Being a mom is full of ups, downs, thrills, and spills. One moment you’re up all night with a newborn and the next your chasing a wobbly toddler around.
Before you know it, your little one is getting bigger and saying “no,” and from there, the battles (and triumphs) build and build.
As the saying goes, behind every well-dressed kid is an exhausted mom with unwashed hair. No matter how rough things get, the joy of motherhood is unlike anything else.
Like that last stretch of a tireless marathon, blisters breaking out beneath your worn-out sneakers, there’s nothing like that feeling of if you can get through this, you can get through anything. And moms truly can do anything – they prove it every single day.
That doesn’t mean you’re having an easy day, or week. Perhaps these relatable tweets about motherhood will help give you something to smile about as you pull applesauce out of your hair.
my son asked me to make “something culinary for dinner…like, not from a box” and we’re now 5000% done with Food Network in this house
— Valerie (@ValeeGrrl) March 13, 2019
What I said: It's important for everyone to get a good night's sleep tonight, so get on upstairs now.
What I meant: Mama's got a sleeve of cookies and full DVR calling her name, so get out of my hair immediately.
— Kim Bongiorno (@LetMeStart) March 13, 2019
According to sleepsisters.com, the average bedtime for kids under 6 is 6:00pm – and then it’s mommy time!
Peppa pig got my daughter thinking she British or something she tb “ ma i want a cookae “ ??????
— Pre K ❄️ (@stayfrea_) April 27, 2019
Toddler: [Eating an orange]
Me: Can I have some?
Toddler: No! Is spicy!
She's on to me.
— Marcy G (@BunAndLeggings) March 12, 2019
Angry about losing video privileges, my 7yo texted me from his tablet that he is "having a bad life with me." In case you're wondering how parenting is going.
— Emily McCombs (@msemilymccombs) February 20, 2019
Experts recommend no more than one hour of screen time per day for a four-year-old kid. Easier said than done when screen time is the only thing that keeps them quiet!
my 2 year old be crying all the time as if it’s my responsibility to care for him.. .im focusing on myself right now … i don’t owe you anything with your toxic attitude… don’t expect me to feed you if you can’t even match my energy …
— farha (@shutyourhell) October 26, 2018
I can raise kids just fine, but keeping plants alive that only need to be watered once a month is apparently out of my reach.
— Mommy Owl (@Lhlodder) March 9, 2019
— Mummy Dear (@ThatMummyLife) March 13, 2019
*looks at 4 children*
“You leave me no choice.”
*eats last 3 cookies*
— Jessie (@mommajessiec) February 20, 2019
Anyone else ever hide out in the bathroom “pretending to go,” but secretly chugging wine and enjoying some alone time?
What a parent’s bucket list looks like:
3. Drink hot coffee
2. Shower without kids banging on the door
1. Pee alone
— Sarcastic Mommy (@sarcasticmommy4) February 9, 2019
3yo: Do you want to play princesses with me?
Me: Of course!
3yo: Ok, I’ll be Ariel. Who do you want to be?
Me: Sleeping Beauty.
3yo: How come you always pick her?
Me: *already asleep on the couch*
— Lurkin' Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) March 14, 2019
I just want my kids to have a childhood where they play and explore and experience the world around them somewhere on the other side of the house while I take a nap.
— Mommy Owl (@Lhlodder) February 21, 2019
All jokes aside, parents are spending more time engaging with their children using educational activities than previous generations.
While educated parents are more likely to engage with educational activities, parents all across the board are doing better than we did a couple decades ago.
Excuse me, I have children to disappoint.
*starts cooking dinner*
— Jessie (@mommajessiec) March 19, 2019
The world is getting busier and more buried in our electronic devices, but there’s still some good news floating around out there.
According to a 2013 Gallup poll of U.S. families, the majority of families still share dinner around the table together. Over 50% of adults with children under 18 eat dinner together at least six nights a week.
Kid: "We're supposed to get snow tomorrow, & my teacher said school will probably be cancelled! Isn't that cool?!"
— Stephanie Ortiz (@Six_Pack_Mom) February 12, 2019
The average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep a night. If you don’t get enough sleep, you put your health at risk – a lack of sleep is proven to negatively impact the heart, mind and even your waistline.
According to a Sullivan sleep study, the amount of sleep women 45 and under get each night was only impacted by one thing: how many children they have. For each kid a woman is blessed with, her risk of insufficient sleep increases by 46%.
Interestingly, this same study found no change in sleep for men 45 and under with children. (Insert rolling eyes emoji)
In dad’s defense, men are spending more time than ever with their children.
In case you're wondering if kids do mimic parents, my kid picked up her toy laptop, said she was looking for bathing suits, and after a few minutes closed it and said she couldn't find anything she liked.
— Steph Garcia (@mostephlove) February 18, 2019
Mom, as if you don’t already have enough on your plate, your child is learning so much from simply watching your daily actions. Even infants are already picking up clues on how to act and what is socially acceptable behavior.
Lucky for future generations, parents are setting a better example than ever before.
According to 2014 statistics released by the Corporation for National and Community Service, 32.7% of parents engage in volunteer activities, donating an impressive 2.3 billion hours of their time to things like fundraising, mentoring, coaching, and tutoring.
The average person spends over an hour a day cleaning their house. If you’re a mom, multiply that by the number of children you have (and then some).
The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing parents that if their kids were super active during the day they would get really tired and go to bed earlier than normal.
— the Mom TruthBomb (@momTruthBomb) February 17, 2019
Moms are spending more time than ever with their kids. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2016 moms spent around 14 hours a week on childcare, that’s up from only 10 hours a week in 1965.
More moms are working paid jobs too, and that means there’s little to no “me time” left in the week. Motherly’s 2018 State of Motherhood Survey found that 53% of millennial moms work full-time, and 17% work part-time jobs.
That leads us to this depressing statistic: the average parent is only getting 30 minutes of “me time” each day. This statistic comes from a survey conducted by Munchery, a meal delivery service, who surveyed 2,000 parents.
It’s far from easy, but don’t forget to squeeze in some time for yourself whenever possible.
I want my kids to know they can always talk to me about anything going on in their lives.
— Unfiltered Mama (@UnfilteredMama) February 22, 2019
Oh, Fornite! Did you know that in August 2018, over 78.3 million people were playing this popular game? Although, keep in mind, the game has a T (for Teen) rating, which means it’s not suitable for kids under the age of 13.
When making meals for toddlers, I find it best to throw whatever you make directly in the trash and give them a piece of cheese
— MF FairyPrincessSmoo (@Smooheed) July 15, 2014
Fun fact: the most kid-friendly cheeses that offer the most nutritional value with the least amount of fat and calories include: American, fat-free cream cheese, parmesan, part-skim ricotta, Swiss, part-skim mozzarella, calcium-fortified cottage cheese, and string cheese.
Starbucks, give me strength.
– a Mother's Prayer
— The Salty Mamas (@saltymamas) November 26, 2018
Good luck out there, and remember, you got this!