It’s that time again, back to school! Or for my family, first time experiencing the back to school rush. As my social media feeds are flooded with back to school pictures of all your adorable kiddos, I started thinking about moms needing those extra words of encouragement. So I’ve compiled a list of fabulous famous mom quotes to do just that! 

I know, I need to be uplifted. We all do sometimes. As you battle other moms in the drop-off and pick up lines, try to remember that we are all busy and going through something in life.

Extend grace with a smile, a wave, or simply by exercising your ability to not honk and shout at other moms who are clueless about line etiquette. Breathe. It’s going to be alright. Check out these famous mom quotes to help, to encourage, and to make you laugh. 

Warning, I love Kirsten Bell’s and Chrissy Teigan’s mom quotes so much they have multiple appearances on the list.

Mom Quotes


One of the biggest things I’ve learned from speaking with other mothers is that we all are battling our inability to be perfect! It’s impossible ladies, so seek solace in that truth and share in the joys of these famous mom quotes instead. 

“I never understand why mothers judge other mothers, like, ‘What do you mean you didn’t breastfeed? What do you mean you didn’t do this?’ It’s like, ‘Can’t we all just be on each other’s side?”

Gwyneth Paltrow

“Sometimes I feel like a bad mom … Some days I feel like I should win the best mom of the day award, and some days I find myself doing strange things that don’t have any real purpose, in faraway corners in my house, and I realize I am literally and deliberately hiding from my children.”

Kate Hudson

“As a mom, you have to look at how much time you’re spending with your kids. There is nothing you will regret more in your life — nothing — than not being present for your children.”

Jamie Lee Curtis

“My instinct is to protect my children from pain. But adversity is often the thing that gives us character and backbone. It’s always been a struggle for me to back off and let my children go through difficult experiences.”

Nicole Kidman

“I’ve learned something about kids — they don’t do what you say; they do what you do.”

Jennifer Lopez

Motherhood Strength

“Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, at times it has also been a huge challenge — even for me who has support at home that most mothers do not.

Nothing can really prepare you for you the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to become a mother. It is full of complex emotions of joy, exhaustion, love, and worry, all mixed together. Your fundamental identity changes overnight.”

Kate Middleton

“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.”

Barbara Kingsolver

“I will talk to my daughters about everything and anything … I think we’re traveling into this strange pattern of editing what we say to our kids, thinking that will help them, and I believe the opposite.”

Kirsten Bell

“My favorite thing about being a mom is just what a better person it makes you on a daily basis. Every morning when I wake her up, the endgame is, ’Can I get her to smile?’ And that puts me in a good mood. It’s definitely a different way to live—and a much better one.”

Drew Barrymore

“I try to call my mother, Betty, with more regularity because I think, What if Hazel didn’t call me for two weeks? I’m able to see her mothering now from a different vantage point.”

Julia Roberts

Quotes for Moms to Be


How are you doing mama? I can still remember the anxiety and excitement of waiting for my little bundle to come into this world. Here are some wonderful mom quotes for mothers to be to encourage and ease.

“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

“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

“A mother is always the beginning. She is how things begin.” 

Amy Tan

“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

Miracle of Life

“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

“Before you were conceived I wanted you. And before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of Mother’s Love.” 

Maureen Hawkins

“If I had my life to live over, instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.”

Erma Bombeck

 “A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years, and in your heart until the day you die.”

Mary Mason

“Becoming a mother has made me next-level confident. I’ve never felt more empowered. I feel like my 20s were spent walking on eggshells making sure everyone felt loved and not really expressing my opinion. As a mom, you just don’t have time, so you get straight to the point.”

Kelly Clarkson

Mom Quotes for New Mothers


Becoming a mother for the first time is a beautifully, terrifying thing! But it’s an experience unlike any other. And I promise you, you’ve got this mama.

“No one told me I would be coming home in diapers, too.”

Chrissy Teigan

“There is no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one.”

Jill Churchill

“You’re going to get advice from a lot of people and you can take bits and pieces, but you know innately what your child needs. You should trust that. Don’t beat yourself up for making decisions about things that may or may not work. It’s an experiment in life and you’re a part of that.”

Lucy Lui

“Parenting shifts as your kid’s shift. The best thing for me has been throwing any kind of parenting manual out of the window.”

Kate Hudson

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

Oprah Winfrey

“The gift of motherhood is the selflessness that it introduces you to, and I think that’s really freeing.”

