A mother is not someone who gives birth

Moms: They are strength, wisdom, and love, personified. Where—who—would we be without our mothers?

Humankind has always reflected on the special bond that exists between mother and child. In celebration of Mother’s Day, which falls on May 14 this year, we’ve collected a few of our favorite quotes from celebrated writers, thinkers, and personalities about what it means to be a mom.

1. “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver

2. “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

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

4. “Birth is the epicenter of women’s power.” –Ani DiFranco

5. “There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.” – Pamela S. Nadav

6. “Because I feel that, in the Heavens above / The angels, whispering to one another, / Can find, among their burning terms of love / None so devotional as that of ‘Mother’” – Edgar Allen Poe

7. “ had handed down respect for the possibilities—and the will to grasp them.” – Alice Walker

8. “Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom.” – Harriette Hartigan

9. “Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.” – Maria Shriver

10. “ the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary—it’s an act of infinite optimism.” – Gilda Radner

11. “Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning

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12. “Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain—your life will never be the same.” – Catherine Jones

13. “I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is.” – Oprah

14. “In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.” – Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

16. “Rigid plans work best if you’re building a skyscraper; with something as mysteriously human as giving birth, it’s best, both literally and figuratively, to keep your knees bent.” – Mark Sloan

17. “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” – Sophia Loren

18. “Babies are bits of star-dust blown from the hand of God. Lucky the woman who knows the pangs of birth for she has held a star.” – Larry Barretto

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

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20, “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.” – Mitch Albom

21. “Birthing is the most profound initiation to spirituality a woman can have.” – Robin Lim

22. “Birth is the sudden opening of a window, through which you look out upon a stupendous prospect. For what has happened? A miracle. You have exchanged nothing for the possibility of everything.” – William Macneile Dixon

23. “Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown. In my heart it don’t mean a thing.” – Toni Morrison

24. “Birth takes a woman’s deepest fears about herself and show her that she is stronger than them.” – Unknown

25. “Birth is a mystery. Words are not enough.” – Marie O’Connor

26. “Kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.” – Barbara Kingsolver

27. “Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother’s love is not.” – James Joyce

In celebration of mothers, Wanderlust Storytelling has released a video series on the transformational power of birth. Watch the stories and contribute yours here.


Most people meet their mom the day they are born. But I met you when I needed you most: as a lost 9-year-old — overweight, teased, latch-key parents just divorced, depressed, lonely and with no idea who I was or who I wanted to be.

When my dad brought you home, I knew I wanted you to stay, needed you to stay — even if I did tell my dad “she’s nice, but she has no sense of humor.”

Thank you for staying. Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for saving my life.

Thank you for really seeing me, for never turning a blind eye. Even when it meant seeing me steal laxatives from dad’s bathroom, and calling me on it, knowing I was trying to be bulimic before I even knew it myself.

Thank you for teaching me, “I am not a mind reader!” No one is. And, “if you don’t ask, the answer will always be NO.”

Thank you for buying me clothes when my birth parents were fighting over who would pay for them. You just grabbed my hand and took me shopping. You made me feel beautiful and wanted and loved.

Thank you for teaching me personal responsibility. That every time you point one finger forward, you are pointing four right back at yourself.

Thank you for always making sure I felt like your daughter, your first, even after my sister was born and you had your own flesh-and-blood baby.

Thank you for continuing to work on yourself, grow yourself, inspiring me to do the same.

Thank you for every adventure, from the silent retreat with Pema Chodron to the very loud martinis on the beach in Florida with Grandma Helen, Aunt Mush and Kath.

Thank you for all the times you saved my life by taking Liv at the last second so I could go follow my dreams as an artist, and nurture my soul as a wife and woman.

Thank you for the nap we took together yesterday when you came to visit. For teaching me to slooooow down sometimes. For the way you stroke my hair, my arm, the way you hug me and teach me so much about expressing love and affection in word, deed and action.

Thank you for showing up, for all the thousands of hours you spent in transit on a plane/train/boat/automobile/subway to come see me all over the world. Because I needed your hug every single time.

Thank you for making me laugh till I cried so so many times. For proving that — despite what I said when we first met — not only do you actually have a sense of humor, but in fact it’s a biting, sarcastic wit I ADORE.

Mommy, your presence in my life, the way I feel about you, and how you literally saved my life … makes me believe in fate, karma, angels, God and all the rest of it more than anything else in my life. I don’t know how I got so lucky, but I thank God every day.

I love you. Thank you,


Alysia Reiner is an actress, activist and producer. She’s best-known for her role as “the warden everyone loves to hate,” Natalie “Fig” Figueroa, on Orange is the New Black. Season 5 starts streaming June 9 on Netflix.

This is part of a special series, “Thank You, Mom,” highlighting letters of gratitude from celebrities and notable writers leading up to Mother’s Day. To view the full collection, which will be added to throughout the month of May, go here.

Most mothers agree that becoming a new Mom can be the most exciting and the most terrifying adventure you’ll have in life. As you bring new life into the world, you’ll be faced with plenty of challenges – but it ‘ll be all be worth it in the end. From your baby’s first smile to the moment they open their eyes, the love you’ll have for your baby is endless. So if you’re looking for new mom quotes to help prepare you for the experience to come, or you need special messages to add to your baby shower invitations, we’ve got you covered. Check out our favorite new mom quotes below.

