I’m sitting in the nursery of our house sweating right now. My 3-month-old is sleeping peacefully for her nap for the first time all day.
I don’t dare put her down.
If I do, I know what will happen. She’ll wake up. Scream and shout at me for thinking I would be free to take a shower. Then scream and shout some more because we both are sweating. And then continually grump at me the rest of the day.
I don’t dare put her down.
So, what will I do with my time? Find things that encourage me of course. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of that going around.
You might be in need of some encouragement too, maybe that’s why you clicked over. Well, this is what I did. I reviewed my collection of Fatherhood quotes and decided I would share them with you.
Are you ready for some parenting encouragement? Met too.
21 Parenting Quotes To Pick You Up
“Everyone should have kids. They are the greatest joy in the world. But they are also terrorists. You’ll realize this as soon as they’re born, and they start using sleep deprivation to break you.” — Ray Romano, actor and comedian.
I don’t feel this way… Until I do. To be honest, I feel like it right now as a sit still sweating, waiting out this nap.
“I don’t know what’s more exhausting about parenting: the getting up early, or acting like you know what you’re doing.” ― Jim Gaffigan, actor and comedian.
My wife and I will watch re-runs of Jim Gaffigan on, particularly hard days as parents. It’s almost like we are sitting down with him for coffee and he is trying to cheer us up.
“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” ― Benjamin Spock, pediatrician.
We have this guy’s book. I never read it, but it was second hand so we read all the underlined portions. Three kids later, this sums it up.
“I don’t remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.” ― Anne Lamott, author.
So true. I had no idea what I was getting into until I had kids. Now, I’m a changed man. Because of the good, and because of the sacrifice.
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future,” Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States.
Those quote is partly what fuels the name for my publication, The Dad Hammer Pub. I believe it is such a true and perfect statement for what we do as parents.
“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” — Charles R. Swindoll
I love making deposits into my children’s memory banks. And I hope I fill them with far more positive memories than negative.
“Every father bears a fundamental obligation to do right by their children.” — Barack Obama, 44the President of the United States.
Intermission #1 — I Sneezed…
Well, after about 15 minutes of crying and fussing he is back to sleep. I also opened a window so we are cooling down some. Thank goodness for a breeze.
Anyway, back to the inspiration:
Hands down my favorite quote. Why? Because it’s true. If you have a child, or. Believe it is your duty to help that child grow.
“The interesting thing about being a mother is that everyone wants pets, but no one but me cleans the kitty litter.”— Meryl Streep
I can directly identify with this. We had a baby, a month later we got the big girls kittens. Now, I feed them, water them, and keep them alive. As if a baby wasn’t enough.
“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
A good reminder for parents. We can only do so much. Do everything you can, but in the end, we can only give them so much.
“If the day ever came when we were able to accept ourselves and our children exactly as we and they are, then, I believe, we would have come very close to an ultimate understanding of what ‘good’ parenting means.”— Fred Rogers
This is one quote that challenges the hell out of me. I’ve had to learn a lot about accepting myself since becoming a dad. And Mr. Rogers always reminds me to do so.
“So we must focus on reality and what our kids tell us about ourselves, which is that what they really want and need is more of what we do best — talk, encourage, and spend time with them.”― Meg Meeker, M.D.
She wrote this book, Strong Fathers Strong Daughters, it was soo good for me. Especially as a dad of three girls now. Just so much good insight.
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” — Frederick Douglass
Another one of those challenging quotes that inspire me to think about how I raise my kids. It makes me think about how our interactions are building them up or breaking them down.
“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
Remember, our children teach us too. When we let them teach us, amazing things happen for parents and children.
“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” — C.S. Lewis
What I do for my children is more important than my job, writing, or what I do for anyone outside of my family. My children always come in at the top of the list when it comes to my priorities, and they should for all parents.
Intermission #2 — She needed a diaper change.
Well, the breeze seemed to encourage some gastrointestinal work to happen. Nap interruption number two comes in the form of a number two. ***Dad joke, see what I did there ;)***
Back to our inspirational quotes and my daughter's nap:
“Most things are good, and they are the strongest things, but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality. The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil.” –Walt Disney
As parents, I don’t think we enjoy bringing up that there is brokenness, sadness, and evil in the world. But, in our day and age, we cannot avoid it. Especially as the evil become more horrible. We must prepare our kids for what we face now and what they might face in the future.
“It is time for parents to teach young people that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” –Maya Angelou
Diversity is so important to teach our kids. However, they don’t seem to know or understand that people are different when they are very little. Yet, as they grow, they find out, and we need to help them celebrate and embrace the beauty of diversity.
“Every cliche about kids is true; they grow up so quickly, you blink and they’re gone, and you have to spend the time with them now. But that’s a joy.” — Liam Neeson
Remembering that we only have so much time with our children is important. It is just as important to remember that this is part of life. Learning to enjoy the time while we have it is important for every parent.
“The uncertainty of parenting can bring up feelings in us that range from frustration to terror.” — Brene Brown
While there is a lot of joy and pleasure in parenting, there is frustration and terror too. I understand this as I try to keep my littlest asleep right now for her nap.
“The best way to make children good is to make them happy.” — Oscar Wilde
I have found the happier my kids are the easier it is to train them up in the ways of goodness, kindness, and positivity. Not to say there will be trouble in the world, but it helps give them the right perspective when trouble comes.
“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, family therapist.
When we speak life into our children to be affirming who they are and affirming their actions, we can give them so much more than saying nothing. And obviously so much more than put-downs.
“If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.” — Jackie Kennedy, former First Lady of the United States.
We must have our priorities as parents in order. If we put our children last on the list, they will not turn out to be amazing people. But, if we put them first on the list or farther up near the top, we have the opportunity to change the world.
I hope you have enjoyed these quotes.
As parents, it is easy to lose sight of what we are called to do. When we are sleep deprived or our children are refusing to sleep or obey, it can be frustrating and exhausting.
Yet, we play a huge role in who they will become and how they impact the world around them. And so, we must carry on. Finding inspiration in the smallest of places.
If there is a quote you like about parenting, feel free to share in the responses below!