Being a mom is hard no matter what.
But when you’re following a parenting style that goes against the grain (gentle parenting or simple parenting or intentional parenting) it gets that much harder.
Even if you aren’t parenting a difficult child parenting is hard!
Because every child has difficult days.
And so does every mom.
Even if you’re like me where my family is my life, sometimes you just need some extra words of encouragement.
A reminder that this crunchy parenting journey is worth it.
So – bookmark this page, pin it for later, and share with all the sorta crunchy moms you know.
Gentle Parenting Quotes to help you refocus on your parenting goals and why they’re important.
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So, I’ve rounded up these quotes about sorta crunchy parenting for those hard days.
Because they’re going to come – they always do!
We’re all on these gentle parenting journeys together!
“I don’t think anyone can grow unless he’s loved exactly as he is now, appreciated for what he is rather than what he will be.”
“Children do not enter this world with bad intentions. They do not come to wear us out, test our patience, or push us over the edge. They come to us with a need for love, connection and belonging.”
“Be so polite to your children that if someone is rude to them they don’t think it’s normal.”
“Every child begins the world again.”
Henry David Thoreau
“I didn’t lose myself when I became a mom. I found a new and better version of me.”
“One generation full of deeply loving parents would change the brain of the next generation, and with that, the world.”
“Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them.”
“Worry less that children never listen to you; worry instead that they are always watching you.”
“May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears.”
“We’re all imperfect parents and that’s perfectly ok. Tiny humans need connection not perfection.”
“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows. Not the flower.”
Alexander den Heijer
“In a gentle way you can shake the world.”
“The more your child feels genuinely heard and understood, the more quickly she moves past her anger to show you the hurts underneath it.”
Dr. Laura Markham
“Their heart is a garden. Your words are the seeds. You can grow flowers, or you can grow weeds.”
“Too much love won’t spoil.
Kindness doesn’t provoke poor behavior.
Respect doesn’t invite disrespect.
This is backwards thinking, which has caused us to feel trapped into being too harsh for too long.
Generations of children are still searching and longing for unconditional love.”
“No parent is ALWAYS conscious, gentle, positive, peaceful and authentic. We have to CHOOSE to be and practice moment by moment…day after day. The more we practice, the stronger we grow.”
“Motherhood is a choice you make every day. To pus someone else’s happiness and wellbeing ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you’re not sure what the right thing is. And to forgive yourself over and over again, for doing everything wrong.”
“My child isn’t my easel to paint on. Nor my diamond to polish. My child isn’t my trophy to share with the world. Nor my badge of honor. My child isn’t an idea, an expectation, or a fantasy.”
Dr. Shefali Babury
“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.”
“I’m not a parenting expert. In fact, I’m not sure that I even believe in the idea of ‘parenting experts’. I’m an engaged, imperfect parent and a passionate researcher. I’m an experienced mapmaker and a stumbling traveler. Like many of you, parenting is by far my boldest and most daring adventure.”
You are peace for their crazy. You are stability for their unknowns. You are unconditional love for their chaos. You are rules for their testing. You are the one they need when all crashes in. You are their constant, their go-to, their mom.”
Rachel Marie Martin
“If you want a single reason to be patient with your child when he’s melting down or being unreasonable in some way, this is it: his brain isn’t fully formed yet, and he is, at least at times, literally incapable of controlling his emotions and body.”
Dr. Dan Siegel
“In my world, there are no bad kids, just impressionable, conflicted young people wrestling with emotions and impulses, trying to communicate their feelings and needs the only way they know how.”
“Parenting is the development of an extremely vital relationship, the model for every future relationship our child will engage in.”
“Parenthood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you’d have. It’s about understanding your child is exactly the person they are supposed to be. And if you’re lucky, they might be the teacher who turns you into the person you’re supposed to be.”
The Water Giver
“We don’t have to make our kids into wonderful people. We just need to remind them, and ourselves, that they ARE wonderful people.”
Whew! If you made it this far, congratulations!
Hopefully these provided some encouragement for moms who might be having a hard day.
And while these are some great parenting goals, I think it’s important to give ourselves some grace.
All kinds of crunchy parenting is hard and we’re not going to do it perfectly.
But as long as we keep trying, we can find joy in the journey.
So, keep on keeping on, Sorta Crunchy Moms!
And remember – this parenting thing is hard because it’s so important. We’re raising the next generation!
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