Quotes about raising boys

While there is lots of conflicting information about the methods we should use in raising our sons, the ultimate goal is the same: to raise them to be good people.

We look up to heroes, men of honor, great husbands, and fathers, and we want our sons to be like them one day. This doesn’t need to be as wide-reaching as saving the world, but rather as in saving the day for the people around them every time they get a chance.

It would be great for parents if love, integrity, and a good set of principles would somehow be part of our sons’ DNA. But it is more about social learning, and so a parent’s voice and behavior are crucial for their son’s development.

In a world that promotes gender equality, we should teach our sons more about empathy and nurturing, and less about male entitlement. There are still many cultures that believe such qualities weaken men, when they actually just make humans human. The heroes we mentioned earlier possess them — we want our sons to become men, not tyrants.

Raising a son means hard work, but the outcome is always rewarding.

Here are 25 quotes about sons that you’ll love:

You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.

Wally Schirra

The years will rush by, and one day you will be watching your son as a man, and feeling incredibly proud that he is caring, safe, making a contribution, and hopefully going far beyond you in the scope of his life.

Steve Biddulph

There is an enduring tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart.

Washington Irving

If a man has been his mother’s undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.

Sigmund Freud

Let your boys test their wings. They may not be eagles, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t soar free.

C. J. Milbrandt

It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons.

Friedrich von Schiller

Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged.

Louisa May Alcott

Do I want to be a hero to my son? No. I would like to be a very real human being. That’s hard enough.

Robert Downey Jr.

My wild, wild son, run free. Ooh, you’ll know it when you’re where you’re supposed to be.

Armin van Buuren & Sam Martin

Listen, my son, to your father’s instructions and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.

Proverbs 1:8 (NIV)

Yet now in my arms I was holding a helpless baby boy who would grow into a man… I cannot imagine that soft little face one day having whiskers.

Rhonda Stoppe

He doesn’t know you’re watching him, but in this special, reflective moment, you realize he’s growing up. I mean, really growing up.

Robert Lewis

Though our new son is barely a part of our present, we look at his squirming, warm bundle of future potential and say to ourselves, ‘Hello, little man.’ Little do we know the adventure we are beginning!

Dr. Gregory L. Jantz

If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons.

James A. Baldwin

Until you have a son of you own, you will never know what that means. You will never know the joy beyond joy, the love beyond feeling that resonates in the heart of a father as he looks upon his son.

Kent Nerburn

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process.

John F. Kennedy

One of the greatest gifts you can give your teenage boy is the gift of letting him know you get it. You’ve been there.

Sebastian R. Jones

Of course, you are going to be reading books to your son at night. The books that he loves will be an education for you.

Michael Thompson

There is no greater privilege in living than bringing a tiny new human being into the world and then trying to raise him or her properly during the next eighteen years.

James C. Dobson

When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.

The Talmud

I want my son to become aware that he is in charge of the choices he makes, and it’s good to make thoughtful, good choices.

Karen Salmansohn

If you would have your son to walk honorably through the world, you must not attempt to clear the stones from his path, but teach him to walk firmly over them – not insist upon leading him by the hand, but let him learn to go alone.

Anne Bronte

I want my son to have a choice to contribute fully in the workforce or at home.

Sheryl Sandberg

As the mother of a son, I do not accept that alienation from me is necessary for his discovery of himself. As a woman, I will not cooperate in demeaning womanly things so that he can be proud to be a man. I like to think the women in my son’s future are counting on me.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

The most important mark I will leave on this world is my son.

Sarah Shahi

70 Funny Parents Quotes that Sum Up Parenting to a Tee


Every now and then in parenting you just need someone to relate to you; from the need for sleep to the endless clean ups. Just in case you can’t get the real thing today, here are some ridiculously funny parents quotes that sum up life as a parent. We’ve pulled together the best of the best in hopes of giving you a laugh.

  1. 90% of parenting is just thinking about when you can lie down again
  2. “The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable” -Lane Ollinghouse
  3. “Having children is like living in a frat house- nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.” -Ray Romano
  4. “If evolution works, how come mother’s only have two hands?” -Milton Berle
  5. “Having one child makes you a parent. Having two kids makes you a referee.” -David Frost
  6. Parenthood is the scariest hood you will ever go through
  7. It’s like kids can just smell when you start relaxing.
  8. Both of us can’t look good at the same time… it’s me or the house.
  9. “Me on Instagram: Made cupcakes w the kids, love them so much. Me for real: YOU’RE GETTING EGGSHELLS IN THE BATTER JESUS CHRIST LET ME DO IT” -Vampire Valerie
  10. You know your life has changed when going to the grocery store by yourself is a vacation
  11. Tweens are like a box of chocolates. You never know which personality you are going to get.
  12. 75% of every parents daily calories probably come just from licking knives
  13. Chapter 1 of Parenting

