We all know being a mom is a blessing, but gosh the days can be tough sometimes and it can be a struggle to get through it without something to brighten it up, especially if you’re managing children on your own.
We can’t always rely on our own moms, fathers, husbands, siblings, friends or other family members to cheer us on when the going gets tough but a little pick me up or a pat on the back can turn that frown upside down on a hard day.
We just want you to know that you’re doing an amazing job and your kids are so grateful for everything you do for them, just like you are with your own mom, so remember that.
Tomorrow will be a better day (hopefully) and you’ll notice that the dark clouds have cleared and blue skies have returned and things will seem a lot easier.
If you’re looking after the kids on your own, or you’re a single mom who’s struggling to balance everything, then continue reading through these 51 inspirational (and some funny) quotes to help pick you up when you’re down.
At the end, you’ll find some tips and tricks for when you’re having a bad day as a mom and some ideas of what you can do to pick up your mood to help you make it through until bedtime.
- “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” – Victor Hugo
- “Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs since the payment is pure love.” – Mildred B. Vermont
- “Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.” – Lisa Alther
- “When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” – Erma Bombeck
- “Mothers never retire, no matter how old her children are she is always a Mom, always willing to encourage and help her children in any ways she can.” – Catherine Pulsifer
- “And remember that behind every successful woman is a basket of dirty laundry.” – Author Unknown
- “I always say if you aren’t yelling at your kids, you’re not spending enough time with them.” – Reese Witherspoon
- “It’s not easy being a mother. If it were, fathers would do it.” —The Golden Girls
- “There is no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one.” – Jill Churchill
- “Successful mothers are not the ones that never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.” – Sharon Jaynes
- “Mothers hold their children’s hands for a while, but their hearts forever.” – Author Unknown
- “Behind every great child is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it all up.” -Unknown
- “Having children just puts the whole world into perspective. Everything else just disappears.” – Kate Winslet
- “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” – Maya Angelou
- “I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is.” – Oprah
- “When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth.” – Mitch Albom
- “A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.” – Cardinal Mermillod
- “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond stronger in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” – Gail Tsukiyama
- “No one told me I would be coming home in diapers, too.” – Chrissy Teigen
- “I’ve conquered a lot of things … blood clots in my lungs — twice … knee and foot surgeries … winning grand slams being down match point … to name just a few, but I found out by far the hardest is figuring out a stroller!” – Serena Williams
- “When you’re in the thick of raising your kids by yourself, you tend to keep a running list of everything you think you’re doing wrong. I recommend taking a lot of family pictures as evidence to the contrary.” – Connie Schultz
- “Having children is my greatest achievement. It was my savior. It switched my focus from the outside to the inside. My children are gifts, they remind me of what’s important.” – Elle Macpherson
- “Parenting is one of the easiest things in the world to have an opinion about, but the hardest thing in the world to do.” – Matt Walsh
- “Being a mother has made me so tired. And so happy.” – Tina Fey
- “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ― Washington Irving
- “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” – Roald Dahl
- “In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.” – N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
- “Over the years, I learned so much from mom. She taught me about the importance of home and history and family and tradition. She also taught me that aging need not mean narrowing the scope of your activities and interests or a diminution of the great pleasures to be had in the everyday.” – Martha Stewart
- “Mothers were meant to love us unconditionally, to understand our moments of stupidity, to reprimand us for lame excuses while yet acknowledging our point of view, to weep over our pain and failures as well as cry at our joy and successes, and to cheer us on despite countless start-overs. Heaven knows, no one else will.”- Richelle Goodrich
- “Don’t listen to anyone’s advice. Listen to your baby … There are so many books, doctors, and well-meaning friends and family. We like to say, ‘You don’t need a book. Your baby is a book. Just pick it up and read it.’” – Mayim Bialik
- “My mother has always been my emotional barometer and my guidance. I was lucky enough to get to have one woman who truly helped me through everything.” – Emma Stone
- “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” – Gail Tsukiyama
- “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” – George Washington
- “Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” – Stevie Wonder
- There’s something that just happens to you when you have a baby, and you look at their little eyes for the first time when you’re holding them. They’ve been safe inside your belly for almost 10 months, and now they’re in your arms. Intuition kicks in, where you will do anything for them and you have all the tools inside of you to take care of them.” – Hillary Duff
- “A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” – Tenneva Jordan
- “Blessed is a mother that would give up part of her soul for her children’s happiness.” – Shannon Alder
- “I would say that my mother is the single biggest role model in my life, but that term doesn’t seem to encompass enough when I use it about her. She was the love of my life.” – Mindy Kaling
- “Kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.” – Barbara Kingsolver
- “By the time a woman realizes her mother was right, she has a daughter who thinks she’s wrong.” – Unknown
- “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” — Marcel Proust
- “Children are great comfort in your old age — and they help you reach it faster, too.” – Lionel Kauffman
- If I’ve learned anything as a mom with a daughter who’s 3, I’ve learned that you cannot judge the way another person is raising their kid. Everybody is just doing the best they can. It’s hard to be a mom.” – Maggie Gyllenhaal
- “Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary — it’s an act of infinite optimism.” – Gilda Radner
- “My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage, and she did it with a strength and a passion that I wish could be bottled.” – Carly Fiorina
- “My mother: She is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.” – Jodi Picoult
- “My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.” – Michael Jordan
- “My mother always said I was beautiful and I finally believed her at some point.” – Lupita Nyong’o
- “My mom is my hero. [She] inspired me to dream when I was a kid, so anytime anyone inspires you to dream, that’s gotta be your hero.” – Tim McGraw
- “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” – Agatha Christie
- “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” – Princess Diana
Best Tips For Moms When You’re Having A Bad Day
Take A Time Out
You may be a mom, but you’re also your own person and you need to do things for yourself as well.
If you can, ask a friend, partner or family member to look over the kids for even just an hour whilst you have a bath, read a few chapters of your book, go to the gym, mow the low, or anything that makes you feel like you.
Give Yourself Some Grace
Being a mom is tough, don’t beat yourself up about whether you’re doing a good job or if your kids are happy, as long as they’re warm, bathed, fed and sleeping at some point in the day – then you’re killing it!
If it really is ONE of those days, just let yourself cry, there is no shame in letting it out and you’ll probably feel a lot better once you’re done.
Do Something Fun
If you’re having a bad day and you’re feeling down, then chances are your kids will see and feel this too so why not try livening things up and lifting the mood for everyone.
Why don’t you play some cheesy music and have a dance party with the kids for 30 minutes in the living room, or leave folding the laundry to later and head to the park for your kids to let off some steam whilst you chat with other parents and how garbage your day has been.
Our best advice is to get out of the house when you’re in a mom slump whether that’s with or without the kids or even just to walk the dog around the block.
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