Gentle Parenting is a way to parent through connection. It relies on love, understanding, respect, and boundaries. At home, I maintain a journal with some of my favorite gentle parenting quotes. On days I need a reminder of my goals I flip through my journal to motivate myself. Here is hoping these Gentle Parenting quotes inspire you to build a positive parenting life.
This list contains quotes from some of my favorite gentle parenting authors and blogs and I am sure you will take a few words of wisdom from these experts that will help your transition to Gentle parenting.
20 INSPIRING GENTLE PARENTING QUOTES
It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.L R Knost
So often, children are punished for being human. They are not allowed to have grumpy moods, bad days, disrespectful tones, or bad attitudes. Yet, we adults have them all the time. None of us are perfect. We must stop holding our children to a higher standard of perfection than we can attain ourselves.Rebecca Eanes
The point of parenting is not to have all the answers before we start out but instead to figure it out on the go as our children grow. Because as they do, so will we.Bridgett Miller
Discipline is helping a child solve a problem. Punishment is making a child suffer from having a problem. To raise problem solvers, focus on solutions, not retribution.L R Knost
Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.Rumi
Tantrums are not bad behavior. Tantrums are an expression of emotion that became too much for the child to bear. No punishment is required. What your child needs is compassion and safe, loving arms to unload in.Rebecca Eanes
Speak with your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become.Brooke Hampton
Simply put, we, the parents, set the precedent for how human relationships are for our children.Rebecca Eanes
The world has become too obsessed with finding ways to make babies entertained, settle themselves, sleep longer, and sleep alone. Nothing can truly replace the connection and affection of a human being.Kristy Lee
No matter the problem, kindness is always the right response.L R Knost
When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job to share our calm, not join their chaos.L R Knost
Too much love won’t spoil. Kindness doesn’t provoke poor behavior. Respect doesn’t invite disrespect. This backward thinking has caused us to feel trapped into being too harsh for too long. Generations of children are still searching and longing for unconditional love.Rebecca Eanes
It is the nature of the child to be dependent, and it is the nature of the dependence to be outgrown. Begrudging dependency because it is not independence is like begrudging winter because it is not yet spring. Dependency blossoms into independence in its own time.Peggy O’Mara
Every day in a hundred small ways our children ask us, “Do you see me? Do you hear me? Do I matter? This behavior often reflects our response.L R Knost
Trust Children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must learn to trust ourselves, and most of us were taught as children that we could not be trusted.John Holt
Release your attachments to how things ‘ought ‘ to be and instead surrender to how they actually are.Dr. Shefali Tsabary
We liberate children not by making them work for our love, but by letting them rest in it.Dr. Godron Neufeld
One way of communicating Love with a child is through Eye Contact.Jen Harrison
The world is changed by examples, not by opinions.Paulo Coelho
Pushing children into something when they’re not ready, only pushes them away. Let them know that waiting and observing is an option. Doing something when they are comfortable and ready, is perfectly acceptable. It develops self-awareness and self-respect.Kristy Lee
Here are a few Gentle Parenting books by my favorite authors
Positive Parenting An Essential Guide – Rebecca Eanes
The Gentle Parenting Book – Sarah Ockwell-Smith
I hope you found a few gentle parenting quotes here today that inspire you to live your best parenting life.
And as you carry these words in your day to day remember, Gentle Parenting is not about perfection. Unlearning and moving away from what we know of takes time, but even the littlest change for good can have a positive impact on our kids.