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There are many styles of parenting including; gentle parenting and positive parenting. Children who survive trauma respond differently to normal parenting styles. Today I want to encourage you to be that gentle, loving parent that they need to help them feel safe and loved.

I hope you enjoy these inspirational positive parenting quotes.

Positive Parenting Quotes for Single Parents

Being a single parent is a lot of work.

Sometimes we can feel guilt and regret for the person we had our children with. This quote from Anna Quindlen is important to hold onto.

“Your children make it impossible to regret your past. They’re its finest fruits. Sometimes the only ones.” — Anna Quindlen

Here is another quote to help shut down the guilt of being a single parent.

“Children thrive in a variety of family forms; they develop normally with single parents, with unmarried parents, with multiple caretakers in a communal setting, and with traditional two-parent families. What children require is loving and attentive adults, not a particular family type.” ~ Sandra Scarr

It’s Okay to Be An Imperfect Parent

You may be divorced but that doesn’t mean your children can’t live a better life than they did during an unhealthy marriage and family situation. Sometimes leaving is the best thing you can do to give your children a better future.

It’s time to let go of the guilt and move into living the life you’ve always dreamed of.

“Divorce isn’t such a tragedy, a tragedy is staying in an unhappy marriage teaching your children the wrong things about love. Nobody ever died of divorce.” ~ Jennifer Weiner

“Breathe darling, this is just a chapter. It’s not your whole story.” ~ S.C. Lourie

“No matter who is to blame for the marriage breakup, you are the starting point for all healing.” ~ Dr. Archibald D. Hart

Positive Parenting Quotes

Whether you follow the positive parenting philosophy or not I think the next set of quotes can be useful for any parent and child.

“Adults who are respectful of children are not just modeling a skill or behavior, they are meeting the emotional needs of those children, thereby helping to create the psychological conditions for children to treat others respectfully.” ~ Alfie Kohn

“So often, children are punished for being human. They are not allowed to have grumpy moods, bad days, disrespectful tones, or bad attitudes. Yet, we adults have them all the time. None of us are perfect. We must stop holding our children to a higher standard of perfection than we can attain ourselves.” ~ Rebecca Eanes 

“My message is very simple. Love your kids. Just love them. Love, appreciate, show that you value them, remind them of their greatness, encourage them, respect, honor, trust, and treat them with dignity.” ~ Eric D. Greene

“The golden rule of parenting is do unto your children as you wish your parents had done unto you!” ~ Louise Hart

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Peaceful Parenting Quotes

Another parenting philosophy you may have heard of is gentle parenting.

“Parenting has nothing to do with perfection. Perfection isn’t even the goal, not for us, not for our children. Learning together to live well in an imperfect world, loving each other despite or even because of our imperfections, and growing as humans while we grow our little humans, those are the goals of gentle parenting. So don’t ask yourself at the end of the day if you did everything right. Ask yourself what you learned and how well you loved, then grow from your answer. That is perfect parenting.” ~ L.R. Knost, The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline

“To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is.” ~ Fred Rogers

“When our little people are overwhelmed by big emotions it’s our job to share our calm, not join their chaos.” ~ L.R. Knost

“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Inspirational Quotes

Who can’t use a little more inspiration in their life, especially for parenting?

“One generation of deeply loving parents would change the brain of the next generation, and with that, the world.” ~ Charles Raison

 “Your words as a parent have great power. Use them wisely and make sure they come from the heart.” ~ Carolina King

“Speak with your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become.” ~ Brooke Hampton

“Nothing you do for children is ever wasted..” ~ Garrison Keillor

Unconditional Love

We can all use more unconditional love. It’s so important for children to feel loved and accepted by at least one person in their lives.

“A mother who radiates self-love and self-acceptance actually vaccinates her daughter against low self-esteem.” ~ Naomi Wolf

“What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.” ~ Nicholas Sparks

“Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.” ~ Harold Huber

“Children must never work for our love, they must rest in it.” – Gordon Neufeld

“Too much love won’t spoil. Kindness doesn’t provoke poor behavior. Respect doesn’t invite disrespect. This backward thinking has caused us to feel trapped into being too harsh for too long. Generations of children are still searching and longing for unconditional love.” ~ Rebecca Eanes

The Great Power of Kindness

The quote below from Peggy O’Mara is so important to remember when talking to children. Adults have such an important place of influence over children that can be used to make the next generation healthier.

“You can always give something, even if it is only kindness.” ~ Anne Frank

“All children behave as well as they are treated.” ~ Jan Hunt

“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” ~ Peggy O’Mara

“Every day, in a hundred small ways our children ask, “Do you hear me? Do you see me? Do I matter” Their behavior often reflects our response.” ~ L.R. Knost

Here’s a resource to use with your kids to help them focus on gratitude.

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Communication With Little Humans

Communication is a skill we can always improve. Changing the way we communicate with our children can have a positive impact on their lives and ours.

“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

“Encourage and support your kids because children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” ~ Lady Bird Johnson

“One way of communicating Love with a child is through Eye Contact.” ~ Jen Harrison

Imperfect Parent in an Imperfect World

Please don’t get stuck in the toxic spiral of being the perfect parent. We can never be perfect and it’s a huge burden to carry. Just let it go and enjoy your life and your children more.

“What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again.” ~ Anne Frank

“There’s no such thing as a perfect parent. Just be a real one.” ~ Sue Atkins

“I decided instead of being embarrassed of my failed marriage and ashamed of being a single mother, I was going to OWN it. Being the best mother you can be and giving your kids the BEST life possible has nothing to do with your relationship status and you don’t have to be happily married to have a ‘picture-perfect family.” ~ Amanda Stanton

“I have yet to meet a parent who hasn’t failed yet, but the great parents are the ones who learned from their mistakes.” — Kara Carrero

Difficult Times

When you are in a tug of war with your children no one is winning. When we put down the rope we can change the dynamic of our relationship with our children for the better.

“I use humor instead of getting into that whole yes and no thing all the time. It’s about just getting them to laugh instead of getting into power struggles.” ~ Marcia Cross

“When we do things that are controlling, whether intentional or not, we are not going to get those long-term outcomes.” ~ Alfie Kohn

“Children learn to smile from their parents.” ~ Shinichi Suzuki 

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Being a Parent Takes Much Patience

Being a parent lasts for a lifetime.

“I think it’s really important for every mother to find their own way.” ~ Solange Knowles

“Children make your life important.” ~ Erma Bombeck

“There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one.” ~ Sue Atkins

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Enjoy Your Parenting Journey

Enjoy the smiles and laughter that come along with being a parent. Having children gives you the excuse to have fun and act like a kid again.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

The greatest gift you can give your children is to be the best parent you can be. I hope you enjoyed these positive parenting quotes.

And remember, you deserve to live in freedom and peace.

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