16 Uplifting Quotes for Your Hardest Parenting Days

16 Uplifting Quotes for Your Hardest Parenting Days

Words of wisdom to soothe, inspire, and amuse you on the days when being a mom gets rough.

By: Leah Maxwell

Motherhood is easy ... if you’re not actually doing it. And for those of us in the thick of things, fighting the good fight day after day (sometimes quite literally), there may be times when we feel like it can’t possibly get any harder. For those days -- and the ones when you just need an extra attitude boost -- here are 16 quotes to pick you up, dust you off, and remind you that it’s all worth it in the end.

1. “Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about, but the hardest thing in the world to do.” -- blogger and radio talk show host Matt Walsh

2. “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” -- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

3. “When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out.” -- humorist Erma Bombeck

4. “On particularly rough days when I’m sure I can’t possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100 percent ... and that’s pretty good.” -- DJ and comedian Vinny Genovesi

5. “It’s a bad moment, not a bad life. It’s a bad day, not a bad week. It’s a bad decision, not a bad child.” -- Unknown

6. “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.” -- author Arianna Huffington

7. “If your kids are giving you a headache, follow the directions on the aspirin bottle, especially the part that says keep away from children.” -- author Susan Savannah

8. “No one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they had plenty of sleep.” – Unknown

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9. “Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves.” -- author Marcelene Cox

10. “When you have a bad day, a really bad day, try and treat the world better than it treated you.” -- singer-songwriter Patrick Stump


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11. “Behind every great kid is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it all up.” -- Unknown

12. “Insanity is hereditary -- you get it from your kids.” -- humorist and television host Sam Levenson

13. “I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” -- author Alex Elle

14. “A good day is a good day. A bad day is a good story.” -- author Glennon Melton

15. “There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.” -- author Jill Churchill

And my personal favorite:

16. “The days are long but the years are short.” -- author Gretchen Rubin

What are your go-to quotes when the going gets tough?

Leah Maxwell is a book editor, freelance writer, cereal addict, wife, and mom to two young boys. She has been blogging at A Girl and a Boy since 2003.

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