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70+ Best Parenting A Teenager Quotes (Funny & Relatable)

Parenting a teenager has its highs and lows. It can be difficult but at the same time, it can be the most rewarding job you ever have.

To give you some perspective and guidance on this journey, I’ve selected some of the best parenting a teenager quotes.

Most of these are parent teenager relationship quotes but I’ve added some funny parenting quotes as well as you’ll need some laughs on this rollercoaster ride. Enjoy! 

Parenting A Teenager Quotes

One of the most important things that you can let your children know is that feelings are normal, mistakes are fixable, and there is nothing that they can do that will cause you to love them less.

Raising a teenager is challenging, but being a teenager is hard too. Teenagers need someone they can trust to lean on, to seek advice from, and to share their lives with–the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Someday, your children are going to figure out who you are just like you figured out who your parents are as people. Be sure you are that person they will be proud of when they figure you out. 

As important as the way we talk to our children is the way we listen to them.

Parenthood is a journey towards emotional maturity. It is learning to respond in love when you are hurt, triggered, and overwhelmed. It is learning to love even when another’s behavior is unlovable. – Sarah Boyd

Take some time to tell your child you like them today, and list the reasons why. Then watch in wonder as they blossom before your eyes. Words of recognition and appreciation to a child are like sunshine and rain to a flower.  – L.R. Knost

Sometimes we forget. We forget that when our kids become teenagers, their needs change. We forget that behind the closed doors, the eye rolls, the heavy sighs, and the ‘whatevers’ are kids who really need us but don’t know how to express it. We forget that more than anything, they need us to take the time to understand their world. – Raising Teens Today

Being a parent of a teenager is hard, but being a teenager is hard too. If we can just step back a moment to remember what it felt like to be in their shoes, maybe it would help us parent with a little more grace and understanding. 

Conscious parenting is not about being perfect, it’s about being aware.

When you keep criticizing your kids, they don’t stop loving you; they stop loving themselves. Let that sink in.  – Tiny Budha

Discipline is helping a child solve a problem. Punishment is making a child suffer for having a problem. To raise problem solvers, focus on solutions, not retribution. -L.R. Knost

Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful, and magical humans on earth. For what they believe is what they will become. 

If standing up for your children burns a bridge, I have matches; we ride at dawn. 

You won’t know it’s the last time until it doesn’t happen again. The last time they ask to be picked up. The last time they need help pouring their drink. The last time they ask to hold your hand or snuggle on the couch. So try to treat each moment like it’s the last time because once it stops and you realize those moments are over, they will surely be missed. 

Children are not a distraction from your work; they are the most important work.” – C.S. Lewis 

You cannot raise your children the way your parents raised you because your parent raised you for a world that no longer exists. 

It takes tremendous strength and resolve to allow your kids to suffer the consequences of their decisions. Be there for them, but let them learn from their mistakes.

The way to speak to your children is the single greatest factor in shaping their personalities and self-confidence. – Brian Tracy

You cannot expect to raise children who are calm and gentle if you are not. 

Yelling silences your message. Speak quietly so children can hear your words instead of just your voice. – L. R. Knost

The sign of great parenting is not the child’s behavior but the parent’s behavior. – Andy Smithson

Be who they needed when you were young. 

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right path, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands. – Anne Frank

Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse? Think of the last time you felt humiliated or treated unfairly. Did you feel like cooperating or doing better? – Jane Nelson

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Encourage and support your kids because children are apt to live up to what you believe of them. – Lady Bird Johnson

Being a mom of a teenager means a lot of forgiveness, a lot of grace, a lot of grit, and love that is both powerful and unconditional. But what a blessing it is to raise these teenagers and have a front-row seat on this wild ride. – H. Duckworth

Your children are not your children, they come through you, but they are life itself, wanting to express itself.  – Wayne Dyer

As parents we have a tendency to overprotect; it’s okay to try and show them all positives but we cannot forget that the real world has teeth. – Johnnie Dent Jr.

No matter how well prepared you are, when you become a parent of teenagers, it has a humbling way of throwing you off guard again and again and again. 

Parenting a teenager is the opposite of parenting a toddler. When they are young you wish they would go play in their room and fall asleep fast, and when they’re teens you wish they would wake up quickly and come out of their room.

You might also like to read and share these Inspirational Quotes For Teens to encourage them when they’re stressed or under pressure.

