The thing about parenting rules is there aren't any. That's what makes it so difficult.Ewan McGregor
I came to parenting the way most of us do - knowing nothing and trying to learn everything.Mayim Bialik
Raising kids is part joy and part guerrilla warfare.Ed Asner
On the average, older parents are more flexible, tolerant, understanding, and happy in child care.Benjamin Spock
Having children showed me a whole different kind of love that I had never known. It was something that had always been missing. Complete love. I would die for them.Scott Weiland
There's no vacation from being a parent.Chevy Chase
I don't care what color the parents are. I don't care if it's a giraffe and a fish living together. If they're raising children who believe they're honored and loved, that's all that's important.Tolerance, Homosexuality & LGBTPatricia Polacco
My daughter is the biggest gift; I've said it so many times and it sounds like a cliche, but the thing about being a parent is when you think you've cracked it, and you're on top of your game, they change again and you have to catch up and adjust. I feel such a responsibility to instill good values in her, to be polite, to have discipline.Geri Halliwell
There's nothing like seeing the smile on my kids' faces. Laughing together. Playing. It's the best.Children & ChildhoodMark Wahlberg
It is important for children to understand that some of the disappointment their parents feel for them is often really the parents' disappointment in their own lives.David Viscott
Parenting is one of the hardest jobs on earth.Jennifer Aniston
You want to be a good parent and you want to be a friend, and it's hard to be both. You have to balance it as well as you can.UpbringingWillie Nelson
The depth of the love of parents for their children cannot be measured. It is like no other relationship. It exceeds concern for life itself. The love of a parent for a child is continuous and transcends heartbreak and disappointment.Children & ChildhoodJames E. Faust
Juggling work and parental responsibilities is no easy task, but I'm trying my best and just like everything else there are good days and there are bad days.Ali Landry
We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.Family, Mother, BirthHenry Ward Beecher
There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.Children & Childhood, Fathers, MotherHenry Ward Beecher
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.Children & Childhood, FamilyKhalil Gibran
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.Children & ChildhoodOscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray
It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.Children & ChildhoodRoald Dahl in Matilda
If you hate your parents, the man, or the establishment, don't show them up by getting wasted and wrapping your car around a tree. If you really hate your parents, out earn them, out live them and know more than they do.YouthHenry Rollins
Let me say for now that we knew once the Creation was broken, true fathering would be much more lacking than mothering. Don't misunderstand me, both are needed- but an emphasis on fathering is necessary because of the enormity of its absence.UpbringingWilliam Paul Young in The Shack
Anything I've done up till May 27th 1999 was kind of an illusion, existing without living. My daughter, the birth of my daughter, gave me life.Children & Childhood, BirthJohnny Depp
My heroes are and were my parents. I can't see having anyone else as my heroes.Michael Jordan
To my dear beautiful daughter,
I'm writing you a letter. That's right, a good old-fashioned letter. It's a lost art, really. I have a confession to make. I didn't like you very much at first. You were just this annoying, little blob. You smelled nice. Most of the time. But you didn't seem to have much interest in me. Which I, of course, found vaguely insulting.
It was just you and your mom against the world... funny how some things never change. So I cruised along, doing my thing, acting the fool, not really understanding how being a parent changes you. And I don't remember the exact moment everything changed. I just know that it did.
One minute I was impenetrable. Nothing could touch me. The next, my heart was somehow beating outside my chest, exposed to the elements. Loving you has been the most profound, intense, painful experience of my life. In fact, it's been almost too much to bear. As your father, I made a silent vow to protect you from the world, never realizing I was the one who would end up hurting you the most.
When I flash forward, my heart breaks. Mostly because I can't imagine you speaking of me with any sort of pride. How could you? Your father is a child in a man's body. He cares for nothing and everything at the same time. Noble in thought, weak in action. Something has to change. Something has to give. It's getting dark... too dark to see.