Backtalk: Your Favorite Parenting Quotes

Backtalk: Your Favorite Parenting Quotes

DEPT_backtalk-1We asked our readers for favorite parenting quotes – these are their answers.

“The days are long but the years are short” – A. Suduiko

“‘It’s a phase.” — my mom. – E. Wise

“‘Don’t let yourself become so concerned with raising a good kid that you forget you already have one.” – Glennon Melton  – A. Stroud Brown

“The best thing you could give to your child is a gift of your precious time by being with your child and ready to listen…” – J. Hider

“Cleaning the house while you have children is like brushing your teeth while eating oreos'” – K. Cichucki Ceballos

“What you teach your child, you teach your child’s child.” – C. Pridham

“Patience and calm firm communication can build a peaceful healthy relationship with well mannered children.” – A.S. Santos

“What’s the best way to find something? Clean up” – J. Petroff Smith

“Childhood is not a race.” – K. Head Amos

“Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone – D. Poli

“Your toddler doesn’t want to annoy you.” -Janet Lansbury

I don’t know who said it but: “One of the kindest things you can say to a toddler is ‘you don’t have to hurry, we have time.” – A. von Novak

“Don’t be worried that they don’t listen to you. Worry that they observe you all the time.” – S. Swaroop

“There’s only one perfect child in the world and every mother has it.” – O. Mecking

I forget the quote or who said it but basically, the general idea of it is that the goal and the curse of motherhood is to always be pushing your child toward independence and further away from you, while desperately desiring nothing more than to pull them close. It’s a battle of gradual heartache and fulfillment. – E. Albano

“It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults.'” – R. Kaiman

“Prepare your child for the road, not the road for your child.” – M. Funez

Pretty much anything Alfie Kohn says.- C. Rembish Reid

“‘…Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.'” – J. Hampton

“‘Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.” -Rita Pierson, Educator – L. Domino Jones

“Give them roots so they can grow wings. Tomorrow’s another day. CIO = cuddle it out. WIO = wait it out.” – S. Blanchard

“Don’t prepare the path for the child, prepare the child for the path.'” – C. Krost

“‘I am a mom; I see clearly that while I’ve been teaching them, they have been my reason to learn.'” – T. Shelton

“You can’t walk gingerly. You have to step in and say I am gong to love you robustly, and we are going to get to the end of this!'” – L. Louise

“Pick your battles.” True when they’re toddlers, true when they’re teenagers.  – S. Ruckh Franzosa

Louisa May Alcott — “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.'” – K. Nash

“Children close their ears to advice but Open their eyes to example.” – A. Bouthillier

“Do as I say not as I do… Lol” – G. Gremaux

“Sleep is for the weak” – D. Gordon

“Let them be little.” – J. Gassaway

My daughter actually told me yesterday this was a quote her teacher used in class and  she chuckled when she told the teacher she hears that all the time from me.– “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over…and expecting a different result… – C. Vreeland

 “This too shall pass…'” – L. Brooking

 ‘If you’re not yelling, you’re doing something wrong.” -Mark Ruffalo – C. Kent

“These are not the glamour years.” – L. Lawrence

“‘It’s relentless” – me.- E. Savela

“Best of times, worst of times.” – R. Rock Tots Briggs

“Is that poop or chocolate?!” – N. Proctor-Fajen

“Don’t blink” – J. Lane

“You’re not managing an inconvenience. You’re raising a human being.” – I. Rourke

“There’s no way to be a perfect parent but there are a million ways to be a good one.'” – G. Young

“You’re happy to see them come, you’re happy to see them go.'” – N. Babilonia Prunés

“‘Will this really matter in 5 years? 10?'” – P. Stinson

Sorry no citation, but years ago I heard “Deciding to have children is like deciding to have a bowling alley installed in your brain.” This has always resonated with me. – K. Kolb Peterson

“Children close their ears to advice, but open their eyes to example.” – M. Aria

“‘Deep within me there is a well of peacefulness which nothing can disturb.” ~ Mommy Mantras – S. Campbell

“You’re not a cruise director, you don’t have to keep them entertained all the time.” – my mom – A. Avey

“Fake it ’til you make it.” – B. Eaton

“Children will grow up in spite of their parents, not because of them.” – B. Hartwig Beck


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thWhat Is the One Thing You Would Have Done Differently as a New Mom?

