87 Selfish Parents Quotes, Sayings, Captions and Images

Selfish parents who prioritize their own demands above those of their children can generate a toxic home environment.

Such emotionally disconnected and inaccessible parents have a negative influence on their children’s mental health.

Some parents force their unmet desires and goals on their children, while others ignore them due to work or other responsibilities.

This kind of parental neglect produces an unfavorable home environment, which may have long-term consequences for a child’s well-being.


We’ve prepared a list of insightful quotes about selfish parents to assist you navigate these challenging circumstances and better comprehend their ramifications.

These quotes provide a painful look at the repercussions of parental selfishness.

Top 10 Selfish Parents Quotes


Put your child’s likes before your selfishness. ~ Unknown.


Being a parent does not give you an excuse for bad manners. ~ Rosalind Wiseman.


Anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad. ~ Unknown.


Kids are fat because of lack of parenting. ~ Ben Shapiro.


Don’t make your selfishness ruin your child’s life. ~ Unknown.


A greedy father has thieves for children. ~ Serbian Proverb.


A person can’t pick up their children and just squeeze them to which-a-way they want them to be. ~ Carson McCullers.


My parents loved us, but I wasn’t always sure they liked us. ~ Tahereh Maf.


An unpredictable parent is a fearsome god in the eyes of a child. ~ Susan Forward.


Here’s a shock: An adult who still hangs out in skate parks is a bad parent. ~ Daniel Tosh.

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Deep Selfish Parents Quotes

My dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn’t teach me everything he knows. ~ Al Unser.

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. ~ Jonathan Anthony Burkett.


Never substitute ‘presence’ with ‘presents’. Presents can spoil your child, but your presence will make them a true human being. ~ Unknown.

If you teach hatred to your children, one day your child will have that hatred reflected back onto them and onto YOU. ~ Suzy Kassem.

My dad had limitations. That’s what my good-hearted mom always told us. He had limitations, but he meant no harm. It was kind of her to say, but he did do harm. ~ Gillian Flynn.


When a child does bad things, the parents are always going to love their child even if they do something bad. ~ Selena.

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. ~ Unknown.

In the narcissistic parent’s eyes, they do no wrong nor do they feel they should be held accountable for the bad and wrong things that they have done. ~ Katherine Childress.


Do your kids see your kindness, or are you always telling them NO? ~ Brenda M. McGraw.

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. ~ Dr Marita Sirota.

The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder. ~ Jim Morrison.

Astonishing Selfish Parents Quotes

I built up so much hatred for my parents, like so much anger for the life they had given me. ~ Tana Mongeau.


There are no illegitimate children – only illegitimate parents. ~ Leon R. Yankwich.

Parents. Honestly. Sometimes they really do think the world revolves around them. ~ Randa Abdel-Fattah.

There’s really no point in having children if you’re not going to be home enough to father them. ~ Anthony Edwards.

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. ~ Unknown.

Straightforward Selfish Parents Quotes

Anyone could father a child. But a good parent puts his child’s needs before his own. A parent should be selfless, not selfish. ~ Penelope Ward.


In troubled families, abuse and neglect are permitted. It’s talking about them that is forbidden. ~ Marcia Sirota.

If parents wish to preserve childhood for their own children, they must conceive of parenting as an act of rebellion against culture. ~ Neil Postman.

Narcissist parents want total control. Take back your control. If possible, don’t accept any money, favor, items or anything from them. ~ Tina Fuller.


No one, however powerful and successful, can function as an adult if his parents are not satisfied with him. ~ Frank Pittman.

Parents wonder why the streams are bitter when they themselves have poisoned the fountain. ~ John Locke.


Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them. ~ Bill Ayers.

What’s so sad is when we’re younger, if you have a bad parent, that is normal to you, and that’s what you think of as healthy. ~ Jennifer Lawrence.

Powerful Selfish Parents Quotes

To all you parents out there, don’t make your little girls, or little boys, so thirsty for love that they will want to drink water that will poison them. ~ Lisa Bedrick.


Wounded parents often unintentionally inflict pain and suffering on their children … ~ David W. Earle.

Narcissist parents do not know their children; they aren’t interested in what they have to say unless it affects them. ~ Tina Fuller.

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. ~ Shannon Thomas.


Many children of toxic parents find it exceptionally difficult to identify who they are once they grow up. ~ JR Thorpe.

You must let go of the responsibility for the painful events of your childhood and put it where it belongs. ~ Susan Forward.

