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Not all parents are created equal. Some are overbearing, some are neglectful, and some are just downright selfish. But what happens when parents are too selfish to care for their own children?

Growing up with selfish parents can be the reason behind many things that are wrong in your life. Here are 42 quotes from other people who might understand what you’re going through. Always remember, you’re not alone!

42 Quotes about selfish parents

  1. “Being a selfish parent is a sign of not having learned from experience.”
  2. “Selfish parents are more concerned with getting what they want, when they want it, rather than what’s best for their children.”
  3. “If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.”
  4. “It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.”
  5. “There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one.”
  6. “There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children - One is roots, the other is wings.”
  7. “A child needs a mother who is always there for them; someone who will never leave them no matter what.” – Michael Jordan
  8. “Selfish parents deprive their children of experiences that could help shape them into more well-rounded, considerate individuals.”
  9. “Children need love, especially when they don’t deserve it.”
  10. “A good parent is a person who supports and encourages the child while allowing him to be independent. A selfish parent only cares about himself and lacks the empathy necessary to support and encourage their children truly.”
  11. “Selfishness is the most destructive force in the universe. It is the source of all problems.”
  12. “One of the most important things we can give our children is time. Time to play, dream, and just be themselves.”
  13. “A parent’s job is not to teach their children what to think, but rather how to think.”
  14. “The most important thing a parent can do for his children is love them.”
  15. “It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into what we do that matters.”
  16. “The greatest gift a parent can give their children is the strength and courage to follow their dreams.”
  17. “At the end of the day, it isn’t about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”
  18. “A good parent is someone who realizes that they aren’t perfect and doesn’t expect their children to be. A good parent encourages their child to be themselves and supports them every step of the way.”
  19. “A parent’s love is whole no matter how many times it’s divided.”
  20. “There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one.”
  21. “A true parent is someone who supports and encourages their child to be the best they can be and remains there for them, even when they fall.”
  22. “It takes a real parent to put aside their own selfish desires and focus on what’s best for their child.”
  23. “Nothing is more important to a child than feeling loved and supported by the people who are supposed to care for them the most.”
  24. “A parent is someone who will always be there for you, no matter what happens.”
  25. “Parents wonder why the streams are bitter when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.”
  26. “A child needs a parent, not a superior.” - Erik Erikson
  27. “Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live. It is asking others to live as one wishes to live.”
  28. “Children shouldn’t have to sacrifice their dreams in order to make a parent happy.”
  29. “Selfishness can leave lasting scars on the minds and hearts of children, who will bear the burden for years afterward.”
  30. “Anyone can call themself a parent, but it takes a real person to raise good children.”
  31. “Even the best parent makes mistakes. It’s how they handle those mistakes that matter most.”
  32. “All parents make mistakes, but the best ones learn from them.”
  33. “You can’t be a good parent if you’re not a good person.”
  34. “Someday, they’ll realize the damage they’ve caused.”
  35. “Parents should be there for their children, not the other way around.”
  36. “Children are not possessions that you can control. They need to be respected and supported - not used as a means of gaining more power or money.”
  37. “When it comes down to it, selfish parents only think about themselves. They’re more concerned with what they want or need than with what’s best for their children.”
  38. “It’s not about being perfect. It’s about being there.”
  39. “Selfishness is the most destructive force in family life.”
  40. “People who think only of themselves always end up alone.” - Margaret Atwood
  41. “The only thing worse than a self-centered parent is a child who becomes one to get attention.”
  42. “Being a parent isn’t about having all the answers - it’s about being willing to find them and do what’s best for your child, no matter what.”

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