Having a Rough Day? 50 Things About Motherhood That Will Make You Smile

50 things to love about motherhood and children


There are times during motherhood when you can’t see the light at the end of the dirty diaper tunnel. Before you turn to the (wine) bottle, keep these 50 awesome motherhood facts in mind.

Motherhood gets a bad rap. There are lots of women talking about all the coffee and wine that is required to make life bearable as a mom. Of course, I have had many moments of complaining, tears, and frustration. Truth is, complaining doesn’t really help. What makes motherhood better and more wonderful is focusing on the good stuff. Here are 50 things to LOVE about motherhood.

  1. Tiny fingers.
  2. Holding hands with someone who can only hold your pinkie finger.
  3. Little, soft kisses.
  4. Babbling words that make no sense- but are obviously a conversation.
  5. Leg hugs.
  6. Someone small enough to cuddle on your lap.
  7. Neck hugs.
  8. Little hands playing with your hair.
  9. Secrets whispered in your ear.
  10. Unembarrassed farts (not from mom, from the kids!)
  11. Little baby bellies that hang out, without shame.
  12. Rolly baby legs.
  13. Feet. Little Flintstone toddler feet.50 things to love about motherhood and children
  14. Giggles.
  15. A little person who is entranced by a ceiling fan.
  16. Wonder.
  17. A reminder of how miraculous the world really is through a child’s eyes.
  18. Nighttime cuddles.
  19. Pure love from a person, five minutes after you messed up.
  20. The words, “It’s OK mama. I forgive you.”
  21. Walks to the park.
  22. Understanding what it actually means to truly love another person unconditionally.
  23. An excuse to sit on the couch every once in awhile to nurse a baby or read a book to someone tiny.
  24. Being someone’s rock star.
  25. Truly mattering in someone’s world.50 things to love about motherhood
  26. Being able to make someone happy with just a hug.
  27. Watching them grow.
  28. Watching them learn.
  29. Watching them love other babies.
  30. Little clothes.
  31. Bath time.
  32. PLAY.
  33. Watching them sleep.
  34. Long eyelashes.
  35. Perfect skin.
  36. Intensity.
  37. An excuse to be silly, even though you are too old for that.
  38. Super-soft hair.
  39. Tears that can be kissed or tickled away.50 things to love about motherhood
  40. The ever present miracle of it all
  41. Tiny people that work just like big people, only better.
  42. Realizing what you need to be better at- because someone just mimicked you. And it wasn’t flattering.
  43. The burden of overwhelming love, no matter what.
  44. Little people who love your fluff and have no idea that there is an “ideal shape.”
  45. Watching them play with a water bottle. For an hour.
  46. Loving someone enough that you would catch their vomit. With bare hands.
  47. Having a great excuse to make pancakes for dinner.
  48. Excitement- LOTS of excitement- over pancakes for dinner.
  49. Peek-a-boo.
  50. Pure love.

I seriously get how hard being a mom is and can be. There is a burden of emotional pain – for their suffering, for their sadness, and when realizing your own mistakes with such innocent and deserving people.

It is easy to focus on the hard stuff, the lack of sleep, the messes, and the bad behavior. We all deal with it. It is hard for all of us.

The other side of that burden and that pain is the beauty, which easily surpasses it all. The hard parts of motherhood are kind of like the transition phase of labor – this is when some serious work is getting done. It isn’t fun every moment and we can be honest about that.

But motherhood is 100% worth it.

Focus on the good stuff, no matter how small. It helps. I promise.

What would you add?

Photos credit: Hebe Aguilera/Foter; Thomas Leth-Olsen/Foter; neomar/Foter; left-hand/Foter

11 thoughts on “Having a Rough Day? 50 Things About Motherhood That Will Make You Smile”

  1. Ladies, Learn to cherish each moment with you precious little ones. Yes, times can be difficult, but when your children are grown and living their own lives, you will soooo miss your special times.

    I am now a Great Grandmother and none of my “babies” even live in my state. Oh how I miss them! Tough out the difficult times, but cherish each day and night with your special gift from Heaven!

  2. Looking at my children’s chubby baby hands helps me reconnect, reminds me of how young they are, reminds me of their innocence. Their hands ground me during big emotional storms from them or ME.

  3. When he wakes up and peeks over the rim of the sling to survey what’s out there – I know I am his safety and I love him all the more.

  4. Thank you so much for these small BUT…AMAZINGLY TRUE reminders. It puts things in perspective of what really matters! Thank you.

    1. Perhaps help from a trusted health professional is in order. It isn’t a sign of being a bad mom, it is gaining back what you are missing on this beautiful journey. I advise mothers of young ones to turn off the outside influences that are working against peace and tranquility. Mothers are naturally wired to cherish these things, but sometimes the wiring gets short circuited. This is when intervention helps. Peace and grace to you, and I am praying for you and all moms who don’t feel the joy.

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