Discovering Your Strength in Your Motherhood Journey
Moms, you give so much of yourselves to your families. Sometimes, you lose sight of the fact that you are human and entitled to experience feelings of insecurity. It helps to step outside of yourself and get another perspective on things. When you forget who you are and how great you’re doing, turn to these Strong Mother Quotes for Encouragement to keep you going.
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I have never felt as weak or as strong as I have since becoming a mom. It’s been my greatest test in life so far. I am in awe of women that have multiple children. With one, there are some days when I feel like I am just not enough for her.
The fact is, those feelings are normal. Despite that, I feel so bad when I think that way. It gives me comfort to know that I am not alone. I am not the first and will not be the last to experience mom guilt and a sense of imposter syndrome.
I am still shocked that the hospital let me leave with her. And, I am even more surprised that she’s a fiveteen going on thirty right now. How did we get this far? How I am still doing this?
Some days are overwhelming. As a mom, there are no days off. You just have to find a way forward. I write this for you, for me, for all of us.
“Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know you existed.”~ Nishan Panwar
Do you believe in the idea that you don’t really know how strong you are until you’re tested? I do. I also believe that you tap into a deeper sense of self-knowledge after becoming a parent.
In that journey, you will find yourself rising up against adversity to stare it straight in the eye. You will explore opportunities for growth in a way you never did before. And, you will move through fear with precision.
You will do all of those things despite feelings of inadequacy and doubt. You will act because you are a mom and that’s what mom’s do.
“Motherhood. The days are long, but the years are short.”~ Gretchen Rubin
Childhood is a whirlwind! It’s just like being swept up into a tornado and experiencing every conceivable emotion in the blink of an eye.
As a parent, some days feel endless. Some of the phases our kids go through linger with no apparent end in sight. But in reality, while it’s the most important part of your life, it’s the shortest time in theirs.
When they’re ready to move on, be proud. Know that you’ve done all that you could to give them the love, support and knowledge they need to be happy people. Don’t be sad that it’s over, be happy that it happened.
“Behind every great child is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it all up.”~ Unknown
Remember when I said that you’re not alone? You’re not. At one time or another, every mom feels the weight of mom guilt. Are you doing enough? Is your child happy? Do they have everything they need? The answer is yes they do. Your children don’t need much.
A lot of the scurrying about that parents do is to meet societal expectations or to fulfill a perceived gap in their own lives.
Grace & Forgiveness
“Giving grace to yourself is never more important than when you become a mother.”~ Whitney Meade, The Balance Beam
This is an interesting one. Why is it so hard to forgive ourselves? Even when full of disappointment or frustration, it is easy to forgive your children and many others you care for in your life.
But, for some reason, it is harder to give yourself the space to falter. Maybe it will help you to remember that it is through our mistakes that we find growth, acceptance and understanding. You should also remember that perfection is a fantasy. Nobody, and I mean nobody is perfect.
You will make mistakes. More than once. But, you will also learn from them. Don’t put pressure on yourself to be something that you can never be – something nobody can.
“You can be a good mom and still work out, get your rest, have a career – or not. My mother encouraged me to find the balance.”~ Michelle Obama
Guess what? You can still live a full life when you become a mom. Sure, you may need to make some adjustments when baby comes, but they should fold into your life.
You can work if you want to, or need to. You can stay home if that’s your preference. Feel free to enjoy the things that bring you peace, joy and purpose. By being you and living a full life, you are setting the best example you can for your kids.
“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.”~ Oprah Winfrey
The number of ways you can become a mom is amazing! Birth, adoption, marriage, surrogacy, maternal figure, etc. Our stories are not the same, but our hearts are.
No matter how we enter motherhood, in the end, we are part of the same club. We are a club of women with love to give, here to nurture our kiddos and help them thrive. You don’t have to give birth to be a mom, you only need to unconditionally, be giving of yourself.
Rethink Your Definition of Strength
How are you doing? Do you feel strong? If you don’t think that you’re strong, rethink your definition of strength. It helps to recognize that your acts of strength may change from day-to-day.
“Strong mothers are not the ones that never struggled. They are the ones that never give up despite the struggles.”~ Sharon Jaynes
Being a mom is hard. If there weren’t days full of sunshine and snuggles, there’s no way anyone would do it more than once. Nobody is saying that you have to gloss over the challenges. And, anyone saying that is easy is trying to prove the impossible.
If these strong mom quotes aren’t doing it for you, turn inward. Look at your own life for a reminder or inspiration of your strength.
Sometimes it is just getting up for the day. Believe me, I know how much strength that can take. Strength can be going to a job that pays the bills, but keeps you away from your kids.
Daily Moments of Strength
- Financial strain
- Breast feeding, colic, teething
- Being everyone’s everything
- Living with family to get back on your feet
- Care taker for a sick child or parent
- Managing your chronic pain while caring for your family
- Working to improve challenging relationships
- Being a single parent and doing it all
- Parenting through relationship struggles/ tension
- Finding your footing after the end of a marriage/ relationship
- Moving to a new area to improve your lives
- Getting your education while parenting
- Smiling through exhaustion
- Managing the household (laundry, cleaning, cooking, etc.)
- Dealing with day-to-day kids stuff (fighting, emotions, homework, carpool, etc.)
- Working outside the home and missing time with your kids
- Caring for a newborn while parenting older children
- Balancing motherhood and your romantic relationship
- Birthday party planning
- Toxic work environment
- Holiday planning, preparation, hosting
- Taking on the role of both parents because of travel, military service or circumstance
There is no way to provide a full list of all the ways that you show your strength each day. Just know that even in the chaotic moments, you are strong and everything will be okay.
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Words to Live By
I hope that you can see the many ways that you exhibit strength each day.
You are a strong mother! Whenever you need a little boost, turn to these Strong Mother Quotes for Encouragement and to remind you of your strength.
In moments of weakness or exhaustion, I easily forget how strong I can be. There are days when I want to curl up on the couch and block out the world. If you feel like that too, that’s okay. We can do that sometimes.
Just know that it will pass. The clouds will part and the sun will shine. Something will happen where your strength will come without effort. Think of a time when you had to advocate for yourself or your child. Some moments inspire action before thought.
Acknowledge challenges and find solutions. Ask for help if you need it. It really is okay to do that. Embrace the joy and treasure the time you have with your kids.
Mom, you are not alone in how you feel. Even when it feels like you are, just remember you are part of a community; a tribe of women who are riding with you. We may have different backgrounds and life experiences, but we are moms and in that, we are united.
Being a mom is being strong. End of. I leave you with this final thought…
“In the end, I’m the only one who can give my children a happy mother who loves life.”~Janene Wolsey Baadsgaard
Do you feel your strength as a mom? How do you build yourself up when you’re feeling down? Share your heart and advice with everyone below.