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Being a Mom Isn’t Easy: 50 Quotes for Challenging Days

Being a mom isn’t easy. In fact, it’s one of the toughest jobs many people will ever have to take on. Whether you’re a new mom or an experienced one, there are days where things just don’t go as planned. Fortunately, there are many mothers who have been through this journey before us and have insight and wisdom to share. Below you will find our favorite sayings and “Being a Mom Isn’t Easy” quotes that will give you hope on those challenging days.

Exasperated mom with child jumping on couch. Text: Being a Mom Isn't Easy Quotes to Encourage you on Hard Days.

Being a Mom Isn’t Easy Quotes

Motherhood is one of the toughest jobs out there, and can leave you feeling like an overwhelmed, exhausted, and tired mom.

And it’s no wonder! In any given 24 hour period a mom must demonstrate patience, creativity, positivity, and courage in a variety of situations.

The sleepless nights, the endless laundry, and the relentless whining can all be worth it when you see your children happy and healthy.

It is an honor to be a mom. But every now and then, we need some encouragement to remind us that being a mom isn’t easy–you need quotes for motivation on those challenging days when you feel like you have no idea what you’re doing and you’re struggling.

That’s why we put this collection of “motherhood is hard” quotes together.

We’ve included quotes from both famous people and everyday moms who have experienced these moments themselves. My hope is that these sayings will help inspire you today!

Feel free to share with your mom-friends who need a little encouragement.

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Encouraging Quotes When Being a Mother Isn’t Easy

-"There's no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one." - Jill Churchill quote on image of mother and daughter baking.

-“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” – Jill Churchill

-“What being a parent doesn’t require is being perfect.” – Anna Quindlen

-“Being a mom isn’t an easy job, but it’s definitely my favorite job.” – Lauren Tingley

“I know it’s hard Mama. I know it can be hard to get up every day and have these little people rely on you. I know it’s hard to feel like sometimes your world is so small. I want to remind you that you are the world. You are the world that those little ones revolve around. You are their nurture, their home and their comfort. You are everything to them, and I hope even on your hard days you know how special you are. Especially to your little people.”-Anonymous

-“Being a mother is being willing to die for someone else…It’s being strong when you are weak, brave when you are scared. It is being an example when you know nothing worth teaching, giving hope in hopeless times and love beyond all reason.” – Anonymous

-“Being a good mom doesn’t mean being perfect; it means being real, being strong when you need to be, having fun with them even if they drive you crazy sometimes…It means loving them as much as yourself–as unconditionally as possible – Anonymous

-“The hardest part of being a mom? Letting go.” – Mandy Hale

-“Being a mom is being brave, being honest and being true to yourself.” – Anonymous

-“Successful mothers are not  the ones who do things perfectly, they’re the ones who find a way to go on being imperfect and love their children in spite of it.” – Anonymous

-"You are exactly the mother your child needs. Knowing that will change your entire perspective." Lauren Tingley

-“You are exactly the mother your child needs. Knowing that will change your entire perspective.” Lauren Tingley

-“Motherhood has taught me  that being a woman isn’t all about being perfect, having it all together and being able to do everything. Being a mom reminds me that I am human.” – Toni Hammer

-“Breathe. The moments matter. Not the perfect ones, but the every single day, nitty-gritty, showing-up moments of motherhood. Your kids don’t need perfection, just you. Showing up, loving, giving and trying and simply being their mom.” -Rachel Marie Martin

– “I’m not perfect and that’s perfectly fine because being a mom means never having to be perfect!” –unknown author

– “Life as a parent truly doesn’t come with an instruction manual…you’re just kind of thrown into these uncharted waters where there are no rules or guidelines. So really, the only thing left to do is embrace every moment good or bad, learn from your mistakes, and know that being a mom is the most rewarding, challenging & exhausting job in the world.” – Sara Rue

Honest Quotes About How Hard Motherhood Is

Photo of mom hugging son. Text: - Being a mom isn't easy. It's the toughest job you'll ever love." - Anonymous.

– Being a mom isn’t easy. It’s the toughest job you’ll ever love.” – Anonymous

-“Sometimes being a parent is like being shot at. You don’t know if you can make it to the end of the day without getting hit…but somehow we do–and when we arrive in this world where everyone needs us so much what happens? We feel alive!” – Jodi Picoult

– “People don’t really talk honestly about how difficult being a mom actually is and what things we sacrifice every day in order to be good moms.” – Jenni Ogden

-“When it comes down to it, parenting isn’t easy at all! You’re constantly making decisions that affect your children long term…and nobody what they’re doing  is actually right. But being a parent is one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll ever have, and it’s definitely worth all of those sleepless nights.” – Anonymous

-“Motherhood isn’t for sissies” — Gail Devers

-“Being a mom is being the bravest person you know. It’s being unapologetically who you are even when it scares everyone else around you.” – Emily Henderson

-“It isn’t always easy being your mommy; I might get something wrong sometimes but that doesn’t mean I love you any less; that just means that even though I’m trying hard, sometimes mama still needs help!” – Anonymous

-“Having kids is like having homework every day for the rest of your life! It never ends however well you do today!!” – Lisa Smith

-“My hope is that they will remember that mommy tried.  Even when she was tired, even when she was stressed. I hope you’ll know that I did it all for you. That I had every intention of being great, good, and grand. But that some days all I could be was okay.”-Anonymous

-"Being a mother isn't easy. And being able to admit your weakness as a parent is one of the most important things you'll ever do for your child." – Katrina Alcorn

-“Being a mother isn’t easy. And being able to admit your weakness as a parent is one of the most important things you’ll ever do for your child.” – Katrina Alcorn

-“I gave birth to you, but you came with no instructions. All I knew was that I loved you long before I saw you. I know I made some mistakes and for that, I am sorry. I was doing my best I could what I knew. Everything I did for you, I did from LOVE. You are my child, my life and my dreams for tomorrow. I will always love you and there is nothing that could ever destroy my love for you.”

