“Quotes for working parents…

– from famous fathers, smart women, inspirational leaders, and my kids

I come across so many inspiring quotes and wonder: how could this be applied to my life as a parent?
Here you get the quote, plus a story and a prompt to make it meaningful in everyday life.
Quote: "Presence is not an activity, it's an availability" – James Low
“Presence is not an activity, it’s an availability.” 1920 1080 Looking out Loud

“Presence is not an activity, it’s an availability.”

Being present isn’t something you 𝘥𝘰, it’s something you relax into. Open to the world that’s right here now, just how it is.

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quote "Beliefs are hypotheses to be tested, not treasures to be protected."
“Beliefs are hypotheses to be tested, not treasures to be protected.” 1024 683 Looking out Loud

“Beliefs are hypotheses to be tested, not treasures to be protected.”

Situations change. People change. Here’s why actively open-minded parents are better at predicting the future.

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Kurt Vonnegut quote on gratitude - family sunset in Delta d'Ebre
“I urge you to notice when you’re happy, and think, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’” 1024 768 Looking out Loud

“I urge you to notice when you’re happy, and think, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’”

A sunset, a cold beer, a moment with your kids. Here’s Kurt Vonnegut’s two-step process for expressing gratitude.

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Umberto Eco quote for dads and fathers
“What we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us.” 1200 675 Looking out Loud

“What we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us.”

Your kids are learning from you. Especially when you’re not trying to teach them.

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“It’s not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.” 1920 1080 Looking out Loud

“It’s not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.”

How do you make sure your life is full of time well spent? Here are some reminders.

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Trans-Siberian express train through Russia
“History is a map of the past, from a particular point of view, to be useful to the modern traveller.” 1024 680 Looking out Loud

“History is a map of the past, from a particular point of view, to be useful to the modern traveller.”

You can’t change your past, but you can choose to connect the dots in different ways.

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"You are what you do, not what you say you'll do." – Carl Jung​​​​​​​​
“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”​​​​​​​​ 1920 1080 Looking out Loud

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”​​​​​​​​

How do you spend your time? That’s who you are.

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Quote - Every action is a vote for the person you become
“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become” 1920 1080 Looking out Loud

“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become”

Nothing stays the same. Do your actions casts votes for who you want to become?

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“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled” 1920 1080 Looking out Loud

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled”

To teach our kids, we must know how they learn.

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“Don’t be such a dad” – How do I do that? 1024 768 Looking out Loud

“Don’t be such a dad” – How do I do that?

I don’t know how not to be a dad. And I’m still learning how to be one, too.

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“Don’t spend too much time regretting…” 1024 768 Looking out Loud

“Don’t spend too much time regretting…”

Said my wife. “Focus on the time you have in front of you. Do your best and enjoy.”

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Boy in field of dandelions - seeing wishes not weeds
“There’s a lot of wishes in this yard.” 1024 683 Looking out Loud

“There’s a lot of wishes in this yard.”

Your perspective becomes your life. Do you see weeds or wishes?

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Cherry blossom trees Indiana spring
“Don’t take pictures. Stand here and see it” 2560 1920 Looking out Loud

“Don’t take pictures. Stand here and see it”

How often do you take time to stop and really see what’s right in front of you?

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“My brother’s like the windshield wiper on the left” 800 450 Looking out Loud

“My brother’s like the windshield wiper on the left”

He hops on me, I push him away. Just like siblings do.

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“Mistakes welcome here: just pick them up” 1024 768 Looking out Loud

“Mistakes welcome here: just pick them up”

How to teach your kids a growth mindset, one spill at a time.

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When Disneyland is “a little worse than my last vaccine” 892 668 Looking out Loud

When Disneyland is “a little worse than my last vaccine”

An unexpected roller coaster connects two unpleasant experiences. And unlocks the magic of a child’s mind.

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"A father doesn’t tell you that he loves you. He shows you."
“A father doesn’t tell you that he loves you. He shows you.” 1920 1080 Looking out Loud

“A father doesn’t tell you that he loves you. He shows you.”

This is half correct. Plus 10 ways to show your love.

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“Each of us constructs and lives a narrative, and this narrative is us”
The story of you: “Each of us constructs and lives a narrative” 1920 1080 Looking out Loud

The story of you: “Each of us constructs and lives a narrative”

Are you telling stories of who you want to be?

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