Whether you have one child or ten, whether you’re a single parent or have a co-parent, parenting is tough work. From long days to longer nights, from temper tantrums to sweet snuggles, parenting is full of good days and hard moments. At some point, all of us need a little encouragement to keep us going and remind us that we are doing our best. So if you’re feeling discouraged or overwhelmed in the parenting world today, be encouraged by the quotes below. And if you’re having a great day already, bookmark this post to have for a rainy day!

Inspirational Parenting Quotes

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

“The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.” –O. A. Battista

“Parenting is the biggest sacrifice one can make. It’s putting your life on hold to fulfill the promise of your children’s tomorrow.” —Unknown

“A parent’s love is whole no matter how many times divided.” –Robert Brault

“Having children is like living in a frat house: nobody sleeps, everything is broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.”—Ray Romano

“Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.” –Matthew Jacobson

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

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me.”—Jim Valvano

“I wish I had not been in such a hurry to get on to the next thing: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.” ―Anna Quindlen, author

“As your kids grow up, they may forget what you said, but they won’t forget how you made them feel.”—Kevin Heath

“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” ―Jill Churchill, author

Parenting is no easy task, but we wouldn’t trade it for the world. And if no one has told you lately, you’re doing a great job. You are the best parent for your children. There is no perfect parent, so don’t beat yourself up on hard days. Just keep doing your best.