We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Mom Quotes from Mark Twain, Fred Armisen, Ellen DeGeneres, Selena Gomez, Regina King. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
Fereydun, that’s my dad’s name. My grandmother, my dad’s mom, when she was pregnant, she was dating a man from Persia, a Persian gentleman. It wasn’t his child, but he was still very supportive and said, ‘Hey, this is a great name,’ and so it stuck. So that’s what she named him.
I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.
My mom always told me if I love what I’m doing, and I’m having fun, then just continue to do it. But if it’s not fun for me anymore, and I’m miserable, then I’m going to go back to Texas and quit it all, to be honest.
My mother was a single mom, and most of the women I know are strong.
My mom is proud of me. I just want to keep working hard so one day I can help my family. I am going to get a big house one day, and we all can stay in it and eat.
Mothers are the necessity of invention.
Juggling being a mom and an entertainer is a challenge I face every day.
My mom’s coping mechanism was to be strong and resilient. She is very compassionate and nonjudgmental.
I am completely turning into my mom. Me, trying to be stern, is her. Or when I make silly voices. My mom always uses weird voices if she’s talking to a kid or a dog. I’m the same person – completely my mother.
There are only two things a child will share willingly; communicable diseases and its mother’s age.
Certain stories, like my mom leaving when I was 15-years-old to go back to China because she didn’t quite assimilate like we did, that was a moment that was very sad in my life.
My mom’s one of 13 siblings, and they all got six kids, and till I was 13 everybody was in Compton.
My mom loved rock n’ roll. My father hated it. We couldn’t play it when he was around. He liked classical music and Duke Ellington.
My mom will make me walk the dogs or take out the trash when I go home.
As a child, I went to peace and ERA marches on the back of my mom and grandmother. Through them I learned that I wanted to find a way to make the world a more kind, compassionate place.
The man in our society is the breadwinner; the woman has enough to do as the homemaker, wife and mother.
As I celebrate life, I can’t help but think how young my mom was when she died of a heart attack at 53. My mom didn’t get to meet her grandchildren, but I’m determined to watch mine grow up.
My dad didn’t graduate high school. My mom is a high school graduate. My mom is a factory worker. My dad owned a bar in the inner city.
My mom is proud of me. My pops proud of me. Everybody keeps motivating me.
My mom keeps me going, man. She deserves such a good life. I just wanna give it to her. My dad, too. My family, my friends, they keep me motivated. Just knowing my personal legend, just knowing what I’m supposed to do, that keeps me going.
I just live life. I grew up in a Christian family, but, you know, the way Mom brought me up is to, you know, do you, to always be yourself.
I was always a drama queen. I remember playing in the kitchen, trying to get my mom to think I was dead and call the police. When she didn’t, I would cry. I was always theatrical. I don’t think any of my relatives are surprised.
My mom was a dance teacher, so she put me in dance school when I was a kid. I did everything. I used to take ballet.
You know, I loved math. My mom was a math teacher.
These days it’s cool to be ethnic and to be different, but when I was a kid, it was not cool – at all. My friends would come over and my mom would make crepes with eggs, stuffed with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and spinach. And they’d be like, ‘What is this?’
We’d get these boxes of clothing in the mail, and my mom would say, ‘What makes you think all this is for you? You’ve got a sister right behind you.’ So then I realized, we’re all in this together. We have to help each other.
If my mom reads that I’m grammatically incorrect I’ll have hell to pay.
My mom and dad got divorced when I was very young, and growing up in a family where the head of the household wasn’t a man made a big difference.
I think my mom and dad have an incredible work ethic, and we’ve grown up around it.
I was raised in a house where my mom was the primary breadwinner. It was a dysfunctional house, but she showed tremendous resilience.
I came from a middle-class family. My dad was a professor; my mom was a nurse. I didn’t come from money, and I didn’t come from circles of power. I didn’t come from the country club; I came from the town park.
Of course having a baby derails the writing process for some time. And I will be the first to say that I have essentially no social life, because there’s just nothing left after being a mom, professor, and writer. I used to be big into rock climbing. No more. A lot falls by the wayside.
I’d go to, like, six different schools in one year. We were on welfare, and my mom never ever worked.
Skin care is massively important to me. My mom instilled that into my brain from a pretty young age.
