• Sarah Emily R

The 2020 Definition of Motherhood



Ah, motherhood. The Oxford Dictionary defines motherhood as, The state of being a mother. Well, that leaves a lot open for interpretation, if you ask me. So, I’ve decided to take it upon myself to use my 3 years of experience as a mama of a little mister to further define motherhood for you from my perspective.


Motherhood is…

  1. … wondering how drunken frat boys got into your house and constantly trash the play room daily

  2. … buying 949,827,352 pureed fruit pouches to keep on hand for when your kids are hungry but you’re lazy

  3. … turning on your phone to find 50+ selfies your kid took

  4. … lying about how much screen time your kids actually get

  5. … simultaneously wishing for time to stop but for bedtime to arrive faster

  6. … not even bothering to close the door while you use the bathroom anymore

  7. … wondering if some arbitrary parenting decision you made is the reason [insert anything] is happening now

  8. … saying things like, “We don’t kiss the potty,” and, “Don’t drink the bath water,” on the regular

  9. … living in a constant state of having nursery songs playing in your head

  10. … chasing your son around the house while he's half naked trying to get him to take the underwear off his head to get dressed

  11. … repeatedly saying "please sit down at the table" for two hours straight during dinner time

  12. … wondering when your kid will be old enough to wipe their own butts

  13. … getting asked for (and fetching) a snack 100 times per day

  14. … not knowing how long it’s been since you last washed your hair

  15. … equating a solo trip to Target to a tropical beach vacation

  16. … realizing your favorite show/movie/song has a lot more profanity in it than you remember

  17. … not knowing why you (or anyone else) are/is crying

  18. … questioning every moment of silence and assuming the worst (because experience)

  19. … mourning the loss of your pre-baby body while trying to convince yourself that “tiger stripes” are cool

  20. … inescapable mom-guilt even though you’re actually rockin’ this mom-gig

  21. … feeling like a rock star because your “groupies” cry every time they see you and every time you leave the room

  22. … getting rid of toys when your kids are napping and hoping they won’t notice

  23. … serving yourself extra food because your not-hungry-kid will undoubtedly mooch off of you

  24. … hiding in a closet to eat candy alone

  25. … having an unwanted audience while you shower

  26. … hearing your name being called multiple times per day for no reason at all

  27. … throwing away all the sticks they collected and brought to you but burying in the in trashcan so they don’t find the evidence

  28. … an internal conflict between needing to put your baby down (because over tiredness is no joke) & wanting to hold/play with them forever

  29. … having your whole day of errands/activities hinge on whether your toddler pees before leaving the house

  30. … trying not to laugh when your kid says a bad word or something particularly sassy


Finally, motherhood is knowing there’s no bigger or better blessing in the world and that mom life really is the best life; it’s the extreme privilege of being able to care for tiny humans and help shape them into the (hopefully amazing) people they will become.


Motherhood is sharing in the joys and triumphs of your children; it’s wiping their tears and hiding the heartbreak their sadness causes you.


Motherhood is learning, growing, and stretching to become the person you were destined to be; it’s loving someone so much you think your heart might actually explode.


Often thankless, it’s the hardest, most challenging, hilarious, joyful, rewarding, cry-tears-of-joy, worth-it, job in the world.


How do you define motherhood? Add your definitions in the comments!






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