The first year as a parent can be challenging to say the least. Between crying spells, sleepless nights, and thousands of diaper changes, you may be feeling a bit scattered. Here are some inspiring (and a few funny) quotes to encourage you on this wild, rewarding journey!
"There is nothing that can bring you closer to fearlessness about everything else in the world than being a parent—because everyday fears, like not being approved of, pale by comparison to the fears you have about your children." —Arianna Huffington
"It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself." — Joyce Maynard
"All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them. ” ―Erma Bombeck
"Before I had kids, I always found it funny how people would talk about their children like they were the cutest things on the planet and how every little thing they did was endlessly fascinating. Now that I’ve had kids, I can say with certainty that, my children really are the cutest things on this planet and every little thing they do is endlessly fascinating…” ―Jennifer Miller
"You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around—and why his parents will always wave back." —William D. Tammeus
“Having children is like living in a frat house - nobody sleeps, everything's broken, and there's a lot of throwing up.” ― Ray Romano
"Embrace your beautiful mess of a life with your child. No matter how hard it gets, do not disengage. Do something—anything—to connect with and guide your child today. Parenting is an adventure of the greatest significance. It is your legacy. —Andy Kerckhoff