Your children vividly remember every unkind thing you ever did to them, plus a few you really didn’t. ~ Mignon McLaughlin.


It has been my observation that parents kill more dreams than anybody. ~ Spike Lee.

Poignant Selfish Parents Quotes

Toxic parenting leaves scars. Every child deserves good parenting. It is a parental responsibility, not a privilege. ~ TCMD.

It is human to be angry, but childish to be controlled by anger. ~ Mokokoma Mokhonoana.

A narcissist parent is easily frustrated by a healthy independent child that they can’t control through parental emotional manipulation. ~ Shannon Thomas.


People tend to raise the child inside of them rather than the child in front of them. ~ Joe Newman.

As a parent, you should be more concerned with your child’s happiness than your petty insecurities and jealousies. ~ Unknown.

When you have children, there is no room for lies, no room for anything but the truth. Anything other than that is a bad example, I believe. ~ Johnny Depp.


No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education. ~ Plato.

Being a selfish parent is the biggest crime you can do to your child. ~ Unknown.

Potent Selfish Parents Captions

If we, as mothers, are not careful, we can begin to find our identity in our children and their behavior. ~ Sue Detweiler.


Becoming a father is easy enough, but being one can be very rough. ~ Wilhelm Busch.

Remember, you are not managing an inconvenience; You are raising a human being. ~ Kittie Frantz.

Leave your pride, ego, and narcissism somewhere else. Reactions from those parts of you will reinforce your children’s most primitive fears. ~ Henry Cloud.

The hateful and stinging words of a narcissistic parent can linger in the mind of an adult child long after the adult has left home. ~ Shannon Thomas.


I’m worried about parents who aren’t parenting. ~ Barbara Bush.

Did you have parents or just some people who thought they should own somebody? ~ Catherine Lacey.


Being a parent is easy but being a good parent is tough as it requires a lot of dedication and goodwill. ~ Unknown.

Famous Selfish Parents Quotes

They should love you, just as you are. Parents should love their kids, right? You’d think so. ~ N.R. Walker.


Fear-based parenting is the surest way to create intimidated children. ~ Tim Kimmel.

Parents forgive their children least readily for the faults they themselves instilled in them. ~ Unknown.

If mental abuse was a punishable crime, a lot of parents would be in jail serving a long term. ~ Maddy Malhotra.


It’s not the children who sacrifice for your betterment; it’s you to sacrifice for their betterment. ~ Unknown.

Most children would rather preserve the fantasy of a loving connection with their fathers and mothers, at all costs, even if it costs them their self-esteem. ~ Keith Ablow.


No child is born a delinquent. They only became that way if nobody loved them when they were kids. ~ Jeannette Walls.

In the minds of my parents, they are the victims; I am the abuser. ~ Christina Enevoldsen.

Today’s troubled homes are made by parents who want to have children but don’t want their children to have parents. ~ Agona Apell.


They are not sorry for harming you. So, don’t feel guilty for cutting them off. ~ John Mark Green.

The family drama may look and sound different from generation to generation, but all toxic patterns are remarkably similar in their outcome: pain and suffering. ~ Dr. Susan Forward.

A narcissistic parent will provoke an independent child to anger in order to feel superior and prove the child’s flaws. ~ Shannon Thomas.


A good parent never uses their child for their happiness. ~ Unknown.

Narcissist parents don’t care about their children’s feelings at all. Only their feelings matter. ~ Kim Saeed.

I never had a speech from my father ‘this is what you must do or shouldn’t do’ but I just learned to be led by example. My father wasn’t perfect. ~ Adam Sandler.


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. ~ Tucker Max.

When you’re three or seven years old, it’s less frightening to think of yourself as an unlovable, disappointing screwup than to recognize the fact that you’re living with a monster. ~ Keith Ablow.

Best Selfish Parents Quotes

Don’t you just love children? If they’re not disappointing you, they’re dead. ~ Shawn Wickersheim.


We raise predators by treating children as prey. ~ Stefan Molyneux.

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. ~ Aaron B. Powell.

If we never have headaches through rebuking our children, we shall have plenty of heartaches when they grow up. ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon.


Don’t try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it. ~ Russell Baker.

Good parenting give headaches, but bad parenting gives heartaches. ~ Shiv Khera.

So these were the 87 top quotes about Selfish Parents.

If you like these quotes and sayings, then you can also read my other posts on Overcoming Rejection quotes and Know your Worth quotes.


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