do – such as singing, playing games, reading, storytelling, and just talking and listening – are also the best for child development.” ~ Jerome Singer


662. “Always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know. ”  – Pooh


663. “As you get older you have more respect and empathy for your parents. Now I have a great relationship with both of them.” – Hugh Jackman


664. “Having a baby is the best thing that can happen to a person, the hard part is to benefit from this opportunity, to handle all the work and on top doing a good job as a father.” – Ricardo Oliveira, Fatherhood


665. If you know what you want your desired outcome to be, you can be more strategic in how you approach the situation.


666. “While we try to teach our children all about life, Our children teach us what life is all about. ” –Angela Schwindt


667. “Don’t become so focused on status that you aren’t also nice to other people, because that’s the kind of popularity that pays off for decades to come.”– Mitch Prinstein


668. “Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, every movement, and action affects. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than a parent.” – Bob Keeshan


669. “The ultimate gift we can give the world is to grow our tiny humans into adult humans who are independent thinkers, compassionate doers, conscious questioners, radical innovators, and passionate peacemakers. Our world doesn’t need more adults who blindly serve the powerful because they’ve been trained to obey authority without question. Our world needs more adults who question and challengeand hold the powerful accountable.”


670. “A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking.” – Helen Rice


671. “I got a lot of support from my parents. That’s the one thing I always appreciated. They didn’t tell me I was being stupid; they told me I was being funny. ” – Jim Carrey


672. “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it ‘The Present.’”– Eleanor Roosevelt


673. “Good teachers are those who know how little they know. Bad teachers are those who think they know more than they don’t know.” ~ R. Verdi


674. “But when adults speak up for the vulnerable and the weak, working and demanding that safety and respect prevail, God’s little lambs are protected and nourished. They know they are not abandoned; they are loved. And the world becomes a little more like heaven as a result.” ― Wess Stafford


675. “You never stop being a parent, Adam, no matter how old or wise your child becomes you’ll see. ” — Robert Charles Wilson


676. “Parents aren’t the people you come from. They’re the people you want to be, when you grow up. ” ― Jodi Picoult


677. “Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them. ”— Bill Ayers


678. “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own” Benjamin Disraeli


679. “Children learn and listen more willingly when they are met with kindness, empathy and patience; when their core need for connection or attachment is met.” ~ Vince Gowmon


680. “It just occurred to me that the majority of my diet is made up of the foods that my kid didn’t finish.” – Carrie Underwood


681. “Have you ever noticed how parents can go from the most wonderful people in the world to totally embarrassing in three seconds?” – Rick Riordan


682. “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”– Malcolm Gladwell


683. “You learn so much about yourself from being a parent and you care more about the world you are raising your kids in. ” — Kim Kardashian


684. “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


685. “My father taught me that the only way you can make good at anything is to practice, and then practice some more.” – Pete Rose


686. “In this modern world where activity is stressed to the point of mania, quietness as a childhood need is too often overlooked.” ~ Margaret Wise Brown


687. “I love my father as the stars –he’s a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart. ” – Terri Guillemets


688. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” ~ Maya Angelou


689. “The affection of parents makes infants feel safe in this dangerous world, and gives them boldness in experimentation and in exploration of their environments. ”― Bertrand Russell


690.  “I’d walk through fire for my daughter. Well not FIRE, because it’s dangerous. But a super humid room. But not too humid, because my hair. ” – Ryan Reynolds


691. “Either we spend time meeting children’s emotional needs by filling their cup with love, or we spend time dealing with behaviors caused from their unmet needs. Either way, we spend the time.” ~ Pam Leo, Connecting Through Filling The Love Cup


692. “Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark to have been loved so deeply. . will give us some protection forever. ” – J. K. Rowling


693. “The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.” ~ Alexandra K. Trenfor


694. “The day you came into this world was the day that my life was forever changed. I never thought it was possible to feel so many different emotions all at the same time. One look at your beautiful face and I felt overjoyed, incredulous, blessed, relieved, exhausted, and utterly terrified.” – Unknown


695. “Having children is like living in a frat house – nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.” – Ray Romano


696. “Don’t be ridiculous, Charlie, people love the parents who beat their kids in department stores. It’s the ones who just let their kids wreak havoc that everybody hates.” – Christopher Moore, A Dirty Job


697. “Being a father is the single greatest feeling on Earth. Not including those wonderful years, I spent without a child, of course.” – Ryan Reynolds


698.  “If I have to choose between breathing and loving my children, I would use my last breath to tell them “I love you. ” – unknown


699. “A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for. ” – unknown


700. “What do parents owe their young that is more important than a warm and trusting connection to the Earth…?” ~ Theodore Roszak


701. “Fatherhood has made me more vulnerable than any other experience. It has humbled me, healed me, and transformed me.” – Craig Wilkinson, DAD


