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Raising Children Quotes


"Raising children is like making biscuits: it is as easy to raise a big batch as one, while you have your hands in the dough." - E W Howe

"I'm not raising the children-I'm raising the grown-ups that they're going to be." - Louis C K

"We're raising children who have little tolerance for disappointment" - Brene Brown

"When you raise girls, you're raising children for strangers." - Maxine Hong Kingston

"Raising children has made me more patient and selfless." - Candace Cameron

"My philosophy is I'm raising future adults, not children." - Usher

"Playing golf is like raising children. You keep thinking you'll do better next time." - Charles E. McKenzie

"OF COURSE I'd like to be the ideal mother. But I'm too busy raising children." - Bil Keane

"We're a nation of exhausted and over-stressed adults raising over-scheduled children." - Brene Brown

"If you don't believe in the innate unreasonableness of human beings, just try raising children." - Thomas Sowell

"Raising children should mean helping them to become what they already are in God's eyes." - Eberhard Arnold

"Raising children should mean helping them to become what they already are in God's eyes." - Eberhard Arnold

"Raising children pushed me to walk the walk and practice life as I preach it." - Candace Cameron

"Raising children changes everything. It's a complete cliche to say that, but it's really true." - Christopher Gorham

"Marriage is about raising children. That's the purpose of the institution." - Rush Limbaugh

"Raising children is the hardest job that there is on the face of the Earth." - Ann Romney

"What you discovered about yourself in raising children wasn't always agreeable or attractive." - Jonathan Franzen

"While raising my children, I would like to take on other challenges." - Ryoko Tani

"I believed in raising my children as I had been raised." - Boris Becker

"With the amount of money I have, it's difficult raising children the way I was raised." - Adam Sandler

"If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much." - Jackie Kennedy

"Single mothers are raising more of America's children than ever before." - Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

"I think children learn from example. I don't believe in raising them in an authoritative atmosphere." - Kent Mccord

"Raising children is a creative endeavor, an art rather than a science." - Bruno Bettelheim

"As a mom I know that raising children is the hardest job there is." - Hilary Rosen

"My parents were just searching for an alternative way of raising their children." - Joaquin Phoenix

"We're not raising children with the love that we need to." - Bill Cosby

"I see myself raising my children in Europe, probably in Paris." - Diane Kruger

"I'll never get sick of raising my children, but other people might get sick of them." - Brian Michael Bendis

"My husband and I had five biological children but we also have been raising 23 foster children." - Michele Bachmann

"Before I married, I had three theories about raising children and no children. Now, I have three children and no theories." - John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester

"Before I married, I had three theories about raising children and no children. Now, I have three children and no theories." - John Wilmot

"We created a way of raising standards of living that we can't possibly pass on to our children." - Joseph J. Romm

"What she did have, after raising two children, was the equivalent of a PhD in mothering and my undying respect." - Barbara Delinsky

"I am endlessly fascinated that playing football is considered a training ground for leadership, but raising children isn't." - Dee Dee Myers

"When it comes to raising children, I believe in give and take. I give orders and they take 'em." - Bernie Mac

"Character, not passion keeps marriages together long enough to do their work of raising children into mature, responsible, productive citizens." - Frank Pittman

"There are so many common occurrences in raising children that people just can't seem to figure out." - Andy Andrews

"Raising children was not designed for single parents. (Which is why divorce was such a taboo prior to birth control)." - Warren Farrell

"Raising children is an uncertain thing; success is reached only after a life of battle and worry." - Democritus

"All of us in our administration worked hard to support families in raising their children and succeeding at work." - William J Clinton

"Whether it's making a film or raising my children, personally I'm striving to do the right things and to learn." - Tom Cruise

"It is only through raising expectations and striving for excellence that our children can reach their full potential." - Brad Henry

"I have been in private law practice in New York City, where my husband and I are raising our children." - Wendy E Long

"There are so many ebbs and flows in life, but when you're raising small children, your family means everything." - Uma Thurman

"Raising children has given me a compassionate and gracious heart for all children and people, realizing we don't always know the circumstances behind closed doors." - Candace Cameron

"She discovered with great delight that one does not love one's children just because they are one's children but because of the friendship formed while raising them." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"I am not very tough with raising my children, but you can argue that to be more tough will help your children." - Lars Von Trier

"Having and raising children is doing something with your life! ... And I have to say that having your kids is one of the greatest things you can do." - Patricia Heaton

"One thing I know for sure about raising children is that every single day a kid needs discipline.... But also every single day a kid needs a break." - Anne Lamott

"Raising children is a journey generously sprinkled with what many view as teachable moments, perhaps none as challenging as those surrounding faith and religion." - Judy Woodruff

