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At this time I do not have a child of my own, yet I have learned a great deal from my parents and family about what it takes to raise children. These quotes will inspire you, make you laugh, and help you connect to the experience of being a parent.

It can be comforting to know that most of the crazy things a parent goes through are shared experiences. It will also help to make the enjoyable times that much more special. Enjoy this page of parenting quotes.

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children;
now I have six children, and no theories.
-John Wilmot

People who spend half their time wondering how their children will turn out,
and the rest of the time when they will turn in.
-Eleanor Graham Vance

A person soon learns how little he knows
when a child begins to ask questions.
-Richard L. Evans

Parenthood, it's not a job. It's an adventure!

Always kiss your children goodnight-
even if they're already asleep.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Children are the proof we've been here...
they are the best thing and the most impossible thing.
-Allison Pearson

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

Children keep us in check.
Their laughter prevents our hearts from hardening.
Their dreams ensure we never lose our drive to make ours a better world.
They are the greatest disciplinarians known to mankind.
-Queen Rania of Jordan

If there were no schools to take the children
away from home part of the time,
the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.
-Edgar W. Howe

The first art of being a parent
consists in sleeping when the baby isn't looking.

I'm moved by contraries, by opposites,
the strength that was my mother's eyes,
the beauty of my father's hands.
-Judith Jamison

It kills you to see them grow up.
But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn't.
-Barbara Kingsolver

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Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents.
-Abraham Lincoln

Parents who are afraid to put their foot down
usually have children who tread on their toes.
-Chinese Proverb

Parenthood is a lot easier to get into than out of.
-Bruce Lansky

In spite of the six thousand manuals on child raising in the bookstores,
child raising is still a dark continent and no one really knows anything.
You just need a lot of love and luck- and, of course, courage.
-Bill Cosby

The state of being better chaperoned than you were before marriage.
-Marcelene Cox

Parents can tell but never teach,
unless they practice what they preach.
-Arnold Glasow

Praise your children and they will blossom!

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

Taking time and sharing is the essence of teaching.
The future of those we cherish,
will be a reflection of what we model today.

Always end the name of your child with a vowel,
so that when you yell, the name will carry.
-Bill Cosby

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

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

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You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.
-Polish Proverb

I do not love him because he is good,
but because he is my little child.
-Rabindranath Tagore

We can see that the baby is as much an instrument of nourishment for us
as we are for him.
-Polly Berrien Berends

A baby is born with a need to be loved and never outgrows it.
-Frank A. Clark

No matter how calmly you try to referee,
parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior,
and I'm not talking about the kids.
-Bill Cosby

The trouble with being a parent
is that by the time you are experienced, you are unemployed.

Babies haven't any hair;
Old men's heads are just as bare;
between the cradle and the grave lie a haircut and a shave.
-Samuel Hoffenstein

Babies are such a nice way to start people.
-Don Herold

How could something so small create so much of something so disgusting?
-Steve Guttenberg in Three Men and a Baby

Affection without sentiment, authority without cruelty,
discipline without aggression, humor without ridicule,
sacrifice without obligation, companionship without possessiveness.
-William E. Blatz

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