  14. “So I stepped away for like two seconds…” the beginning of a parenting horror story
  15. “I’ve been building my son’s trust for two yrs with high-fives. Today I’m going to hit him with a ‘too slow.’ Welcome to the real world, son.” -Trevor Williams
  16. One day I will be thankful that my child is strong willed, but that will not be today.
  17. The only thing kids know how to wear out faster than shoes are their parents.
  18. “Nurse: handing me a newborn You got this? Me: Sometimes I have to dig through the trash to re-read the instructions for mac ‘n’ cheese” – @mommy_cusses
  19. “Usually the triumph of my day is, you know, everybody making it to the potty.” -Julia Roberts
  20. The One Hit Wonder of funny parents quotes

  21. “Ugh it’s so hot! gets hit by two drops of pool water SPLASH ME AGAIN AND I’LL DONATE ALL YOUR TOYS.” -Salty Mermaid
  22. “Went to Disneyland because my daughter’s obsessed with Mickey Mouse. She was so excited when I got home and told her.” -Ryan Reynolds
  23. Me: you’re going to bed in 5 minutes. Toddler: No. Twenty minutes! Me: Ok. puts him to bed in 2 minutes because he has no concept of time
  24. Before kids: Why are they called “throw pillows”? After kids: Oh. – @yenniwhite
  25. My kids were all having fun and getting along, and that was the greatest 2 1/2 minutes of the entire summer.
  26. Social Media Parenting Quotes

  27. “Wife Spent the day with the kids. We had so much fun! Wife Do you know what those little shits did to me today?”
  28. We would all love to be Pinterest Moms, but it’s okay if you turn out to be more of an Amazon Prime Mom
  29. Cherish the day you buy your minivan because that will be the last day it is ever clean.
  30. Teach your kids to spend more time annoying each other so they have less time to spend annoying you.
  31. I don’t want to sleep like a baby, I want to sleep like my husband.
  32. They say it takes a village. Where can I get directions to this village?
  33. Parenting tip: Wine
  34. If you don’t know where your kids are in the house, turn off the WiFi and watch them slowly appear
  35. Do not compare your dog problems to parenting. Your dog cannot say your name 3,427 times a day.
  36. The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is because they have a common enemy
  37. “Buying your kid a goldfish is a great way to teach them about responsibility for 24-36 hours” -Conan O’Brien

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  38. The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble.
  39. Parenting is a lot like the bar scene: everyone is yelling, everything is sticky, it’s the same music over and over again, and occasionally pukes.
  40. A three-year-old is a walking talking middle finger
  41. Before I became a parent, I didn’t know I could ruin someone’s day by asking them to put pants on
  42. Be nice to your kids. They choose your nursing home.

  43. “Mother Nature is providential. She gives us twelve years to develop a love a love for our children before turning them into teenagers.” -William Galvin
  44. The hardest part of parenting is being fake mad when they do something that is actually hilarious
  45. Hell hath no fury like a toddler who’s sandwich was been cut into squares when they wanted triangles
  46. Beware of the Angry Mom!

  47. Being a mom means developing “The Look”
  48. I gave you life, you give me all the Reese’s. Every mom, every Halloween.
  49. I love cleaning up messes I didn’t make. So I became a Mom.
  50. “It just occurred to me that the majority of my diet is made up of the foods that my kid didn’t finish” -Carrie Underwood
  51. When I tell my kids I’ll do something in a minute, what I am really saying is, “Please forget.”
  52. At bedtime all children become dehydrated philosophers who need a hug
  53. “I feel very blessed to have two wonderful, healthy children who keep me completely grounded, sane and throw up on my shoes just before I go to an awards show just so I know to keep it real.” -Reese Witherspoon
  54. The thing about parenting rules is there aren’t any. That’s what makes it so difficult.
  55. “The biggest thing I remember is that there was just no transition. You hit the ground diapering.” -Paul Reiser
  56. Hey, a parent can dream, can’t they?

  57. “Why don’t kids understand their nap is not for them, but for us?” – Alyson Hannigan
  58. Being a parent is like folding a fitted sheet… no one really knows how.
  59. “The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires.” -Dorothy Parker
  60. Four-year-old: Tell me a scary story! Me: One time little people popped out of your mom, and they never stopped asking questions. Four-year-old: Why?