702. “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer


703. “The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.”– Barack Obama


704. “When we give children advice or instant solutions, we deprive them of the experience that comes from wrestling with their own problems.” ~ Adele Faber


705. “Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.” – Bob Keeshan


706. “I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.” – Maria Cuomo Cole


707. “My parents were supportive of my creativity but did not have a lot of patience for whimsy with zero production value. They had stuff to do. ” ―Mindy Kaling


708. “Parents have to instill the right principles in their children, but then it’s up to the children to live up to those principles. ” ― Mary Lydon Simonsen


709. “It’s especially hard to admit that you made a mistake to your parents, because, of course, you know so much more than they do.” = Sean Covey


710. “My mother wanted me to be her wings, to fly as she never quite had the courage to do. I love her for that. I love the fact that she wanted to give birth to her own wings.” – Erica Jong


711. “If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example.” – George Bernard Shaw


712. “A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking. ”


713. “The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires. ” — Dorothy Parker


714. “Little girls are the nicest things that happen to people. They are born with a little bit of angelshine about them, and though it wears thin sometimes there is always enough left to lasso your heart.” – Alan Beck


715. “Raising children is like making biscuits: it is as easy to raise a big batch as one, while you have your hands in the dough.” – E.W. Howe


716. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. ”― Maya Angelou


717. “The best part about being friends with your parents is that no matter what you do, they have to keep loving you. ” – Natalie Portman


718. “My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart—a heart so large that everybody’s joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation.” – Mark Twain


719. “My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.”– Maya Angelou


720. “I believe that to teach them effectively you must touch their hearts long before you begin to teach their minds” ~ Vicki Savini, from Ignite The Light


721. “As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unselfconsciously to the soughing of the trees.”  ~Valerie Andrews


722. “To be a good parent, you need to take care of yourself so that you can have the physical and emotional energy to take care of your family.” – Michelle Obama


723. “You, the parent, are your child’s first teacher and his best teacher. It’s an awesome responsibility, but one that brings immeasurable rewards. ” — Jacquie McTaggart


724. “The depth of the love of parents for their children cannot be measured. It is like no other relationship. It exceeds concern for life itself. The love of a parent for a child is continuous and transcends heartbreak and disappointment.” – James E. Faust


725. “I would say that my mother is the single biggest role model in my life, but that term doesn’t seem to encompass enough when I use it about her. She was the love of my life.” – Mindy Kaling


726. “The most rewarding aspect of parenting is seeing my children be authentic. The most rewarding thing for me is to see them do anything that they’re proud of. ” – Jamie Lee Curtis


727. “Parenting is the greatest pay-it-forward system on earth. We don’t owe our parents anything. We owe our children everything. The same was true for our parents. The same will be true for our children. ”― Dan Pearce


728. “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”– Henry James


729. “If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent, and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings.”- Brian Tracy


730. “If we nurture the dreams of children, the world will be blessed. If we destroy them, the world is doomed!” ― Wess Stafford


731. “Being a father truly is a blessing and a role not to be taken for granted.” – Derek Polen, Next Level Dad: Bringing Faith and Fun to Fatherhood


732. “The beauty of spacing children many years apart lies in the fact that parents have time to learn the mistakes that were made with the older ones – which permits them to make exactly the opposite mistakes with the younger ones.” – Sydney J. Harris


733. “So often children are punished for being human. Children are not allowed to have grumpy moods, bad days, disrespectful tones, or bad attitudes. Yet, us 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


734. “I got a lot of support from my parents. That’s the one thing I always appreciated. They didn’t tell me I was being stupid; they told me I was being funny. ” – Jim Carrey


735.  “The day you came into my life, I knew what my purpose was. To love and protect you with everything I have. ” – unknown


736. “The daily choices we make as parents to filter what enters our children’s impressionable hearts and minds will go a long way in determining who our children become. ” – Mark J. Musser


737. “Parents of young children should realize that few people, and maybe no one, will find their children as enchanting as they do.” – Barbara Walters


738. “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.” – C.G. Jung, Integration of the Personality, 1939


739. ‘”Part of being a successful father is taking extreme care of our children. The other part of that equation is that we must also take extreme care of their mother.” – Nate Dallas, Hacking Fatherhood: Preparing For Success in the Biggest Role of Your Life


740. “The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.”- Honore de Balzac


741. “The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.”- Frank A. Clark


742. “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


743. “Parents of young children should realize that few people, and maybe no one, will find their children as enchanting as they do. ” – Barbara Walters


744. “The children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside.” – Whitney Houston


745. “Do not ask that your kids live up to your expectations. Let your kids be who they are, and your expectations will be in breathless pursuit.” – Robert Brault


746. “As soon as this child was born I immediately wanted to call my parents and just apologize because I never knew how much they loved me. ” – Ashton Kutcher


747. “The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day. ” – O. A. Battista


748. “If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.” – Abigail Van Buren


749. “A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten and the future worth living for.” – Anonymous


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

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