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  • Maternity Quotes and Inspirational Pregnancy Quotes
  • Mommy To Be Quotes And Sayings
  • Having A Baby Quotes
  • First Time Mom Quotes
  • Words Of Encouragement For Mothers
  • New Mom Quotes Funny

Maternity Quotes and Inspirational Pregnancy Quotes

The following quotes highlight the gift of carrying life. Whether you’re having a particularly hard day of maternity or you’re looking for inspirational quotes for your baby shower messages, these quotes are perfect.

  • “I begin to love this little creature, and to anticipate his birth as a fresh twist to a know which I do not wish to unite.” – Mary Wollstonecraft
  • “To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and distressingly inhabited. Soul and spirit are stretched – along with body – making pregnancy a time of transition, growth, and profound beginnings.” – Anne Christian Buchanan
  • “Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom.” – Harriette Hartigan
  • “The biggest surprise, which is also the best, is that I didn’t know I would love motherhood as much as I do.” – Deborah Norville
  • “A mother’s joy begins when new life is stirring inside; when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the first time, and a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone.” – Unknown

Mommy To Be Quotes And Sayings

The following mommy to be quotes and sayings are perfect additions to birth announcements or messages for a baby book.

  • “A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin.” – Amy Tan
  • “There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.” – Pamela S. Nadav
  • “You never understand life until it grows inside of you.” – Sandra C. Kassis
  • “Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.” – Maria Shriver
  • “The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.” – Jessica Lange
  • “A mother continues to labor long after the baby is born.” – Lisa Jo Baker
  • “No influence is so powerful as that of the mother.” – Sarah Josepha Hale

Having A Baby Quotes

These having a baby quotes are both realistic and inspirational. Read them below and save your favorites for a rainy day.

  • “A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years and in your heart till the day you die.” – Mary Mason
  • “Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone
  • “I like to think of motherhood as a great big adventure. You set off on a journey, you don’t really know how to navigate things, and you don’t exactly know where you’re going or how you’re going to get there.” – Cynthia Rowley
  • “Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It’s huge and scary—it’s an act of infinite optimism.” – Gilda Radner
  • “Motherhood is a great honor and privilege, yet it is also synonymous with servanthood. Every day women are called upon to selflessly meet the needs of their families. Whether they are awake at night nursing a baby, spending their time and money on less-than-grateful teenagers, or preparing meals, moms continuously put others before themselves.” – Charles Stanley
  • “A miracle is really the only way to describe motherhood and giving birth. It’s unbelievable how God has made us women and babies to endure and be able to do so much. A miracle, indeed. Such an incredible blessing.” – Jennie Finch

First Time Mom Quotes

Make something extra special for the new mom in your life by pairing one of the following first time mom quotes with a shadow box that she can keep mementos in.

  • “The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” – Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
  • “Birthing is the most profound initiation to spirituality a woman can have.” – Robin Lim
  • “Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain – your life will never be the same.” – Catherine Jones
  • “Just as there is no warning for childbirth, there is no preparation for the sight of a first child. There should be a song for women to sing at this moment, or a prayer to recite. But perhaps there is none because there are no words strong enough to name that moment.” – Anita Diamant
  • “I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is.” – Oprah

Words Of Encouragement For Mothers

These words of encouragement for mothers and moms-to-be are perfect to help ease their worry on the tough days. Pairing these quotes with special gifts for mom will help remind her how much she’s appreciated.

  • “Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.” – Lin Yutang
  • “Birth is the epicenter of women’s power.” – Ani DiFranco
  • “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver
  • “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.” – Ricki Lake
  • “We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” – Laura Stavoe Harm
  • “Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.” – Tina Fey
  • “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” – Jill Churchill
  • “Birth takes a woman’s deepest fears about herself and show her that she is stronger than them.” – Unknown
  • “What good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is usually best after all.” – Benjamin Spock

New Mom Quotes Funny

The following quotes are as funny as they are true. If you’re looking to pass on humor to a new mom or you just need a good laugh, you’ll love the following:

  • “That first pregnancy is a long sea journey to a country where you don’t know the language, where land is in sight for such a long time that after a while it’s just the horizon – and then one day birds wheel over that dark shape and it’s suddenly close, and all you can do is hope like hell that you’ve had the right shots.” – Emily Perkins
  • “The best thing about being a new mom is the lower tolerance from not drinking for nine months.” – Anonymous
  • “Rigid plans work best if you’re building a skyscraper; with something as mysteriously human as giving birth, it’s best, both literally and figuratively, to keep your knees bent.” – Mark Sloan
  • “A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.” – Anonymous
  • “Sleep is like the unicorn—it is rumored to exist, but I doubt I will see any.” – Unknown

Additional Resources for New Mom Quotes

If you likes our complete list of new mom quotes and you’re looking for more, make sure to check out our favorite new mom gifts and personalized gifts for mom.