The only time we got sugary cereal was when my mom went away for the weekend and she bought us Frosted Flakes because she wanted us to behave. Otherwise, we were eating shredded wheat, granola, or Grape Nuts.
Just because you are a mom doesn’t mean whoever you were before is gone. You can bring it back.
I used to dress up in my mom’s old clothes and play with these kids from the neighbourhood and make up stories: I would pretend that we were all vampires.
When I came out of my mom’s womb, I had ‘sitcom’ stamped on my forehead.
I was born in New York but grew up between Switzerland, where my mom is from, and Tunisia, where my dad is from. Now I live in the East Village in New York, in the same building where my parents lived when I was born, so I’ve come full circle in my life.
I’ve seen my mom confined to a wheelchair in the last three years of her life. Both her knees had given way, and there was no way she could undergo surgery at her age. Even though I was concerned for her, I didn’t know at that time what she had to go through.
When I was 16, I was watching ‘101 Dalmatians,’ and my mom never let me bleach my hair, so I told her I was going to dye my hair like Cruella De Vil; she didn’t believe me. I came home with my hair like this, and she didn’t talk to me for, like, a week. It was really hilarious.
I definitely want to be a mom.
My mom and I have always been really close. She’s always been the friend that was always there. There were times when, in middle school and junior high, I didn’t have a lot of friends. But my mom was always my friend. Always.
Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.
What do girls do who haven’t any mothers to help them through their troubles?
Yeah, I was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa. My parents lived in a little town called Eagle Grove. My mom taught high school and my dad was an instructor at the community college.
My mom has always said that if I get a big head, she’ll take me out of this business as quickly as I got into it.
My friend had told me about ‘Stranger Things’ and how I had to watch it. I was like, ‘OK, I will!’ I binged it in, like, a day and was like, ‘Oh my gosh, Mom, you need to watch this show. Everyone needs to watch this.’ A week later, I got the breakdown for Max. A month later, I got the part.
I remember, my mom didn’t have any help, so if she needed to be somewhere after school, we’d just go down to the neighbors’ and she’d give us a snack and make sure we did our homework. There weren’t any latchkey kids.
I was born and raised in the high desert of Nevada in a tiny town called Searchlight. My dad was a hard rock miner. My mom took in wash. I grew up around people of strong values – even if they rarely talked about them.
My beliefs and my faith are part of who I am, and I’m so grateful that I had the foundation laid early on. My mom took me to church from my earliest memories, so I’m grateful to have had that foundation laid early, and it’s just part of who I am.
I think my mom and dad both wanted to get across to me that… I obviously grew up with great privilege and was very lucky and was able to afford college and not have student loans, and they would pay for college, but beyond that, it would be up to me to make a living.
My dad was a plumber, and my mom was on and off again, either a stay-at-home mom or working with the disabled as a visiting-nurse assistant.
It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.
Mothers always find ways to fit in the work – but then when you’re working, you feel that you should be spending time with your children and then when you’re with your children, you’re thinking about working.
My mom said, ‘Don’t get married. You’re too young. Go out there and experience what life has to offer.’ And I did.
It was tough times in Ohio when we lived there. My dad was between unemployed and just selling random knickknacks at a flea market. My mom was a cashier at a Chinese food restaurant. They both had awesome careers back in Taiwan, and they came here for my sister and I.
Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? The mother.
Don’t let people disrespect you. My mom says don’t open the door to the devil. Surround yourself with positive people.
From my mom telling me ‘no’ to now telling everyone I’m the champion, and she’s so proud of me, and to prove to a lot of people – who didn’t believe in me, who didn’t think I was going to be here – that I’m here, and I did it. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions; it’s amazing.
My mom’s whole side of the family, they’re all Packers fans. My mom’s a Bears fan. My stepdad is a Vikings guy. So that gets ugly. My mom sits upstairs watching the Bears game; he sits in the basement. They can’t watch it together. Football’s a violent anger in our family dynamic.
My mom took me to see Carnal Knowledge and The Wild Bunch and all these kind of movies when I was a kid.
My dad was always in sales. My mom had a heart for the ages. Worked in recreation, doing rehabilitation in nursing homes. Very nice, practical folks who were very proud of me but had no inclination toward the stage in any way.
Moms can be fresh, fly and young, and that’s the kind of mom I want to be.
Mom and Dad would stay in bed on Sunday morning, but the kids would have to go to church.