Olivia Wilde

“Being a parent has made me more open, more connected to myself, more happy, and more creative. I’m more discerning in what I do and how I do it. It’s just made me a better person all the way around.”

Alicia Keys

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Selfless Moms

“I tell my daughter every morning, ‘Now, what are the two most important parts of you?’ And she says, ‘My head and my heart.’ Because that’s what I’ve learned in the foxhole: What gets you through life is the strength of character and strength of spirit and love.”

Viola Davis

“If you’re confident with what you’re doing even if that’s some weird, bizarre parenting technique that you know works for your kid or you feel happy about, do it! Don’t let anyone tell you you shouldn’t be doing that.”

Kirsten Bell

“I am completely changed since being a mom. I’m much more open, I’m much more accepting of myself, I’m much more thoughtful. I think about the world more, and what we’re leaving for these kids, and the direction we’re headed in. And so I guess it changes your music.”


“What motherhood shows you is how selfless you can get,” she says. “I’m ragged tired. Who cares? My kids are healthy, I’m happy.”

Mila Kunis

Quotes for Single Moms


Single mothers are superheroes without capes! My single-mom friend manages to run her household, (like a boss) operate her blogging business, and still find time to be an amazing mom to her kids. I’m in awe of her and so many of you single moms.

“Just because I am a single mother doesn’t mean I cannot be a success.”

Yvonne Kaloki

“I think moms, single or not, put a lot of pressure on ourselves trying to balance it all. It’s NEVER going to be perfectly balanced—the sooner you know this, the sooner you can relieve some of the pressure you put on yourself.”

Denise Richards

“As a single mum, you’ll discover inner strengths and capabilities you never knew you had.”

Emma-Louise Smith

Strong Mothers

“Being a single parent is not a life full of struggles, but a journey for the strong.”

Meg Lowrey

“I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life.”

J.K. Rowling

“It’s difficult, but far from impossible and we smile more than we cry.” 

Regina King

“The only man in my life is my son, and it’s probably going to stay this way for a while …I go to bed wearing a very baggy one-piece cheetah suit, just because it makes my son laugh. My sexy lingerie has been locked in a drawer for a while!”

Sandra Bullock

“I want to show the example that you can be a single mother and work and handle a lot of other things at the same time.”

Christina Milian

“I despise mommy shamers. I am a proud shamer of mommy shamers,”

Chrissy Teigan

“People keep saying, ‘Oh poor you, being a single mom,’ but I don’t want to be pitied. I can do anything I want to do. I work, I date, I have friends. And I have time for everything I had time for before. I just have an added amazing thing in my life. I have a great family and friends, and I know they’d be there if I needed help, but I feel like I’m doing fine on my own.”

January Jones

Working Mom Quotes


Some of these working mom quotes are hilarious and I can totally relate! However, I think we can all relate to this first one?

“The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.” 

Jane Sellman

“Everything I do, I do for my girls. Everything I write, I imagine handing off to my girls to read. Strong girls, smart girls, powerful girls – that’s what I know and what I write.”

Margaret Stohl

“My mom had four kids, one with special needs. She had a full-time job, and she still came home and made dinner for us every night, from scratch. It was amazing.” 

Eva Longoria

“Get rid of guilt. When you’re at one place, don’t feel bad that you’re not at work; when you’re at work, don’t feel bad that you’re not at home.”

Katie Couric

“I think being a mother made me realize how maternal the role of the director is. It made me much calmer under stress.”  

Natalie Portman

Funny Working Mom Quotes

“I had to get back to work. NBC has me under contract. The baby and I only have a verbal agreement.”

Tina Fey

“At the end of the day, my most important job is still mom-in-chief.” 

Michelle Obama

“Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease.”

Lisa Alther

“Before, my career came first. All I had to think about was myself. Now my children prevail. It doesn’t mean my career is less important; I just have to position things differently.”

Faith Hill

“There is an unspoken pact that women are supposed to follow. I am supposed to act like I constantly feel guilty about being away from my kids. (But I don’t. I love my job.) Mothers who stay at home are supposed to pretend they are bored and wish they were doing more corporate things. (They don’t. They love their job.)”

Amy Poehler

Quotes for Moms Who Adopt, Foster, and Stepmoms


This anonymous quote, “Instead of growing in my belly, they grew in my heart,” is this categories mantra. Adding to that, “There are no unwanted children. Just unfound families.” -Anonymous.

“Wyatt [my adopted son] is definitely all mine. Little souls find their way to you whether they’re from your womb or someone else’s.”

