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45 Tired Mom Quotes Every Exhausted Mom Needs to Hear

Being a mom is amazing…and exhausting. Whether you need some encouragement or just a little humor to get through the day these relatable tired mom quotes are here to help.

Tired mom quotes for encouragement and inspiration

I see you mama.

You’re tired.

Of course you are – being a mom isn’t easy.

Every day you cook, clean, parent, support, comfort, love, plan, entertain, educate, empathize and so much more.

And the job is never done.

You wake up every day and do it again and again.

Some days you’re so exhausted your brain stops functioning and you do things like put the ice cream in the pantry or try to start your car with your sunglasses….if you can even find your sunglasses.

You can’t even remember what it was like to get a full night’s sleep. 

And even though you’re running on empty, you know it’s worth it.

You know that this season of life won’t last forever and that as odd as it sounds, someday you’ll miss everything that seems so overwhelming and challenging right now. 

And while there’s nothing I can do or say to change your experience, I can tell you that you’re not alone.

Mom’s all over the world are feeling the exact same way. Not that this makes it ok – because the struggles of motherhood are real and our society is just now starting to acknowledge this. There should be more programs, resources and policies to support mothers so that we can thrive instead of just surviving.

But somehow knowing that you’re not the only one feeling this way helps to make it a little more bearable.

So today we are sharing our favorite quotes for tired moms. Some will make you laugh and some might make you cry, but my hope is that you are able to find some encouragement and strength in the words below to help you keep being the amazing mother you are – even if you can barely keep your eyes open.

Encouraging Quotes for Tired Moms

Tired mom quotes: A real mom is tired but keeps going.

“A real mom: Emotional, yet the rock. Tired, but keeps going. Worried, but full of hope. Impatient, yet patient. Overwhelmed, but never quits. Amazing, even though doubted. Wonderful, even in the chaos. Lifechanger, every single day.” – Rachel Marie Martin

“Give me patience when little hands tug at me with ceaseless, small demands. Give me gentle words and smiling eyes, to keep my lips from hasty, sharp replies. Let not fatigue, confusion or noise obscure my vision of life’s fleeting joys, so when in years to come my house is still, beautiful memories its rooms may fill.” -unknown

“Motherhood: If you’re not tired, you’re not doing it right.” -unknown

“Don’t tell a mother she looks tired; she already knows that. Tell her she’s doing a good job; she may not know that.” -Stephanie Peltier

“Hey mama, I know you’re tired. But I hope under that exhaustion you feel some pride too. Because no matter how the past 24 hours went, you can fall into bed tonight knowing you made someone’s life a little better today – just by loving them like only you can.” – Casey Huff

“Don’t forget to take care of you, so you can take care of them.” 

“Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.” -Tina Fey

“To the mama who is tired: Enjoy every moment because one day they will grow up.” -unknown

“Some days she has no idea how she’ll do it, but every single day it still gets done.” -unknown

“Even when a mother’s soul is tired, she finds strength for her family.” – unknown

“This mom is tired. This mom is stressed. This mom is trying her best. And you can guarantee this mom isn’t going to give up.”

“You don’t have to be perfect.”

“I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible—oh, this is impossible. And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.”- Tina Fey 

“I am doing my best. That is all I can expect of myself.” -unknown

“‘My home is filled with toys, has fingerprints on everything, and is never quiet. My hair is usually a mess and I am always tired, but there is always love and laughter. In 20 years, my kids won’t remember the house or my hair, but they will remember the quality time we spent together and the love they felt.” -unknown

“My hope is that you 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 some days all I could be was okay.”

“Motherhood: Being proud, tired, happy, and grateful all at once.” -anonymous

“I am grateful for:
1. Early wakeups = children to love
2. House to clean = safe place to live
3. Laundry to do = clothes to wear
4. Dirty dishes = food to eat
5. Crumbs under the table = family meals
6. Grocery shopping to do = money to use
7. Toilets to clean = indoor plumbing
8. Lots of noise = kids having fun
9. Endless questions = a child who is learning
10. Getting into bed tired and sore = I’m still alive” – Chelsea Lee Smith

“The love of a mother is never exhausted. It never changes – it never tires – it endures through all; in good repute, in bad repute. In the face of the world’s condemnation, a mother’s love still lives on.” -Washington Irving

Funny Quotes Every Tired Mom Will Relate To

Funny Quotes for Tired Moms: “And then one day we decided we were tired of sleeping in and doing whatever we wanted in a clean house, so we had kids.”

