Parenting is challenging, those sleepless nights are often overshadowed by the everyday chaos and days turn into weeks which also turn into months before you know it. Looking back at it all though, the rewards will, in fact, outweigh the hardships. Who better to give us advice through it all then parents who are or have gone through parenting themselves first hand. So many things to learn, so little time….thankfully for this list of child-rearing quotes from Hollywood greats.
The Future Is Ours
If your child hates you then you are obviously a great parent, according to this advice – bonus points to parents who already have teenagers and hear the words ‘I hate you’ daily. Always remember to be nice to them though because one day, they will pay you back for all of their torment.
“If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.” – Bette Davis
“Be nice to your children, for they will chose your rest home.” – Phyllis Diller
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You Are Not Alone
Even when the world seems to have a happy facade according to your friends Instagram posts of happy babies and smiling teenagers, remember it took millions of pictures to get that one – parenting is hard any way you look at it and smiles are one in a few. Get a dog, he will always make you smile and look forward to your homecoming.
“They eat, they crap, they sleep. And if they’re crying, they need to do one of the three and they’re having trouble doing it. Real simple.” – Matthew McConaughey
“When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.” – Nora Ephron
With my little valentine floating in the air at #sunrise in a #hotairballoon #happyvalentinesday #nofilter. Celebrándolo el santo de Valentina en un globo al #amanecer. Feliz día del amor y de la amistad 💕💕💕💕💕💕
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Don’t Listen To Others
Be your own boss in this game, no one’s advice is going to give you the exact same outcome that worked for them. What works for some doesn’t always work for others. Get through the days with as least struggle as you can, because in the end your kids will be messed up anyway.
“When Valentina was not even 1 month old, my aunt [gave me the best advice]: ‘Put her to sleep yourself every night. Sing to her and cradle her in your arms and sit by her side — every night. Because one day you won’t be able to, and it’s going to happen really fast.” – Salma Hayek
“Like all parents, my husband and I just do the best we can, hold our breath and hope we’ve set aside enough money for our kid’s therapy.” – Michelle Pfeiffer
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Every Kid Is Crazy
While you are going through the terrible twos, threes or teens just remember that every single child on this planet is NUTS – I repeat, they are NUTS! If you can get over the fact that your child (like everyone elses) is crazy, then the things they do on a daily basis will not ever shock you – be prepared for the worst.
“[My son] is at that age now where he’s so loving and says the sweetest things to me. Of course, I still get karate chops and all those other sort of things, too.” – Liv Tyler
“Children are f—ing crazy. They’re also suicidal. Like, at the park, certain jungle gyms have an opening for older kids to jump out of. She’s 19 months; she can’t jump. She just walks off it as if she’s on a pirate ship.” – Mila Kunis
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Spend Time With Them And Enjoy The Ride!
The last piece of advice is probably the best, doesn’t matter who or what you are to your child, remember to spend time with them. Every minute counts because it all goes by so fast. Enjoy it, savor it and indulge in all the chocolate, fish crackers and ice cream you can to get you by – afterall you will always have a glorious baby bump to show for it 😉
“If you’re not yelling at your kids, you’re not spending enough time with them.” – Mark Ruffalo
“I am not pregnant, but I’ve had three kids, and there is a ‘bump.’ From now on, ladies, I will have a ‘bump,’ and it will be my ‘baby bump,’ and let’s just all settle in and get used to it. It’s not going anywhere.” – Jennifer Garner