Raising A Teenager Quotes Funny

The hardest part of parenting is realizing that it is your circus, and those definitely are your monkeys. – Sarcastic Mommy

Tweens are like a box of chocolates; you never know which one of their personalities you’re going to get. – @perfectionpending

A perfect metaphor for parenting is trying to stand up in a hammock without spilling your wine. – @mumproblems

The hardest part of raising teenagers is trying to respond to their behavior like a grown-up.

 Welcome to being a parent of a teenager. Prepare for a large amount of eye-rolling, emotional outbursts, and thoughts of running away. And that’s just the parents. 

It’s widely understood that ‘No’ and ‘OK’ are complete sentences for teens. 

The scariest part of raising teenagers is remembering the stupid things you did as a teenager. 

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

Raising a teenager is like trying to nail jello to a tree.

To a teenager, there’s nothing more embarrassing than a parent. – Dave Barry

Adolescence is a period of rapid changes. Between the ages of 12 and 17, for example, a parent ages as much as 20 years. – Al Bernstein

Sometimes I’m left with the distinct feeling that I am outnumbered by my only child. – Colleen Ferrary Bader.

No one told us that 98 percent of raising teens is driving them somewhere, waiting for them somewhere, or planning to go somewhere.

If saying “pick up your clothes” and “I don’t care what your friends are allowed to do” every day for the next 7 years sounds like fun, you’re going to absolutely love having a teenager!

The problem with disciplining a teenager is that in no time at all you begin to sound like one yourself. 

I’ll see your toddler tantrum and raise you a teen that just had their phone taken away. – @mommyneedsalife

Hey teens! If you think you’re angry now, just wait until you have to spend your own money on toilet paper! 

A teenager is always too tired to hold a dishcloth, but never too tired to hold a phone!

Parent Teenager Relationship Quotes

Parent Teenager Relationship Quotes

Once children reach adolescence, they need us to watch over them more than ever. Adolescence is not a time to let go. Rather, it is a time to hang on during a very bumpy ride.

Gentle parenting does not mean perfect; it means kind, considerate, calm, empathetic, compassionate, understanding, and forgiving. These qualities are not just for our children but for ourselves. – Kirsty Lee 

If we are harsh and aggressive with our kids when we’re upset, why are we surprised when they are harsh and aggressive when they’re upset. 

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When our kids are grown, they won’t remember the size of clothes we wore, how perfect the house was, or how we always kept up with the laundry. What they will remember is how we made them feel, that we were there for them, that we cheered them on, and that they always felt loved. 

If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent. – Bette Davis

You will teach them to fly, but they will not fly your flight. You will teach them to dream, but they will not dream your dream. You will teach them to live, but they will not live your life. Nevertheless, in every flight, in every life, in every dream, the print of the way you taught them will remain. – Mother Theresa

Respond to children with love in their worst moments, their broken moments, their selfish moments, their lonely moments, their frustrated moments, and their inconvenient moments because it is in their most unlovable human moments they need to feel loved. – L.R. Knost

Adolescence is most likely nature’s way of preparing parents for an empty nest. 

Wifi went down for 5 minutes, so I had to talk to my family. They seem like nice people.

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. – Frederick Douglass

Know It All Teenager Quotes

Know It All Teenager Quotes

I know I should be preparing my teenager for life and all, but it’s hard when they already know everything! – Whitney Fleming

Adolescence is the age when kids stop asking us questions because they already know all the answers.

Once you have teenagers you have no need for Google, because they know it all!

Hire a teenager while they still know it all.

Raising A Teenage Daughter Quotes

raising a teenage daughter quotes

Parenting a teenage daughter is like having a cat. They only come out to eat and hisses at you if you try to pet it.

No matter how old she may be, sometimes a girl just needs her mom. – Cardinal Mermillod

Having a teenage daughter is a lot like your house being haunted. Every now and again you’ll see a figure in the corner of your eye, followed by a moaning sound, and then a  door will slam shut. – Joe Heenan

Parent: “Have a nice day!” Teenage daughter: “Don’t tell me how to live my life!” – Her View From Home

I want my daughter to grow up to be a strong woman. I just need to be able to live with her in the meantime. 

There’s no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one. – Jill Churchill

Teach your daughters to worry less about fitting into glass slippers and more about shattering glass ceilings.

 Life is tough, my darling, but so are you. – Stephanie Bennett Henry

Don’t dismiss your daughter’s feelings for moodiness. Just sympathize with her and listen.