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Funny Quotes on Being a Perfectly Imperfect Mother

Motherhood can be a struggle. That's why it's important to take every opportunity to laugh at things we all experience. This collection of funny quotes on being a perfectly imperfect mother, is an excellent way to see the funny side of one of the most rewarding and exhausting roles in our life.

I’m unashamedly a perfectly imperfect mother.  I have no idea how my children turned into two of the most amazing humans I know!  When I had my first son over twenty years ago, I was so adamant about the type of parent I would be.  Needless to say, my ideal parenting dream had long been abandoned by the time I had my second son. With all the usual motherly experiences of sleep deprivation, guilt and just not knowing what to do, I made the resolve to just do the best I could.  And you know what – they survived and so did I.   

Raising children is hard – there’s no doubt about it.  We all have our wins and losses in the journey of parenthood. The funny thing is, as my children have grown older, the stories they love to laugh about or the sayings they love to repeat back to me, all stem from my perfectly imperfect mothering – how ironic! 

There I am wanting to be the perfect mother. When all along they loved my imperfections and contradictions. 

So for all the mothers raising children of any age, feeling like they’re not doing a good job – don’t sweat it.  As long as your children know how much you love them, most of the regrets, mistakes or ‘bad parenting’ you make along the way, could become a family story they love to laugh about and share.

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Until that time, let me offer you some comic relief. The collection of funny quotes below sum up my philosophy of being a perfectly imperfect mother.  

Embrace your imperfections and have a good laugh at yourself – it’s better than crying!!


“My kid is turning out just like me. Well played, karma. Well-played.”

“Mum Pro Tip: If you’re old enough to critique what I put in your lunch box, you’re old enough to make it yourself.”

“And then I thought to myself, “What’s the point of cleaning if my family is going to keep living here?

“It’s like no one in my family appreciates that I stayed up all night overthinking for them.”

“My menu consists of two choices: Take it or leave it.”

“You can be a mess and still be a good mum. We are allowed to be both.”

“The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.”

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“Being a mum means kids banging on the bathroom door like the police, asking for a drink, while you’re in the shower. And Dad is in the kitchen.”

“When I, as your mother ask you,  ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.”

“When your mum voice is no loud, even the neighbours brush their teeth and get dressed.” 

First Child: Is it organic or homemade?

Second Child: He can have anything except drugs and alcohol!

“I hate it when I’m waiting for mum to cook dinner and then I remember I am mum and have to cook dinner.” 

“Sometimes I open my mouth and my mother comes out.”

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“The funny thing about children is that they are the reason we lose it and the reason we hold it together!”

“I said NO!” – Me being the fun mum I always dreamt I’d be. ” 

“If at first you don’t succeed, try doing it the way your mum told you to do it from the start.” 

“You never realise how weird you are until you have a child who acts just like you.”

“Both of us can’t look good at the same time; it’s me or the house.”

“Just when I thought parenting could not get any harder, my kids come home with recorders.” 

“If you don’t know where your kids are in the house, turn off the WiFi and watch them slowly appear.”

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“I let ‘crazy mum’ out every once in a while.  Just enough so my kids are aware she exists.” 

“I’d love to be a Pinterest mum. But it turns out I’m more of an Amazon Prime mum.”

“My parenting style has evolved into, “but did you die?”

“Yelling? Who’s yelling? I’m just practicing my motivational speaking.”

“I smile because you are my kids, I laugh because there’s nothing you can do about it.”

Perfect parents exist – but they don’t have kids yet!

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I hope my funny quotes on being a perfectly imperfect mother put a smile on your face today. 

Remember, you’re doing your best. You might as well have a laugh while you’re at it!

Which of the quotes above did you most enjoy?


Want more inspiration?  Check out my 40 Inspirational Quotes for Women in their 40s.


  • Polly Mattia

    Happy Mother’s Day
    I love your lunchbox quote and the two choices… take it or leave it…
    I was watching parody videos yesterday and this one has been my favourite for a long time…
    Please wish Marie a happy day… she is my mum too!

    • Chantelle - I Am Brazen Spirit

      Happy Mothers Day,
      Thank you for your comment. There are so many quotes above I was either told by my mum or said myself. But hey – that’s the nature of parenting. Sometimes we just got to get through the day. lol I clicked onto your video link – gosh that takes me back. An oldie but a goodie. I had a good laugh too. Thanks for sharing.
      My mum said thank you and sends her love. (I’m always willing to share her!!)
      Chantelle. x

  • Gail

    Feeling blue because grown daughter is shunning me ….. so went looking for a laugh…..

    The “Behind every great child is a Mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it all up ” helped to settle it

    AND Perfect parents exist – but they don’t have kids yet …..

    together with ……. Yelling ? Who’s yelling ? I’m just practicing my motivational speaking

    (I’m pretty sure that I taught my daughters to yell)

    • Chantelle - I Am Brazen Spirit

      Hey Gail, I’m glad you were able to get a little comic relief during what I know can be a stressful time. Continue to come from a place of love, laughter and understanding and your relationship with your daughters will continue to grow, evolve and thrive. You got this!
      Chantelle x

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