I think we could really come up with a list of 1000 funny parenting quotes, but who has time for that, we have kids who need us to do a milltion tasks.

Do you have a great parenting quote? Let us know in the comments and we will share

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  • “Every puppy should have a boy.”
    —Erma Bombeck
  • “The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.”
    —E.E. Cummings
  • “A boy is the only thing that God can use to make a man.”
  • “Boy, n.: a noise with dirt on it.”
    —Not Your Average Dictionary
  • “A boy is Truth with dirt on its face,
    Beauty with a cut on its finger,
    Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair,
    and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket.”
  • “A boy’s best friend is his mother.”
    —Joseph Stefano
  • “A boy’s story is the best that is ever told.”
    —Charles Dickens
  • “There’s nothing more dangerous than a boy with charm.” —Christina Aguilera
  • “A boy’s will is the wind’s will.”
    —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • “Boys are God’s way of telling you that your house is too neat!”
  • “Boys are beyond the range of anybody’s sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years.”
    —James Thurber
  • “Boys do not grow up gradually. They move forward in spurts like the hands of clocks in railway stations.”
    —Cyril Connolly
  • “Little boys are just superheroes in disguise.”
    —Art Moms
  • “I can sometimes resist temptation, but never mischief.”
    —Joyce Rebeta-Burditt
  • “If I have a monument in this world, it is my son.”
    —Maya Angelou
  • “It’s the merry-hearted boys that make the best men!”
    —Irish proverb
  • “Like the changing leaves of fall, My little boy is now a man.”
  • “Mothers of little boys work from son up till son down!”
  • “Of all the animals, the boy is most unmanageable.”
  • “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
    —T.S. Eliot
  • “Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys.”
  • “Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.”
    —Marc Brown
  • “Little boys don’t take baths, they just dust off.”
    —Art Moms
  • “There comes a time in every rightly-constructed boy’s life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.”
    —Mark Twain
  • “Little boys leave smudges on your heart.”
    —Art Moms
  • “When I grow up I want to be a little boy.”
    —Joseph Heller
  • “Sons are the anchors of a mother’s life.”
  • “Tall oaks from little acorns grow.”
    —David Everett
  • “There never has been, nor will there ever be, anything quite so special as the love between a mother and a son.”
  • “Prove yourself brave, truthful, and unselfish, and someday, you will be a real boy.”
    —The Blue Fairy from Disney’s “Pinnochio”


A boy becomes an adult three years before his parents think he does, and about two years after he thinks he does.
— Lewis B Hershey

A boy is a magical creature. You can lock him out of your workshop, but you can’t lock him out of your heart. You can get him out of your study, but you can’t get him out of your mind.
— Alan Beck

A boy is the only thing that God can use to make a man.
— Author Unknown

A boy is Truth with dirt on it’s face,
Beauty with a cut on its finger,
Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair,
and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket.
— Author Unknown

A boy’s best friend is his mother.
— Joseph Stefano

A boy’s story is the best that is ever told.
— Charles Dickens

A boy’s will is the wind’s will.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A child reminds us that playtime is an essential part of our daily routine.
— Anonymous

A fairly bright boy is far more intelligent and far better company than the average adult.
— John B.S. Haldane

A small boy, mischievous to the imp degree.
— Rea Murtha

A small son can charm himself into, and out of, most things.
— Jenny de Vries

A treasure to a little boy does not consist of money, gems or jewellery. He will find far greater pleasure in the wonder of a rock, pebble, stick or beetle.
— Author Unknown

Baseball is where boys practice being men and men practice being boys, and they get real good at it.
— Mary Cecile Leary

Between the innocence of babyhood and the dignity of manhood, we find a delightful creature of a boy.
— Author Unknown

Boyhood is a most complex and incomprehensible thing. Even when one has been through it, one does not understand what it was. A man can never quite understand a boy, even when he has been the boy.– G. K. Chesterton

Boys are beyond the range of anybody’s sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years.
— James Thurber

Boys are God’s way of telling you that your house is too neat!
— Author Unknown

Boys do not grow up gradually. They move forward in spurts like the hands of clocks in railway stations.
— Cyril Connolly

Do not train boys to learning by force and harshness, but lead them by what amuses them, so that they may better discover the bent of their minds.
— Plato

Dirt is not dirty, but only something in the wrong place.
— Lord Palmerston

Dreams really do come true. Ours came wrapped in Baby Blue!
— Author Unknown

Experimentation is an active science.
— Claude Bernard

For every man the world is as fresh as it was at the first day, And as full of untold novelties for him who has the eyes to see them.
— Thomas Henry Huxley