– “The beauty of being a mother is having little people who need YOU to take care of them every day from sun up to sun down!” – Anonymous

Celebrity Quotes on the Challenges of Being a Mom

Quote:  "I think being a mom is the hardest job in the world. I don't know how women do it without going crazy." - Britney Spears 

– “I think being a mom is the hardest job in the world. I don’t know how women do it without going crazy.” – Britney Spears 

-“When you become a mother, it suddenly feels like your heart has grown too big for your body…It becomes this weird sort of feeling where being overwhelmed by love seems perfectly normal.” – Anne Hathaway

-“Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had & dealing with fears you never knew existed.” – Michelle Duggar

– “I know being a mom isn’t always easy… but I’m sure glad we’re in this together!” – Kendra Wilkinson

-“I am not perfect. I have flaws just like everyone else! And that’s okay because being a mother isn’t easy!” – Kim Kardashian West

– “Life as a mother took me down some roads I had never been before…and made me into the woman who would do anything for her children.” – Danielle Steel

-“The hardest part of being a mom? Letting go…of your babies so someone else can raise them right before they get hurt by life, but also letting go of yourself and giving up things like sleep to make sure they have everything in this world that makes them happy too!” – Kelly Clarkson

– “You know when you have kids what will change? Everything. You. Your body, your sleep patterns, how you spend your time, where you go & what you do…but being a mom isn’t easy.” – Jennifer Nettles

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

-"I think the hardest part about being a mother is just knowing that you're never enough. No matter how many books you read, no matter how many toys your kids have or schedules they follow…you will never be able to do it all perfectly." - Jessica Alba

-“I think the hardest part about being a mother is just knowing that you’re never enough. No matter how many books you read, no matter how many toys your kids have or schedules they follow…you will never be able to do it all perfectly.” – Jessica Alba

-“Being a mother is your greatest achievement in life…you can be anything else you want on the side but at the end of the day, being someone’s  mother is the best part of being a woman.” – Reese Witherspoon

-“Being a mom isn’t easy…But being able to look at your kids and say, ‘I did that! I made them!’ is pretty freaking amazing.” – Alyssa Milano

-“I am not a super mom… I’m just being me and doing the best that I can.” – Serena Williams

-“If you’re doing your best as a mother then that’s all you can do. Your kids will learn from what you say and how they see  you act more than any advice or instruction given by anyone else in their life.” – Julie Bowen

-“It’s not being easy a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it.” -The Golden Girls,

-“You will never be fully prepared for being a mom. It is just something that you have to do and figure out as you go along.” – Kim Kardashian West 

-“Motherhood is not always sunshine and rainbows. It’s about learning to let go…letting them make their mistakes so they can learn , being there to encourage and support them, but also knowing when it’s time for you to step back.” -Sarah Jakes Roberts

– “Being a mom is the most rewarding job in the world because every day I get to influence my children’s lives. What an honor! It doesn’t mean that being their mother will be easy all of the time though!” – Beyonce

- "Parenthood means being imperfectly perfect all the time." —Lana Del Rey  

– “Parenthood means being imperfectly perfect all the time.” —Lana Del Rey  

– “I think being a mom is the hardest job in the world. It doesn’t have to be easy but when you love someone that much and they depend on you for absolutely everything then nothing else matters!” —Jennifer Nettles

-“If something goes wrong while being a mom don’t beat yourself up over it.  It’s not your fault and being a mom isn’t easy.” – Jennifer Garner

-“When being a parent becomes challenging don’t give up because there are so many rewards that come with it. Love your children and do everything you can to guide them in the right direction.” – Mindy Kaling

– “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

-“Motherhood requires confidence…a sense of knowing what you are doing doesn’t have an instruction manual but if we love our kids unconditionally then being present for them will make all the difference…and maybe one day they’ll know how hard you tried even when sometimes things didn’t go as planned.” -Mindy Kaling

Final Thoughts

Being a mother is not easy, but being committed to your children and being there for them will make the difficulties worth it.

Modern moms are expected to do so much, and it simply isn’t possible to do it all. You have to learn where you can simplify, streamline and delegate in order to make motherhood manageable. (That is why I created this site and this helpful tool!)

If you’re struggling with being a parent or need someone to talk to, know that many other parents feel this way too. But also know there’s help available if needed – never hesitate asking for assistance because being a parent can be incredibly tough at times. You can call the National Parent’s Hotline at  (1-855-427-2736)

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  1. How powerful to see that even famous and accomplished women face the same struggles and uncertainties as mothers. Thanks so much for curating such an inspirational list of quotes! <3

  2. What can be more beautiful and amazing than seeing mothers trying to create a perfect life for their families? We all need to know how great and incredible mothers are and we all need to respect them.

    Thank you so much for sharing these amazing quotes with us!

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