"The deepest change begins with men raising children as much as women do and women being equal actors in the world outside the home." - Gloria Steinem

"I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: "Checkout Time is 18 years." - Erma Bombeck

"I strongly believe the black culture spends too much time, energy and effort raising, praising, and teasing our black children about the dubious glories of professional sports." - Arthur Ashe

"This is a truism of child-raising, of course - whatever you give special time and attention to cooking, your children will despise and reject, with annoying gagging sounds." - Marni Jackson

"I realize now what a great job my wife Michelle did, not only in raising our children, Melissa, Amy, Dustin, and Jenna, but in taking care of me." - Robin Yount

"Raising children, be aware that the piles and piles of laundry will disappear all too soon and that you will, to your surprise, miss them profoundly." - Thomas S Monson

"Don't worry about trying to do a perfect job. There is no perfect job. There is no one way of raising your children." - Benjamin Spock

"The secret to raising children is to love them... And teach them to operate in a way you can tolerate them the best." - Bob Saget

"The biggest mistake in helping undeserved kids is not raising the bar high enough. Children will believe if you believe in them." - Oprah Winfrey

"At that Mother got proper blazing, And thank you, sir, kindly, said she. What, waste all our lives raising children To feed ruddy Lions? Not me!" - Marriott Edgar

"We must acknowledge that bearing and raising children is not some pesky, peripheral activity that we engage in, but the whole point." - Susan Maushart

"I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: 'Checkout Time is 18 years.'" - Erma Bombeck

"Gay and lesbian people, and the children they are raising, wrongfully face discrimination, and I want them to know that I'm on their side." - Juan Pablo Galavis

"I got kind of burned out, so I moved to Florida. I was down there for 10 or 12 years, raising children." - Lee Majors

"Our children need strong families raising them with sturdy virtues, not to be smothered in the cold arms of the state." - Margaret Thatcher

"Raising or caring for children requires sacrifice and service, which, I believe, heals us from the destructive forces of self-centeredness." - Richard Paul Evans

"My favourite place is at home with my family. My career is really raising my children. I'm still waiting for clarity on the future." - Withered Hand

"I think a man and a woman, on a whole array of issues, including raising children, have differences, and then you work them through." - Teresa Heinz

"I want a certain thing for my children. I just want to be in their life. I don't want nannies raising my kids." - Travis Barker

"Raising children is an enormously important part of life. I think one of the most important, or the most important, period." - Eric Braeden

"Having children and raising them will bring new purpose and new life to Heaven. It will not be the end of everything, but the beginning!" - David Berg

"Art, not unlike raising children... may entail much sacrifice and periods of despair, but, with luck, the effort will produce something that outlives you." - Michael Kimmelman

"I think it's important to show a husband and a wife together, in a room, raising children, because you don't see that anymore." - Tyler Perry

"I would never say out loud that I am raising my children alone, but a lot of the time it has felt like that." - Liberty Ross

"Either you are a good Virgo or a crazy Virgo! The good Virgo side of me is educating and raising the children - being there for them." - Carine Roitfeld

"Perhaps the soundest advice for parents is: Lighten up. People have been raising children for approximately as long as there have been people." - George Will

"Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business in which no cumulative wisdom is gained: each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made." - Bill Cosby

"The only thing that I can do is know that I have great confidence in raising children and being a great mother." - Cheryl Tiegs

"Our need for certainty in an endeavor as uncertain as raising children makes explicit 'how-to-parent' strategies both seductive and dangerous." - Brene Brown

"Ironically, parenting is a shame and judgment minefield precisely because most of us are wading through uncertainty and self-doubt when it comes to raising our children." - Brene Brown

"God put us here to prepare this place for the next generation. That's our job. Raising children and helping the community, that's preparing for the next generation." - Dikembe Mutombo

"The typical minimum wage earner is a provider and a breadwinner - most likely a woman - responsible for paying bills, running a household and raising children." - Thomas Perez

"No one's raising children any more. To love a child, you've got to work for it. You have to change its diapers and feed it at night!" - Lauren Hutton

"Marriages are failing, and mothers are raising their children alone. Many women would rather remain alone than marry a man who can't contribute anything to the family's income." - Hanna Rosin

"We're not raising grass. We're raising boys." - Harmon Killebrew

"It is not a church's job to spiritually develop your children. Scripturally, it is the job of the parents. The church body is supposed to support parents in raising children, not replace them." - George Barna

"It is not a church's job to spiritually develop your children. Scripturally, it is the job of the parents. The church body is supposed to support parents in raising children, not replace them." - George Barna

"Thousands of years of human history have shown that the ideal setting for children to grow up is with a mother and a father committed to one another, living together, and sharing the responsibility of raising their children." - Marco Rubio

"Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation" - C Everett Koop

"It's true that in chess as in politics, fund-raising and glad-handing matter." - Garry Kasparov

"Love can produce the children, but it has nothing to do with the raising of the children. I grew up thinking, 'Oh, that's it. All I have to do is fall in love.' You may think love will change everything, but it really is different with children. Children don't necessarily bring you together; they challenge you." - Brooke Shields

"Society needs both parents and nonparents, both the work party and the home party. While raising children is the most important work most people will do, not everyone is cut out for parenthood. And, as many a childless teacher has proved, raising kids is not the only important contribution a person can make to their future." - Virginia Postrel

"Raising Black children-female and male-in the mouth of a racist, sexist, suicidal dragon is perilous and chancy. If they cannot love and resist at the same time, they will probably not survive." - Audre Lorde

"I have several friends that have outlasted both of my marriages that are raising wonderful children together that have been together in gay unions for over 25 years. So they're doing a better job than I am!" - Vanessa L. Williams

"It is strange but true that although we may have learned all sorts of important facts while raising our own children, when we become grandparents we still tend to forget a whole lot of things we knew." - Eda LeShan

"Life is all about making choices and I'm very happy with mine. I have had a wonderful time raising four children and I've also been lucky to have the support of a wonderful husband." - Meryl Streep

"The whole process of raising a family is one of perfecting our own lives. That which we transmit consciously and unconsciously to our children in their rearing in the home and in the community must be the best within us." - Henry D. Moyle

"She had the kind of looks that had probably been quite pretty in high school, but were now worn down by years of smoking cigarettes, raising children, and the disappointment of being married to an asshole." - Tami Hoag

"The most important thing is actually raising up children with a true and lasting burning sense of curiosity. I don't even know how they do it. Good parents are a marvel." - Ezra Miller

"Passion, sexual passion, may lead to marriage, but cannot sustain marriage. The purpose of marriage is the raising of children, for which patience, not passion, is the necessary foundation." - Edward Abbey

"The Virgin Birth, the Resurrection, the raising of Lazarus, even the Old Testament miracles, all are freely used for religious propaganda, and they are very effective with an audience of unsophisticates and children" - Richard Dawkins

"To mothers who are raising their children without a father in the home, I promise you that as you speak of Jesus Christ, you will feel the power of heaven blessing you." - Neil L. Andersen

"We have kept our children so busy with "useful" and "improving" activities that we are in danger of raising a generation of young people who are terrified of silence, of being alone with their own thoughts ..." - Eda LeShan

"It was the seventh deadly sin. My children weren't righteous. They stumbled because I was evil. The way I was raising them they could never be saved. They were doomed to perish in the fires of hell." - Andrea Yates

"There are no absolutes in raising children. In any stressful situation, fathering is always a roll of the dice. The game may be messy, but I have never found one with more joys and rewards." - Bill Cosby

"Hold summer in your hand, pour summer in a glass, a tiny glass of course, the smallest tingling sip, for children; change the season in your veins by raising glass to lip and tilting summer in." - Ray Bradbury

"I'm a mother of five, and raising five babies, little children, you have to make use of time in a very effective way. So, I think that may have trained me." - Nancy Pelosi

"Raising children made me determine what I stand for, what I believe in, and who I want to be because, ultimately, I'm who they'll look to as an example." - Candace Cameron

"More and more men are raising children or want to be close to their kids. They don't want to just lead work-obsessed lives and end up 50 years later with an engraved watch." - Gloria Steinem

"The first and continuing argument for the curtailment of working hours and the raising of the minimum age was that education was necessary in a democracy and working children could not attend school." - Grace Abbott

"Right after graduation, I married Samuel Fisher Babbitt, an academic administrator. I spent the next ten years in Connecticut, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C., raising our children, Christopher, Tom, and Lucy." - Natalie Babbitt

"Mostly, I spend my time being a mother to my two children, working in my organic garden, raising masses of sweet peas, being passionately involved in conservation, recycling and solar energy." - Blythe Danner

"Now we are raising the debt limit 3 times, up to $8 trillion, so that our children and our grandchildren will have to pay for the cost of our expenditures." - Chaka Fattah

"My children without a doubt are my greatest accomplishment. If I did nothing else I would feel just having and raising them would be enough. The rest is icing." - Andie Macdowell

"Depending on whom you ask, time is money, time is love, time is work, time is play, time is enjoying friends, time is raising children, and time is much more. Time is what you make of it." - Philip Zimbardo

"I think that poetry is perfect for women raising children, with just bits of time and such need to connect to other women out of the isolation of motherhood." - Francesca Lia Block

"Raising children is, in a sense, the reason the society exists in the first place. It's the most important thing that happens, and it's the culmination of all the tools and language and social structure that has evolved." - Michael Crichton

