Everyone says: “being a parent is the hardest job anyone can have,” and while we understand that on an intellectual level, it’s impossible to know just how hard it is until you become a parent yourself. If you’re a working parent, it may be difficult to juggle your work schedule and your home life. If you’re a stay-at-home parent, you may come to resent your partner for being able to leave the house every day while you’re stuck at home, knee-deep in messes that you have no time to clean up and struggling to maintain your sanity.
In times like these, it’s comforting to know you’re not alone. While raising a child may sap every bit of energy out of you, some folks have mustered up enough strength to put that feeling into parenting quotes, and they use the very words that you might have thought of yourself if you weren’t so tired all the time.
For those who enjoy following the lives of celebrities, those celebrity lives can become even more enjoyable to watch when they raise a child – especially if we are parents ourselves. It’s cute to see people who otherwise get all glammed up on the red-carpet post about potty-training accidents and childhood mishaps.
Ryan Reynolds, the star of many a film, has posted some of the funniest quotes, to sum up, the joys of raising a child:
“Being a father is the single greatest feeling on earth. Not including those wonderful years, I spent without a child, of course.”
Who hasn’t felt this way at one time or another? Former party animals see their past selves in this quote, reflecting on those late nights filled with good friends and crazy memories. While parenthood may be a welcome change for them, it can still be fun to look back on the people we once were and compare them to the people we are now.
Country singer Carrie Underwood also posted a cute quote on Twitter that perfectly encapsulates how someone’s “diet” changes after having a child:
“It just occurred to me that the majority of my diet is made up of the foods my kid didn’t finish…”
No one likes seeing food go to waste, especially parents – and especially in the quantities that toddlers tend to waste. What parent hasn’t made, to the demands of their child, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, only for the child to take one bite out of it (or no bites at all) and realize that wasn’t what she wanted at all? Well, there’s no sense in throwing out a perfectly good sandwich. Might as well eat it!
There’s nothing better to get us through the day than a good laugh, and that’s what makes humorous quotes about raising a child so fun to read. There’s still hope if people like Chrissy Teigen or Chris Pratt, can struggle with the same chores we do.
We’ve all had our fair share of sad quotes, and we tend to see them all when we’re expecting. It’s like they’re there to remind you not to get too comfortable because childhood is fleeting and if you don’t stop to appreciate it then it will pass you by, and you’ll never be able to get those years back. We already know this, and we don’t appreciate the reminder.
Consider the following from W. Hodding Carter:
“There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other wings.”
This can turn any parent into a blubbering wreck. Yes, we know that someday our children will leave the nest and that it is important that we provide a strong foundation while they’re with us. Quotes like these can grab you by the heartstrings and yank hard, especially when you’re already being told by everyone under the sun how fast time flies. Why not allow us to enjoy the moment, rather than continuing to remind us that it will someday end?
Quotes like these, while sad, give us the strength to go on because our children reaching milestones is simultaneously a wonderfully happy and heartbreaking time. We want our children to do well in school, but we dread the day they go off to college. We want our children to find someone that loves and cherishes them, but we still cry on their wedding day. It’s a sad moment, sure, when a child grows a little bit further apart from a parent, but we get through it in knowing that a child’s willingness to leave us means that we did our jobs well.
Here’s a quote from an unknown source that can make stepparents go all weepy. You know the kind: they’re usually offset by a poignant backdrop of a mountain scene or a stock photo of a parent and child playing in the sunshine on a dock – a photo that is primed and ready to be shared by every sentimental friend and relative of yours on Facebook:
“A stepparent is so much more than just a parent; they made a choice to love when they didn’t have to.”
This is sweet, and it can give stepparents the strength to get through the day when they may be experiencing difficulties with their stepchildren. While the situation may be difficult now, it helps to have a reminder that stepchildren will eventually come to appreciate their stepparents in just this way. A quote like this can give a stepparent the strength to keep fighting because it reaffirms the unconditional love they feel for their stepchildren, even if that feeling may not be reciprocated right away.
Sometimes, we all need a little motivation to show us how valuable we are. It’s hard as a to recognize all that you are doing right instead of focusing on everything you’re “doing wrong.” These quotes help lift you up and show how important you are to your children.
When you are feeling like you have no control over your children, remember how valuable your influence on your children is. After all, you’re their first role model.
The following quote from William Shakespeare shows how influential a parent is to their children:
“The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven’s lieutenants.”
And, of course, we can’t finish off this article without something for the kids of the world. This quote by Emily Dickinson artfully details the importance of parents:
“Hold dear to your parents for it is a scary and confusing world without them.”
When It Gets to Be Too Much
We can make jokes about the struggles of raising a child and even commiserate with each other when we feel like we don’t have enough help and our children are a handful, but there are times when it may seriously feel like too much. Some days a quote can help you refocus and re-center when things aren’t easy, other times the struggle can be overwhelming.
It’s important to recognize when we need help ourselves. We can’t possibly be as effective as parents if we’re struggling to get through the day. Sometimes it makes sense to employ professional help. BetterHelp is a counseling service that functions completely online with over 100 licensed therapists.