Babies are always more trouble than you thought - and more wonderful.
It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.
Parents have the glorious opportunity of being the most powerful influence, above and beyond any other, on the new lives that bless their homes.
L. Tom Perry
Your folks are like God because you want to know they're out there and you want them to approve of your life, still you only call them when you're in a crisis and need something.
Michellee Chuck Palahniuk
A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.
Eda J. Le Shan
Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.
There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.
Hodding Carter, Jr
Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes.
A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it.
Frank A. Clark
There is nothing to suggest that mothering cannot be shared by several people.
H. R. Schaffer
What children take from us, they give. We become people who feel more deeply, question more deeply, hurt more deeply, and love more deeply.
Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
Charles R. Swindoll
Becoming a new parent is a learning experience, you can read all the books, listen to all the advice, but you will find you will grow with your children. They will
teach you things you could never read in a book.
Before you were conceived, I wanted you. Before you were born, I loved you. Before you were here an hour, I would die for you. This is the miracle of love.
You will always be your child's favorite toy.
Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends.
When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
Kids spell love T-I-M-E.
Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.
Marion C. Garretty
The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering.
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.
Parents must get across the idea that I love you always, but sometimes I do not love your behavior.
Being pregnant, as it turns out, is not about keeping in, but instead, it is the first step in letting go.
Whenever I held my newborn baby in my arms, I used to think that what I said and did to him could have an influence not only on him but on all whom he met, not only for a day or a month or a year, but for all eternity - a very challenging and exciting thought for a mother.
Babies are such a nice way to start people.
Ma-ma does everything for the baby, who responds by saying Da-da first.
If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Parenthood: That state of being better chaperoned than you were before marriage.
The central struggle of parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweigh our fears.
Children are our most valuable natural resource.
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.
Motherhood is, after all, woman’s great and incomparable work.
Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves.
I always wondered why babies spent so much time sucking their thumbs. Then I tasted baby food.
When you teach your son, you teach your son's son.
If your baby’s beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time, you’re the grandma.
A child enters your home and for the next twenty years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it. The child departs, leaving the house so silent you think you are going mad.
John Andrew Holmes
You can learn things from children. How much patience you have for instance.
Franklin P. Jones
You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.
Parents are the bones on which children cut their teeth.
There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.
Henry Ward Beecher
Romance fails us and so do friendships, but the relationship of parent and child, less noisy than all the others, remains indelible and indestructible, the strongest relationship on earth.
Always kiss your children goodnight - even if they're already asleep.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.She never existed before.The woman existed, but the mother, never.A mother is something absolutely new.
A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.
A father is someone who carries pictures where his money used to be.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
Successful parenting requires total investment, involvement, courage, and faith; but the rewards far outweigh the price.
Gifts, no matter how expensive, will never take the place of your presence. Giving your complete attention is much more valuable to a growing child and is the most satisfying way of being together.
Judy Ford, Wonderful Ways to Love a Child
If I could say just one thing to parents, it would be simply that a child needs someone who believes in him no matter what he does.
Parenting is a two-way street. As you take them by the hand, they will take you by the heart.
Parenthood has the power to redefine every aspect of life - marriage, work, relationships with family and friends.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, It Takes a Village