Go on and increase in valor, O boy! this is the path to immortality.
— Seneca

God created boys, full of spirit and fun to explore and conquer, to romp and run.
— Author Unknown

He has the gift of reverie.
— Anais Nin

He was born with a gift of laughter.
— Rafael Sabatini

His laughter… sparkled like a splash of water in sunlight.
— Joseph Lelyveld

I can sometimes resist temptation, but never mischief.
— Joyce Rebeta-Burditt

If I have a monument in this world, it is my son.
— Maya Angelou

It’s the merry-hearted boys that make the best men!
— Irish proverb

Like the changing leaves of fall… My little boy is now a man.
— Author Unknown

Mothers of little boys work from son up till son down!
— Author Unknown

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
— Mark Twain

Nearly every man is a firm believer in heredity until his son makes a fool of himself.
— Author Unknown

Nobody else like him, he’s unique – – this one. How fortunate we are that he is our son.
— Author Unknown

Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing so gentle as real strength.
— Francis De Sales

Of all the animals, the boy is most unmanageable.
— Plato

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
— T.S. Eliot

Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys.
— Author Unknown

Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.
— Marc Brown

Sons are the anchors of a mother’s life.
— Sophocles

Tall oaks from little acorns grow.
— David Everett

The sweetest roamer is a boy’s young heart.
— George Edward Woodberry

There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy’s life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.
— Mark Twain

There has never been a day when I have not been proud of you, I said to my Son though some days I’m louder about other stuff so it’s easy to miss that.
— Brian Andreas

There never has been, nor will there ever be, anything quite so special as the love between a mother and a son.
— Author Unknown

To become a real boy you must prove yourself brave, truthful, and unselfish.
— From “Pinnochio”

Twinkle Twinkle little star so you know how loved you are?
— Author Unknown

When I grow up I want to be a little boy.
— Joseph Heller

Wrapped around my son with only the knowledge of the words of the world & a quiet remembrance of watching before this all began.
— Brian Andreas

You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.
— Author Unknown

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While no two kids are exactly alike, if you’re feeling adrift in the world of parenting a boy, it’s okay to seek out wisdom (and a little bit of empathy) from those who have been there before. Here, parents, teachers, mentors, and others reflect on the experiences of raising young men.

“I’m grateful to have two boys. They’re so very different from one another. One is very rough-and-tumble, highly energetic, and keeps me on my toes. The other is deeply creative, artistic, and asks a lot of big questions for a 5-year-old. They share a strong bond, and it’s interesting for me to see how they teach one another and learn from each other. Because they’re so little and are growing up in a home where they can express their individuality, right now, they are all love, and it makes my heart so joyful.”
–Jaime King, star of Black Summer “Boys tend to need things to be demonstrated to them when they’re younger. They may not hear you the first, second, or third time you tell them, so there’s a patience factor there. And sometimes you’ll tell them something, and they’ll immediately do the opposite. You have to learn, whether it’s because of their sex or because or their different personalities, how they relate to you and how they respond to you.”
–Benjamin Watson, tight end for the New Orleans Saints and author of The New Dad’s Playbook: Gearing Up for the Biggest Game of Your Life “I worry that they’ll make a really dumb teenaged-brain decision that will live on the internet forever — be it photos, videos, or words they’ll regret.”
–Candace Cameron Bure, star of Fuller House . “I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with the current generation of fathers right now. They are changing diapers and getting up in the middle of the night and feeding and bathing and putting the babies to bed. There aren’t typical mother and father roles anymore. I know our sons will watch their fathers and grow up to be amazing dads and keep this cycle going.”
–Jessie James Decker, singer/songwriter, New York Times bestselling author of Just Jessie, and CEO of Kittenish “My son is only 6, but we have discussions about how to use his physical strength and size as he grows up for good. To be a protector of animals, women, and children. To fight against bad guys and always be kind. At the same time, I try to make sure he appreciates that while he may be strong, that doesn’t make him superior to anyone.”
–Jillian Michaels, fitness and nutrition expert “I had so much fun with my son, getting to experience childhood in a different way than I did. I remember when he was not even a year old how excited he was for the trash truck to come by. Before he could talk, my son did an impression of the garbage truck. It was so funny. So then it became a weekly thing where we would go out on Friday mornings and cheer on the garbage men as they would come by. And obviously I wasn’t the only mom who this happened to, because the garbage men wave. I had other mothers who told me they would bake cookies for the garbage men. There were thousands of things like that. At one point, I knew the names of all the dinosaurs, and I knew all the different construction vehicles. I really got to experience those things in a different way than I did when I was a kid.”
–Alison Sweeney, star of The Chronicle Mysteries “I think clothes are a reflection of a society. We associate being a boy — or being a man — with being strong and tough, which is why you see boys’ shirts with slogans that say ‘tough guy’ or ‘heartbreaker.’ A few years ago, girls had to shop in the boys’ section to find clothing with dinosaurs, rockets, and cars. Nowadays, girls may be able to find those items at major retailers. I am hoping that a similar shift will happen for boys. I think people — and parents of boys especially — like that we are redefining what it means to be a boy.”