Sometimes there aren’t enough words in any language to express how our parents are important for us. Thankfully, mom is basically filled with infinite wisdom, so she usually knows ours without having to say anything. Anyway, mom quotes will remind how mothers are these precious people we all want to be part of our lives, and you should send a message to mom to say thank you with love.

Mothers are always special. No matter how old you get, you always love your mother as she is the one who loves you unconditionally. Do yourself a favor and don’t depend on quotes, wishes, and greeting cards. Make it personal and dig deep in your heart to think of something sweet you have to say to the woman who has made unimaginable sacrifices in her own life to infuse happiness in yours. You can get some inspiration from short family quotes but
you should create your own I love you mom messages that will help you express your appreciation to your mother.

“I believe in the strength and intelligence and sensitivity of women. My mother, my sisters are strong. My mum is a strong woman and I love her for it.” —Tom Hiddleston

“Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.” —P.J. O’Rourke

“Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.” —Harriet Beecher Stowe

You may also want to read mother daughter quotes or that celebrate this strong bond.

If you’re searching for the best words and images to share with your family members… look no further! From the awesome quotes about sisters, father daughter quotes, and bro quotes, we’ve got you covered.

I Love You Mom Quotes

  • “As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her.” ―Kristin Hannah
  • A mother… sees all, says little. Sacrifices all complain little. Gives all, expects little. My dear Mom, your love makes every day of my life happy and carefree. I always love you from my heart and forever will. Thanks for everything, love you, mom.
  • A mother cannot be defined by words. Also, strong women quotes aren’t enough. She sees everything, says something. Sacrifices everything, complains something. My dear Mom, the warmth of your love is just a magic. As a mother you are fantastic. I love you, mom. The things become more beautiful when you are with me. You always make my dream comes true.
  • “Sometimes, mothers say and do things that seem like they don’t want their kids … but when you look more closely, you realize that they’re doing those kids a favor. They’re just trying to give them a better life.” ―Jodi Picoult
  • With you, I have fought and argued with you. But you kept a calm mood. Your heart has always had an open door for me. I love you, mom.
  • “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.” ―Gail Tsukiyama
  • If my life had to be fit in a single selfie, it would be incomplete without my mommy. I love you, mom.
  • “My mother… she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.” ―Jodi Picoult
  • I may never be able to be exactly like you, but just the thought of filling the shoes of a woman like you makes me a better person. I love you, mom.
  • “Even as a small child, I understood that women had secrets and that some of these were only to be told to daughters. In this way, we were bound together for eternity.” ―Alice Hoffman
  • As mom and son, we are connected with one another and your love is the soup for my soul. I love you mother.
  • “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” ―Agatha Christie
  • “Motherhood is a choice you make every day, to put someone else’s happiness and well-being 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
  • I will never be able to describe what my mom means to me. If anyone wants to know, they will have to go inside my heart to see. My mom’s love is warm, sweet, caring and cute. It is all that my heart needs to beat. I love you, mom.
  • “‘I always wondered why God was supposed to be a father,’ she whispers. ‘Fathers always want you to measure up to something. Mothers are the ones who love you unconditionally, don’t you think?’” ―Jodi Picoult
  • Mom, you made my life wonderful and pushed me to be successful. I don’t know what I can do for you. I love you, mom.
  • “Mama took me in her arms and held me tight. Her embrace was hot and she smelled like sweat, dust, and grease, but I wanted her. I wanted to crawl inside her mind to find that place that let her smile and sing through the worst dust storms. If I had to be crazy, I wanted my mama’s kind of crazy, because she was never afraid.” ―Sarah Zettel
  • “I will look after you and I will look after anybody you say needs to be looked after, any way you say. I am here. I brought my whole self to you. I am your mother.” ―Maya Angelou

Send Message To Mom

  • For all of the times, I never said thank you because I thought you knew, I thank you now more than ever, mom.
  • You were with me in all the times on both my difficulty and success. You are incomparable to anyone in this world. I love you, mom.
  • I cannot comprehend the kind of love I developed for you since the day I realize you are my mother. Not even a stone can resist the hotness of the words that will explain my love for you. I love you, mom!
  • You are my precious gift from God forever. I love you, mom. A very sweet good morning to you.
  • I have success because you’re my Mom. I have happiness because you’re my Mom. I have love because you’re my Mom. I’m so glad I have you as my mother.
  • Mom, you are the only one who stays with me forever. I thank you for everything and for things you are going to do. I love you mom so much.
  • I never appreciated the things you did for me all these years. But now that I am a parent, I am in awe of the sacrifices you’ve made to bring me up. Better late than never. Mom, I love you!
  • You guide me with your loving hand and gentle wisdom. You are always with me through all my troubles. Thank you for being there. I love you, mom.
  • Mom, you are the only one who gives me everything without expecting anything in return. You’re such a wonderful person, and I love you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for everything you have done for me.
  • Through selfless services, you brought me up to this stage in life and I am happy with myself for the entire things you have done in my life, without you, my life is incomplete. I know I cannot pay you back because you have sacrificed everything for me. I love you, mom!
  • I give a tribute to a wonderful woman in this world who works very hard to raise her children and to give them a good future. She is a superwoman and yes… SHE IS MY MOM. I love you very much, mom. You are a great woman.
  • Even if life promises nothing, as long as the only true treasure called me, mom is here I will always be satisfied to live in this world, I am happy having understood that you are here for me. Now and for the rest of my life, I will love you, Mom!

