44 Bad Parenting Quotes to Help You Shift Gears

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Sometimes you need to look at a few bad parenting quotes to put your own family life in perspective. Whether you need something light-hearted, or deep, something about being over-protective or not there at all – these bad parenting quotes will help you shift gears. 

Bad Parenting Quotes That Make You Think

  1. Now that I’m a parent, I understand why my father was in a bad mood a lot. – Adam Sandler
  1. It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place. – Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
  1. There are no illegitimate children – only illegitimate parents. Leon R. Yankwich
  1. Here’s a shock: An adult who still hangs out in skate parks is a bad parent. Daniel Tosh
  1. Having a child who is struggling doesn’t make you a bad parent, just as being a child who is struggling doesn’t make your child a bad kid. Ann Douglas
  1. Do your kids see your kindness or are you always telling them NO? Brenda M. McGraw
  1. It has been my observation that parents kill more dreams than anybody. Spike Lee
  1. Misbehavior and punishment are not opposites that cancel each other – on the contrary they breed and reinforce each other. Haim G. Ginott

Bad Parenting Quotes On Making an Effort

  1. Good parenting gives headaches but bad parenting gives heartaches. Shiv Khera
  1. Remember, you are not managing an inconvenience; You are raising a human being. Kittie Frantz
  1. Today’s troubled homes are made by parents who want to have children but don’t want their children to have parents. Agona Apell
  1. I’m worried about parents who aren’t parenting. – Barbara Bush
  1. If we never have headaches through rebuking our children, we shall have plenty of heartaches when they grow up. – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Bad Parenting Quotes On Not Being There

  1. No child is born a delinquent. They only became that way if nobody loved them when they were kids. – Jeannette Walls
  1. In some sense every parent does love their children. But some parents are too broken to love them well. Paul Young
  1. If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. Abigail Van Buren
  1. Your children need your presence more than your presents. Jesse Jackson
  1. Parents are the centre of a person’s solar system, even as an adult. My dad had a stronger gravitational pull than most, so his absence was bound to leave a deep and lasting void. Justin Trudeau
  1. Relationships are built on small, consistent deposits of time…If you want to connect with your kids, you’ve got to be available consistently, not randomly. Andy Stanley
  1. When a father, absent during the day, returns home at six, his children receive only his temperament, not his teaching. Robert Bly

Bad Parenting Quotes On Being Self-Absorbed

  1. Being a parent does not give you an excuse for bad manners. – Rosalind Wiseman
  1. Did you have parents or just some people who thought they should own somebody? – Catherine Lacey
  1. Don’t try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it. –  Russell Baker
  1. It is a violation of trust to use your kids as caulking for the cracks in you. – Anne Lamott
  1. In the minds of my parents, they are the victims; I am the abuser. – Christina Enevoldsen
  1. Dysfunctional parents let their children know how burdened they have been by their children and how many sacrifices they had to make in order to raise them. – Dr Marita Sirota
  1. Modern parents want to nurture so skillfully that Mother Nature will gasp in admiration at the marvels their parenting produces from the soft clay of children. – George Will

Bad Parenting Quotes On Leaving Lasting Scars

  1. Fear based parenting is the surest way to create intimidated children. – Tim Kimmel
  1. Wounded parents often unintentionally inflict pain and suffering on their children. – David W. Earle
  1. The hateful and stinging words of a narcissistic parent can linger in the mind of an adult child long after the adult has left home. – Shannon Thomas.
  1. Parents wonder why the streams are bitter when they themselves have poisoned the fountain. – John Locke
  1. To all you parents out there, don’t make your little girls, or little boys, so thirsty for love that they will want to drink water that will poison them. – Lisa Bedrick
  1. Your children vividly remember every unkind thing you ever did to them, plus a few you really didn’t. – Mignon McLaughlin
  1. No one, however powerful and successful, can function as an adult if his parents are not satisfied with him. – Frank Pittman

Bad Parenting Quotes On Children Not Feeling Seen

  1. My parents are supportive of anything I want to do, as long as it’s not bad. – Zoey Deutch
  1. People tend to raise the child inside of them rather than the child in front of them. – Joe Newman
  1. Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them. – Bill Ayers

Bad Parenting Quotes On Over-Catering

  1. Permissiveness is the principle of treating children as if they were adults; and the tactic of making sure they never reach that stage. – Thomas Szasz
  1. Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves. – Elbert Hubbard
  1. It’s impossible to protect your kids against disappointment in life. – Nicholas Sparks
  1. Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy. – Robert A. Heinlein
  1. Simply building a fence between a child and temptation is not the same things as preparing him to face life. – Barbara R. Duguid
  1. The attempt to prevent our kids from struggling for fear it might scar their permanent records is, instead, scarring them for life. – Heather Choate Davis
  1. We try to bring up our children so that they are protected from the world’s evils, only to find we’ve raised a pack of innocents who seem to be about to stumble into them at every turn just from sheer stupidity! – Samuel R. Delany

Bad Parenting Quotes – Final Thoughts

We hope these bad parenting quotes helped you shift your perspective and recommit to being the amazing parent we know you are. Leave us a comment with your thoughts. 


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