50 Inspirational Parenting Quotes Moms Need Right Now

As actress and talk show host Ricki Lake once said, “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.” And so, we present inspirational parenting quotes to get you through it all!

If you have children, you know exactly what she means! Motherhood is a beautiful gift, but moms face a host of challenges every day and endure it all with selfless love for their children. Now more than ever, mamas out there may be needing extra support, and we’ve compiled these quotes to keep you feeling valued, inspired, and capable as you handle whatever life – and motherhood – may throw your way

50 Inspirational Parenting Quotes

For When You Feel Like Giving Up

  • Successful mothers are not the ones that never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles. – Sharon Jaynes
  • Grow through what you go through. – Unknown
  • Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about but the hardest thing in the world to do. – Anne Lamoti
  • We may not be perfect mothers, but we are perfect mothers for our children. – Unknown
  • All mothers are working mothers. – Unknown
  • There is no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one. – Jill Churchhill
  • Mom, you are a superhero. Period. – Rosie Pope
  • Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed. – Linda Wooten
  • Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws. – Barbara Kingsolver
  • In the end, I’m the only one who can give my kids a happy mother who loves life. – Janene Wolsey Baadsgard
  • Motherhood is a choice you make every day to put someone else’s happiness and wellbeing ahead of your own. To teach the hard lessons. To do the right thing, even when you’re not sure what the right thing is. And to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything “wrong.” – Donna Ball

Inspirational Parenting Quotes for the Toddler Years

  • The very fact that you worry about being a good mom means that you are one. – Jodi Picoult
  • It is not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it. – Hans Selye
  • Don’t let your struggle become your identity. – Joshua Hook
  • The days are long, but the years are short. – Gretchen Robin
  • May your coffee be stronger than your toddler. – Unknown
  • You can be a mess and a good mom; you’re allowed to be both. – Unknown (this book might help you to understand that!)
  • Your children don’t want a perfect mom, they want a happy mom. – Unknown
  • Let go of how you think today is supposed to go and accept how it imperfectly happens. –Lauren Tamm
  • 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, so I want to remind you, you are the world. You are the world that those little ones revolve around, you are their nurture, their hoFme, 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. – Unknown
  • Dear Mothers: Learn to lower your expectations about what you can accomplish in a day. Some days, it will be all you can do to keep your baby safe, warm, fed, and loved. And that is more than enough. – Unknown
  • Bad moments don’t make bad moms. – Lisa Terkeurst
  • Taking care of myself makes me a better mom because I parent from abundance, not lack thereof. – Lauren Tamm

For a Reminder of How Precious Your Children Are

  • Making the decision to have a baby is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside of your body. – Elizabeth Stone 
  • The most precious jewels you’ll ever have around your neck are the arms of your children. -Unknown
  • Every day is a gift. – Joyce Meyer
  • Don’t count the days, make them count. – Muhammad Ali 
  • A mother is she who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take. – Cardinal Mermillod
  • For a mother is the only person on earth who can divide her love among ten children and each child still have all her love. – Unknown
  • All mothers are working mothers. – Unknown
  • I am the exact parent my child needs to blossom, so I don’t need to compare myself to others. – Lauren Tamm
  • I never knew how much love my heart could hold until someone called me mommy. – Unknown
  • Being a mother is not about what you gave up to have a child, but what you gained by having one. – Sunny Gupta
  • To the world, you are a mother. But to your family, you are the world. – Unknown
  • There will be so many times you feel like you’ve failed. But in the eyes, heart and mind of your child, you are Super Mom. – Stephanie Precourt
  • A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for. – Unknown
  • Everything has changed, and yet, I’m more me than I’ve ever been.” – Iain Thomas
  • You will never have this day with your children again. Tomorrow, they will be a little older than they were today. This day is a gift. Just breathe, notice, smell and touch them, study their faces and little feet. Pay attention. Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today. It will be over before you know it. – Jen Hatmaker
  • There is peace and love in my home, even in the midst of chaos. – Lauren Tamm
  • I’ve carried a child within my body, I’ve slept with them on my chest, I’ve kissed toes and wiped away tears. I’ve been vomited on, peed on, and spent sleepless nights cradling my child. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. My body isn’t magazine perfect but when I look in the mirror, I see a mama. And there is no greater honor, love, or blessing. – ProudHappyMama
  • There is nothing as powerful as a mother’s love, and nothing as healing as a child’s soul. – Unknown

Inspirational Parenting Quotes for When You Need a Reason to Smile

  • Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day. – Unknown
  • Even on the days, you feel like you are failing, look around. Your child’s smile will bring you right back up. – Unknown
  • To all mothers in every circumstance, including those who struggle, I say, “Be peaceful. Believe in God and yourself. You are doing better than you think you are.” – Elder Jeffrey L. Holland
  • I hope you know you’re capable and brave and significant. Even when it feels like you’re not. -Unknown
  • I love my mother as trees love water and sunshine. She helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights. – Terry Guillemets
  • Home is where your mom is. – Unknown
  • Becoming a mother makes you realize you can do almost anything one-handed. – Unknown
  • Some days, she has no idea how she’ll do it. But every single day, it still gets done. – Unknown
  • Behind every great child is a mom who is pretty sure she is screwing it up. – Unknown
  • Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.” – Dorothy Canfield Fisher

When you have those tough mom days – as every parent does – rest easy in knowing you are not the only one struggling. Keep these quotes handy to remind yourself of the important job you’re doing, and what an amazing mama you are for your little family, even when it doesn’t feel that way.

That is a wrap on our favorite inspirational parenting quotes. Hang in there, mama, you’ve got this!

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