Inside: Sweetest teenager parent quotes that describe what it’s like to be a parent.

Being a parent of teenagers has its ups and downs, don’t get me wrong. But at the end of the day, it is always worth it. You trade your fear of them falling down stairs for fear of them driving a car. Is it a fair trade? Maybe not, but here we are.

I think we can all agree from experience that being a teenager isn’t the best. You have so many hormones to work with, confusing feelings, and an identity to work on. It’s a lot, so we get why they are the way they are. But it can be comforting to relate to other parents about your experiences.

Teenager parent quotes that sum up the experience

So I have gathered some of the best Teenager Parent quotes that sum up the experience of raising teens. These range from hilarious to heartwarming, and they are always relatable. So take a look and see for yourself.

Teenager Parent Quotes

I wanted to kick this list off with a combination of sweet and salty if you will. The quotes below are heartfelt and raw, and some are downright hilarious. Take a look and try not to laugh out loud from the dry humor these teen parents have. It’s pretty hard not to.

1. “Raising a teenager is hard. But being a teenager is hard too, which is why our kids need someone they trust to lean on, to come to for advice, and to share their lives – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Having a front-row seat in our kids’ lives is a far better place to be than sitting on the highest bleacher.”

2. “I thought I used to worry a lot when my kids were little. Then I had teenagers. You know what I would give right now to worry about sippy cups and naptime? Everything.”

3. “As kids reach adolescence, they need more than ever for us to watch over them. Adolescence is not about letting go. It’s about hanging on during a very bumpy ride.” – Ron Taffel

4. “Welcome to parenthood. Hope you like hearing, ‘there’s nothing to eat!’ right after you just spent your life savings at the grocery store.”

5. “We mothers have a wonderfully precious and truly powerful role to play in the future, self-images of our daughters. The model of our own empowerment gives our daughters permission to be powerful.” – Melia Keeton-Digby

6. “I never really appreciated just how annoying I was until I gave birth to mini versions of myself and started arguing with them when they became teenagers.”

7. “I constantly go between wanting you to be my baby forever, and being excited about all the amazing things you’ll do in this life.”

8. “I know I’m supposed to be preparing my teenager for life and all, but it’s hard when they already know everything…”

When your children are teenagers, it's important to have a god so that someone in the house is happy to see you. - Nora Ephron

Relatable Quotes About Parenting Teens

I think the best thing you can do when you are having a hard time parenting your teen is to find community in those who are going through similar things to you. You’ll not only feel less alone, but you are more likely to find your experiences funny.

9. “Many believe parenting is about controlling children’s behavior and training them to act like adults. I believe that parenting is about controlling my own behavior and acting like an adult myself. Children learn what they live and live what they learn.” – L.R Knost

10. “When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.” – Nora Ephron

11. “I never know what I am going to get with my teen. One day it’s movies on the couch, the next they are screaming at me because I got the wrong bagel bite.”

12. “The most powerful way to change the world is to live in front of our children the way we would like the world to be.” – Graham White

13. “It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” – Ann Landers

14. “The funny thing about kids is they are the reason we lose it and the reason we hold it together.”

15. “If you want to get closer to god, drive in the passenger seat with a teenage driver. You’ll be reciting prayers you haven’t said in years.” -Unknown

16. “By loving them for more than their abilities, we show our children that they are much more than the sum of their accomplishments.” – Eileen Kennedy-Moore

You can tell how many kids a parent has by counting the bags under their eyes.

Best Teenage Parent Quotes That Sum Up the Experience

I saved the best for last because that is what you are supposed to do. Take a look at some of my absolute favorite teenage parents quotes that sum up the funny experience of raising teens.

17. “Being a mom to me means you will have to accept that for the next 16 years of your life you will have a sticky purse.” – Nia Vardalos

18. “I’d love to be a Pinterest mom, but I think I’m more of an amazon prime mom.”

19. “What you don’t know before you become a parent of big kids is that unplanned conversations with them on the couch or in the car will be some of the most meaningful moments of your life.”

20. “In order to grow, they must learn to fix their own mistakes. Have the door open and the coffee poured, ready to listen.”

21. “You don’t have to raise heroes; you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.” – Walter M. Schirra

22. “When your teenager asks you to see a movie with him, you do not ask ‘what movie,’ you do not ask, ‘what time?’, you low-key say, ‘sure.’ and you force yourself not to jump up and down.”

23. “You can tell how many kids a parent has by counting the bags under their eyes.”

24. “Today, 14-year-olds are looking for true love and dealing with heartbreak, And all I worried about was hiding my grades from my parents.”

25. “I have three teenagers. I didn’t get an epidural when I gave birth, but i’d like one now.” – Kyle Ocasio

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There you have it: Teenager parent quotes that sum up the experience of raising a teen. The ups and downs, the laughs and the tears, they are all worth it at the end of the day when you sit down and spend time with your child. Here they are, the little forces of nature that you created, trying to figure out their place in the world.

If you loved these teen parent quotes, then I think you would get a kick out of some of the other ones that I have found. It shouldn’t be too surprising that this is a topic many people like to speak about.

Loving your child is easy, but liking them can be hard throughout the teen years. Taking some time to remember that you are not alone and that this is a necessary part of your life and experience is the best way to remain sane through it all. Until next time, happy teen parenting!