37 Quotes About Disrespectful Daughters And How To Respond To Them

How did it come to this? 

You’re doing actual research (albeit informal) on daughters who disrespect their mothers, wondering if there’s something you can do to change your relationship for the better. 

Before you blame yourself for everything going on in your daughter’s world or for the apparent change in her attitude toward you, we invite you to look through the collection of rude daughter quotes further down. 

How to Use These Disrespectful Daughters Quotes 

If you’re vacillating between “My daughter is disrespectful, and I’m tired of it!” and “I’m a terrible mother! What have I done to my child to make her hate me so much?” you’re not alone. And just knowing that can make it easier to deal with this situation. 

If you find some new favorite quotes in the collection below, here are some ideas on how to make the most of them: 

  • Use an affirmation app (like I am) that lets you add your own messages;
  • Create a relationship vision board with quotes that renew your hope; 
  • Write about your favorite quotes, using them as journaling prompts

37 Disrespectful Daughter Quotes 

Whatever your situation, if both of you still, on some level, want to have a good relationship with each other, there’s reason to hope for better times ahead.

Keep that in mind as you look through the quotes listed below. Make a note of any that stand out. 

  1. “A disrespectful daughter is often the sign that parents aren’t willing to enforce boundaries and consequences.” — Unknown

2. “Ignoring a child’s disrespect is the surest guarantee that it will continue.” — Fred G. Gosman

3. “A daughter who treats her mother poorly may never understand the sting of her disrespect until her own child treats her the same way.” — Barrie Davenport

4. “You can choose to disrespect me but I will not give you permission to hurt my spirit.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

5. “Is it possible to understand everything your mother did for you and sacrificed for you? If you did, you’d treat her like a queen — not a servant.” — Unknown

6. “When you disrespect your parents, you will no longer truly respect anyone in your life, including you.” — Aarya

7. “Your mom will put up with a lot because she loves you. But a mom who respects herself will not allow you to disrespect her. Don’t push her away with your thoughtlessness.” — Unknown

8. “Never disrespect your parents because they are the ones who guide every step of your life.” — Prachi

9. “Do you blame your mother for everything that goes wrong in your life? The process of growing up begins with accepting personal responsibility.” — Barrie Davenport

10. “With all the joy you brought me as a child, I never dreamed you could cause so many tears.” — Unknown

11. “Never talk rudely with your parents, it’s your words that hurt them more than any other thing.” — Manthan Shah

12. “Daughter, I will always love you, but I will never let you treat me with entitlement and disrespect. I love you too much to accept unacceptable behavior.” — Barrie Davenport

13. “The mother-daughter relationship is often fraught with conflict. But that doesn’t excuse treating your mom like a doormat. She deserves your respect and kindness more than anyone.” — Unknown

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14. “There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction. The moment you are old enough to take the wheel, the responsibility lies with you.” — J. K. Rowling

15. “This is the pain-pleasure of having newly adult children; they’re innocent and ruthless in forgetting their sweet old dependence.” — Ian McEwan

16. “Daughters learn pretty early how to guilt-trip and manipulate their mothers. Eventually, mothers figure it out and allow the little girl to assume her rightful place as a grown woman.” — Barrie Davenport

17. “Another person’s thoughts about you are outside of your jurisdiction; you have no authority.” Bryant McGill

18. “As a mother, you don’t have to join in every argument or pity party your daughter invites you to.” — Unknown

19. “Children are becoming disobedient. Why? Because of the lack of rules, boundaries, and limitations.” — Cesar Millan

20. “Adult daughters aren’t too old to relearn the values you instilled in them when they were young. Insist on mutual respect and boundaries, even if it means you don’t speak for a while. If you don’t accept poor treatment, she’ll eventually stop offering it.”  — Barrie Davenport

21. “I have often noticed that spoiled, petted children usually have very little love for their parents, or indeed for anyone but themselves.” — Martha Finley

22. “When a mother quarrels with a daughter, she has a double dose of unhappiness — hers from the conflict and empathy with her daughter's from the conflict with her. Throughout her life, a mother retains this special need to maintain a good relationship with her daughter.” — Terri Apter

23. “Nothing stings so much as being dismissed and taken for granted by the daughter you dreamed one day would be your best friend.” — Unknown

24. “You give them a taste of their own medicine, then they tell everyone you poisoned them.” — Unknown

25. “Learn to move on without the apology you never got but deserved.” — Mantra Magazine

26. “If you say no to someone, and they get upset, it doesn't mean you should have said yes.” — Good Humans Only

27. “There isn't a single person on this planet who is entitled to treat you like shit. Remember that.” — Amazing Me Movement

28. “People at war with themselves will always cause collateral damage in the lives of those around them.” — John Mark Green

29. “A daughter can bring you the most profound joy and the most exquisite pain.” — Unknown

30. “If you're offended by my boundaries, then you're probably one of the reasons I need them.” — Steve Maraboli

31. “Your mental health is more important than the person trying to steal your peace.” — Lauren Fortenberry

32. “Make sure you don't start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don't value you. Know your worth even if they don't.” — Thema Davis

33. “When our daughters are little, we expect they will grow up and appreciate all of the sacrifices we made for them. When that doesn't happen, our first instinct is to question ourselves and our parenting. But don't. They won't understand until they are parents themselves. Be patient.” — Unknown

34. “Let them be wrong about you. There's nothing to prove.” — Tiny Buddha

35. “Not everything requires a response. Most things don't.” — Courtney Carver

36. “If your daughter is unkind and thoughtless, continue to teach her by showing kindness and thoughtfulness to others.” — Unknown

37. “I pray you heal from things no one ever apologized for.” — Nakeia Homer

Now that you’ve looked through all 37 quotes about disrespectful daughters, which ones felt most familiar and relatable to you? Which would make great journaling prompts? 

You know you haven’t been the perfect mother, but you’ve done your best with what you knew. You know your daughter has done the same. And you know things can get better. 

What are you willing to do today to show your daughter and yourself some love?