Thank You Mom Text

  • It is impossible to put into words everything I appreciate about you. From who you are as a person, to the person you raised me to be, everything about you is amazing. First of all, thank you for never giving up on our family or on me. From day one you have been my support system and my greatest fan.
  • All that I am, all that I do, all that I ever had, I owe it all to you. Thank You, mom,
  • I thank you for always holding my hand. I thank you for giving me the love you always have. I am very lucky to have you.
  • I just want to thank you for being my reason to look forward to the next day.
  • For all of the times, I never said thank you because I thought you knew, I thank you now more than ever, mom.
  • The love between a mother and her child last forever and I’m so lucky and thank you for loving me unconditionally, Mom.
  • “My mom is literally a part of me. You can’t say that about many people except relatives, and organ donors.” – Carrie Latet
  • Your touch is healing, your voice is melodious and the motherly love that you shower on me is just heavenly. Thanks, mom.
  • The PUREST and TRUEST meaning of the word UNCONDITIONAL can only be found in a MOTHER’S LOVE. Thanks for everything mom.
  • Thank you, mom, for always being here for me to love me and care for me when I felt like no one else did. No one can ever take your place ever.
  • “A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” – Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • They say that you can choose friends but not family. I’m glad that’s true because I have the best family ever, and you are the reason for it. Thanks, mum.
  • Despite failures, she stands up. Despite sorrow, she cheers up. Even in pain, she fights! No one could be as stronger as she. And that’s my mom! Thank you so much, mom!
  • You’re my sun-kissed morning, my starry night, my blissful afternoon siesta and my crackling dawn. You’re the light of my life without which I cannot exist. I love you mom thank you.
  • With every rising day, I feel very happy as you are my source of inspiration. I thank god for giving you as my mother. Thank you, mom.
  • Mom, you’re there with me through all my pain and gain; an uncomplaining and loving heart even in the midst of turmoil. What a wonderful mom you are. I love you so much!
  • Mom, you’ve held onto my hand for a while, but now I am growing up. But just remember, you will always hold on to my heart, forever. Forever there will be love. Thank you, mom.
  • Little by little I began to be used to you until now I understand how much I have been swimming in the ocean of love, as I grow up my instinct opens up to feel the impact of the love of whom a mother is then found you right before me. Thanks, mom!
  • No matter how hard I try, no matter what I do, I would never be able to show you how much I appreciate everything you’ve done for me. You are my hero, you are my strength. Thank you, mom.
  • Mom, because you’re a woman like I am, you understand all that I go through. You lead and guide me with your loving hand and gentle wisdom. Thank you, mom. May God bless you.
  • A single person to take all roles in herself is my mom. Yes, she plays all her vital roles very well, role as a daughter, role as a wife, role as a daughter in law, role as a mother, role as a grandma and also the role as a good human being. She is the miraculous creation of God. Thanks so much, mom!
  • “There is nothing as powerful as mother’s love, and nothing as healing as a child’s soul.”
  • You are wonderful indeed and I am just sorry that I don’t say this enough. As your son, I want you to know that I treasure your wise counsel and advice and you truly deserve a Ph.D. as the greatest tutor in my life. Thank you, mum and I love you!
  • Anyone can come and go to any part of your life, mom is the only one stays with you forever. Mom thank you so much for the way you have been to me. Thank you, my dear mom!

Mother’s Day is dedicated to the most important woman in the world who deserves just that: the entire world. On May 12, after enjoying a delicious brunch and surprising her with an amazing gift that she’s been eyeing, share a sweet photo of your biggest inspiration with a heartfelt Instagram caption. Let the world know exactly how much she means to you and that there’s no one quite like her with a fitting quote or saying. Whether you plan on spending the day together doing Mother’s Day activities or you’ll be celebrating from long-distance, Mom will definitely be feeling extra special.

Don’t forget to check out Good Housekeeping’s guide to Mother’s Day 2019.

Sweet Mother’s Day Captions

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  • Home is wherever mom is.
  • A mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.
  • Moms are like buttons — they hold everything together.
  • A mother’s hug lasts long after she lets go.
  • The only thing better than having you for a mom, is my children having you for a grandma.
  • To the world you are a mother, but to our family you are the absolute world.
  • Who needs a superhero, when I have her?
  • Mom: A title just above queen.
  • Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.
  • Out of all the moms in the world, I am so glad you are mine.

Funny Mother’s Day Captions

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#Accurate. 📚😉 #quoteoftheday #momsofinstagram

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  • Mom, thanks for teaching me to stop and sip the rosé.
  • Motherhood: Powered by love. Fueled by coffee. Sustained by wine.
  • Mothers don’t sleep. They just worry with their eyes closed.
  • Mom: My greatest teacher, my best friend, and my cheapest therapist.
  • She’s not a regular mom, she’s a cool mom.
  • I love how we don’t have to say out loud that I’m your favorite child.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, try doing it the way mom told you to in the beginning.
  • Keep calm and call your mom.
  • Dear mom, I get it now.
  • Nothing is lost until your mother can’t find it.

