55 Best Quotes for Moms of Teen Sons

Our boys... if we can just hang on for the bumpy ride, someday, they'll change the world

by Nancy Reynolds

This Post: 55 Best Quotes for Moms of Teen Sons

Our boys…

Nothing is more precious or wonderful than the bond we share with our sons. Sure, they drive us a bit crazy at times. Sure, they escape to their bedrooms, choose friends over family and give us one-word answers to nearly every question we ask, but having a front-row seat on their journey to becoming a man is a cherished spot in their lives we’d never want to miss.

They are our pride and joy, our loves, and our greatest blessing. And, one day, when we least expect it, they’ll become far more than simply our sons… they’ll become our cherished friends. 

We hope our all-time favorite quotes about raising teen boys will inspire you, make you laugh, remind you that you’re not alone and perhaps give you a little hope if you’re struggling through this parenting chapter. Wrap your arms around your precious teen boy, mama… these days won’t last forever. Here are 55 best quotes for moms of teen sons.

55 Best Quotes for Moms of Teen Sons


#1  “To be a mother of a son is one of the most important things you can do to change the world. Raise them to respect people, raise them to stand up for others, raise them to be kind.” ~Shannon L. Alder


#2 “Watch out for these boys, someday they will change the world.” ~@proud.happy.mama

#3  “Messy rooms will pass. Poor grades will pass. Your relationship with your child won’t pass. Remember to keep it as your highest priority.” ~@renewhopeparent

#4 “Our sons can be strong and sensitive… Society puts an awful lot of pressure on our boys to be continuously strong. But showing sensitivity will hold far more power in life than continually being stoic or tough. Let’s teach our boys to be a great boyfriend, wonderful husband or partner and compassionate friend and co-worker by giving him the freedom to be strong and stay connected to his feelings. Instill the belief, that he can be a successful go-getter and still be sensitive to the needs of others, he can be sweet (maybe even a little sappy) and strong, and tender and tough.” ~Raising Teens Today


#5  “Parenting teens is hard. The hardest thing, though, is figuring out how to step back and trust the people you’ve raised, even when their path is off the trail you thought you were blazing for them. Sometimes, the biggest challenge a teen can overcome is you.” ~@backpackingdad

#6 “My son’s idea of “I’m not really that hungry, means he’s just gonna eat two hamburgers, 12 chicken nuggets, a bag of potato chips, 18 Oreo cookies, and an apple instead of the usual…”  ~Raising Teens Today

#7 “Let’s teach our sons that cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry are basic life skills, not gender roles.” ~Unknown


#8 “Sometimes when I need a miracle, I look into my son’s eyes and realize I’ve already created one.” ~Unknown

#9  “As much as I love my big kid, my heart will always miss their little hand in mine.” ~@one.grateful.girl

#10  “When he was little, I used to worry that he’d fall off the monkey bars and break his arm or that he’d skin his knee playing ball with his friends. Now I worry that he’ll make a life-altering decision in the face of peer pressure or take his eyes off the road when he’s driving. It’s a whole new level of worry you don’t fully understand…until you’re there.” ~Raising Teens Today


#11 “My son got in trouble for childish behavior at school and the next day promoted at work for being so mature and responsible…in case you’re wondering what it’s like to parent a teenage boy.” ~Jacqueline Miller

#12 “I’m raising my son to be the type of young man you’d be proud to have your daughter (or son) date. I’m raising a gentleman.” ~Raising Teens Today

#13 “To my son, never forget that I love you. Life is filled with hard times and good times. Learn from everything you can. Be the man I know you can be.” ~Unknown


#14 “One day they fit between your hand and elbow, and the next they hold you up and keep you strong.” ~Shelbyspear.com

#15 “My teen spent the car ride to school explaining in great detail how he’s an adult now and wants everyone to recognize his independence. He also texted me at lunch to complain how the crusts weren’t removed from his sandwich.” ~@maryfairyboberry