–Martine Zoer, founder of Quirkie Kids, a gender-neutral clothing retailer “I think in this day and age, raising responsible, respectable boys is difficult, especially an African American boy in this climate where police are targeting young, black boys. It’s difficult to teach them to respect themselves, respect the law, and make them feel like everything is going to be fair when in reality, we’re not living in a world where things are necessarily fair. So I just want him to be a good kid. When they’re influenced by social media and what they see, it’s kind of hard to keep them levelheaded because you’re telling them one thing, but then they’re seeing something different on their phones or on television. You just have to say, ‘That’s just for show. That’s not real. People might rap about certain things, but that doesn’t mean they’re really out there doing that stuff. A lot of it is just for entertainment.’ As long as you keep an open dialog, I think you have a better chance of them understanding that.”
–La La Anthony, television personality and author of The Power Playbook “I wanted to start working with Drag Queen Story Hour because it seemed like a wonderful way to join two totally different groups together in a positive way. I tend to give the kids lots of color and bling, so when I first enter the room, they’re in awe and very curious about what I will do. Some of the boys are excited to see me, all sparkly and colorful, while other boys are just cool with it. But they know I’m not the regular storyteller at the library, for sure. Usually, they’re shy at the beginning, but the end of the Story Hour, we’re taking pics, exchanging high fives, and some even ask for hugs. A few boys ask me about my outfit, especially those who come wearing tutus and other gender fluid looks. They compliment me on hair, shoes, and makeup. Drag Queen Story Hour has even incorporated makeup tutorials for older kids so that they can explore the world of makeup with a fun and glamorous guide. One boy of about 8 or 9 years came up to me after a reading and asked if I could be his babysitter when his parents were away. His mom chuckled, and so did I, but it made me feel good that he was so comfortable with me.”
–Harmonica Sunbeam, entertainer and reader at Drag Queen Story Hour, where drag queens read to children at libraries, schools, and bookstores in the hopes of providing positive queer role models. “My son is 4 years old and just started having his own ‘boys crew.’ They pretend fight and exclude the girls at times. I try to make sure he stays open to the fact that activities can and should include girls as well, and I schedule playdates to help foster this behavior. In our household, we’re also aware of how parents are stereotyped by gender and how that may impress upon our kids. I’ve visited Jake’s school to discuss my career as an entrepreneur, which will hopefully help change the standard expectations that mom is always the one at home.”
–Jenny Fleiss, co-founder and CEO of Jetblack “My dad raised me to be an empowered woman, with the notion that girls could do anything. One of the things I wanted to impart to my son was that as a boy of color, he could also do anything — that was a big thing for me. I gave him a plaque that says, ‘Be truthful. Be gentle. Be kind. Be honest.’ I wanted that to be his mantra. We’re hearing so much about this toxic masculinity, and I’m thankful that I don’t see that in my kid. I see a kid that is very male, but really gentle. He’s 6’1”, with a size 13 shoe, and he’s only 16 so he’s not done growing, and he’s eating me out of house and home because he’s an athlete. He’s on the varsity football team, the varsity swim team, the varsity track team. But he’s quite gentle; he has a great sense of humor, and he will cry during a movie.”

