By Melissa Fiorenza

Listen, I think working moms and stay-at-home moms are equally fabulous, equally hardworking, and equally exhausted. And I’m sure SAHMs could have their own long list of “what all of us can relate to”-isms. But me personally, I only know one life right one: splitting my time between my job and my kids. So this list is for all you in the same boat; here are a few things I bet we’ve all thought, done, felt, what have you. Take a look.

1. “I couldn’t find a pen, so I used a crayon.”

(You signed that big contract. Does it matter how?)

2. “When life hands you lemons, say thanks, toss them out, then go to the supermarket to buy those nut-free, gluten-free lemonade cupcakes you are supposed to bring to daycare tomorrow or else P.M. snack will be ruined and it’ll be ALL YOUR FAULT.”

(What? We get home late sometimes!)

3. “PICKUP: The best part of every day.”

(Right, though?)

4. “I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible—oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.” – Tina Fey

(So. True.)

5. “Shout out to working moms. You’re doing your best. Even when you think you’re at your worst.”

(Remember that!)

6. “Even the most intense client meeting is nothing compared to reasoning with a toddler at Monday morning dropoff.”

(But, honey, I packed your favorite lunch today!)

7. “5 Things Every Working Mom Needs”

8. “I didn’t have time for breakfast, so I’ll just grab a banana on the way to the office. Did I say banana? I meant two frosted donuts and a large coconut creme pie iced coffee. What? Hardworking moms have to eat!”

(Make that an extra large coffee…)

9. “Working mothers’ laughter comes hardest when our double life is revealed for what it is: a juggling act in which the balls can drop at any time, invariably on our own head.” – Allison Pearson

(If only we had more hands!)

10. “A happy mother is a good mother, and if work makes you hum, your whole family sings along.” – Sharon Meers and Joanna Strober in “Getting To 50/50: How Working Parents Can Have It All” 

(Cheers to that!)


What are some of your favorite quotes?



Melissa Fiorenza is a writer, author, and ever-worrying mom with two kids in daycare. She has been published in/on Health,, Ladies’ Home Journal, and All You magazine, among others. She currently works full-time at a higher education marketing agency in Troy, New York.