75 Selfish Parents Quotes And Sayings

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Parents often tend to get selfish and become completely unmindful of their child’s choices and freedom. Selfish parents quotes give an insight into bad parenting and how it affects a child in the long run. Parenting has a key role in a kid’s personality development. When parents impose their dreams and goals on their children, they are pressured to sacrifice their likes and live a life they did not choose. Bad parenting often affects the bond between a child and their parents, especially in the later stages of life. Check out these quotes and sayings on inconsiderate parents that can be relatable to many.

75 Selfish Parents Quotes And Sayings

Check out this collection of heartfelt quotes about selfish parents that point to the mistakes parents commit while raising a child.

  1.  “It is the selfish parents who are to blame. Pay attention, be involved in your children’s lives. They are your legacy, your only hope.” – Aaron B. Powell
  1.  “They should love you, just as you are. Parents should love their kids, right?” “You’d think so.” – N.R. Walker
  1.  “Being a parent does not give you an excuse for bad manners.” – Rosalind Wiseman
  1.  “Fear-based parenting is the surest way to create intimidated children.” – Tim Kimmel
  1.  “Good parenting give headaches, but bad parenting gives heartaches.” – Shiv Khera
  1.  “There are no illegitimate children – only illegitimate parents.” – Leon R. Yankwich
  1.  “If mental abuse was a punishable crime, a lot of parents would be in jail serving a long term.” – Maddy Malhotra
  1.  “Remember, you are not managing an inconvenience; You are raising a human being.” – Kittie Frantz
  1.  “If you teach hatred to your children, one day your child will have that hatred reflected back onto them and onto YOU.” – Suzy Kassem
  1.   “Today’s troubled homes are made by parents who want to have children but don’t want their children to have parents.” – Agona Apell
  1.   “Wounded parents often unintentionally inflict pain and suffering on their children …” – David W. Earle
  1.   “I’m worried about parents who aren’t parenting.” – Barbara Bush
  1.   “We raise predators by treating children as prey.” – Stefan Molyneux
  1.   “Kids are fat because of lack of parenting.” – Ben Shapiro
  1.   “You shouldn’t do that. Not to your child. You should carry your own burdens.” – Cassandra Clare
  1.   “No child is born a delinquent. They only became that way if nobody loved them when they were kids.” – Jeannette Walls
  1.   “Here’s a shock: An adult who still hangs out in skate parks is a bad parent.” – Daniel Tosh
  1.   “No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.” – Plato
  1.   “If we never have headaches through rebuking our children, we shall have plenty of heartaches when they grow up.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  1.   “If your parents ignored you, or if they are just not emotionally available, or if they yell a lot, that is a type of trauma.” – Tucker Max
  1.   “Did you have parents or just some people who thought they should own somebody?” – Catherine Lacey
  1.   “Narcissist parents don’t care about their children’s feelings at all. Only their feelings matter.” -Kim Saeed
  1.   “Don’t try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it.” – Russell Baker
  1.   “Parents. Honestly. Sometimes they really do think the world revolves around them.” – Randa Abdel-Fattah
  1.   “A person can’t pick up their children and just squeeze them to which-a-way they want them to be.” – Carson McCullers
  1.   “Leave your pride, ego, and narcissism somewhere else. Reactions from those parts of you will reinforce your children’s most primitive fears.” – Henry Cloud
  1.   “People tend to raise the child inside of them rather than the child in front of them.” – Joe Newman
  1.   “Narcissist parents want total control. Take back your control. If possible, don’t accept any money, favor, items or anything from them.” – Tina Fuller
  1.   “Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.” – Bill Ayers
  1.   “The hateful and stinging words of a narcissistic parent can linger in the mind of an adult child long after the adult has left home.” – Shannon Thomas
  1.   “Narcissist parents do not know their children; they aren’t interested in what they have to say unless it affects them.” – Tina Fuller
  1.   “A narcissistic parent will provoke an independent child to anger in order to feel superior and prove the child’s flaws.” – Shannon Thomas
  1.   “A narcissist parent is easily frustrated by a healthy independent child that they can’t control through parental emotional manipulation.” – Shannon Thomas
  1.   “If we, as mothers, are not careful, we can begin to find our identity in our children and their behavior.” – Sue Detweiler
  1.   “In the narcissistic parent’s eyes, they do no wrong nor do they feel they should be held accountable for the bad and wrong things that they have done.” – Katherine Childress
  1.   “Do your kids see your kindness, or are you always telling them NO?” – Brenda M. McGraw
