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100 Working Mom Quotes on Dreams, Guilt, and Family

2. “You can be a good mom and a working mom. You are allowed to be both.” – Anonymous

3. “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.” –

4. “Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs—since the payment is pure love.” – Mildred B. Vermont

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

6. “Never limit yourself. You can be a mom and pursue your dream simultaneously.” – Anonymous

7. “If you think being a mom is a full-time job, try being a working mom.” – someecards.com

8. “Working moms are teaching their kids a solid work ethic. You’re teaching them that we don’t just have things handed to us, and we have to work for the things we want.” – Anonymous

9. “Mom hard. Work hard. Repeat.” – Anonymous

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

11. “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

12. “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

13. “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

14. “Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled, they are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.” – Sharon Jaynes

15. “Like so many working mothers all over the world, I feel the constant struggle to be the best mother I can, whilst setting a good example to my children to work hard. I travel for work when it’s necessary, and I miss them all the time when I am away.” – Victoria Beckham

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16. “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

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

18. “Everything I do serves a purpose for my family.” – Anonymous

19. “I am the best mom for my children.” – Anonymous

20. “I want her to know something that I feel is important. I love work. I love her and I love work, and I want her to know work’s a good thing. It’s not something you’re dragged off to.” – Hoda Kotb

21. “Working mothers’ laughter comes hardest when our double life is revealed for what it is: a juggling act in which the balls can drop at any time, invariably on our own head.” – Allison Pearson

22. “It’s not difficult to take care of a child; it’s difficult to do anything else while taking care of a child.” – Julianne Moore

23. “Guilt management can be just as important as time management for mothers.” – Sheryl Sandberg

24. “The phrase, ‘working mother,’ is redundant.” – Jane Sellman

25. “This struggle is real. The juggle is real. That’s why everyone should hire working mothers. They are put in crazy situations all the time and are forced to problem-solve. They are some of my most resourceful employees.” – Sara Blakely

26. “There is no such thing as a mom that has it all together.” – Anonymous

27. “She’ll have no idea how she’ll do it, but every single day it still gets done.” – Anonymous

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

29. “The goal is to prioritize and get done what is necessary each day. Ultimately, that is what it means to balance life.” – Arian Moore

30. “My mother was the one constant in my life. When I think about my mom raising me alone when she was 20, and working and paying the bills, and, you know, trying to pursue your own dreams, I think is a feat that is unmatched.” –

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31. “For all working mothers, it’s important to remember that we don’t get to be with our kids all the time, but it’s also important for them to see us as leaders and there is value in that.” – Olivia Wilde

32. “It doesn’t matter if you are a working mom or stay-at-home mom, you breastfeed your baby or bottle-feed—someone will always be willing to criticize you for your parenting choices. What matters is you just do what is best for you and your family.” – Anonymous

33. “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

34. “To the working mom—you are amazing, you are enough, and your kids are so blessed to have you.” – Anonymous

35. “If you want your kids to be successful, be successful yourself and invite them on the journey as you get there.” – Anonymous

36. “Whether I work out of necessity, fulfillment, or both, I don’t have to explain or defend my financial situation to anyone.” – Anonymous

37. “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

38. “There will be so many times when you feel like you fail as a mother. But never forget in the eyes and mind of your child, you are the best mom they could ever have.” – Anonymous

39. “The last thing your kids need is you to feel guilty about being a working mom. Be present and loving when you are with them; they will get everything they need.” – Anonymous

40. “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 let’s 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.” –

41. “If I’m pursuing my goals, my kids are seeing me at my best. I am filled up, I am happy, I am not feeling empty, depleted, and therefore resentful about the fact that I’m missing out. I don’t want them to feel like I’ve sacrificed, I don’t want them to feel that burden. I always remember that a happy working woman is a happy mother.” – Shonda Rhimes

42. “You can spend all day with your kids, and still feel disconnected. Or 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.” – Anonymous

43. “Knowing I’ve got this beautiful baby to go home to makes me feel like I don’t have to play another match. I don’t need the money or the titles or the prestige. I want them, but I don’t need them. That’s a different feeling for me.” – Serena Williams

44. “Being a good mom isn’t about having it all together. All moms struggle. No one has all the answers. Being a good mom is about showing up and never stopping trying to do the best you know-how for your kids.” – Anonymous

45. “The obligation for working mothers is a very precise one: the feeling that one ought to work as if one did not have children while raising one’s children as if one did not have a job.” – Annabel Crabb

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46. “Kids need strong woman role mothers—this is the mantra of the working mom!” – Anonymous

47. “I think one of the coolest things for my daughters is that they get to their mom as a working mother. It’s one of the things I’ll be most proud of.” – John Krasinksi

48. “In the end, I am the other mom who can give my kids what they need; that’s what keeps me going.” – Anonymous

49. “Yes I am a working mom. I raise both businesses and babies. And I’m pretty damn proud of all of them.” – Anonymous

50. “I do not regret being a working mom. Why would I regret showing my kids that I can pursue my dreams and that they are every bit a part of it?” – Anonymous

