As part of the same project, I’m also collecting “proverbs of the professions,” and I’ve been collecting parenting proverbs. Here are some of my favorites:
- You get what you get and you don’t get upset. (Also styled as “You git what you git and you don’t throw a fit”).
- You’re only as happy as your least happy child.
- Nap when the baby naps.
- If your feet are cold, put on a hat.
- It’s easier to stay warm than get warm.
- You wake the baby, you take the baby.
- As a parent, you can have quiet or cleanliness; you can’t have both.
- To watch them grow, let them go.
- For gifts, you get something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read.
- With a teenager, nothing good happens after 1:00 a.m.
I love proverbs for parenthood, and really, proverbs of all the professions and occupations! If you have any great ones to suggest, please send them my way.