Sometimes it's hard to find the right thing to say to your kids.
But whether it's advice about following your dreams, a stern grandmotherly talking to about moving on or a "birds and the bees" lecture, here are 10 pieces of advice worth sharing from our favorite TV parents:
"As long as you're not hurting anybody, you can do anything you want to do." -- Danny Tanner, "Full House"
"Trust me, throwing yourself at a new guy is the not the way to get over the old one." -- Ashley Marin, "Pretty Little Liars"
"Your job is to be yourself. And my job is to love you no matter what." -- Burt Hummel, "Glee"
"You're a woman with a brain and reasonable ability. Stop whining and find something to do." -- Violet Crawley, "Downton Abbey"
"Tonight if you get the urge to dance, I want you to walk up to a girl, and I want you to look her in the eye, and I want you to say, 'Hi, I'm Max Braverman, your president. Would you like to dance with me?' ... and in the highly unlikely situation that she says no, you say, 'Thank you very much. Maybe next time.'" -- Kristina Braverman, "Parenthood"
"I think what you really need to do today is wallow ... Oh yeah, get back in your pajamas, go to bed, eat nothing but gallons of ice cream and tons of pizza, don’t take a shower or shave your legs or put on any kind of make up at all and just sit in the dark and watch a really sad movie and have a good long cry and just wallow. You need to wallow." -- Lorelai Gilmore, "Gilmore Girls"
"My job as a father isn't to give you the whole picture. Because the truth is, I can't see it myself. My job is to try and help and every now and then, fit a piece of the puzzle ... your future, your expectations -- they belong to you. Don't let anybody stand in the way. Not even me." -- Mitch Leery, "Dawson's Creek"
"Sometimes the things you are most afraid of are the things that make you the happiest." -- Nora Walker, "Brothers & Sisters"
"Well, you have a curfew, and we have to know where you're going and with whom, and you can't do any drinking, and you can't get in a car with a boy who's done any drinking, and your father and I have to meet him first, whoever he is." -- Patty Chase, "My So-Called Life"
"You're thinking about [having sex]. Are you thinking about pregnancy, are you thinking about sexually transmitted diseases?" -- Tami Taylor, "Friday Night Lights"
BONUS PARENT: "If you let people's perception of you dictate your behavior, you'll never grow as a person." -- Mr. Feeny, "Boy Meets World"