Each month we ask our readers a question… these are their answers…

Forgiven myself for making mistakes and not having all the answers. If I could go back to my daughter’s first few years, I would stop trying to do it all and just enjoy the moments more. I miss the moments.- A. Macedo

Asked for help and accepted help. Now I have three kids and people aren’t knocking on my door to help like they did with a newborn! – A. Connors

Given myself a break and allowed more time for self care. Being a mom does not mean you have to be a martyr. I think teaching realistic balance is the best thing we can model for our kids, but also the hardest. – C. Krist

Slept with my babies and not listened to anyone but my gut for parenting advice. – T. Scott

As a stay-at-home mom, I would have introduced a babysitter into the routine earlier on, so that my kid would naturally have gotten used to being looked after—not to mention being put to bed—by somebody other than me!  – Lauren Apfel, Brain, Child’s Debate Editor

Bought only one type of socks. – M. Darlene

Stay home longer, jobs can wait a year. – P. Medrano

Written a little something about myself or my baby every day. – S. Preston

I tried to do EVERYTHING myself. It was hard to ask for help. As a result, I was sleep-deprived and had shot nerves (with a bit of anxiety/short temper thrown in). I miss those first six months like crazy, and often feel as though I could have done things differently. – S. Farmer

Put my kids in the crib earlier than I did. – D. Balan

I should have napped every single time my husband told me to nap. – Hilary Levey Friedman, Brain, Child‘s Book Review Editor

I don’t know how I would do it but I would do bedtime differently (my children, currently six and nine, still do not go to bed, instead they creep into the bedroom at  night to kick me in the head.) – H. Fletcher

Chilled out a little more. – T. Driscoll

Stayed home more. – M. Hope

Not attempted to go back to work – D. Fine

Researched vaccines on my own before administration. – E. Bowdin

Relaxed. Not taken myself too seriously. – A. Strazza

I would have slept when my baby slept and been awake with the baby and hired someone to clean house for the first three weeks and told all visitors to go away and make an appointment – A. Ling

Worry less. – E. Tompkins

I would have had even more parties, to this day my now teenage children remember all their themed birthday parties — rainbow, flowers, pirates — and I loved every minute of the planning and playing. – Marcelle Soviero, Brain, Child’s Editor-in-Chief.

I would never have registered for – let alone tried to consistently use – the shopping cart insert. Too much effort, plus some germs are good! – Hilary Levey Friedman, Brain, Child‘s Book Review Editor

Spent more time reading to and singing to my babies. Held them longer, played with them more. Not worried about messes and dirty clothes. Let their friends come over more (I’m an introvert and only child, and didn’t feel comfortable with people in the house). – D. Page

Insisted people take lots of photos of me and my child. – T. Guerra

Skip the parenting books for the first two years. – S. Pilman

If I could do it all over, I wouldn’t have fussed so much about our kids wanting to sleep in our bed. – R. Johnson

Gave up on breastfeeding. It was never going to happen and I wasted so much time and emotional energy stressing about it. – K. Morgan

Learned to let others (spouse/mom) hold my babies more. – L. Jury

Trusted my instincts and ignored a lot of “advice.” – C. Vechio

Hold, hold, hold, and talk and sing and dance. — M. Holden

Nothing. I did the best I could with what I knew and what I had. – L. McBride

Take better care of myself. – A. Miley

Said “no visitors” in the hospital – B. Ardel

Delivered anywhere but where I did.- L. Mercantile

Napped when they napped. – K. Oates

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