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40 Uplifting Quotes for Tired Moms

Hannah Larson

Licensed Professional Counselor

Last modified 16 Apr 2024

Published 22 Feb 2024

Being a mom is one of the toughest jobs in the world. 

It never ends; it starts the moment you find out you are expecting or adopting your child. 

It may feel like there is never a moment you are free from your job title as a mom. Here at Cadey, we can relate. As mom founders, we know the struggle and the pain. Our team has collected some of our favorite tired mom quotes.

Tired Mom Quotes

“My home is filled with toys, has fingerprints on everything, and is never quiet. My hair is usually a mess, and I am always tired, but there is always love and laughter. In 20 years, my kids won’t remember the house or my hair, but they will remember the quality time we spent together and the love they felt.” ~ Unknown

“Motherhood is meant to overwhelm us. It’s meant to slow us down and remind us of what matters most. It’s meant to expand us in order to make room for the children we’re (briefly) given to guide. It’s meant to reshape us into fuller, more well-rounded women. It reminds us of our interdependency, shows us where we still need to grow, and strengthens our capacity to connect from the heart.” ~ Beth Berry

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

“I don’t want to sleep like a baby. I want to sleep like my husband!” ~ Anonymous

“Mama, it is okay to lower your expectations about what you can accomplish in a day. Some days, it will take everything you’ve got to keep your baby safe, warm, fed, and loved. And that is more than enough.” ~ Anonymous

“Hey, mama, I know you’re tired. But I hope under that exhaustion you feel some pride too. Because no matter how the past 24 hours went, you can fall into bed tonight knowing you made someone’s life a little better today – just by loving them like only you can.” ~ Casey Huff

“You can be a good mom who pours love into your kids and still says, ‘I need a break.’”

~ Anonymous

“Give me patience when little hands tug at me with ceaseless, small demands. Give me gentle words and smiling eyes to keep my lips from hasty, sharp replies. Let not fatigue, confusion, or noise obscure my vision of life’s fleeting joys, so when in years to come my house is still, beautiful memories its rooms may fill.” ~ Unknown

“I’m not a morning person, nor a night person. I’m a tired mom person.” ~ Unknown 

“Having children is like living in a frat house – nobody sleeps, everything’s broke, and there’s a lot of throwing up.” ~ Ray Romano

“She was tired. No one could see the level of tired. They saw the outside. The one giving, smiling, showing up. And yet, inside, she felt the fatigue. The tired of trying to keep up. The tired of agendas. The tired of worries. But she kept on. She kept on giving and loving. She kept on hoping. She kept on showing up. She knew her giving mattered. She pushed forward. Out of love. Even in the tired.” ~ Rachel Marie Martin

“If evolution really works, how come mothers have only two hands?” ~ Milton Berle

“Being a mom is hard. I think a lot of working moms feel that way.” ~ Gwen Stefani 

“You think you’re topped out. But your heart’s ability to expand blows my mind.” ~ Hoda Kotb

“It’s ok to be grumpy sometimes, to have bad days, to struggle, to make mistakes, to say the wrong thing, feel overwhelmed and under-appreciated, to be out-of-sorts and sort of over it all. It’s okay for us big humans, and it’s okay for our little humans, too. After all, we’re all humans, right? How else will our little humans learn that it’s okay to be human? Remember, we’re imperfect humans growing imperfect humans in an imperfect world, and that’s perfectly okay.” ~ L.R. Knost

“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. I want to remind you, you are the world. You are the world those little ones revolve around. You are their nurture, their home, and their comfort. You are everything to them, and I hope you know that even on the hard days, you know how special you are. Especially to your little people.” ~ Unknown

“Moms—the only people who know the true meaning of 24/7.” ~ Anonymous

“Tiredness is just something that is appearing; it’s not who you are.” ~ Nirmala

“It’s also helpful to realize that this very body that we have, that’s sitting right here right now, with its aches and its pleasures… is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive.”

~ Pema Chodron

“The job description of a mother is clearly in need of revision. As it stands, the shifts are 24 hours, for a period of approximately 1,825 consecutive days. The benefits are sorely in need of amendment: no vacations, no sick leave, no lunch hours, and no breaks. Moreover, it is the only unpaid position I know of that can result in arrest if you fail to show up for work.” ~ Mary Blakely

“I had no idea that I would want to see someone I love so much go to bed so badly.”

~ @happyasamother

“My toddler picked a short book tonight for bedtime, and it felt like my boss let me go home early.” ~ Anonymous

“Twelve years later, the memories of those nights, of that sleep deprivation, still make me rock back and forth a little bit. You want to torture someone? Hand them an adorable baby they love who doesn’t sleep.” ~ Shonda Rhimes

“A real mom: Emotional, yet the rock. Tired, but keeps going. Worried, but full of hope. Impatient, yet patient. Overwhelmed, but never quits. Amazing, even though doubted. Wonderful, even in the chaos. Life changer, every single day.” ~ Rachel Marie Martin

“Motherhood is the ultimate test of strength and endurance.” ~ Unknown                                   

“Why don’t kids understand that their nap is not for them it’s for us.” ~ Alyson Hannigan

“Sleep at this point is just a concept. Something I’m looking forward to investigating in the future.” ~ Amy Poehler

“I’m just a mom, standing in front of her kids, asking them to go the heck to sleep.” ~ Unknown 

“You know you’re a mom when you understand why Mama Bear’s porridge was cold.”

~ Anonymous

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”

~ Anne Lamott

“Thus far, the mighty mystery of motherhood is this: How is it that doing it all feels like nothing is ever getting done.” ~ Rebecca Woolf

“You may be tired, but you’re also strong, brave, and amazing.” ~ Unknown

“A mother continues to labor long after the baby is born.”  ~ Lisa Jo Baker

“Breath, darling, this is just a chapter. It’s not your whole story.” ~ S.C Lourie

“Sleep is like the unicorn – it is rumored to exist, but I doubt I will see any.” ~ Dr. Seuss

“The tiredness you feel today will wash away in the laughter of tomorrow.” ~ Jill Churchill

“There is no such thing as a mom who has it all together… and that’s ok.” ~ Unknown

“Coffee: because adulting is hard and parenting is harder.” ~ Unknown

Cadey Is Here To Help 

When you are feeling exhausted and at the end of your rope, keep coming back to Cadey, where you will find tips and tools to help you feel less tired. We have many useful tools to help you on your journey as a parent. You’re not alone.