Happy Birthday, Bill Cosby! Our Favorite Cosby Quotes on Parenting

July 12, 2013  |  

Bill Cosby turns 76 today. Whether you loved him most as dad Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” or as Wardell Franklin in “Uptown Saturday Night”, there’s no doubt Cosby’s made a big impact on entertainment. The outspoken comedian, author and father of five has talked about everything over his long career, but what he’s always talked about is the joys (or not) or parenthood. In honor of his birthday, here are our favorite quotes about the good, the bad and the ugly of parenting.

Bill’s approach to discipline…:
“Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.”

..and plan B for when they just don’t get it:
“My father established our relationship when I was seven years old. He looked at me and said, “You know, I brought you in this world, and I can take you out. And it don’t make no difference to me, I’ll make another one look just like you.”

On explaining the birds and the bees:
“Sex education may be a good idea in the schools, but I don’t believe the kids should be given homework.”

On unsolicited advice:
“You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who’ve never had any.”

On unconditional love:
“Even though your kids will consistently do the exact opposite of what you’re telling them to do, you have to keep loving them just as much.”

How to grin and bear it:
Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.

When your kids make you really, truly crazy:
“No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I’m not talking about the kids.”

On children as your legacy:
“Poets have said that the reason to have children is to give yourself immortality. Immortality? Now that I have five children, my only hope is that they are all out of the house before I die.”

What every parent knows:
“Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.”

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