Mother’s Day Captions Inspired by Songs

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  • “I want to thank you for what you’ve done in hopes I can give back to you.” —The Backstreet Boys
  • “She’s the sky that holds the clouds. She’s the lady of the house, a blind believer in all I dare to be.” —The Band Perry
  • “She said I don’t care if you’re 80, you’ll always be my baby.” —Blake Shelton
  • “I love you. I’ll always love you. There’s nothing I won’t do to say these words to you.” —Good Charlotte
  • “She’s your mother, you love her. There won’t be another place like her again that you call home.” —Sugarland
  • “You got me, I got you, together we always pull through.” —Christina Aguilera
  • “I will make you queen of everything you see, I’ll put you on the map.” —Twenty One Pilots
  • “You taught me to run, you taught me to fly, helped me to free the me inside.” —Gloria Estefan and *NSYNC
  • “You might have a mom, she might be the bomb, but ain’t nobody got a mom like mine.” —Meghan Trainor
  • “You’ve given me everything that I will need to make it through this crazy thing called life.” —Carrie Underwood

Mother’s Day Captions Inspired by Quotes

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Mason jars and #SpringBlooms, two of our favorite things! 🌺🌸💕 #springflowers #springishere (#regram: @bluesugarcookieco)

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  • “I love you a thousand yellow daisies.” —Gilmore Girls
  • “In a world full of trends, you always remain a classic.” —Iman
  • “All I am I owe to my mother.” —George Washington
  • “My mother was my role model before I even knew what that word was.” —Lisa Leslie
  • “I can imagine no heroism greater than motherhood.” —Lance Conrad
  • “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.” —Rudyard Kipling
  • “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” —Princess Diana
  • “We are born of love; Love is our mother.” —Rumi
  • “Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.” —Erich Fromm
  • “Motherhood. All love begins and ends there.” —Robert Browning
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An ode to my mom…the most important person in my life! A celebration of 50 things I love about her for Mother’s Day.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner and it taking place on a weekend, I wanted to make sure I posted something this week in honor of my mom. She’s a truly incredible woman, my best friend, and the most important person in my life. I wanted to share some of the things that make her so special and make me love her so much.

1. Her intuition and all-knowing ‘mom-ness’

2. Her gentle touch

3. Her ability to rationalize and work through any tough situation

4. Her generosity

5. Her selflessness

6. Her love of healthy living

7. Her empathy

8. Her silly sense of humor

9. The funny ways she pronounces words

10. How she lights up a room with her smile and eyes

11. The way she always puts others first

12. Her dedication to our family

13. Her work ethic

14. Her comforting hugs

15. The way she says my name

16. How she always puts others first

17. The confidence she has in herself

18. Her calming presence

19. Her ability to talk me through things

20. Her unwavering love

21. Her encouraging words

22. Her lovely laugh

23. Her willingness to sacrifice

24. Her fondness of fitness

25. Her amazing cooking skills

26. Her positive outlook on life

27. Her encouragement to never give up on my dreams

28. Her shared love of The Mindy Project

29. Her sense of style

30. The funny way she mouths what I say when I’m talking to her

31. Her constant support

32. Her belief in me

33. Her comfort in her own skin

34. Her willingness to help me out of a bind

35. The way she always has my back

36. Her love of being outside

37. Her respect for others

38. Her sarcasm and wit

39. Her warm embrace

40. Her love of animals

41. Her extensive medical knowledge

42. The way she always makes me feel safe a secure

43. How she will open our house to anyone and everyone

44. Her love for my dad

45. Her patience

46. Her frugality

47. The way she’s overcome hardships in her life

48. The example she sets for those around her

49. Her ability to diffuse a tense situation

50. Her epic capacity for forgiveness

Mom, thank you for being the first person who ever loved me and for being the first person I ever loved. I am honored that I have gotten to experience these past 22 years with you.

Happy (early) Mother’s Day, Mom! I love you more than you know.

Have a great day everyone! See you later this week with a regularly scheduled recipe post….it involves cookies! So get excited.

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  1. Mom’s are very special people. 🙂 I have a close relationship with my mom (she’s my best friend…no joke) so I think this article is the best! Happy Birthday to you mom!!

    • Thanks Kaylin!

  2. That is beautiful and so is your mom, inside and out. Happy Birthday to your awesome mom!!

    • Thank you Janice!!

  3. This is so wonderful! I am sure your mom enjoyed reading about these 50 things. Happy Birthday to your mom!

    • Thanks Maryann!

  4. happy birthday to your momma! that old school picture of your mom and you – you look just like her! she’s gorgeous!

    • Awww thank you!! I will pass that onto her!

  5. This is such a sweet post, Kaila! #14 and #32… the best!

    • Aww thanks Allie!

  6. 50 Things I Love About My Mom

  7. This is so nice!

    • Thanks Patrick!