#16 “Sometimes it hits me how fast my son is growing up… His big feet and hands, his deep voice, the way he runs his hands through his hair when he’s stressed and his witty and mature sense of humor – all signs he’s not little anymore. Still, even though I have to stand on my tippy toes when I hug him, and even though he wears size 11 shoes and has stubbles on his chin, he’ll always be my little boy.” ~Raising Teens Today


#17  “I love how when I tell my son something (pretty much anything) he says, “OKAAY…I KNOOWW!!” I’m raising a freaking genius” ~Raising Teens Today

#18  “It’s almost time for my teen to switch from his summer hoodie to his fall hoodie.” ~Raising Teens Today

#19  “Because he is your son… One day you’re brushing the hair out of your little boy’s eyes, Or wiping the jelly off his sticky fingers, He looks up at you and gives you a smile that lights him up from the inside out. And, you think to yourself… It doesn’t get any better than this. But it does… Because he grows up and becomes a good man and a good friend… and his smile still lights up your world.” ~Unknown


#20  “I have a son who is my heart. A wonderful young man, daring and loving and strong and kind.” ~Maya Angelou

#21 “Boys; Less drama than girls, but harder to keep alive.” ~Unknown

#22 “Our boys need us… When our boys become teenagers and begin to shut us out, we often accept it as normal teen behavior – a byproduct of puberty – and we abide by their new rules of engagement. But, we shouldn’t. Just because they become quieter and need more space doesn’t mean they don’t want to talk to us. It means we have to try a little harder and be more selective when and how we talk to them. No matter how old they are, they still need us.” ~Raising Teens Today


#23  “You think you have enough groceries and then you watch your teenage son pour an entire box of cereal into a mixing bowl and eat it.” ~@mom_needsalife

#24 “Please pray for my son who had to empty the dishwasher when “he just did this yesterday and he’s tired.” ~@opinionated75

#25  “I spent the better part of my son’s life teaching him how to be independent – how to tie his shoes, how to dress himself, how to drive, do his own laundry and juggle life’s responsibilities. And, even though I’m so very proud of him and how capable he’s become, now that we’re here, deep down inside I wish he needed me just a little more…” ~Raising Teens Today


#26 “Real teenage boys aren’t like characters in the books you read. They smell funny and are obsessed with video games and say dumb things. They’re still learning, just like you.” ~Stacey Jay

#27 “If I had known that getting my teen into the habit of wearing deodorant would take years, I would have started when they were seven.” ~Raising Teens Today

#28  “When my son comes to me at 10 o’clock at night, plops himself next to me, and wants to talk or hang out a bit, I drop everything and do it. Even if I’m exhausted and need toothpicks to keep my eyes open, I do it. Because I love that this time, it’s on his terms, that he wants to be with me and these are precious moments I never want to miss.” ~Raising Teens Today


 #29 “So often, children are punished for being human. They are not allowed to have grumpy moods, bad days, disrespectful tones, or bad attitudes. Yet, we adults have them all the time. None of us are perfect. We must stop holding our children to a higher standard of perfection than we can attain ourselves.” ~Rebecca Eanes

#30  “One of the greatest gifts we can give our teenagers is the gift of remembering what it felt like to be them. To say to them: We know. We get it. We’ve been there.” ~Raising Teens Today

#31 “Just because our kids are teenagers and they might be 6 feet tall and wear size 11 shoes, doesn’t mean they still don’t look for us in the bleachers, stands, or auditorium like they did when they were little. They still need to know we’re there cheering them on.”  ~Raising Teens Today


#32 “A son’s superpower is his ability to melt your heart with a hug. Because there’s nothing better than a boy hug.” ~Thoughts From Aisle 4

#33  “My teen will make himself a snack while he’s waiting for his other snack to heat up in the microwave. He calls it a snack-etizer. And now I have a new favorite word.” ~Raising Teens Today

#34  “And she loved a little boy very, very much, even more than she loved herself.” ~Shel Silverstein

#35 “Mom of Teens PRO TIP: When your son starts dating, buy a few inexpensive hoodies to have on hand so when he gets a girlfriend, he can give one of his cheap hoodies to her. That way, if/when they break up and his “ex” girlfriend keeps it, (which she probably will), he won’t be out of an $85 name-brand hoodie.” ~Raising Teens Today

#36 “Things I’ve Learned Parenting a Teen Boy…

They’re far more sensitive than they’d ever admit.