–Sunny Hostin, co-host of The View and Senior Legal Correspondent at ABC News “Boys love their mamas and make you feel like the most special person in the world. The energy is high, but the drama can be less — unless it’s the kind of drama where you go to the ER for head wounds. Those increase with boys.”
–Melissa Joan Hart, co-star of No Good Nick “We’ve worked really hard to make sure that their EQ is as high as their IQ. We acknowledge feelings. We don’t say, ‘You’re okay, you’re fine!’ when something bad happens. We say, ‘What are you feeling?’ We help find words for it. We talk through it. We teach them that crying is not weakness, and that you’re going to be happy, and you’re going to be sad, and everything in between, and all of those are okay, and they pass. We want them to be in touch with their feelings and know how to process them. Hopefully that helps them in their adult life.”
–Yael Cohen Braun, founder of Motherlucker “Something that would have been really helpful for me through my gender journey would have been to have a mentor. Somebody to have my back when things got tough. I mentor a little boy who has been going to my store for almost four years now. He’s been coming in since he was 8 years old, and he’s 12 now. Just watching him grow and develop confidence makes me feel like I’m doing something good for him!”
–Jayde Sandoval, beauty advisor at Sephora, which offers makeup classes for members of the transgender community “The biggest challenge in raising boys is guiding them, but not choosing for them. Teaching them self-awareness and respect of the opposite sex, which has a lot to do with how they see you as a mother and the love and respect they breathe within the family structure. Boys seem to never really grow up, but that is also the beauty of having boys.”
–Brigitte Nielsen, model, actress, and co-star of Creed II “If you have sons that have lots of energy, teaching them how to channel it, how to respect it, and how it can have consequences is very important. On the other hand, boys have the pressure to be the tough ones, and if you have a sensitive, soft, and creative boy, you have to help him find balance so that he feels secure and doesn’t feel like he’s less than if he’s not tough. I have sons and a daughter, so as a mother it’s for sure a balancing act!”
–Camila Alves McConaughey, entrepreneur and founder of Women of Today “I really love the way my son articulates his thoughts. He says something like, ‘You’re as beautiful as a rainbow on a sunny day,’ and I’m all, ‘Aww, honey thank you.’ And then he goes off and plays his video games. I find him to be haphazardly romantic. I really want to know how he’s feeling. I work on him being able to articulate those thoughts, with me not standing in judgement of them.”
–Jill Scott, star of the upcoming The First Wives Club “When I talked to my oldest boy about dating, I spoke to him not just about consent and respect for the young women he was dating, but also about the fact that I didn’t want him to feel pressure to have sex if she wanted to and he wasn’t ready. And we talked a lot about what ‘ready’ meant. I wanted him to know that he could say no, and that wouldn’t make him less of a man. Because those are the messages our boys get.”
–Ted Bunch, chief development officer, A Call To Men “I definitely get joy from thinking about the person I want them to be and watching them become that person. Right now, my sons don’t have a gender normative framework yet. They see that their dad cooks dinner and I go to work, too, and they don’t have this idea of what I think is a more archaic view of the divisions of responsibilities in a house. When they ask me questions about things, it’s really hard, but I try to answer. They’ll say something like, ‘Is this for a girl?’ And I’ll tell them, ‘They made this for a girl, but it’s something you can wear, too, if you want.’”
–Katia Beauchamp, co-founder and CEO at Birchbox “It’s an uncomplicated love, and it’s just really, really pure. I don’t see myself so much in them. If I had a daughter, I would see myself and maybe be frustrated with her for her shortcomings. With having boys, at least for me, I am able to completely separate my ego and just watch them and observe them develop as much as I can.”
–Lindsay Price, co-star of Splitting Up Together What are the biggest joys of raising a boy?
Jeannie: Enjoying the time of being the number one girl in their eyes before I inevitably fall off the pedestal.
Jim: Are there joys? Just kidding. For me, somehow raising boys seems harder than girls. If you leave little girls alone for a moment, when you return they will be quietly coloring. If you do the same with boys, when you return the boys will be chewing on a wall.
What are the biggest worries?
Jeannie: Losing them at an amusement park.
Jim: Failing them is my biggest worry. My wish is for each of my sons to be a better man than I am. I want them to be confident, compassionate men who are always trying to improve themselves and their community. While I’m napping.
–Jeannie and Jim Gaffigan, co-creators of The Jim Gaffigan Show

Looking for more? Find Boys Will Be, GoodHousekeeping.com’s in-depth guide to raising boys, here.

Marisa LaScala Parenting & Relationships Editor Marisa LaScala covers all things parenting, from the postpartum period through empty nests, for GoodHousekeeping.com; she previously wrote about motherhood for Parents and Working Mother.

The Best Parenting Quotes for Parents to Live By

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I’ve been sharing some of the best parenting quotes on my facebook page from time to time (my favorites anyway) and they are often the most popular and re-shared items on my page. So today I wanted to gather them here for reference and easy accessibility—both for you and for me.

Here goes…

Note: I have a post of the best mother quotes (here’s the second one) and one of father quotes as well.

