16 Inspirational, Funny and Refreshingly Honest Working Mom Quotes

16 Inspirational, Funny and Refreshingly Honest Working Mom Quotes

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Every working mom I know works the equivalent of at least two full-time jobs.  Our situations are all different, but no matter the circumstances, there’s no denying that our plates are overflowing.

Some days are harder than others.  Some days, you need a little extra encouragement to get through the day.  To get you through the tough days, I’ve gathered my favourite working mom quotes from around the web.  I hope they make you smile, help you feel a little less alone, and remind you why you’ve undertaken this crazy juggling act.

I’ve tried my best to find the correct source for each quote, but it’s not uncommon for these to be misattributed.  If you notice that I’ve got one wrong, please let me know.

1. I’ve shared this one before.  In my experience, this could not be more accurate:

Working Mom Quotes: The obligation for working mothers by Annabel Crabb

2. Some days, it feels like you’re doing the impossible:

Working Mom Quotes: Do the impossible by Tina Fey

3. This quote is one of a few on this list that wasn’t originally said in the context of working moms, but couldn’t be more fitting:

Working Mom Quotes: Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

4. Attitude – and belief in yourself – will get you most of the way there:
Working Mom Quotes: Believe you can and you're halfway there
5. We’re always Mom – with all of the worries and obligations that entails – even when our kids aren’t with us:
Working Mom Quotes: She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn't take them along
6. Anybody who has ever raised children knows that the work we do at home is just as demanding (if not more so!) as the work we do at work:
Working Mom Quotes: The phrase "working mother" is redundant

7. Honestly?  This is one of the hardest parts for my Type-A, perfectionist self to accept:

Working Mom Quotes: Being a working mom is not easy. You have to be willing to screw up at every level.

8. Rushing to wrap up a meeting because you have to pump, finding boogers or spit-up on our clothes halfway through the day, or pulling a toy out of your purse instead of a pen – we’ve all been there:

Working Mom Quotes: Working mothers' laughter comes hardest when our double life is revealed for what it is: a juggling act in which the balls can drop at any time, invariably on our own head.

9. I love this one.  Our to-do lists are SO full, but there are certain things in life that should absolutely take precedence:

Working Mom Quotes: The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities

Related: How to Make Time for Quality Time with your Kids

10. We all need this reminder:

Working Mom Quotes: There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.

11. Again, a tough one for me to admit, but absolutely necessary:

Working Mom Quotes: Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.

12. Giving up the idea of perfection seems to be a recurring theme:

Working Mom Quotes: The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly - indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.

13. I need this one right now:

Working Mom Quotes: Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.

14. This could be the motto for my life:

Working Mom Quotes: It's all about finding the calm in the chaos.

15. Our actions matter more than our words:

Working Mom Quotes: The attitude you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from more than what you tell them. They don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.

16. Our daughters (and sons) are watching:

Working mom quote: I can't settle for just anything. My daughter is watching.


(At the risk of being misunderstood, I want to be clear that I don’t think that being a working mom is better (or harder), nor do I think that being a stay-at-home mom is better (or harder).  What’s crucial to me is that my daughter has – and knows she has – every opportunity that’s available to her brothers.)

Do you have a favourite working mom quote that I didn’t include?  I’d love to hear it!

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