They won’t outwardly ask for it, but they need your hugs, backrubs, and high fives.

Your best conversations always seem to happen in the car or late at night.

They need to know you trust and respect them.

They need room to make mistakes.

Food will always put a smile on their face.

Space and privacy are important to them.

They care deeply and want to please you.

Your steadfast love makes them feel stronger and more empowered.” ~Raising Teens Today


#37  “There has never been, nor will there ever be, anything quite so special as the love between the mother and a son.”  ~Unknown

#38  “So there’s this boy. He kind of stole my heart. He calls me ‘Mom.’” ~Unknown

#39  “No matter how old my son gets, I’m always going to try to sneak in hugs whenever I can or give him high fives, fist bumps or backrubs because even though he acts all cool, I know that deep down inside he wants to feel close to me just as much as I want to feel close to him.” ~Raising Teens Today


#40  “I adore your smile, I cherish your hugs, I admire your heart, but most of all…I love that you’re my son.” ~Unknown

#41  “I have a son, who is my heart. A wonderful young man, daring and loving and strong and kind.” ~Maya Angelou

#42  “Sometimes, I glance over at my son’s lanky arms and legs, his big hands and feet, and his broad shoulders and stubbly chin. Sometimes, I really take in the sound of his changing voice – so much more manly with each passing day. And, it takes my breath away. It’s all happening way too fast. I can’t help but think to myself how grateful and blessed I am to journey alongside my little boy growing into an amazing young man. Little does he know… being his mom is my greatest honor.” ~Raising Teens Today


#43  “You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s only just in your own eyes.” ~Walter M. Shirra, Sr.

#44  “Son, you will outgrow my lap, but never my heart.” ~Unknown

#45  “When he rambles on about a new video game he loves, when he plops on your bed ready to talk at 10:00 p.m. when you’re exhausted, when he asks you to drive him and all his friends somewhere, when he stands next to you and leans in – his way of asking for a hug – remember, you’re going to miss every bit of this like crazy.” ~Raising Teens Today~


#46  “One day you’ll wake up and you won’t have anyone to take to practice. Enjoy the time you have.” ~@madewithfontcandy

#47  “My son might tower over me and I might have to step on my tippy toes to kiss him on the cheek, but little does he know that no matter how tall or manly he becomes, in my heart, he’ll always be my little boy.” ~Raising Teens Today


#48  “You are loved for the boy you are, the man you will become, and the precious son you will always be.” Unknown

#49  “A mother’s love for her son doesn’t make him dependent and timid, it makes him stronger and more independent.” ~Cheryl Fuller


#50  “No matter how tall he grows, how big his feet get or how deep his voice becomes, I’ll always look at my son and see the little boy whose tiny fingers once wrapped around mine, whose tender kisses made my heart melt and whose giggles filled my life with joy. He’ll always be forever mine to cherish and love. He is my son.” ~Raising Teens Today


#51 “Boy Mom: Messy, Exhausted, Blessed.” ~Simply Well Balanced

#52 “The beauty of it all is that one day you wake up and realize your son isn’t just your son, he’s your cherished friend.” ~Raising Teens Today

#53 “Just show up… Show up for their games, their recitals, their tournaments and their performances. Show up on their good days, their bad days and every day in between. Show up when they need you and even when they don’t. Show up when it’s easy. Show up when it’s hard. Show up so they can see you. Show up so they can count on you. Show up so they know, that no matter what, you’ll always be by their side cheering them on.” ~Raising Teens Today


#54 “He might be driving me crazy right now, but one day this boy of mine will change the world.” ~Raising Teens Today

#55  “Time I’ll Never Regret… Now that my kids are older, I’ve learned that everything pales in comparison to our time together. Once it’s gone I can never get it back. Grabbing a few minutes before they head off to school, watching a silly video together, taking a road trip, or hanging out in their bedroom late at night – whether it’s five hours or five minutes = I’ll take every moment I can get because time spent with my kids is time I’ll never regret.”  ~Raising Teens Today


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