Parent Role Model Quotes

Parents are role models for their children whether they realize it or not.

They teach their kids how to behave and act by setting an example. Even when parents don’t explicitly try to be role models, their kids are still watching and learning from them, day in and day out.

It’s not just what is said, its also very much about what actions that children see their parents taking or not taking. It’s how they treat others, what they stand up for and what they accept for themselves.

It’s both an enormous privilege and a huge responsibility to be a role model for one’s children.

The following quotes help to put into words, just how important parents are as role models for their own children and those that see them as a parent figure.


Parent Role Model Quotes


“Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.” Bob Keeshan


“We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.” Henry Ward Beecher


“Being a role model is a privilege.” Allyson Felix


“None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody – a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns – bent down and helped us pick up our boots.” Thurgood Marshall


“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” James Baldwin


“We as parents are our children’s first and best role models, and this is particularly true when it comes to their health … We can’t lie around on the couch eating French fries and candy bars and expect our kids to eat carrots and run around the block.” Michelle Obama


“The best way to raise positive children in a negative world is to have positive parents who love them unconditionally and serve as excellent role models.” Zig Ziglar


“The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.” Orlando Aloysius Battista


“The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future.” Herbert Spencer


“The most important role models in people’s lives, it seems, aren’t superstars or household names. They’re “everyday” people who quietly set examples for you-coaches, teachers, parents. People about whom you say to yourself, perhaps not even consciously, “I want to be like that.” Tim Foley


“I think a role model is a mentor – someone you see on a daily basis, and you learn from them.” Denzel Washington


Quotes on Parents as Role Models


“Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others.” Barry Bonds


“To an adolescent, there is nothing in the world more embarrassing than a parent.” Dave Barry


“In my family, as in all dysfunctional families, instead of parents who act as strong and nurturing role models for their children, you get these needy people who use their children. I was the kid who tried to take on the marriage.” John Bradshaw


“Children need role models rather than critics.” Joseph Joubert


“With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We as parents are their most important role models.” Michelle Obama


“If you are given a chance to be a role model, I think you should always take it because you can influence a person’s life in a positive light, and that’s what I want to do. That’s what it’s all about.” Tiger Woods


“Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating.” John Wooden


“Being a role model, is equal parts being who you actually are and what people hope you will be.” Meryl Streep


“I think it’s important for little girls growing up, and young women, to have one in every walk of life. So from that point of view, I’m proud to be a role model!” Sally Ride


“I’m not a role model… Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” Charles Barkley


“Here’s what I always say: If they can see it, they can be it.” Geena Davis


“Becoming a dad means you have to be a role model for your son and be someone he can look up to.” Wayne Rooney


“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.” Dolly Parton


“The most important role models should and could be parents and teachers. But that said, once you’re a teenager you’ve probably gotten as much of an example from your parents as you’re going to.” Andrew Shue


“If parents snicker at racial and gender jokes, another generation will pass on the poison adults still have not had the courage to snuff out.” Marian Wright Edelman


“Each person must live their life as a model for others”. Rosa Parks


Be mindful of your words and actions. Everything you do and say is being watched by your kids, so try to stay mindful of that.

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