Parenting Quotes To Get You Through The Day

By Nicole Beasley

Updated March 09, 2020

Reviewer Whitney White, MS. CMHC, NCC., LPC

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.

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In times like these, it's a comfort to know that you're not alone. While parenting may sap every bit of energy out of you, some folks have mustered up enough strength to put parenting into words, and they use the very words that you might have thought of yourself if you weren't so tired all the time. (But seriously, when can a parent expect to enjoy eight hours of sleep in a row again?)

Funny Parenting Quotes

For those who enjoy following the lives of celebrities, those celebrity lives can become even more enjoyable to watch when they become parents - 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 on platforms like Twitter and Instagram.

Ryan Reynolds, the star of the Marvel film Deadpool, has, to no one's surprise, posted some of the funniest quotes, to sum up, the joys of parenthood. Here's one:

"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? That's what makes this quote so funny. 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.

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Country singer Carrie Underwood also posted a cute quote on Twitter that perfectly encapsulates how a parent'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 sometimes, and that's what makes humorous quotes about parenting, so fun to read. There's still hope yet if people like Chrissy Teigen or Chris Pratt, can struggle with the same parenting chores we do.

Sad Parenting Quotes

We've all had our fair share of sad parenting quotes, and we tend to see them all either while we're pregnant or when we've just become parents. It's like those quotes are there to remind you not to get too comfortable because childhood is fleeting - especially during the early years - 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 quote 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 a sweet quote, 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.

Parenting Quotes About Losing A Child

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Losing a child may be unfathomable, the worst possible thing that can happen to a parent, but there are parents out there who are grieving and can benefit from having support. While we can all benefit from quotes that can help us get through the day, this can be particularly helpful for parents who are grieving the loss of a child.

Consider the following quote by Val Uchendu:

"Loss is like a wind, it either carries you to a new destination, or it traps you in an ocean of stagnation. You must quickly learn how to navigate the sail, for stagnation is death."

This quote may sound coldhearted at first, but it is very true. It is important to take as much time as we need to grieve a loss, but we cannot allow our grief to rob us of our ability to go on. For instance, the "new destination," as described in the quote can be the establishing of a charity in the name of a child. Such an act can transform deep sadness into a well of hope in trying to help other children who may be in need.

When It Gets to Be Too Much

We can make jokes about the struggles of parenting 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.

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Some issues run deep for us as parents. Single parenting, the loss of a child, financial struggles, or family issues may complicate our ability to parent. When things get rough, talking to a professional can help get you back on track. Venting, having a space to talk about your concerns apart from your children, or getting parenting help from a professional, can make a positive impact.

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. Consider contacting one of our BetterHelp counselors, who you can message any time of the day.


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