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50 Parents Quotes That Perfectly Sum Up Being a Parent

Need a minute to unwind from parent life? We rounded up the best parents' quotes that'll make you smile, laugh, and reflect on what it means to be a parent.

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Parents quotes you’ll always remember

Ah, parents. Where would we be without them? Being a parent is one of the most rewarding things in life, but as any parent will tell you, it can be a wild ride. If you’re looking for something to sum up the ups, the downs, and everything in between, some good parents quotes will do just the trick.

We’ve gathered a list of quotes that will make you laugh, ponder, and reflect on what it means to be a parent. It’s mixed with inspirational quotes, life quotes, and funny quotes that will make you appreciate your parents and reflect on your own parenting journey. P.S. — If you’re looking for more quotes, check out these family quotes that you’ll want to send to your loved ones ASAP.

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"Thought everything would be cool if I left them alone for an 8-minute shower. Came out, 5 boxes of cereal mixed into one giant mixing bowl." — Dax ShepardGetty Images, RD.com

Unattended children are a recipe for disaster

“Thought everything would be cool if I left them alone for an 8-minute shower. Came out, 5 boxes of cereal mixed into one giant mixing bowl.” — Dax Shepard

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"My biggest parenting conundrum: why is it so hard to put someone who is already sleepy to sleep." — Chrissy TeigenGetty Images, RD.com

Actually, this makes a lot of sense

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

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"You're just like a human napkin for kids, like, they just wipe their face on you and stuff." — Tina FeyGetty Images, RD.com

Parenting is so messy

“You’re just like a human napkin for kids, like, they just wipe their face on you and stuff.” — Tina Fey

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"Ah, babies! They're more than just adorable little creatures on whom you can blame your farts." — Tina FeyGetty Images, RD.com

Do you smell that?

“Ah, babies! They’re more than just adorable little creatures on whom you can blame your farts.” — Tina Fey

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"'I don't think so Mommy!' is what my child said after, 'Can you please pick up the popcorn you threw all over?'" — Anna FarisGetty Images, RD.com

Honesty is important

“‘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

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"Being a father is the single greatest feeling on Earth. Not including those wonderful years I spent without a child, of course." — Ryan ReynoldsGetty Images, RD.com

Does alone time have a price?

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

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"Having an infant son alerts me to the fact that every man, at one point, has peed on his own face. #awesome" — Olivia WildeGetty Images, RD.com

Pee, it’s everywhere

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

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"It just occurred to me that the majority of my diet is made up of the foods that my kid didn't finish..." — Carrie UnderwoodGetty Images, RD.com

Parenting is not a diet-friendly sport…

“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

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"7 year old daughter walked in the room, casually confirmed, 'You have to have a backstory to why you're evil, right?' And walked out." — Kelly OxfordGetty Images, RD.com

Being constantly nervous is normal

“Seven-year-old daughter walked in the room, casually confirmed, ‘You have to have a backstory to why you’re evil, right?’ And walked out.” — Kelly Oxford

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"Every generation just wants their kids to have a better 'Spiderman' reboot than they did." — Conan O'BrienGetty Images, RD.com

If there’s no cape, there’s no childhood

“Every generation just wants their kids to have a better ‘Spiderman’ reboot than they did.” — Conan O’Brien

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"I'm going to be furious if my kids have a better life than me." — Michael Ian Black, on behalf of every dad who hasn't slept in yearsGetty Images, RD.com

He means it though

“I’m going to be furious if my kids have a better life than me.” — Michael Ian Black, on behalf of every dad who hasn’t slept in years

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"Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence." – PlatoGetty Images, RD.com

Because money will only get you so far

“Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.” – Plato

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"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 Getty Images, RD.com

There’s nothing like a mother’s love

“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 

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"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 Getty Images, RD.com

Your children aren’t the only ones learning

“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 

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"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 Getty Images, RD.com

Preparation is key

“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 

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"There is no such thing as being the perfect parent. So just be a real one." — Sue AtkinsGetty Images, RD.com

Nobody’s perfect, after all

“There is no such thing as being the perfect parent. So just be a real one.” — Sue Atkins

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"Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them." — Oscar WildeGetty Images, RD.com

Remember: perspectives can change

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

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"Having children is like living in a frat house — nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up." — Ray RomanoGetty Images, RD.com

Huh, he has a point…

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

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"We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves." — Henry Ward BeecherGetty Images, RD.com

You have to experience it to understand

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

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"The thing about parenting rules is there aren’t any. That’s what makes it so difficult." — Ewan McGregor Getty Images, RD.com

Rules? What are those?

