‘Parenthood. The scariest hood you’ll ever go through.’ (Anonymous)
Want to have a good old laugh at the whole parenting shebang?
I’ve got 21 quotes that should help!
There’s an old Yiddish proverb that says, ‘What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.’ And it’s so true.
I once announced indignantly to my hyper creative Little Lady that ‘Mummy is not a human Pinterest board filled with an endless array of engaging activities involving Play Doh and multi coloured pipe cleaners’.
This came at the end of a looooong series of creative activities and I simply couldn’t look another glue stick in the eye.
Fortunately, my Little Lady was 3 and didn’t have a clue what I was on about, so no harm done.
But rather than launch myself into a barrage of self criticism, I could have done worse than to laugh light heartedly at myself, recognised I should have taken a break earlier and said:
‘Oh dear, listen to Mummy, I think she needs a break from the glue stick!’
The point is we can’t always get it right. And sometimes seeing the funny in life can really help.
Kids laugh between 300 and 500 times a day
For the average adult it’s about 15 times.
I think nature is trying to tell us something!
For me, parenting is literally the most joyous and rewarding thing anyone can possibly have ever done since the dawn of time, dinosaurs and big bangs. But it’s also hard.
So letting off steam with a good old chuckle can work wonders.
With around 84 million mums and 70 million dads in the US alone, whilst it might sometimes feel like it, you are not alone in the parent ‘hood’.
Here are 21 quotes about parenting that are both funny and relatable for when you want to take parenting a little less seriously…
21 funny quotes about parenting
1 – ‘Bedtime – The perfect time for kids to ask questions, request food, require additional bathroom breaks and need a new nightlight.’ (Source: parents.com)
2 – ‘When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out.’ (Erma Bombeck)
3 – ‘You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.’ (Franklin P. Jones)
4 – ‘It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawnmower, snowblower or vacuum cleaner.’ (Ben Bergor)
5 – ‘ Mothers are all slightly insane.’ (J.D. Salinger)
6 – ‘The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.’ (Calvin Trillin)
7 – ‘My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first one being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.’ (Erma Bombeck)
8 – ‘Be nice to your children, for they will choose your rest home.’ (Phyllis Diller)
9 – ‘We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up.’ (Phyllis Diller)
10 – ‘A two-year old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.’ (Jerry Seinfeld)
Be nice to your children, for they will choose your rest home.’ (Phyllis Diller)Click To Tweet
11 – ‘Having kids makes you look stable to the people who thought you were crazy and crazy to the people who thought you were stable.’ (Kelly Oxford)
12 – ‘Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories.’ (John Wilmot)
13 – ‘The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.’ (Lane Olinghouse)
14 – ‘People who say they sleep like a baby usually don’t have one.’ (Leo Burke)
15 – ‘My mom used to say it doesn’t matter how many kids you have… because one kid’ll take up 100% of your time so more kids can’t possibly take up more than 100% of your time.’ (Karen Brown)
16 – ‘I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.’ ) Phyllis Diller)
17 – ‘Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.’ (Lisa Alther)
18 – ‘Raising a kid is part joy and part guerilla warfare.’ (Ed Asner)
19 – ‘Working mothers are guinea pigs in a scientific experiment to show that sleep is not necessary to human life.’ (Unknown)
20 – ‘God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.’ (Jewish Proverb)
21 – Sometimes I am amazed that my wife and I created two human beings from scratch, yet struggle to assemble the most basic of IKEA cabinets. (John Kenner, AskDad Blog)
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