  1.   “It has been my observation that parents kill more dreams than anybody.” – Spike Lee
  1.   “In the minds of my parents, they are the victims; I am the abuser.” – Christina Enevoldsen
  1.   “Parents wonder why the streams are bitter when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.”- John Locke
  1.   “To all you parents out there, don’t make your little girls, or little boys, so thirsty for love that they will want to drink water that will poison them.” – Lisa Bedrick
  1.   “You must let go of the responsibility for the painful events of your childhood and put it where it belongs.” – Susan Forward
  1.   “In troubled families, abuse and neglect are permitted. It’s talking about them that is forbidden.” – Marcia Sirota
  1.   “When you grieve toxic, abusive parents, you don’t just grieve the abuse, you grieve everything you didn’t have.” – Lily Hope Lucario
  1.   “My parents loved us, but I wasn’t always sure they liked us.” – Tahereh Maf
  1.   “Your children vividly remember every unkind thing you ever did to them, plus a few you really didn’t.” – Mignon McLaughlin
  1.   “I built up so much hatred for my parents, like so much anger for the life they had given me.” – Tana Mongeau
  1.   “The toxic parent sees the child as a threat to their own ego and having the child overshadow the parent is not an option in their mind.” – Shannon Thomas
  1.   “Many children of toxic parents find it exceptionally difficult to identify who they are once they grow up.” – JR Thorpe
  1.   Dysfunctional parents let their children know how burdened they have been by their children and how many sacrifices they had to make in order to raise them.” – Dr Marita Sirota
  1.   “The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder.” – Jim Morrison
  1.   “When a child does bad things, the parents are always going to love their child even if they do something bad.” – Selena
  1.   “Don’t you just love children? If they’re not disappointing you, they’re dead.” – Shawn Wickersheim
  1.   “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.” – Jackie Kennedy
  1.   “Instead of treating your child like how you were treated. Treat them with the same love and attention you wanted from your parents while growing up.” – Jonathan Anthony Burkett
  1.   “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
  1.   “When you have children, there is no room for lies, no room for anything but the truth. Anything other than that is a bad example, I believe.” – Johnny Depp
  1.   “Your children vividly remember every unkind thing you ever did to them, plus a few you really didn’t.” – Mignon McLaughlin
  1.   “They are not sorry for harming you. So, don’t feel guilty for cutting them off.” – John Mark Green
  1.   “No one, however powerful and successful, can function as an adult if his parents are not satisfied with him.” – Frank Pittman
  1.   “An unpredictable parent is a fearsome god in the eyes of a child.” – Susan Forward
  1.   “What’s so sad is when we’re younger, if you have a bad parent, that is normal to you, and that’s what you think of as healthy.” – Jennifer Lawrence
  1.   “I never had a speech from my father ‘this is what you must do or shouldn’t do’ but I just learned to be led by example. My father wasn’t perfect.” – Adam Sandler
  1.   “My dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn’t teach me everything he knows.” – Al Unser
  1.   “Being a parent is easy but being a good parent is tough as it requires a lot of dedication and goodwill.”- Anonymous
  1.   “If you want to live in your child’s memory, you must have to live in their lives today.”- Anonymous
  1.  “Being a selfish parent is the biggest crime you can do to your child.”- Anonymous
  1.   “Most children would rather preserve the fantasy of a loving connection with their fathers and mothers, at all costs, even if it costs them their self-esteem.” – Keith Ablow
  1.   “When you’re three or seven years old, it’s less frightening to think of yourself as an unlovable, disappointing screwup than to recognize the fact that you’re living with a monster.” – Keith Ablow
  1.   “If parents wish to preserve childhood for their own children, they must conceive of parenting as an act of rebellion against culture.” – Neil Postman
  1.   “Anyone could father a child. But a good parent puts his child’s needs before his own. A parent should be selfless, not selfish.” — Penelope Ward
  1.   “It’s not the children who sacrifice for your betterment; it’s you to sacrifice for their betterment.” – Anonymous
  1.   “Don’t make your selfishness ruin your child’s life.”- Anonymous
  1.   “Never substitute ‘presence’ with ‘presents’. Presents can spoil your child, but your presence will make them a true human being.”- Anonymous
  1.   “A good parent never uses their child for their happiness.”- Anonymous
  1.   “Put your child’s likes before your selfishness.”- Anonymous

A parent is a child’s first teacher. But many parents turn selfish and self-centered, creating a negative impact on their children. These selfish parents quotes and sayings will help you understand your mistakes while parenting and make you a good parent.

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