“The thing about parenting rules is there aren’t any. That’s what makes it so difficult.” — Ewan McGregor 

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"Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first." — Matthew JacobsonGetty Images, RD.com

There’s power in believing

“Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.” — Matthew Jacobson

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"The interesting thing about being a mother is that everyone wants pets, but no one but me cleans the kitty litter." — Meryl Streep Getty Images, RD.com

Sometimes, you have to do the dirty work

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

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"Parenting is a life time job and does not stop when a child grows up." — Jake Slope Getty Images, RD.com

It’s a job you never quit

“Parenting is a lifetime job and does not stop when a child grows up.” — Jake Slope 

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"My heroes were my parents, I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes." — Michael Jordan Getty Images, RD.com

You don’t need a cape to be a hero

“My heroes were my parents, I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.” — Michael Jordan 

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"I came to parenting the way most of us do – knowing nothing and trying to learn everything." — Mayim BialikGetty Images, RD.com

So relatable

“I came to parenting the way most of us do – knowing nothing and trying to learn everything.” — Mayim Bialik

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"Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep." — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Getty Images, RD.com

A sweet gesture for all parents to do

“Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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"There really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child." — Anne LamottGetty Images, RD.com

There’s always room for love

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

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"The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day." — O. A. BattistaGetty Images, RD.com

The most important inheritance of all

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

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"Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories." — John Wilmot Getty Images, RD.com

Hmm, interesting theories…

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

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"To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today." — Barbara JohnsonGetty Images, RD.com

Being present matters

“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” — Barbara Johnson

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"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 SparksGetty Images, RD.com

Unconditional love: incredibly powerful

“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

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"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-MooreGetty Images, RD.com

Love your kids for all that they are

“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

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"Just because you’re a parent doesn’t mean your needs aren’t important." — Hilary Duff Getty Images, RD.com

Your needs matter, too

“Just because you’re a parent doesn’t mean your needs aren’t important.” — Hilary Duff 

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"Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he’s buying." — Fran LebowitzGetty Images, RD.com

Are you buying, kid?

“Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he’s buying.” — Fran Lebowitz

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"The Golden Rule of Parenting is do unto your children as you wish your parents had done unto you!" — Louise HartGetty Images, RD.com

Follow the Golden Rule

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

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"Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them." — Lady Bird JohnsonGetty Images, RD.com

Dream big for your kids

“Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” — Lady Bird Johnson

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"A parent's love is whole no matter how many times divided." — Robert BraultGetty Images, RD.com

It will always be whole

“A parent’s love is whole no matter how many times divided.” — Robert Brault

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"Too much love never spoils children. Children become spoiled when we substitute presents for presence." — Anthony WithmanGetty Images, RD.com

Spoil your children (with love)

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

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

That’s one way to do it

“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

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"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 BridgesGetty Images, RD.com

Remember: your reactions matter

“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

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"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. ParkerGetty Images, RD.com

Role model has a nice ring to it

“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

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“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 WitherspoonGetty Images, RD.com

Kids—they’ll keep you humble

“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

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“They’re your parents. They’re meant to love you because. Never in spite.” — Patrick NessGetty Images, RD.com

A parent’s love means a lot

“They’re your parents. They’re meant to love you because. Never in spite.” — Patrick Ness

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“Parenting without a sense of humor is like being an accountant who sucks at math.” — Amber DusickGetty Images, RD.com

Laughter: A parent must-have

“Parenting without a sense of humor is like being an accountant who sucks at math.” — Amber Dusick

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“You must first teach a child he is loved. Only then is he ready to learn everything else.” — Amanda MorganGetty Images, RD.com

This is an important first lesson

“You must first teach a child he is loved. Only then is he ready to learn everything else.” — Amanda Morgan

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“The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.” – Frank A. ClarkGetty Images, RD.com

Love your child, but let them fly solo

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

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“A mother understands what a child does not say.” – Jewish ProverbGetty Images, RD.com

Mom knows best

“A mother understands what a child does not say.” – Jewish Proverb

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"In the happiest of our childhood memories, our parents were happy, too." – Robert BraultGetty Images, RD.com

Happiness: It runs in the family

“In the happiest of our childhood memories, our parents were happy, too.” – Robert Brault

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“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 DeMintGetty Images, RD.com

A title to wear with pride

“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

Bryce Gruber
Bryce Gruber covers gift ideas, shopping, and e-commerce at RD.com, although you've likely seen her work across a variety of women's lifestyle and parenting topics at TheLuxurySpot.com, Bravo, Parents.com, Martha Stewart, and on your TV screen through national talk shows including The Tamron Hall Show. She lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley with her five small children. Find her on social media at @brycegruber.

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