53 Selfish Parents Quotes & Sayings

Parents are not perfect. Sometimes they resent the freedoms and opportunities their children enjoy that were absent in their time.

This collection of selfish parents’ quotes and sayings offers insight into some regretful things parents say and their effect on children.

Parents play a key role in the personality development of their children. Some parents try to impose their ideas and goals on their children, pressuring them to ignore their life choices and lead a life that is not their own.

Check out our list of selfish parents’ quotes:

Selfish Parents Quotes

1.) “As a parent, you should be more concerned with your child’s happiness than your petty insecurities”

2.) “Being a parent shouldn’t be when it is convenient for you. It is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year commitment.”Being a selfish parent is a sign of not having learned from experience.”

3.) “Parents forgive their children least readily for the faults they themselves instilled in them.”

4.) “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”

5.) “Your mother’s happiness is not your responsibility. It has never been.”

6.) “Anyone can have a child and call themselves “a parent”. A real parent is someone who puts that child above their own selfish needs and wants.”

7.) “Children shouldn’t have to sacrifice so that you can have the life you want. You make sacrifices so your children can have the life that they deserve.”

8.) “Real dads support their children without the law telling them they have to.”

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9.) “If you are too busy to enjoy quality time with your family, then you need to re-evaluate your priorities.”

10.) “As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.”

11.) “If you can’t make sacrifices for your kids, you don’t deserve them. A true parent would give their life and their very last breath!”

12.) “Don’t hurt your children in order to please other people. Those other people did not spend their lives raising your children.”

13.) “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.

14.) “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.”

15.) “They should love you, just as you are. Parents should love their kids, right?” “You’d think so.” ― N.R. Walker, Spencer Cohen, Book Three

16.) “To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.

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17.) “Divorce doesn’t scar children. Selfish parents with insecurities do.”

18.) The hard thing is, you try to help them but still you’re the bad one.”

19.) “But who’s going to take care of you when you’re older? I’m not selfish I’m going to bring someone into this world just so they can take care of me.”

20.) “You must let go of the responsibility for the painful events of your childhood and put it where it belongs.”

21.) “Just remember when you are ignoring them, you are teaching them to live without you.”

22.) “Denying a child the joy and memories of being with the other parent is an act of “pure evil”.

23.) “Parents wonder why the streams are bitter when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.

24.) “Respond to your children with love in their worst moments, their broken moments, their angry moments, and their selfish moments because it is in their most unlovable human moments that they most need to be feel loved.”

25.) “There should be an anti-father day. A bad dad’s day. That way I could truly say “you are the best.”

26.) “Selfish parents lost so much in life because even when they realize they are wrong, they don’t know how to ask for forgiveness or show regrets.”

27.) “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.”             

28.) “It hurts to have a child removed from you for no reason at all. But think about the pain of the child who is being used to hurt you. Now that’s painful.”

29.) Today’s troubled homes are made by parents who want to have children but don’t want their children to have parents.”

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30.) “Forget the dog. Beware of the mom.”

31.) “When you have a child, your “wants” come lost. It’s about their needs & wants first. If you can’t do that, you don’t deserve to be a parent.”

32.) “Too much love never spoils children. Children become spoiled when we substitute “presents” for “presence.”

33.) “No child is born a delinquent. They only became that way if nobody loved them when they were kids.”

34.) “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.”

35.) “Did you have parents or just some people who thought they should own somebody?”

36.) “Narcissist parents don’t care about their children’s feelings at all. Only their feelings matter.”

37.) “Wise parents prepare their children to get along without them.”

38.) “Nothing is weaker or smaller than the man who hurts women or children whether by his actions or by his words.”

39.) If all the people in this world, in which we live, were as selfish as a few of the people in this world, in which we live, there would be no world in which to live.

40.) “Having kids doesn’t make parents. Raising them does.”

41.) “It has been my observation that parents kill more dreams than anybody.”

Selfish Parent Quotes About Toxic Parenting

42.) “The best security blanket a child can have is parents who respect them.”

43.) “Wise parents prepare their children to get along without them.”

44.) “When you have a child, your ‘wants’ come last. It’s about their needs & wants first. If you can’t do that, you don’t deserve to be a parent.”

45.) “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.”

46.) “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.”

47.) “Your children become who you are so be who you want them to be.”

48.) “If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much.”

49.) “Your children become who you are; so be who you want them to be.”

50.) “Dysfunctional parents do not apologize. It is one feature that the children of narcissists would instantly agree on. They will lie and justify themselves, but never accept they did anything wrong.”

51.) “Getting angry when something about their behavior is challenged in the nicest way, is a typical reaction of a narcissistic parent.” ― Diana Macey

52.) “Narcissist parents don’t care about their children’s feelings at all. Only their feelings matter.”

53.) “Put your child’s likes before your selfishness”

Final Thoughts

You probably didn’t get the chance to see who you might have become with your parents’ damaging influence. We’ve shared the above quotes to help you cope with toxic parenting and possibly resolve a complicated relationship with your parents.

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Asad Elahi

Asad Elahi is a personal finance expert and author with over 5 years of experience in the industry. He has written extensively on topics such as saving, investing, and building wealth, focusing on helping individuals achieve financial independence. His work has been featured in major publications such as Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, and he is a regular contributor to financial websites and blogs.