Working Mom Quotes: A Collection of Inspirational Sayings

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Juggling workload and household responsibilities can be one of the most challenging activities for all moms in the workforce. Raising children demands time, effort, and attention, so adding work to the picture undeniably poses a challenge. Despite having a lot on their plates, working mothers never fail to show strength, resilience, and love even in difficult situations. It seems wrong to leave their efforts unnoticed, so sharing some working mom quotes can provide that much-needed extra dose of inspiration and motivation.

Working while fulfilling the demands of the family can bring exhaustion and even guilt from being unable to do the tasks without error. However, working moms always find the energy to keep going inside or outside the home, no matter how overwhelmed or stressed they’ve become. They struggle daily to balance work and home life, and as the most selfless people on the planet, sometimes they sacrifice their happiness and rest for the sake of their loved ones.

While working moms give their best to their families, they also need a little extra boost to get through the day. If you’re one of them, these encouraging quotes from other women who faced the same working mom struggle, will be helpful to you! They will cheer you on, remind you of your power, and inspire you to keep going.

“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

“Being a working mom doesn’t mean my family isn’t my first priority.”

“Women have to work much harder to make it in this world. It really pisses me off that women don’t get the same opportunities as men do, or money for that matter. Because lets face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define our values and to define what’s sexy and what’s feminine and that’s bullshit. At the end of the day, it’s not about equal rights, it’s about how we think. We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves.”

– Beyoncé

“You can spend all day with your kids, and still feel disconnected. Or spend you can spend just a few hours building incredible bonds and memories. It isn’t the amount of time that you spend with your kids that matters, it is the amount of quality time you spend with them.”

“Loving my job doesn’t make me any less of a mom.”

“A happy mother is a good mother, and if work makes you hum, your whole family sings along.”

– Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober

“You are not a bad mom because you go to work each day. Similarly, you are not a failure because you left your career altogether. Choices regarding work and family are personal. There is no one-size-fits-all method. Anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong.”

– Candace Alnaji

“Never feel guilty for doing what is best for you and your family.”

“Achievement comes when we pursue and attain what we want. Success comes when we are in clear pursuit of why we want it.”

– Simon Sinek

“Some days you’ll be a rock star employee. Some days you’ll be a rock star mama. And some days you’ll be a rock star at both.”

“For me, being a mother made me a better professional, because coming home every night to my girls reminded me what I was working for. And being a professional made me a better mother, because by pursuing my dreams, I was modeling for my girls how to pursue their dreams.”

– Michelle Obama

“It takes courage to be a working mom. You need the courage to leave your kids with someone other than you. You need courage to prove your value in the workplace. And you need courage to just focus on what is best for you and your family.”

“You can be a good mom who pours love into your kids and still say ‘I enjoy working.”

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

– Jill Churchhill

“It’s not wrong to be passionate about your career. When you love what you do, you bring that stimulation back to your family.”

Allison Pearson

“It’s ok to have strengths and weaknesses as a mama. Some mamas play games, others listen well, some cook with love, and others are great encouragers. We don’t have to be everything, every day to our kids. We just need to show up and love them hard.”

“Being a working mom is not easy. You have to be willing to screw up at every level.”

– Jami Gertz

“Being a working mother and a working single parent instills in you a sense of determination.”

– Felicity Jones

“You cannot do everything at once, so find people you trust to help you. And don’t be afraid to say no.”

– Jane Seymour

“Strong women don’t play victim, don’t make themselves look pitiful, and don’t point fingers. They stand and they deal.”

– Mandy Hale

“Get rid of the 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

“The balancing act of motherhood and a career, and being a wife, is something that I don’t think I’ll ever perfect, but I love the challenge of it.”

– Kerri Walsh Jennings

“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.”

– Arianna Huffington

“No influence is so powerful as that of the mother.”

– Sarah Josepha Hale

“And remember that behind every successful woman is a basket of dirty laundry.”

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

– Barbara Kingsolver

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

– Lisa Alther

“Your most valuable parenting skill is learning to manage yourself first.”

– Dr. Laura Markham

“Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.”

– Susan Gale

“Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love.”

– Mildred B. Vermont

“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.”

– Phyllis Diller

“It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.”

– Erma Bombeck

“Successful Mothers are not the ones that have never struggled, they are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.”

– Sharon Jaynes

“Being a mother is about learning about strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed.”

– Linda Wooten

“Behind every great child is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it all up.”

– Unknown

“It’s not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.”

Ann Landers

“She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.”

Margaret Culkin

“Every family is different, and we’re choosing to do what’s best for ours.”

– Katie M. McLaughlin

“Be the mom you want to be, not the mom others expect you to be.”


“The phrase ‘working mother’ is redundant.”

– Jane Sellman

As one of the family’s pillars, there will always be good and bad days that will make you wonder how to keep your toes on the ground. If you’re a working mom feeling weary, undervalued, or exhausted, these inspirational quotes, from mothers like you, will help you get through this challenging moment. These quotes highlight your dedication and capability as a working mom while giving you the positive affirmation to keep going.

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I'm an Integrative Health Coach for career-oriented, busy women in search of finding balance, wellness, and lifestyle transformation in an overworked, stressful, and boundary-blurring world.

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