9 Parenting quotes that you can relate to

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To a parent, your child wasn’t just a person: your child was a place, a kind of Narnia, a vast eternal place where the present you were living and the past you remembered and the future you longed for all at the same time. You could see it every time you looked at her: layered in her face was the baby she’d been and the child she’d become and the adult she would grow up to be, and you saw them all simultaneously, like a 3-D image. It made your head spin. It was a place you could take refuge, if you knew how to get in. And each time you left it, each time your child passed out of your sight, you feared you might never be able to return to that place again.”

Celeste NgLittle Fires Everywhere (Book)

All you can do as a parent is try to pack the days with as much good stuff as possible and hope that it outweighs the bad. You hope that the good stuff sticks.

Randall, This Is Us, Season 3, Episode 12

I mean, God, Millie. How the hell did we end up here, like this? I just wish we could go back a couple of years, just, you know, you and me. Have some fun, you know?

Zeek, Parenthood – Season 6, Episode 10
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“We take motherhood for granted sometimes. That they’ll love you forever…that they’ll love you at all. When they’re little they need you so much, they’ll hold you and grab for you and you cuddle them. She used to burrow into me. I was the thing she needed most in the world. But then they grow up and you don’t get to hold them, touch them like that…even if you want to. It’s like learning to love the smell of an apple when all you wanna do is grab it and hold it, devour it…seeds and all. And then you realize that it wasn’t just that they needed you….you needed them.”

Elena, Little Fires Everywhere series, Episode 2

My dad had limitations. That’s what my good-hearted mom always told us. He had limitations, but he meant no harm. It was kind of her to say, but he did do harm.

Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

“When she speaks of you, the mother’s love outshines it all. Her love for you is more real than anything else in this world because it doesn’t come from this world.”

The High Sparrow, Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 3

“You don’t just love your children, you fall in love with them.  It’s that same rush, that same overwhelming desire to see them, to hold them, to bore other people to tears with every detail about them…” 

Frasier Crane, Frasier

When you’re a mom, you get a front row seat to the best show in town: watching your kids grow up.

Rebecca, This Is Us, Season 2, Episode 5

“Fleabag: I don’t know what to do with it. 
Boo: With what? 
Fleabag: With all the love I have for her.”

[Speaking on the loss of her mother]

— Fleabag, Fleabag, Season 2, Episode 4
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