  8. What a precious mama; I want to come back and read every single one after the work day. Your mom sounds like a beautiful woman.

    • Thanks EM! Thought you’d like this one!! 😀

  9. This is a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your mom with us.

    • Thank you so much Michelle!!

  10. What a beautiful post! Nice to see you at Welcome Home Wednesday!

    • Thank you Nancy!!

  11. Awww this is so beautiful. Mom’s are so special <3

    • Thank you Ashii!

  12. Beautiful post. Your mother sounds amazing! My mom and I were estranged for so many years – and while I was small she worked. You’ve been blessed.

    • Thank you! I am sorry to hear about your relationship with your mother. I truly am thankful for mine!

  13. This is such a beautiful post! I always love reading your blog 🙂 Your mom sounds amazing!

    • Thank you so much Kayla!!

  14. That was truly wonderful! Your mom is terrific and she has a terrific daughter too!

    • Thank you so much, lovely!!

  15. I love this post! So many of the them speak directly to me and how I feel about my mom. The funniest is “how you pronounce words funny”. My mom has a slight accent and it still cracks me up when she pronounces words funny. Thanks for posting!

    • Thank you so much Marnie! I am glad you enjoyed the post!! And HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to your mum!!

  16. A great tribute! You are blessed!

    • Thank you so much Sue!!

  17. What a beautiful tribute to your mom. I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.

    • Thank you so much Rhonda!!

  18. go to person is my mom or my close friends….they always have words of comfort and understanding to offer

  19. I love this website! I’m making something for my mom and this is just perfect!

    • Thanks so much, Elizabeth!

  20. Interesting article!

    • Thanks Holly!

  21. My mothers endless love and support, is what made me the person I am today and continues to help me develop. I kept on getting emotional reading this. Thank you for this article.

    • Thank you for reading, Zachary!! I really appreciate you taking the time to read this post. 🙂

  22. She is truly the BEST. Our relationship is stronger than it’s ever been before and we seriously just laugh & smile the whole time ANY TIME we are together. I just love her so much and don’t know what I would do without her. Thank god there are people on earth like my mother. Selfless. Compassionate. Loving. And so darn, fun to be around. She’s truly my best forever friend. No shame in saying that AT ALL.

  23. She is truly the BEST. Our relationship is stronger than it’s ever been before and we seriously just laugh & smile the whole time ANY TIME we are together. I just love her so much and don’t know what I would do without her. Thank god there are people on earth like my mother. Selfless. Compassionate. Loving. And so darn, fun to be around. She’s truly my best forever friend. No shame in saying that AT ALL.

A Thank You Letter to My Second Mom

Your second mom is the person you turn to when you either A.) can’t tell your real mom something in fear of getting in trouble or B.) need a second opinion because your real parents didn’t give the answer you wanted. Regardless, she is essential for maintaining family unity and overall sanity. She’s there for you forever, because she chose to not because of blood. And that speaks volumes.

I was lucky enough to have found my second mom when I was around nine-years old, but I didn’t realize how much I needed her until I entered high school. Now I couldn’t imagine life without her.

So this letter is to Jackie, my second mom.

Thank you for all the times you took me in and treated me like part of your family. My favorite times are when we’re all cuddled in your bed telling stories about when you were my age. Thank you for having your own family adopt me into their life and being invited to every birthday party and family function. They have brought so much light to my life, especially your nieces and nephews that I love as my own. Thank you to your sisters and mom for always making me feel loved and laugh the loudest when we’re all together. You may not have given birth to me, but you probably should have.

Beyond your own family, thank you for giving me my second family. Allowing me to train and work at the gym gave me more than I ever thought possible. I found my best friends and family there. Thank you for making us all be so close and showing us the way to love and appreciate everyone who walks through the doors. You gave me an extended family that I’ll have forever. Even though I’m a hundred miles away at college, I know that you all are only a phone call away. So thank you a thousand times over for taking a chance on me before your doors were even open.

Thank you for giving me the best advice, even when I don’t want to hear it. Whether it’s about stupid boys, high school, or just life in general I know I can always count on you to tell me what to do. I’ve gone to you with every bit of drama that I couldn’t tell me mom, and you always managed to make me smile by the end. But thank you for letting me know that it’s okay to mess up and make the wrong decision along the way because that’s how I learned the most. Thank you for always being the one to pick me up when I’m down and for knowing something’s wrong before I even say anything. As much as I hate it, I’m so thankful that you force me into telling you everything.

More than anything thank you for having the most perfect daughter of your own, that I now get to be a second mommy to. You have shown me what it’s like to always be there for someone, and I will always be there for her. Thank you for teaching me how to treat people and love them unconditionally. And now giving me someone I love more than I ever thought humanly possible. Thank you for being an amazing second mom to me, while still raising a baby and being the best real mommy to her.

Thank you for being my best friend, role model, and second mom all at the same time because I know which ever one I need, you’ll be there; if I need a shoulder to cry on, a person to laugh with, or someone to tell me to get my shit together and calm down. You’ll always stick up for me, tell me when I’m wrong, and protect me. Thank you for coming into my life and never leaving. I couldn’t imagine life without you.

