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24 amazingly inspiring quotes about moms

Wise words from Tina Fey, Princess Diana, Beyonce and so many more

24 amazingly inspiring quotes about moms

Here at Motherly, we’re always looking for amazing words of wisdom to help us find purpose and inspiration from beneath the mounds of dirty laundry, backed-up email inboxes and countless hours spent cuddling, coaching and cleaning. FromBeyoncé to the mommy blogosphere, we’ve found some of the most inspiring, #deep and hilarious quotes that will keep all moms feeling inspired, whatever their life’s mission.


Can we slow clap this one from actress and The Honest Company founder Jessica Alba?

First Lady Michelle Obama is inspiring for many reasons, but we most of all adore her unapologetic take on how central motherhood is to her identity.

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Jessica Simpson, let’s forget that whole chicken-of-the-sea line from a million lifetimes ago. This quote from the singer, entrepreneur and mom-of-two is our new favorite.

We fondly recalled these famous words from the late Princess Diana as we gazed at the gorgeous photos of her newborn granddaughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, in her mother Kate Middleton’s arms.

BRB, #naptime: We already knew that Tina Fey had a way with words, but this is perfect.

Amy Poehler wrote in her memoir ‘YES PLEASE: “When your children arrive, the best you can hope for is that they break open everything about you. Your mind floods with oxygen. Your heart becomes a room with wide-open windows. You realize how nice it feels to care about someone else more than yourself. And gradually, through this heart-heavy openness and these fresh eyes, you start to see the world a little more. Maybe you start to care a teeny tiny bit more about what happens to everyone in it.”


We <3 these beautiful words from writer Glennon Doyle Melton, queen of Momastery, on finding sacred purpose in the meaningful monotony of motherhood.

Do you feel that? Actress Elizabeth Banks on how motherhood gives back:

We’ve long adored Stephanie Nielson’s wisdom on motherhood at NieNie Dialogues, and love this take from her on the strength of a mother: “Ladies, we are not wimps. Don’t let anyone tell you so. While I will admit motherhood, at times, [scary, exhausting], it is also and mostly satisfying, rewarding, happy, colorful, beautiful and so much fun.”

We love everything about this reflection on life with a newborn from Rachel Hollis fabulous creator of ‘The Chic Site,’ who writes: “I remember too that as hard as this time is, it’s also fleeting. I didn’t know that with my first, but I’m certainly aware that it does get better, little by little. One hour of sleep turns into two, and then four. Your body heals, you’re able to wear pants that button again and life resumes it’s normal, if slightly altered pace.”

On our hard days we repeat these words fromKelle Hampton.

And one more from Kelle Hampton because, wow, that woman is wise.

Stephanie Precourt, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Author Jill Churchill reminds usthat perfection is impossible for us mere mortals, but goodness is all around.

YES. A million times yes from Jane Sellman.

Oscar award-winning actress Sophia Loren reminds us of the beautiful responsibility of motherhood.

Supermodel (and supermama) Cindy Crawford told a British newspaper how becoming a mother helped re-shape her priorities: “My sister has kids and she always told me how, when you’re a mother, you don’t have to ask what your priorities are all the time because you’re looking at them. That’s really true. Having kids makes those decisions easier. It’s just so fun being with them.”

Fortunately for Christina Aguilera, she’s pretty amazing in that career part of her life.

In Kate Hudson’s case, a totally gorgeous, glowing reflection.Husdon told USA Today of her relationship with her son Ryder, “I’m very impatient. I like to get things done. I move fast. Patience has been something he’s teaching me.”

Our girlBeyoncé tells the Huffington Post about finding purpose in motherhood.

New mom, Scarlett Johansson on the bright side of sleep deprivation.

This one from actress Amanda Peet applies as much to the contents of our living room floor as to life’s big, existential questions.

Author Jodi Picoultgives us all the feels about our little ones growing up too fast.

Comedian Milton Berle says what we’ve all been thinking these years.

I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.


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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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