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Inspiring Quotes for Hard Working Moms This Mother's Day

You don't need us to tell you that your hard-working mom is amazing! And if you're a hard-working mom, you don't need us to tell you that you are amazing! (Or maybe you do - sometimes we forget to be our own cheerleaders. In which case: you are amazing! You're doing an amazing job!)

Being a mom is hard work - in the words of Jane Sellman, the phrase "working mother" is redundant because every mom is a working mom! So this Mother's Day, if your favorite working mom needs a little inspiration to remind her that what she does is the most important job in the world, take a look at these inspirational working mom quotes.

The 10 Best Inspirational Quotes for Working Moms


We could all use some inspiring words now and then to get us through life's more challenging moments. Consider writing one of these quotes in a Mother's Day card or printing and framing it as a gift for that hard-working mom in your life.

“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

The poet and novelist Maya Angelou describes her mother in one of the most beautiful ways we've ever seen - the power of a hurricane and the beauty of a rainbow. To be a mom can feel like a constant balancing act. You feel like you must be the powerful, fearless mother that gets everything done, and yet you must also be a sanctuary for your kids.

Just remember: you don't have to be everything all the time. Sometimes you can be the hurricane and other times you can be the rainbow (and other times you can just be a plain old hard-working mom who's doing her best!)

“We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong.” - Laura Stavoe Harm

This is one of our favorite quotes for working moms because it highlights what all women know about themselves: we are strong! Whether you are a working mom, stay-at-home mom or child-free, you are a strong woman.

It's easy for hard-working moms to forget this. On days that you don't feel strong, it can be helpful to remind yourself of this fact. Instead of thinking "this is impossible," think "I am strong." If more girls reminded themselves of this every day, the world would be a better place!

“Don’t beat yourself up when being a mom doesn’t come easily. It happens but we must keep pushing forward. Never let our past determine our future!” – Serena Williams

Some women get discouraged when the motherhood journey doesn't come 'naturally.' But remember: there is no such thing as a 'perfect mother'. This quote from Serena Williams helps us remember that being a mom is just like any other job: some days it's easy and some days it's hard. Some days your family sings your praises and other days they just scream at you!

Don't beat yourself up when days are hard! 'Mom guilt' can be tough to overcome, but successful mothers know to let the bad days go and keep moving forward.



“The phrase 'working mother' is redundant.” - Jane Sellman

All mothers are working mothers because being a mom is one of the hardest jobs in the world! Not only that, the pay is terrible and the hours are super long! In the past decade, people have started to shine more light on the "invisible work" that women do, but don't ever forget that the hard-working mother rarely gets a sick day.

Is there something you can do this Mother's Day to help the working mother in your life? We're not talking about fancy vacations (although those are always fun!) It's the small, everyday tasks that really help a mom out.

“Parenthood means being perfectly imperfect all the time.” - Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey nailed it when she said this. Every mother knows that there is no such thing as a perfect mother! There are a million ways to be a mom and no one way is the 'right' way.

Hard-working moms don't get it right all the time, but the wonderful thing about mothers is that they get to try a new way of doing it every day.

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” - Milton Berle

Hard-working moms know how true this quote is! How often have you wish for a second pair of hands when you're running around after the whole family? The happy mother isn't afraid to ask for help - dads and older kids have hands too!



“Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.” - Lisa Alther

Another of our favorite quotes for working moms highlights the incredible juggling act that the hard-working mom performs every day. Keeping track of everything that's happening is a balancing act and a constant struggle.

Maybe that's why working moms who are raising successful human beings are also some of the most resourceful employees - they know how to multitask and they aren't afraid of hard work. Maybe airports should hire working mothers to handle their air traffic control needs!

“I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no wars.” - E.M. Forster

This beautiful quote reminds us all of what every mother knows: that the safety and happiness of their children is one of the most important things. No good mother wants to see her kids go through a difficult experience like a war.

If all the hard-working mothers of the world got together to talk, we're sure they would come up with some incredible policies that would make the world a better place for their kids.

“A happy mother is a good mother, and if work makes you hum, your whole family sings along.” - Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober

A hard-working mom who loves her work is a wonderful thing, but it's not always easy to love the job. This quote from Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober reminds us that it's important for a hard-working mom to find fulfillment outside the family too.

Whether that fulfillment comes from a full time job, part time job, a creative hobby, or some other pursuit that she's passionate about, having some other identity outside "mom" is important for many women.

“Taking care of yourself is part of taking care of your kids.” - Lenny Lemons

It's common for the hard-working mom to put her own needs aside for the sake of her family. Whether you're planning activities for your kids or thinking about the matching outfits you're going to wear to the Memorial Day barbecue, your needs and wants often take a backseat.

This Mother's Day, don't forget to pamper yourself! Buy your own dang outfit that's just for you! Plan a fun activity for yourself - even it's just a shower!



“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.” - Sam Ewing

Every hard-working mom knows how to roll up her sleeves and get stuff done. When you're a mom, hard work never ends! You have no choice but to show up for your kids, and you are constantly forced to problem solve!

Knowing how to embrace hard work is a valuable parenting skill, but the most valuable parenting skill is simply knowing how to show up.

“Being a mother is an honor for all of us–even when it is hard and exhausting!” – Elizabeth Gilbert

There are a million ways that each day can go wrong, and yet hard-working mothers show up every day, roll up their sleeves, and do what needs to be done. Honor your mom this Mother's Day for the hard, exhausting work she is doing.

Moms Make the World Go 'Round!

The world would be a much worse place without the hard-working mom to make it go 'round! Remember: there's no such thing as a "working mom" because every mom is a working mom. This Mother's Day, take a minute to thank the hard-working mom in your life for everything she's done for you. Although a Mother's Day gift may not be able to capture just how grateful you are, it's a great start!

And if you are a hard-working mom, take a minute to thank yourself! You are the glue that holds the world together and even though it may not always feel like it, you are doing an amazing job!