Being a mum is a full time job in itself - exhausting, underpaid and overworked, yet oh so rewarding. Couple this with balancing work life and home life and the juggle is real!
We know there are loads of hardworking mammas out there, whether you're with the kids, or in the office - so we wanted to give you a bit of motivation - it's going to be tough sometimes but you've got this.
Here are 20 quotes from working mums to working mums:
"There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one." – Jill Churchill
"I think every working mum thinks the same thing. You go through big chunks of time where you’re thinking, this is impossible, this is impossible, and then you sort of keep going and keep going and you sort of do the impossible." – Tina Fey
"If you want me to do the job you've got to pay me to do the job and you've got to give me flexibility, and flexibility means that I will work my tail off for you, but you better pay me and value my family." – Michelle Obama
"If you are a mom, you are a superhero. Period." – Rosie Pope
"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
"Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver
"Being a mother is about learning about strengths you didn’t know you had and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed." – Linda Wooten
"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
"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
'Guilt management can be just as important as time management for mothers.’ – Sheryl Sandberg
"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
"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
"The phrase, 'working mother,' is redundant." — Jane Sellman
"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
"Get rid of the guilt. When you’re at one place, don’t feel bad that you’re not at work; when you’re at work, don’t feel bad that you’re not at home." – Katie Couric
"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
"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
"You cannot do everything at once, so find people you trust to help you. And don’t be afraid to say no." – Jane Seymour
"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
"Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together." – Susan Gale
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