12 Awesome Mom Quotes to Get You Through the Day

I recently had one of those dark mom days. Everything I did seemed to fall short. On those days, this annoying voice in my head tells me I’m not organized enough, I’m not creative enough, I’m not patient enough, I’m not energetic enough, I’m not . . . enough. It’s easy to fall down that rabbit hole of comparing myself to all those Facebook moms who seem to effortlessly put together gourmet dinners, dress their kids in designer outfits, decorate their homes like a Pottery Barn catalog, and complete DIY projects with as little effort as it takes to tie their cross-trainers. (Because, you know, after all that, they still find time to work out.)

On my worst days, I do my best to steer clear of the “perfect mom” pages, and choose instead to go to my favorite “real mom” blogs or browse the inter-webs for genuine mom humor, motivation and sisterhood. These days aren’t all that rare, so I’ve managed to curate quite the little stash of quotes that make me feel like I’m not alone. Here are 12 of the sweetest, truest and funniest mom quotes I’ve found.

  1. Best Laid Plans

There really is no such thing as a “plan” when you’re a parent. Recipe for sanity: keep your hopes high and your expectations low! Blogger Christine Organ has her priorities straight.

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  1. Kids and Cleaning Don’t Mix

Taking care of a baby is exhausting. Taking care of kids is exhausting. Why do we have to CLEAN on top of it, especially after dinner, which is one of the last – and therefore most tiring – hurdles of the day? Sometimes I want to scream, “I’d rather star in the next episode of ‘Hoarders’ than clean ONE MORE ROOM today!” Actress Julianne Moore preaches to the choir with this quote.

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  1. Opposable Thumbs but No Extra Hands?

I can’t count how many times I’ve wished for extra appendages, as well as whole body clones of myself. We moms actually manage to stretch the two hands that we have to a degree that would put Elasti-Girl to shame, but it would make life so much easier if we could have just one, two, three or four more. Comedian Milton Berle understands.

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  1. They’re Coming to Take Me Away

We ALL have days where we feel like we are completely and totally losing our minds, and that the men in the white uniforms are going to straitjacket us and take us away, and that we’ll be put in a padded cell where … where … where WE MIGHT ACTUALLY GET SOME SLEEP! Maybe we SHOULD just go insane; it would be like a spa getaway. J.D. Salinger had the right idea.

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  1. I Don’t Know Nothing About Burping No Babies

 Actually, I do. I just like the “Gone with the Wind” joke. I am way, way too familiar with burping babies, as all moms are. When the baby’s gassy, ain’t nobody happy. Which is why when you’re able to get your sweet little angel to release hot, angry air like a foghorn, it’s pretty much comparable to winning the lottery. Funny mom and actress Christina Applegate, who recently starred in the film “Bad Moms” tells us all about it.

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  1. What Is the Blue Book Value for a Three-Year-Old?

Just as no Mom is perfect, no kid is either! And that’s okay. It’s normal. It’s reality. What’s not normal is to pretend that your kids are perfect, or to hold the kids up to standards no human can meet, or to beat yourself up over their mistakes. (I’m guilty of that last one for sure.)  This gem by blogger Tara Wood reminds us to laugh on those days our kids are tempting us to trade them in for a different model.

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  1. Forgiveness is Key

Besides the critical need for laughter after the end of a hard day of “momming” (yes, it’s a verb), it’s important to be kind to ourselves. We try to do our very best, every single day, and most days we fall short. We need to forgive ourselves. I love this quote.

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  1. Guns N’ Roses Parenting

 Some days you’re singing soft lullabies and patting your kids’ sweet heads. Other days you’re rage-singing while your kids slam-dance like they’re at an underground punk house party. This metaphor by blogger Motherhood and More works across the board.

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  1. Hello Baby, Goodbye Sleep

 In some logical way, we are cognizant of the impending sleep loss that coincides with the birth of a baby. But nobody ever tells us that we will pretty much NEVER SLEEP AGAIN! Even now, with a ten-year-old and twin seven-year-olds, I lose sleep when someone has a bad dream (approximately 4 times a week), someone gets sick (at least once a month) or someone “just can’t get back to sleep” after waking up to pee at 3 a.m. I don’t imagine this sleep condition gets any better in the teenage years, when the kids borrow the family car! After the birth of her first child, comedian Tina Fey caught on pretty quick to what being a mom is all about.

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  1. Dances with Werewolves

While we’re on the sleep topic (let’s face it, sleep consumes approximately 80 percent of moms’ thoughts AND conversations), this quote from Jen Simon, Writer pretty much proves that, like werewolves, kids are nocturnal.

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  1. Excellence Before Education

I was the second oldest of six kids, and I used babysitting services as a sort of currency, i.e., “Mom, can I go to the football game tonight? I’ll babysit for FOUR WHOLE HOURS TOMORROW if I can!” I was also a nanny for eight years before I got pregnant with my first child. I went into motherhood confidently, thinking I was an expert. Nothing could have been further from the truth. This quote from blogger Foxy Wine Pocket reminds me of that.

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  1. The Power of Love

I do a lot of complaining and joking about my parental shortcomings, but this sobering thought from Maya Angelou struck me in the heart. A good mother loves her kids, and though that feels like the very minimum we can give them, our loving them is the most important thing we can ever do for them. We are teaching them their worth.

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So the next time you have a bad mom day, instead of going over to the dark side, know that you’re not alone. Look over these quotes. Have a laugh. Have a cry. Ask yourself if you’re doing the best you can. Ask yourself if you love your kids. If the answer is yes, then you’re doing it right.

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