“And then one day we decided we were tired of sleeping in and doing whatever we wanted in a clean house, so we had kids.” -unknown

“Moms – The only people who know the true meaning of 24/7.” – unknown

“She believed she could…but she was really tired, so she didn’t” -unknown

“I’m not an early bird or a night owl. I’m some sort of permanently exhausted pigeon.” -unknown

“Don’t mess with a tired mama.”

“I don’t want to sleep like a baby. I want to sleep like my husband.”

“Friend: Are you getting enough sleep? Me: Sometimes when I sneeze, my eyes close.”

“I need a double shot of whatever my kids are on.”

“Mombie:(noun) A sleep deprived mother who feeds on caffeine. Can usually be identified by the dark circles under her eyes, forgetfulness, fatigue, moodiness, confusion, and moments of insanity. Responds to conversation in short grunts and can frequently be found wandering aimlessly because she forgot what she was doing.” -unknown

“24/7 – Once you sign on to be a mom, that’s the only shift they offer.” -Donna Ball

“Super mom. Super wife. Super tired.”

“The quickest way for a mom to get her child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.”

“Dear sleep, I miss you…”

Inspirational Quotes for Exhausted Moms

Quotes for exhausted moms: “Successful mothers are not the ones who have never struggled. They are the ones who never give up, despite the struggles.” -Sharon Jaynes

“Successful mothers are not the ones who have never struggled. They are the ones who never give up, despite the struggles.” -Sharon Jaynes

“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, you are the world. You are the world those little ones revolve around. You are their nurture, their home, and their comfort. You are everything to them, and I hope you know that even on the hard days you know how special you are. Especially to your little people.” – unknown

“I know I should go to bed. My body craves rest, but I find myself awake much later than everyone else in my house. Why? Because I’m a mother, and this is my only time of solitude.

It’s a trade-off, really, you either choose to sleep, or you choose alone time. I choose alone time, hands down, nearly every night. During these late hours, our home is perfectly still. I can hear the dog breathing at my feet, the creaks and groans of the house, and the hum of the refrigerator. This is my time, and I cherish every moment of it. There are no children pulling at the hem of my shirt, asking for yet another snack. No noise, no chaos, just me and my thoughts.” – Jorrie Varney

“You can’t quit mom. You’re simply too important. To others your work doesn’t look like much and I know it often doesn’t feel like much, but if you left of sweeping your kitchen and nursing bruises and staging impromptu tea parties and the thousand other things you do to enrich the lives of your children, the world would fall apart. So carry on, dear mother. Let those who have eyes to see you look on and marvel, for in you we see the love of God.” -Sean Allen

“Take heart tired momma. You will make it through these exhausting days. And you will be stronger for them. You are a good mother. You only need to look into the eyes of your children and believe it.” -@beautifulinhistime

Tired Mom Quotes That Are So True it Hurts

Tired Mom Quotes: “I’m tired. I’m also tired of being tired. I also realize that one day I will get all the sleep I need because my children won’t live here anymore, and that makes me sad.” - Bunmi Laditain

“I’m tired. I’m also tired of being tired. I also realize that one day I will get all the sleep I need because my children won’t live here anymore, and that makes me sad.” – Bunmi Laditain

“Being a mom is confusing. You’re really tired, like exhausted and when your kid finally goes to bed you know you should get some sleep too, but you also haven’t had any alone time all day, so you stay up instead, but then you’re still tired in the morning and regret not getting more sleep so you think about sleep all day, but then nighttime rolls around and you start the process all over again.” -@motherhoodawry 

“Some days I’m so tired I can’t sleep.” -unknown

“Them: You look tired. Me: I have kids. I am pretty sure this is just my face now.” -unknown

“Be kind. You never know how many times a mom got up last night.”

“Mom: The one who sacrifices her body, sleep, social life, spending money, eating hot meals, patience, energy and sanity for her children.”

“Families don’t always realize that mother is exhausted, because mother is always exhausted. Exhausted is what looks normal.”  – Mary Blakely

“I finally got 8 hours of sleep. It took me four days, but whatever.”

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