So thank you, I love you, and I miss you. I’ll see soon!

Love always,


Most people struggle to face the truth. They keep going back, trying to make it better, trying to make their parents understand. They go into therapy and try to work on themselves. I went to therapy, too. But all it did was confirm what I already knew.

See, I already hated you. I don’t know how young I was when I stopped loving you. Eight or nine, probably, one of those ugly ages when you’re no longer a cute little kid but you’re not an attractive young woman yet, either. When only your mother loves you.

There must have been a day. An event. Probably one of those mad screaming rants you would go on, because I’d been scratching my nose, or I’d looked at you funny, or you’d asked me a question and my answer hadn’t quite hit that tone of cheery obedience that you expected. I spent so much time trying to figure out what set you off, but the truth is it was mostly nothing to do with me. I was a convenient punchbag. Maybe someone had been nasty to you at work, or accused you of skipping in front of them in the bus queue. And then you’d come in and wait for me to do something you could plausibly get angry about and suddenly I’d be flying across the room, your hand at my shoulder, your spittle-flecked face white with rage, inches from my face. You awful, awful person.

There was no name for it, not when I grew up. The insane rages followed by days of silent treatment. The total control over what I wore, who I saw, where I went. And the discouragement of learning any life skills or making any sort of move towards independence. It was too weird for people to understand. We lived on an estate where drug addicts let their small kids roam the streets at all hours, where there were houses you could go into and find dog shit on the floor and no food in the fridge. I was fed and clothed and never got into any trouble. Abuse like yours didn’t register. But it was still abuse.

I kept up the relationship with you after I moved out and while my dad was still alive, so that I could see him. I knew if I broke with you, precisely what sort of hell you’d put him through for ever coming to meet me alone. He made plans to leave you, did you know? He wanted to take me with him, but was afraid he wouldn’t get custody. He only told me after I’d left home.

Once he died, I told myself I was staying in contact to save myself from feeling guilty when you were dead. After all, you were my mother. But sometimes I’d hear about someone estranged from their family, and I’d feel jealous. I was no good to you anyway. You needed to keep up the appearance of a loving mother, so you had to see me now and again. But other than that I was no fun any more, because I’d learned how not to react to you. You couldn’t hurt me. It frustrated you, and after a day or two with us you would want to go home.

You overplayed your hand in the end. There was a level of grief I was prepared to put up with, but then you started on my child, and that was it. I played the part, though, and behaved like the perfect host through the rest of your visit. I even kissed you goodbye at the airport. But as I watched you walk to the gate, I swore the next time I would see you was in your coffin. And I felt nothing but relief.


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How I Survived the Lack of My Mother’s Love

I remember that session.

My therapist knew I could handle her being be brutally honest with me.

“You didn’t have your mother’s love when you were a child. Accept you will never get it — it’s time to move on.”

My first reaction was hurt. How could she say that?

It took a few days to sink in until I’d adjusted to accepting there were events (or non-events) that I had no power to change.

How we fool ourselves that we’re “over it”.

At the time I was in my early 40’s.

Ten Years After

In 1999, I’d started therapy for the third time as I wasn’t coping with life.

I’d received a letter dripping with love from my mother, inviting me to come back to the UK, she’d look after me until I got back on my feet with a job etc. (Hubby and I had closed our business and times were tough.)

I caught the bait, oblivious to what lay ahead.

I mentioned the letter to my therapist at my next session and told her I’d accepted the invitation.

It horrified her.

“Please don’t go,” she said. “Surely you don’t believe what she’s written!”

There I was, falling for mother’s sticky sweetness again; hope, tinged with desperation, drove me to dig in my heels. And there was my therapist doing her damnedest to protect me.

“I have to do this. I want to try one last time. If I don’t, I’ll never know. Maybe she’s mellowed with age.”

I still craved a happily-ever-after-fairy-tale-come-true. This false hope lingered.

A response by a reader of Peg Streep’s article “Unloved Daughters” on Psychology Today demonstrates it’s a common trait:

“It’s my own hopefulness that gets in the way. I get all hopeful that my mother will suddenly change and treat me well and, even though I know that’s nothing more than wishful thinking, I get sucked in anyway. I end up feeling as devastated at 35 as I did at the age of 15.”

This will be the last time

Mother started her nonsense the moment she spotted me in the Arrivals Hall at Heathrow.

“My God, you look like a hippy. We must do something with your hair. I’ve hired a limousine and driver so we can drive home in style.”

The nightmare had begun.

I endured another four days under her control before I packed my bags (and guitar) and left.

A terrifying and traumatic final interlude which brought back the pain and terror I had endured under her reign until the age of seven, when my Dad (God Bless him) took my brother and I away from her clutches, divorced her, got custody, and transferred us to South Africa.

I worked six months in the UK then returned to South Africa in November 1999. Despite a doctor having diagnosed my depression (my fourth and final episode), I was confident my joy of being back home would kill it.