Sheryl Crow

“Somehow destiny comes into play. These children end up with you and you end up with them. It’s something quite magical.”

Nicole Kidman

“There’s something really empowering about going, ‘Hell, I can do this! I can do this all!’ That’s the wonderful thing about mothers, you can because you must, and you just DO.”

Kate Winslet

“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.”

Oprah Winfrey

“We look at adoption as a very sacred exchange. It was not done lightly on either side. I would dedicate my life to this child.” 

Jamie Lee Curtis

If you are a stepparent, rush right out and get yourself a dog. Because it’s very nice to have someone in the house that loves you.”

Delia Ephron

“If you can help a child, you don’t have to spend years repairing an adult.”

Joyce Meyer

“Families don’t have to match. You don’t have to look like someone else to love them.”

Leigh Anne Tuohy

“However motherhood comes to you, it’s a miracle.”

Valerie Harper

“Adoption carries the added dimension of connection not only to your own tribe but beyond, widening the scope of what constitutes love, ties, and family. It is the larger embrace.” 

Isabella Rossellini

Quotes for Moms Who Are Going Through It


Here is a handful of famous mom quotes so that you know that you’re not alone! We all have mommy moments and go through it. Hang in there, mama.

“My daughter is very artistic, but she’s also a perfectionist. I feel a little bad: That’s the part I see in her that’s like me — and you don’t want them to have that at age 5.”

Courteney Cox

“Women should own the fact that we are superheroes- breastfeed and be proud of it.”

Kristen Bell

“I use humor instead of getting into that whole yes and no, thing all the time. It’s about just getting them to laugh rather than getting in power struggles.”

Marcia Cross

“Sometimes I stand there going, ‘I’m not doing any of this right!’ And then I get this big man belch out of her and I go, ‘Ah, we accomplished this together.'”

Christina Applegate

“Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.”

Ricki Lake

Really Going Through It

“We were on a family trip to Death Valley, and there were moments when my husband and I wanted to just leave the kids there — all the whining! You think that no other kid can do it as much as yours. When they’re with friends, they’re great; when they’re in the car with just the family, it’s maddening at times. But you adore them anyway.”

Kelli Williams

“Meditation is my thing. But I’m not going to lie: sometimes I go into my closet and lock the door so no one can find me.”

Gwen Stefani

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

Maya Angelou

“A lot of women see themselves like Mr. Potato Heads. Like, if they could take this part away, if they could eliminate this part, they would look better. They don’t see themselves as a package. They see themselves as pieces.”

Jemima Kirke

“Once he leaves that house and I’m not with him, it’s his life and how he approaches it is his decision. But I want to know that I did the best I could as his mom to educate him on the ugliness in the world, and also the beauty.”

Sandra Bullock

Funny Mom Quotes


Laughter is the best medicine ladies. I’ve included some hilarious and completely relatable mom quotes to round out the list. Enjoy!

“The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant, and let the air out of the tires.”

Dorothy Parker

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

Erma Bombeck

“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.”

Phyllis Diller

“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”

Erma Bombeck

“I want to have children, but my friends scare me. One of my friends told me she was in labor for 36 hours. I don’t even want to do anything that feels good for 36 hours.”

Rita Rudner

Hilarious Mom Moments

“I didn’t expect to be so comfortable handing my child off to a nanny without getting any of her information. As soon as she arrived at my house, I threw my baby in her arms and went to Target. She gave me her driver’s license a week after, she was like, ‘Uh, you should probably have my address since you gave me the keys to your house and your child.’ And we were like, ‘Oh, yeah, that’s probably a good idea.’”

Ali Wong

“I always say if you aren’t yelling at your kids, you’re not spending enough time with them.”

Reese Witherspoon

“Every day when you’re raising kids, you feel like you could cry or crack up and just scream ‘This is ridiculous!’ because there’s so much nonsense, whether it’s what they’re saying to you or the fact that there’s avocado or poop on every surface.”

Kirsten Bell

“Becoming a mom to me means that you have accepted that for the next 16 years of your life, you will have a sticky purse.”

Nia Vardalos 

“I’ve conquered a lot of things. Blood clots in my lungs — twice … knee and foot surgeries … winning Grand Slams being down match point … to name just a few, but I found out by far the hardest is figuring out a stroller!”

Serena Williams


That wraps up my list of famous mom quotes to get you going for back to school mama. Do you have any to add to the list? Please drop them in the comments below.


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