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40 Quotes to Celebrate Parents’ Day

Ms. Dora is a parent, grandparent, and Christian counselor who offers suggestions on raising confident and compassionate children and youth.

National Parents' Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July.

National Parents' Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July.

In May, we single out the mother for recognition and appreciation. In June, we celebrate the father. On the fourth Sunday in July, we get the privilege of honoring them together.

Parents’ Day was established in 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed into law the Congressional Resolution for "recognizing, uplifting and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children." On this day, it is recommended that families spend time together, celebrating, worshiping, playing, or whatever makes it possible to focus on the significance of the parents in the lives of the children.

The following quotes, which aim to highlight the role of parents, may convince families to join in honoring them on the designated day. If not, they are still likely to inspire celebration for the deserving parents whenever the opportunity arises.

Parental Love

1. "Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents." —Abraham Lincoln

2. "There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child." —Henry Ward Beecher

3. "Ask any parent…the one [child] you love the most is the one who needs you more desperately than his siblings. What we really hope is that each child gets a turn." —Jodi Picoult

4. "A parent’s love is whole no matter how many times divided." —Robert Brault

5. "As soon as this child was born I immediately wanted to call my parents and just apologize because I never knew how much they loved me."Aston Kutcher

6. "Parental love is the only love that is truly selfless, unconditional and forgiving." —T.P. Chia

7. "The love of a parent for a child is continuous and transcends heartbreak and disappointment." —James E. Faust

8. “In the Jewish tradition, the bride is escorted down the aisle by both parents… The love and support you feel from both of them … is comforting.” —Amanda Feldman

Jewish parents toast their daughter together on her wedding day.

Jewish parents toast their daughter together on her wedding day.

Parental Significance

9. "Every home is a university and the parents are the teachers." —Mahatma Gandhi

10. "Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first." —Matthew Jacobson

11. "Step parents are not around to replace a biological parent, rather augment a child’s life experience." —Azriel Johnson

12. "I got a lot of support from my parents. That’s the one thing I always appreciated. They didn’t tell me I was being stupid; they told me I was being funny." —Jim Carrey

13. "Our parent’s prayer is the most beautiful poetry and expectations." —Aditia Rinaldi

14. "My parents blessed me with directives to think, to be aware of my choices and their repercussions. They were always trying to teach me how to think, rather than what to think." —Cathy Burnham Martin

15. "One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad." —Jim DeMint

Parental Influence

16. "My parents taught me service—not by saying, but by doing. That was my culture, the culture of my family." —Alice Walker

17. "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." —Joyce Maynard

18. "If a child sees something in a parent that the child aspires to, he or she will copy that parent and be content." —Alice Ozma

19. "Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent." —Bob Keeshan

20. "As a parent, I believe racial reconciliation begins in the home… The process of learning how to treat others begins early, first teaching our kids how to honor and obey Mom and Dad. Next, we teach them how to love and share with friends and siblings." —Joshua Straub

21. "Everyone else we knew growing up is the same: image of their parents, no matter how loud they told themselves they’d be different." —Tana French

22. "You may have the kind of parents that show you all the things about you that you want to get rid of and you realize those traits aren't yours at all but are merely your parents' marks that have rubbed off onto you." —C. JoyBell C.

Jim Carrey is a Canadian-American actor and comedian.

Jim Carrey is a Canadian-American actor and comedian.

Parental-Child Memories

23. "Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children." —Charles R. Swindoll

24. "In the happiest of our childhood memories, our parents were happy, too." —Robert Brault

25. "The greatest legacy we can leave our children is happy memories." —Og Mandino

26. "The loving spirit that I show consistently—even when I don’t feel like it—will be what my children remember; that will be my legacy to them." —Deanna Hurn

27. "The attitude that you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from, more than what you tell them. They remember what you are." —Jim Henson

Insights on Parenting

28. "What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange, it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love." —Nicholas Sparks

29. "We all know that parents do not make children but that children make parents… Parents know experientially that the very process which makes them suffer also makes them grow." —Luke Timothy Johnson

30. "Parents who work well together and collaborate as co-parents will call one another before leaving the kids with a babysitter." —Jennifer Wolf

31. "If parents more often held their tongues and waited it out, they’d be shocked at how often their children can successfully reach their own conclusions." —Angela Pruess

32. "It may shock some parents to learn that we don’t own our children. God has given them to us in trust." —Billy Graham

33. "The end product of child raising is not the child, but the parent." —Frank Pittman

The end product of child raising is not the child, but the parent.

The end product of child raising is not the child, but the parent.

Wise Counsels for Parents

34. "The parent must always self-parent first, self-preach before child-teach, because who can bring peace unless they’ve held their own peace?" —Ann Voskamp

35. "To be a parent is to live in the past-present-future all at once. It is to hug your children and be intensely aware of how much smaller they felt last year ... even as you wonder how much bigger they will feel the next." —Youngme Moon

36. "Parenthood...It's about guiding the next generation, and forgiving the last." —Peter Krause

37. "Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands." —Anne Frank

38. "The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them." —Frank A. Clark

39. "Parents should save to give to their children." —2 Corinthians 12: 14 ERV

40. "A wise parent humours the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and adviser when his absolute rule shall cease." —Elizabeth Gaskell

© 2021 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 28, 2021:

Thank you, Denise. Keeshan's quote is pure truth. I like it too.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 28, 2021:

Thanks, Devika. I appreciate your encouraging input on this and on all my articles.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on May 27, 2021:

Those are beautiful reminders of the power of good parenting. I love the Bob Keeshan quote. Thanks for sharing them.