The Best Parenting Quotes

“There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one.” – Sue Atkins

“Children spell love… T-I-M-E.” – Dr. A. Witham

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” – Charles R. Swindoll

“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 me children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.” – Joyce Maynard

More of the Best Parenting Quotes

“Before I got married I had six theories about raising children; now, I have six children and no theories.” – John Wilmot

“If I had my child to raise all over again, I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later. I’d finger-paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting and more connecting. I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes. I’d take more hikes and fly more kites. I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play. I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars. I’d do more hugging and less tugging.“ – Diane Loomans

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” – Robert Fulghum

“Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?” – Samuel Johnson

“Treat a child as though he already is the person he’s capable of becoming.” – Haim Ginott

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault

“Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they’re going to catch you in next.” – Franklin P. Jones

“If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.” – Haim Ginott

“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” – Paulo Coelho

“I think it’s necessary to let kids get bored once in a while—that’s how they learn to be creative.” – Kim Raver

“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” – Maria Montessori

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop, The Lion & the Mouse

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” – Horton the elephant

“A child’s mind is not a container to be filled but rather a fire to be kindled.” – Dorothea Brande

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” – Rachel Carson

Question for you… What do YOU think are the best parenting quote here? Or do you have one to add? (I’m always looking for good quotes!)

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31 Heart-Warming Mother and Son Quotes

Men are what their mothers made them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mothers and sons share, no doubt, an incredible and beautiful bond. They are friends and confidants, always helping and advising each other. It is a connection of powerful and unconditional family love.

Check out these wonderful quotes that celebrate the mother and son relationship.

There is an endearing tenderness in the love of a mother to a son that transcends all other affections of the heart. – Washington Irving

Being a mother makes a woman discover her extraordinary capacity to love and care for another being. Through her son, she discovers tenderness and joy and she learns not only to give love, but also to receive.

Every man looks for a girlfriend that has his mother’s qualities. – Unknown

All that young men really know about women is what they learn from their mothers or sisters. Mothers are the first woman that they love and for that reason, the mother remains the model of the ideal woman.

To a mother, a son is never a fully grown man; and a son is never a fully grown man until he understands and accepts this about his mother. – Unknown

Although the relationship between mothers and sons is always special, no matter the age of the son, the mother will always see in him the baby she once held in her arms. It is difficult for a man to convince his mother that he is a fully grown adult who can take care of himself.

Sons are the anchors of a mother’s life. – Sophocles

For every mother, her son is the center of all her preoccupations and worries, but also the anchor that gives her a sense of ultimate connection. In the presence of her son, a mother feels proud for having raised and helped him become a man.

Every mother hopes that her daughter will marry a better man than she did, and is convinced that her son will never find a wife as good as his father did. – Martin Andersen Nexo

It has become a common joke that mothers find any reason to dislike their sons’ girlfriends. The truth behind this stereotype is that mothers want their best for their sons, they want for them a wife that can fulfill all their needs, and spoil them as mothers do.

Let your boys test their wings. They may not be eagles, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t soar free. – C.J. Milbrandt

The best thing that a mother can do, if she wants to raise confident, independent men, able to take care of themselves, is to give her sons enough freedom to grow and to explore on their own. Sons need freedom to test their own strength.

Men are what their mothers made them. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sons take more from their mothers than they realize. Although the influence of a mother is often tender and subtle, it is also the most powerful. Mothers give boys the confidence to become the men they wish to be.

Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged. – Louisa May Alcott

Sons believe that their mothers are flawless people and to discover otherwise, it is crushing. Every son knows that his mother wants the best for him that is why he trusts her completely and irrevocably.

It takes one woman twenty years to make a man of her son – and another woman twenty minutes to make a fool of him. – Helen Rowland

Mothers put a lot of work in making their sons respectable, confident men, and they are sad to see that a woman can come into their sons’ lives and hurt them or make them look foolish. Every mother becomes worried when her son starts dating.

Mother is her son’s first god. She must teach him the most important lesson of all – how to love. – T. F. Hodge

Sons worship their mothers, seeing them as flawless, almighty beings who spread love and who are able to do anything. That is why the most important lesson that a mother can teach her son is to respect, love, and understand women.

A man never sees all that his mother has been to him until it’s too late to let her know that he sees it. – W. D. Howells

We are all grateful to our parents for all that they have given us, yet sometimes we fail to let them know how much we appreciate their efforts. Very often, a son doesn’t understand what his mother means to him until he loses her.

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his. – Oscar Wilde

Involuntarily, parents become our models in life. They teach us so many things that we become a part of them. While women tend to follow their mothers’ footsteps, sons prefer to separate from their mothers and to assert their manliness.