Home Sweet Home

“A mother’s love is something that should be evident, offered freely and prized above many other things in life. Yes, a father’s love is important, but it’s the mother who holds the new-born infant close and serves as the first real attachment. To girls, the absence of a mother’s love is something so traumatic that it can’t be put into simple words.” Sherrie Hurd — The Minds Journal

On Christmas Eve, visiting friends, I had the worst anxiety attack ever. We stayed over that night; it would be a lie to say I slept.

I was fragile, breakable.

The next morning, stepping outside to drive home, a new experience presented — agoraphobia. I spent the entire journey home curled up on the passenger seat with my arms locked over my head.

Long story short, I spent seven weeks at a psychiatric clinic in January/February 2000, handling and healing my unresolved emotional issues, most of which centered on my relationship with my mother.

Computers didn’t crash as we entered the new millennium — only me.

Part of the ritual of release was to write her a letter expressing everything I wanted to tell her but never had. Pouring those words onto 20-plus A4 pages killed the virus of this toxic relationship.

Better yet, the closing act of the ritual was to burn the letter. Every negative emotion linked to my mother went up in flames that day. Never to return. I’d had my say.

I divorced my mother, following in my Dad’s footsteps.

How I’ve survived without a mother’s love

From the stories I’ve read and responded to here on Medium, I know I’m not the only survivor. We have completed or are still working on issues like lack of confidence, not trusting others, avoiding befriending other women, being overly sensitive, low self-esteem. We know it’s up to us to move on as my therapist pointed out to me.

It’s hard work but well worth it.

Most times, I no longer regard a loving mother and daughter with envy. I don’t regret the lack of a maternal cheerleader to encourage and praise me. No yearning for memorable mother/daughter moments that never were.

I understand and accept that I based my decision not to have children on a flawed argument — that I’d be a shitty mother too.

I defied my therapist to be here now, sharing this story with you. I needed to know.

“Be the love you never received.” — Rune Cazuli

I learned to love myself.

Who needs a praise-singer when I’ve got me? No therapy for 18 years. Now my completeness depends on nobody but me and God (who always has my back). We’re a formidable team!

But we stay vigilant ; observe thoughts, words, reactions; take the helm to correct course if my ship sails off-course, which it will. I’m human.

I no longer react to Mothers’ Day, or the media hype showing happy mothers and daughters, or the thousands of quotes on a mother’s love. I used to resent them. Now I bless them and wish them well.

But that’s not me. I don’t belong there.

I am neither a mother nor a loving daughter. That doesn’t disqualify me from being a human.

Ever afterthought

We are born to bond with others. Without a mother’s love, the messages we receive and process in our first seven years create a neural network in our Emotional Brains that hinders rather than helps us grow and develop as balanced functional beings.

The good news is that we can create new paths that either bypass or incorporate the old trails. Like intrepid explorers we can map out new territory.

Loving yourself no matter what is a good place to begin.

(And I love you too.)

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A Mother and Daughter relationship is so special, especially when daughters become mothers themselves. Here are some quotes for mom from daughter for mother’s day or any day.

  1. A mother is a daughter’s first best friend.
  2. All that I am, or home to be, I owe to my angel mother -Abraham Lincoln
  3. I love my mother as trees loves water and sunshine. She helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights. -Terry Guillemets
  4. No matter your age, you always need your mom.
  5. My Mother: She is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her. -Jodi Picoult
  6. Home is where your mom is.
  7. I do what I want, when I want, where I want… if my mom says it’s ok.
  8. I believe in love at first sight because I loved my mom since I opened my eyes.
  9. The worst sight in the world is seeing your mom cry.
  10. Happiness is seeing your mother smile.
  11. I love my mom because she gave me everything: she gave me love, she gave me her soul, and she gave me her time.
  12. First my mother, forever my friend
  13. No matter how old you get, sometimes, you still just need a hug from mom to make everything better.
  14. 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.
  15. Every day I become a bit more like my mother… and I couldn’t be any prouder!
  16. My mother is my best critic, and yet my strongest supporter.
  17. We laugh, we cry. We make time fly. We are best friends, my mother and I.
  18. Words cannot express the gratitude that you deserve for all that you have done for us throughout the years.
  19. One of the most important relationship we’ll have is the relationship we have with our mothers. -Iyanla Vanzant
  20. If I didn’t have you as a mom, I’d choose you as a friend.
  21. No matter what we go through. No matter how much we argue. In the end, you are there for me always, and I love you for that.
  22. I couldn’t ask for a better mom. Even in your flaws, I saw perfection.
  23. A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. -Washington Irving
  24. Mom, I cannot thank you enough for what you have done me. You were always there when I needed you the most.
  25. A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s. -Princess Diana
  26. When you are looking at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know. -Charley Benetto
  27. To the world, you are a mother. To a family, you are the world.
  28. Mom, because of you, I am what I am today. Thank you.
  29. Moms are people who know us the best and love us the most.
  30. There’s a reason some people think they can achieve anything. They listened to their mother.

Check out 50 more mom quotes or 30 Moms Quotes from Sons

  1. Love this! Sharing!

    • thanks!

  2. i love it 4 my mom

    • thanks for reading!

  3. Awesome quotews telling my mom!!!

    • Awesome, thanks for stopping by!


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