Blessings,

Denise

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 27, 2021:

Parents day is such a special day and one can't find the words to express to their parents of how much they appreciate them. However, you surely picked out a prefect title. Loved it!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 27, 2021:

Brian, do your best and don't forget to enjoy the journey. Wise and happy parents, wise and happy children.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 27, 2021:

Audrey, the quote you chose is excellent, underscoring the importance of choosing the right words to say to the children. Thanks for your input.

Brian from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on May 26, 2021:

Thank you, Ms Dora. I hope to be a good parent that my kids will be proud of.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on May 26, 2021:

Thank you, MsDora, for these excellent quotes. I liked each one. Jim Carry's is one I relate to. Wonderful!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 26, 2021:

Brian, I'm sure that your parents would be pleased to hear you acknowledge that. You're already on the right track toward good parenting.

Brian from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on May 26, 2021:

Thank you for sharing these wonderful quotes, Dora. It makes me realise that parenting is not an easy role. I may not have been a very good child to my parents, but, I hope I can be a better parent to my kids in the future.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 23, 2021:

Flourish, and I'm sure you're performing well at that mission. Your daughter is blessed. Thank God for parents like you! I wish I knew how to comment on articles this old. Thanks for taking the trouble.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 23, 2021:

I missed this when it first came out but what an excellent collection of quotes. There were so many that I enjoyed. I feel like one of my major missions in life is to be my daughter's mother.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 19, 2021:

Shauna, I agree. We're responsible for each other. The process of one

is progress for all of us.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 18, 2021:

These are all such beautiful, insightful quotes, Dora. I think my favorite is number thirty six: "Parenthood...It's about guiding the next generation, and forgiving the last." —Peter Krause

I think the bitterness and animosity that too many families experience would not exist if each generation of parents practiced this mindset.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 15, 2021:

Brenda, it is always a pleasure to read that the quotes resonate with my readers. Thanks for the encouragement.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 15, 2021:

Chitrangada, I agree that it can be complicated trying to express our feelings for our parents. Sometimes we just have to rest our hands over our hearts and throw them a kiss. Thanks for your input.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 14, 2021:

I love reading your quotes Ms. Dora.

My favorite one

Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first." —Matthew Jacobson

Thanks for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 14, 2021:

A wonderful list of quotes to express our feelings for our parents. I loved all of them.

I find it difficult to express my feelings about my parents. Love, affection, admiration, respect, trust, security, friendship— there are so many sentiments and emotions, all rolled together and many more, beyond words and expressions.

Thank you for sharing this heartfelt post.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 14, 2021:

Thank you, Brian. The day was happy. Celebrated with friends.

Brian from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on May 13, 2021:

Happy Mother day, MsDora

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 12, 2021:

Thanks, Devika. Celebrating our parents is one activity that will benefit both us and them. Though there is a day set aside for that, we can do a little of it whenever we get the opportunity.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 12, 2021:

MsDora This is amazing for the fourth Sunday in July. Such days are blessing indeed.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 12, 2021:

Well, Audrey, your wish came true even while you thought about it. I suppose that it takes time to establish new celebrations. It may become more popular with every passing year.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 12, 2021:

Misbah, thanks for your love and blessings. Our wish for each other is mutual. Happy to share quotes that you like.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on May 11, 2021:

Well, I had no idea there was a parents day. Thanks for these beautiful quotes. I was thinking just the other day that we should celebrate our parents. Wonderful!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on May 11, 2021:

Thank you MsDora for this beautiful article with so much good food for soul. Parents are God’s best gift. They are precious and I believe everyday is their day. They are God’s best blessings.

There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.— it’s so true my parents are my best friends. Can’t think of my life without them.

Parental love is the only love that is truly selfless, unconditional and forgiving, again very true they forgive me for my mistakes and still love me.

I am blessed.

The most beautiful quote "Our parent’s prayer is the most beautiful poetry and expectations“ Their prayers, What I need most in my life.

The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them. My parents do teach me this. I am grateful to them.

A big thank you MsDora for creating this beautiful hub.

Sending you lots of love and blessings

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 11, 2021:

Thank you, Constant. Glad that you like these quotes so well. I agree that they're among the best.

CONSTANT JUMA WANJALA from MOMBASA on May 11, 2021:

This is absolutely the best quotes about parents that I have ever come across. Nice article MsDora

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 11, 2021:

Hi Iqra. Thanks for your input. I like your selection of quotes at the end.

Iqra from East County on May 11, 2021:

Hi MsDora, You shared beautifully the importance of parents. Parental love is the only love that is truly selfless, unconditional, and forgiving. We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 11, 2021:

You're welcome, Bill. Parents' Day is still a youngster in the world of national observances. It may be much for some to handle after celebrating mothers and fathers in May and June, but it will find patrons among those who love celebrations..

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 11, 2021:

True, Peggy. Most of what we know, we learned from our parents, though their words and actions.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on May 11, 2021:

Seriously, Srushti, there are not enough words to describe the love and parents. We are blessed to experience it, and grateful too.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 11, 2021:

I didn't even know there was a Parents' Day. How about that? Thanks for letting me know, and thanks for sharing these beautiful quotes with us all.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2021:

Hi Dora,

There is so much good advice encapsulated here. Among the many wise sayings, I particularly liked this one: "Every home is a university and the parents are the teachers." —Mahatma Gandhi" That is so true! We learn not only through the spoken word but by watching actions as well.

Srushti Gamit on May 11, 2021:

There are no words to describe the love of parents. The love which is truly Selfless, Forgiving and Unconditional.

Thank you Ms Dora for sharing such a meaningful and loving quotes.

God bless you

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