Heaven on earth is looking at my little boy. The minute he was born, I knew if I never did anything other than being a mom, I’d be fine. – Jenny McCarthy

Being a mother to a little boy and helping him discover the world is one of the greatest experiences in a woman’s life, which makes objective goals dull in comparison. The connection between a mother and her son opens the gate to a new world of wonder and love.

A son is a son till he takes him a wife, a daughter is a daughter all of her life. – Irish Proverb

Despite the profound connection between a mother and her son, when the son gets married and has his own family, he often forgets that his mother still needs him in her life. It takes so little effort to call our mothers, yet we forget that it makes her day to simply hear our voice from time to time.

He who can be a good son will be a good father. – Unknown

The relationship between a son and his mother tells a lot about his ability to be loving and caring. A man who mistreats his mother will always mistreat his wife or his daughter because he hasn’t learned how to be there for others.

You’ve been a blessing from the start, I love you son with all my heart. – Unknown

When a mother holds her son for the first time, something magical happens that turns all her life upside down. She discovers that taking care of a fragile being that is entirely dependent on her is scary, but also extremely rewarding.

So there’s this boy. He kinda stole my heart. He calls me mommy. – Unknown

There are several milestones in a little boy’s life that make his mother’s heart melt completely. The first mommy is probably the most heart-warming word he will ever say. Mothers live for such moments.

You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes. – Walter M. Schirra, Sr.

All mothers think that their sons will go out into the world and achieve great things, but all they should do is to encourage theirs sons and let them be who they want. By helping her son gain confidence, a mother can be sure that he will do great things in life.

You are my sonshine. – Unknown

There are few things that can make a mother smile faster than seeing her son happy and healthy. Sons are the sunshine that brightens their mother’s days and bring them warmth and love. Even on cloudy days, a son can warm up him mother’s heart.

To be a mother of a son is one of the most important things you can do to change the world. Raise them to respect women, raise them to stand up for others, raise them to be kind. – Shannon L. Alder

A mother has the most difficult task in the world. She has to teach her son how to be a kind, compassionate, and loving man while also teaching him to stand up for himself and for others in need.

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. – Kahlil Gibran

Many mothers treat their children as if they were younger and smaller versions of themselves. However, children have their own personality and their own destiny. Helping them fulfill their own unique potential is what a mother should do.

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. – Abraham Lincoln

There is nothing as comforting and uplifting as the thought of our mother’s love and undying devotion. A son knows that, no matter what he tries to achieve in the world, his mother’s prayers will always accompany him towards success.

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. – Honore de Balzac

Sons know that they can count on their mother’s love at all moments, which makes them push the limits a bit, especially when they are young. They know that mothers forget and forgive and that no matter what happens, their mother’s arms are their best shelter.

A mother is the truest friend we have when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us when adversity takes the place of prosperity. – Washington Irving

There are moments in life when a man finds himself lonely and fearful, burdened by problems and failures. In such times, he remembers that even though life is difficult, his mother believes in him and loves him unconditionally.

The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom. – Henry Ward Beecher

The most important things that build up a character are love, confidence, trust, and compassion, and these are the things that a man learns above all from his mother. His mother’s heart is the place from where all the lessons he needs to learn spring forth.

A mother has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. – Sophia Loren

There is no one more selfless than a mother because her priorities are always focused on her child. She worries not about her happiness or her well-being, but for the happiness and well-being of her son. She gives to her son all that she has and demands nothing in return.

All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. – Abraham Lincoln

A loving son knows that he is always guided by the angelic image of his mother, who watches over him from a distance, sending him her warm thoughts and prayers. A mother is the greatest and most fervent supporter of her son.

More than mother and son, they were accomplices in solitude. – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The bond between a mother and her son is very powerful. Their love and connection make them accomplices in happiness and solitude, no matter how many people stand beside them. The son is a part of his mother’s heart and he can never fully separate from her.

Ain’t a woman alive who could take my mama’s place. –Tupac

A man meets a lot of women throughout his life and he develops all kinds of relationships, yet he can never find a woman that can take his mother’s place in his heart. The love for one’s mother is unique and lasting.

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. – Irish Proverb

Among all the women in a man’s life, his mother is the most powerful and stable presence. A man loves his mother with a pure and grateful kind of love that doesn’t fade in time and doesn’t collapse at the first hardship.

No matter your age, you always need your mom. – Unknown

A man will always remain his mother’s son and will always need her nurturing love in his life, no matter his age. Mothers are irreplaceable and they can make our lives easier and more beautiful with their tenderness and diligence.