Walt Disney was a brilliant and inspiring man. He has given the world a laundry list of wonderful quotes that can inspire in business, relationships and life. But, many of these quotes can also be applied to parenting. Disney was all about tackling challenges head-on and overcoming adversity, which is something I love about him and something that many parents, myself included, can relate to. Parenting is full of challenges and sometimes hearing a good quote can change your perspective and offer encouragement. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Walt Disney that have helped and encouraged me as a parent.
10 Walt Disney Quotes That Help Me Parent
Walt Disney was an inspiring man and he had some really fantastic quotes. Here are just a few that can help and encourage new parents and and seasoned veterans alike!
This time is a treasure
There have been plenty of challenging days in my experience as a parent, but at the end of the day, this quote is a great reminder that the stage that our children are at right now will be fleeting and will not last forever and we are reminded to stop and appreciate the positive moments. We dreamed of these babies and they are wonderful even in the most trying moments.
Let it go
I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist, which is a hard trait to bring into life as a parent, because things will not always be perfect. I will never do everything just right, but if I have done the best that I can then that is enough and I need to let go of worrying about it.
We were all children once
Our children are little and still learning and we were in their place once with parents who were patient with us. A good reminder for those frustrating moments.
Adversity brings growth
When you’re dealing with a sleep regression or picky eating or the infamous toddler “no” stage, it’s easy to get discouraged. But parenting challenges help us to grow into better and stronger parents. It may not seem like it at the time, but the hard moments really can be great for us.
Don't play the comparison game
Comparing yourself to other parents and comparing your child to other children will only bring frustration. I have learned to embrace my own individuality as a person and a parent as well as my daughter’s individuality. Her sleep habits and speech habits and eating habits may not be like my other friends’ kids and I may do things differently than they do, but we are all doing what works best for us and that’s OK.
Our children are treasures
On those days that I feel like my job as a mother is totally unappreciated, I am reminded that I am helping to cultivate a person…a little citizen…and that is the most important job there is.
Keep moving forward
Parenting is a series of trying and failing and trying again until you figure out what works for you and your child. I remember when I struggled to figure out nursing and sleep schedules that it was a really difficult time. But I kept on trying new things until we finally fell into a groove that worked for us. Keep moving forward as a parent.
On those days when parenting feels impossible, try to think of it as a fun challenge. Once you achieve your goal you will feel so proud!
Happiness is a choice
Choose happiness. Even though I might not always feel happy about a particular parenting situation, I can choose to reframe my mindset and my attitude. Of course this won’t always work, but just knowing that we are in control of our attitude toward parenting is really empowering.
Your role as a parent is so important. So leave the laundry for later, or simplify your dinner plans, put down your phone and work on that thing for work after they are in bed. Make the time for your family, because you will never regret it.