"Raising children uses every bit of your being - your heart, your time, your patience, your foresight, your intuition to protect them, and you have to use all of this while trying to figure out how to discipline them." - Nicole Ari Parker

"For example, UNICEF works with governments to change legislation such as in India where a law was passed raising the age of compulsory school completion to keep children in school and away from the workplace for longer." - Carol Bellamy

"If 'Married With Children' hadn't come out when it did, would we really be looking at 'Roseanne,' 'The Middle,' and 'Raising Hope' and being, like, 'Look at how stereotypical they are to lower-income white people!'" - Parvesh Cheena

"As a parent, I can empathize with how difficult raising children can be. There are challenges, especially within the framework of divorce, when parental guilt can sometimes blur what should be the best decision." - Lz Granderson

"It's hard to think of anything that is more socially beneficial than raising children well. It needs to be valued and respected, I believe by everyone in public life regardless of your political party." - Kerry Healey

"My children grew up with one Western parent. My husband doesn't believe in raising his voice with the kids and we don't spank. They were really raised in a half-Asian family." - Amy Chua

"You're raising a kid and you give it food and shelter and, most importantly, you give it the feeling that it's special. I think people react to celebrities like that - I mean, they treat celebrities like children." - David Duchovny

"There's plenty to read about keeping your sanity while raising children, but it's all common-sense stuff about task division and taking breaks and the relentlessly repeated magic of date night with your spouse. What's missing is some 'tude." - Jeffrey Kluger

"Growing up in the fifties and sixties, I can only remember knowing one child, ever, whose parents got a divorce, and hardly any whose mother 'worked' at anything besides raising her children." - Joyce Maynard

"I think there's a settled quality, there's a gravitas that comes with aging and with being a parent because you certainly come to recognize that there's nothing else that takes greater priority than raising your children." - Benjamin Bratt

"We go to college, live together or marry, and have kids - often with little more thought to the daily routines of raising children than our grandparents gave them, when women by and large stayed at home." - Mona Simpson

"I don't care what color the parents are. I don't care if it's a giraffe and a fish living together. If they're raising children who believe they're honored and loved, that's all that's important." - Patricia Polacco

"Women may give lip service to wanting husbands who take on an equal role in raising children, but many will pull rank when an important decision, like how to discipline or what baby sitter to hire, has to be made." - Pepper Schwartz

"And a special thank you to the citizens of Massachusetts: You are paying all the taxes, creating all the jobs, raising all the children. This government is yours. Thank you for letting me serve you. I love this job." - Mitt Romney

"When I stopped performing for 16 years and lived in Michigan and was married and raising my children, I wrote about four or five books. I haven't published them." - Patti Smith

"When I stopped performing for 16 years and lived in Michigan and was married and raising my children, I wrote about four or five books. I haven't published them. I just haven't gotten around to it for several reasons." - Patti Smith

"My daughter, the one who lives nearby, is raising her children to be very much aware. We went on a nature walk on Monday; I'm learning so much from her." - Joanne Woodward

"First and foremost comes my family and my life with Brad. We have so much joy in raising our children and teaching them about the world that nothing really compares to that." - Angelina Jolie

"I think that enduring, committed love between a married couple, along with raising children, is the most noble act anyone can aspire to. It is not written about very much." - Nicholas Sparks

"My ex-husband is very involved in raising our beautiful children. We're very lucky because we both grew up in working families in middle America. We're on the same page that way." - Reese Witherspoon

"I would be ashamed to admit to the Indians that, where I come from, the women do not feel themselves capable of raising children until they read the instructions written in a book by a strange man." - Jean Liedloff

"I made a conscious decision that I was not going to have children. I didn't want others raising them, and looking after them myself would get in the way of being a musician and writer." - Stevie Nicks

"All Children are Artists" - Pablo Picasso

"We're all God's children." - Dolly Parton

"Women and children first." - Saying

"All children are manipulators." - Orson Scott Card

"Adults are obsolete children." - Dr. Seuss

"I have six children." - Ann Marie Buerkle

"When you parent, it's crucial you realize you aren't raising a mini-me, but a spirit throbbing with its own signature. For this reason, it's important to separate who you are from who each of your children is. Children aren't ours to possess or own in any way. When we know this in the depths of our soul, we tailor our raising of them to their needs, rather than molding them to fit our needs." - Shefali Tsabary

"It was important to me that people know that you can make plays and raise children at the same time - for other mothers, for other parents, for other women considering having children and who want to be working and thinking and contemplating and making things while they're raising children." - Sarah Ruhl

"Kansas had better stop raising corn and begin raising hell." - Mary Elizabeth Lease

"I know about raising money." - Nancy Pelosi



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