51. “I do not feel bad that my kids have a working mom. In fact, I think I’m a pretty badass role model for them.” – Anonymous

52. “I’m learning to feel better about asking for help, whether it’s from family or hiring help. It’s not profound but I love my career and I don’t want to make myself feel bad about pursuing both. Just cutting myself some slack has been very helpful for me.” – Mindy Kaling

53. “As a mom, I work because I enjoy it. It gives me a sense of accomplishment. It lets me provide for my family. It doesn’t mean I love my kids any less.” – Anonymous

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

55. “You can be a good mom who pours love into your kids and still says, ‘I enjoy working.’” – Anonymous

56. “A happy mother is a good mother, and if work makes you hum, your whole family sings along.” – Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober

57. “As a working mother, I know that women can be both professionally ambitious and deeply committed to their families.” – Tory Burch

58. “I’m a working mom who makes it to the gym, every class performance, and every kid’s activity—what’s your excuse?” – Anonymous

59. “Being a working mom isn’t hard, my children at home are a welcome reprieve from my ‘children’ at the office.” – Anonymous

60. “Being a working mom is not for the faint of heart, it takes all the heart and then some.” – Anonymous

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

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

63. “I think moms 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

64. “Life happens. Our interests change. What matters to us can shift and evolve with circumstance, age, and growth. We need to honor that, be flexible, and be true to ourselves. Making changes in our careers and lives is just that—change. It doesn’t mean throwing anything away.” – Becca Carnahan

65. “My identity isn’t in raising kids. My job is to live an amazing life and teach and invite my kids into that adventure.” – Anonymous

66. “I have met stay-at-home moms and moms who have a job outside the home, but I have yet to meet a mom who doesn’t work.” – Anonymous

67. “Your most skill is learning to manage yourself first.” – Dr. Laura Markham

68. “Being a working mom doesn’t make you a bad mom and being a mom doesn’t make you a bad employee.” – Anonymous

69. “I have found that the key to being a working mom is to be present. Be present at work and be present at home. The moment I worry about the other they both start to falter.” – Anonymous

70. “Being a working mom means that you don’t have to deal with nap time five days a week.” – Anonymous

71. “It’s great to work with other working moms, they’re the highest functioning messes I know.” – Anonymous

72. “Screen time is a gift from the heavens, poured down so that every working mom has time to get ready in the morning.” – Anonymous

73. “When you are feeling like it is too much, just remember who you are doing it for.” – Anonymous

74. “I never feel guilty about being a working mom—said no working mom ever.” – Anonymous

75. “I don’t worry about moms that don’t work, we all have our own story to write and mine just happens to be that of a boss who also raises awesome kids.” – Anonymous

76. “It doesn’t matter if you are a working mom, a work from home mom, or a stay at home mom—motherhood is hard.” – Anonymous

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

78. “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.” – Anonymous

79. “Being a working mother instills in you a sense of determination.” – Felicity Jones

80. “The only person I answer to is me. And sometimes the most healthy thing I can do is tell that bitch to chill out and breathe.” – Anonymous

81. “Mothers give up so much, so their children can have so much.” – Anonymous

82. “I see you there mama, trying your best. I see you showing up each day, even though you feel exhausted. I see you making tough choices for your family even when you are not sure if you are right. I see you working tirelessly, even when it feels never-ending. I see you doing an amazing job, even though you doubt yourself. I see you mama, and you are more than enough.” – Anonymous

83. “I fill my phone with pictures of my kids smiling, it’s amazing how spending a few minutes looking at them can power me through the day.” – Anonymous

84. “Dear working mom: when you feel like giving up, remember, those who did it before you for a whole lot less, with a whole lot less. You’ve got this!” – Anonymous

85. “Raising kids and running a house keeps me pretty busy, too. I also have a little gig on the side called a full-time job.” – Anonymous

86. “I’ve learned that every working mom is Superwoman.” – Anonymous

87. “Us working moms are guinea pigs for an experiment to show the world that sleep isn’t really necessary for humans.” – Anonymous

88. “Shout out to working moms. You’re doing your best. Even when you think you’re at your worst.” – Anonymous

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

90. “Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. And May we raise them.” – Anonymous

91. “A woman is like a teabag. You can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” –

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

93. “Being a working mom isn’t easy, you have to be willing to screw up at every moment.” – Anonymous

94. “I’m a working mom with kids that are pretty special. What’s your superpower?” – Anonymous

95. “The world needs strong women. Ones who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved. Women who live bravely, both tender and fierce. Women of indomitable will.” – Amy Tenney

96. “We should go after our dreams and not be apologetic about it, but it’s scary. Whether you want to work or not, you have to do what makes you a fuller person. You have to love yourself.” – Catherine Reitman

97. “I can’t settle for just anything, my daughter is watching.” – Anonymous 

98. “There’s a saying, ‘If you want something done, give it to the busiest person.’ Working moms beware!” – Anonymous

99. “As a mom, you will be criticized whether you work or stay at home. Do what is best for your family.” – Anonymous

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