Quotes About Teens, Parenting and Families

Find Inspirational Words About Family Ties

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Many inspirational words have been spoken and written over the years about kids, parenting and family life. Some of these quotes are funny, some very serious and others are simply words of wisdom that any family can take to heart and learn from.

Ways to Pass on the Words of Wisdom

You can use these quotes for yourself or share them with everyone in your house. It is a small gesture that can inspire a smile or help the family get through a tough time.

  • Placing a short phrase on the family message board can build unity or remind everyone how important their family is.
  • These quotes are great additions to homemade birthday cards and little notes.
  • Include one in a memorable gift like a journal or book and pass the wisdom on to your kids.
  • Don't forget to share with your friends and other family members. Everyone loves a memorable quote.

Quotes About the Family Bond

"In every conceivable manner, the family is a link to our past, bridge to our future." ~ Alex Haley

"Every family has a story that it tells itself, that it passes on to the children and grandchildren. The story grows over the years, mutates, some parts are sharpened, others dropped, and there is often debate about what really happened. But even with these different sides of the same story, there is still agreement that this is the family story. And in the absence of other narratives, it becomes the flagpole that the family hangs its identity from." ~ A.M. Homes in the book "The Mistresses Daughter"

"The school will teach children how to read, but the environment of the home must teach them what to read. The school can teach them how to think, but the home must teach them what to believe." ~ Charles A. Wells

"A mother understands what a child does not say." ~ Jewish Proverb

"A family in harmony will prosper in everything." ~ Chinese Proverb

"A family with an old person has a living treasure of gold." ~ Chinese Proverb

"Nobody's family can hang out the sign: Nothing the matter here." ~ Chinese Proverb

"Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? They have the same enemy-- the parents." ~ Unknown

"Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body." ~ Elizabeth Stone

"If your family tree does not fork, you might be a redneck." ~ Jeff Foxworthy

"Friends are "annuals" that need seasonal nurturing to bear blossoms. Family is a "perennial" that comes up year after year, enduring the droughts of absence and neglect. There's a place in the garden for both of them." ~ Erma Bombeck

If Mr. Vincent Price were to be co-starred with Miss Bette Davis in a story by Mr. Edgar Allan Poe directed by Mr. Roger Corman, it could not fully express the pent-up violence and depravity of a single day in the life of the average family. ~ Quentin Crisp

"Frankly, I'm fed up with politicians in Washington lecturing the rest of us about family values. Our families have values. But our government doesn't." ~ Bill Clinton

Quotes Filled with Advice for Parents

"The rules for parents are but three...

love, limit, and let them be." ~ Elaine M. Ward

"Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do." ~ Dr. Benjamin Spock

"Children spell love... T-I-M-E." ~ Dr. Anthony P. Witham

"A father is someone who carries pictures where his money used to be." ~ Lion

"The quickest way for a parent to get a child's attention is to sit down and look comfortable." ~ Lane Olinhouse

"Happy laughter and family voices in the home will keep more kids off the streets at night than the strictest curfew." ~ Unknown

"Train up a child in a way he should go -- and walk there yourself once in awhile." ~ Josh Billings

"The first half of our life is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children." ~ Clarence Darrow

"Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist." ~ Michael Levine

"Having a family is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain." ~ Martin Mull

"We've had bad luck with our kids - they've all grown up." ~ Christopher Morley

Quotes About Kids

"Never forget to say you're sorry... especially to those who already know." ~ Unknown

"Children are a great comfort in old age- and they help you reach it much faster, too!" ~ Lionel M Kaufman

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist after he grows up." ~ Pablo Picasso

"A child today faces more sexual signals and temptations on the way to school than his grandfather did on Saturday night when he was looking for them." ~ Josh McDowell

"Kids can be a pain in the neck when they're not a lump in your throat." ~ Barbara Johnson

"The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face." ~ Deep Thoughts By Jack Handy

"Too many of today's children have straight teeth and crooked morals." - unknown

"There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now I am old, there is no respect for age -- I missed it coming and going ...." ~ J.B. Priestley

"Becoming responsible adults is no longer a matter of whether children hang up their pajamas or put dirty towels in the hamper, but whether they care about themselves and others -- and whether they see everyday chores as related to how we treat this planet." ~ Eda LeShan

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