Family Quotes to Ponder

The inspirational parenting and family quotes listed here are my favorites. Keep checking back as Christian-Parenting-Source will be adding more sage words to this page on a regular basis.

Family Quotes: Erma Bombeck, When my kids become wild...

On a superficial level, some of the quotes may not seem to hold much wisdom.

But . . .

Henry Ward Beecher said, “All words are pegs to hang ideas on.” Don’t close this window too quickly. Ponder the list, take a closer look, hunt for the implied, the deeper meaning. Memorize the family quotes that speak to you, live the ideas, change if need be, be encouraged.

I love quote books. I have a large collection that I refer to often for inspiration, pontification, edification, and in exasperation. If you’d like to start a quote book collection, check out my

Family Quotes Book Recommendations Page


Family Quote Books Page.

Inspirational Family Quotes about Parenting 

"Be an aware parent. Identify your child's unique gifts and encourage those."

--Linda Wakefield Kelley

Be an aware parent quote from Linda Wakefield Kelley

"Remember that your ultimate goal is for your children to grow up secure in your love, strong in their faith, and with sound character."

Gary Chapman, The One Year Love Language Minute Devotional

"What God is to the world, parents are to their children."

Family Quotes: Philo, What God is to the World. . .

"You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who’ve never had any."

--Bill Cosby, Fatherhood

Family Quotes to Inspire: Hug - Annie Pigeon

"A child needs both to be hugged and unhugged. The hug lets her know she is valuable. The unhug lets her know that she is viable. If you’re always shoving your child away, they will cling to you for love. If you’re always holding them closer, they will cling to you for fear."

--Polly Berrien Berends, Gently Lead

Family Quotes: Billy Graham,

"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."

--Robert Frost, “The Death of a Hired Man”

"Better a little chiding than a great deal of heartbreak."

-- William Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor

Family Quotes: Stephen Arterburn and Jim Burns,
"The cure of crime is not the electric chair, but the high chair."

-- J. Edgar Hoover

"Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain."

--Found in The Bible, Psalm 127:1, NIV

"Where will our country find leaders with integrity, courage, strength—all the family values—in ten, twenty, or thirty years? The answer is that you are teaching them, loving them, and raising them right now."

--Barbara Bush

Family Quotes: Henry David Thoreau,

"Let your eyes light up when your children are around.  Laugh more.  Tell them how empty and quiet it is when they’re not there.  Enjoy the things they bring to your life. Attend their activities, not as if they were compulsory for parents, but throw yourself into their lives."

--Valerie Bell, Getting Out of your Kids’ Faces and into Their Hearts

"When correcting a child, the goal is to apply light, not heat."

--Woodrow Wilson

"Discipline is demanded of the athlete to win a game.  Discipline is required for the captain running his ship.  Discipline is needed for the pianist to practice for the concert. . . .If parents believe standards are necessary, then discipline certainly is needed to attain them."

--Gladys Brooks, as quoted in The Gift of Family by Naomi Rhode

"I praise loudly, I blame softly."

-- Catherine the Great, as quoted in A Man’s Work is Never Done, by David Z. Nowell 

"We should not use anger so often that it becomes an expected emotion.  All of us, including our kids, love emotion.  Once kids get used to a particular emotion—be it shame, anger, guilt, or love—that expected emotion becomes the emotion of choice."

--Foster Cline and Jim Fay, Parenting with Love and Logic

"A sentence from Psalm 101 has been both challenging and convicting for me:  'I will walk in my house with blameless heart' (Psalm 101-2, NIV).  When God speaks to me about being more loving, this verse reminds me to make application in my family first—and then to others.  It forces me to ask, 'Am I more spiritual, more loving, or more fun somewhere else?  Who gets my best—my family or others?'"

-- Jean Fleming, A Mother’s Heart

"My dad is the boss. . .until Grandma comes over.  Then he’s just one of us."

--a child in Kid’s Say the Greatest Things about God

"Making the decision to have a child — it’s momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."

--by Elizabeth Stone, appeared in Reader’s Digest


Books as indicated with the quote.

I hope you've enjoyed these family quotes! I find that there is a tremendous amount of wisdom to be found in quotes, especially family quotes, and I'm delighted to have the opportunity to share my favorites with you.

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