20 Quotes To Describe The Magic of Parenthood

Being a parent is an extraordinary experience, but at times, it can be a very difficult one. It is a full-time job, in which you are 24 hours a day dedicating a great deal of your time and energy. But rest assured, that parenthood is also filled with many joyful moments next to your little ones. There is no relationship in this world as complex and strong as the relationship between parents and their child.

In order to illustrate this wonderful and unique bond, I made a selection of quotes that describe the beauty and challenges of parenthood:

  1. “Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did – that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that – a parent’s heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.” 
    ― Debra Ginsberg

       2. “Parenthood…It’s about guiding the next generation, and forgiving the last.” 
― Peter Krause

3. “Without you, there would be no me. 
I am everything reflected in your eyes. 
I am everything approved by your smile. 
I am everything born of your guidance. 
I am me only because of you.” 
― Richelle E. Goodrich

4. “. . . I would have let him go one finger at a time, until, without his realizing, he’d be floating without me. And then I thought, perhaps that is what it means to be a [parent] – to teach your child to live without you.” 
― Nicole Krauss

5. “In the midst of the affliction, He counsels, strengthens confirms, nourishes, and favours us… Moreover, when we have repented, He instantly remits the sins as well as the punishments. In the same manner, parents ought to handle their children.” 
― Martin Luther

6. “If John Lennon was right that life is what happens when you’re making other plans, parenthood is what happens when everything is flipped over and spilling everywhere and you can’t find a towel or a sponge or your “inside” voice.” 
― Kelly Corrigan

7. “If I had to do it all again, I would still want my same daughter and two sons; through laughter, tears, prayers, and blessings.” 
― Ana Monnar

8. “Having kids – the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings – is the biggest job anyone can embark on. As with any risk, you have to take a leap of faith and ask lots of wonderful people for their help and guidance. I thank God every day for giving me the opportunity to parent.”
― Maria Shriver

9. “Goldfish get big enough only for the bowl you put them in. Bonsai trees twist in miniature. I would have given anything to keep her little. They outgrow us so much faster than we outgrow them.” 
― Jodi Picoult

10. “Worry not that your child listens to you; worry most that they watch you.” 
― Ronald A. Heifetz

11. “It wasn’t until we dropped him at his university dormitory and left him there looking touchingly lost and bewildered amid an assortment of cardboard boxes and suitcases in a spartan room not unlike a prison cell that it really hit home that he was vanishing out of our lives and into his own.” 
― Bill Bryson

12. “There is no preparing for parenthood; only research as a form of prayer and manic speculation.” 
― Hannah Palmer

13. “In parenting patience is the greatest virtue.” 
― Abhijit Naskar

14. “Then the real fear began. With the baby outside me and vulnerable, I suddenly saw the world as hostile and dangerous. Anything, including my own ignorance, could hurt her, kill her, snatch her from me. I wanted to cram her back inside where she’d be safe. I was too weak to protect her. I needed the family. Arty had to care about her. Iphy had to help me. Papa had to be sober and brave, and Mama had to lay off the pills and be wise. But there was really only Chick, and I was terrified whenever he was out of sight. I scared him with my clinging but couldn’t trust the baby to anyone else.” 
― Katherine Dunn

15. “It probably takes many years of monastic practice to equal the spiritual growth generated by one sleepless night with a sick child.” 
― Douglas Abrams

16. “It’ll be when you first learn to walk that I get daily demonstrations of the asymmetry in our relationship. You’ll be incessantly running off somewhere, and each time you walk into a door frame or scrape your knee, the pain feels like it’s my own. It’ll be like growing an errant limb, an extension of myself whose sensory nerves report pain just fine, but whose motor nerves don’t convey my commands at all. It’s so unfair: I’m going to give birth to an animated voodoo doll of myself.” 
― Ted Chiang

17. “It’s a wild ride, this parenthood thing. The hardest thing I’ve done in my life and by far the best.” 
― Aidan Donnelley Rowley

18. “To receive children’s love and to come home to a child who runs to you with a hug, among the 
most powerful emotional experiences available.” 
― Dennis Prager

19. “The aphorism “If you want something done, ask a busy woman” is in direct acknowledgement of the efficiency boot camp parenthood puts you through.” 
― Caitlin Moran

20. “The Child is the Alpha and the Omega of a parent’s happiness.”
― Amit Abraham


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