Top Ten Quotes for Parents


 “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.” —Mark Twain


“I would have made a  terrible parent. The first time my child didn’t do what I wanted, I’d kill him.” —Katherine Hepburn


“No matter how hard you try, you can never be more than 12 years old with your parents. Parents earnestly try not to inflame, but their comments contain no scale and a strange focus.” —Douglas Coupland


“Sometimes when I look at all my children, I say to myself, ‘Lillian, you should have stayed a virgin.’” —Lillian Carter


“Selective ignorance, a cornerstone of child-rearing…. Parents should sit tall in the saddle and look upon their troops with a noble and benevolent and extremely near-sighted gaze.” —Garrison Keillor


“Who is mature enough for offspring before the offspring themselves arrive?  The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults.” —Peter Devries


“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.” 
—Harry Truman


“Even my mother didn’t like me all the time, but she let me come home anyway.” —Ann McKay Thompson


“The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant—and let the air out of their tires.” —Dorothy Parker


"It′s always been my feeling that God lends you your children until they′re about eighteen years old.  If you haven′t made your points with them by then, it′s too late." —Betty Ford