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. And, 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 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.
1. “The era we are living in today is a dream come true.”
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 is fleeting and will not last forever. We are reminded to stop and appreciate the positive moments. We dreamed of these babies and they are wonderful — even in the most trying times.
2. “Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.”
I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist, which is a hard trait to have 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’s enough and I need to let go.
3. “Over at our place, we’re sure of just one thing: Everyone in the world was once a child.”
Our children are still learning — and we were in their place once with parents who were patient with us. A good reminder for those frustrating moments.
4. “You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
When you’re dealing with a sleep regression, picky eating, or the infamous toddler “no” stage, it’s easy to get discouraged. But 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.
5. “The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.”
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 well as my daughter’s. Her sleep habits, 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 okay.
6. “Our greatest national resource is the minds of our children.”
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.
7. ” … we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things because we’re curious … and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
Parenting is a series of trying and failing — and trying again — until you figure out what works for you and your child. I remember that figuring out nursing and sleep schedules was a really difficult time for me. But I kept trying new things until we finally fell into a groove that worked for us. Keep moving forward as a parent.
8. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
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!
9. “Well of course, happiness is a state of mind. You can be happy or you can be unhappy. It’s just according to the way you look at things.”
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.
10. “A man should never neglect his family for business.”
Your role as a parent is so important. So leave the laundry for later, or simplify your dinner plans, put down your phone and do that thing for work after they are in bed. Make the time for your family, because you will never regret it.