I watched my mom and dad build everything that matters – a family, a home and a good name.
I am not a woman on Monday, an immigrant on Tuesday, a worker on Wednesday, and a mom on Thursday, I am all of those things all of the time, and I am going to fight for all of those things all of the time.
There was a TV show that came on every week called the ‘Bowery Boys,’ and there was a character named Muggsy. The way I played basketball and the nickname stuck with me. No one calls me Tyrone except one person: Mom!
I don’t want to let my life as a woman pass me by. There’s a time to work, there’s a time to be young and crazy, and there should be a time to enjoy motherhood. I’m actually looking forward to that.
I’m not a chef, and I’m not an expert at anything. I’m just a mom and a wife.
I don’t want a life without my mom in it, but I’m not someone who curls up in the fetal position and says, ‘Mommy, take care of me!’ I don’t like people catering to me. It feels so awkward and uncomfortable.
My mom always wanted me to do movies where I played, whether I had flaws or not, guys that had a good heart.
My mom breastfed me for more than a year, and I can’t imagine doing it any other way. It’s cheap and much better for the environment, and you don’t have to lug all that stuff around.
I love ‘Sunday in the Park with George.’ I saw that when I was just, just starting theater school, and I remember singing ‘Finishing the Hat’ or at least reading the lyrics to ‘Finishing the Hat’ and other songs from ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ to my mom to try to explain why I wanted to be an artist.
The biggest surprise, which is also the best, is that I didn’t know I would love motherhood as much as I do.
Being able to take care of myself is something that my mom really instilled in me.
My parents never pressured us. I didn’t even know how good my mom and dad were until someone told us.
My dad said, ‘Stay humble, and you gotta work harder than everybody else.’ My mom said, ‘Always be yourself.’ She always told me only God can judge me.
I got started on my spiritual path when I was a kid. My mom taught me how to meditate and brought me to ashrams and spiritual circles.
Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother.
I lost my mom when I was young.
Mothers and children are human beings, and they will sometimes do the wrong thing.
I have been doing merch’ since I was 15 and in bands when I was a teenager – silk-screening shirts, making the emulsion in my mom’s closet I converted into a dark room, through college. That’s essentially how us bands survived was selling homemade t-shirts.
I’m extremely blessed to have the extraordinary mother that I have, and I don’t mean Diana Ross, I mean the mother. My mom paved a road that didn’t exist, as did Oprah.
My dad’s half-Lebanese, my mom is full Lebanese. I’m three-quarters Lebanese. Irish-Lebanese.
My mom, well, she’s half Greek, half German-Italian; born in England. She’s just a nomad. She loves Middle Eastern style, Indian style, so much so that she ended up having Indian babies.
My dad and my mom convinced me to go into biomedical engineering because they said astronauts going to Mars will need life support systems.
My mom brought me up to believe that my talent is a gift and a blessing.
On signing day, my mom brought me the national letter of intent to Arkansas. I should feel like I’m making the right decision. You get that many people telling you that. I had been dreaming about it. I signed ‘No’ where I was supposed to sign my name and put an exclamation point.
I just went up to my mom one day and said, ‘I wanna be on TV. I wanna be a superstar!’ Since I know this is my passion, and I feel like God chose this career for me, I just knew I was ready to do it.
Bullying is not going to make your mom proud. It’s not going to pay your bills. It’s nothing to be proud of.
My dad and mom did what a lot of parents did at the time. They sacrificed a lot of their life and used a lot of their disposable income to make sure their children were educated.
It’s her first grandchild, so she’s really, really, really excited. I guess my mom is a little more stressed out than me.
Growing up in London, with a hippie mom, I don’t know that I’m most people’s definition of what a black person is. I’m mixed, yes, but in the world I’m defined as black before I’m defined white. I’ve never been called white.
I didn’t even walk for graduation – I did graduate, though. I got this homeschool deal. I didn’t have to go to school because I was depressed, and my mom wrote all these essays for me. I didn’t write one of them. She literally got me my diploma.
I was 19 when my mom ran for Senate, and it was a pretty tough race. And you walk awa,y and you think, ‘I don’t know if I want to be part of that world’.
My mother used to tell me man gives the award, God gives the reward. I don’t need another plaque.
I’ve had a lot of mother figures. But by the time my mom came into my life, it wasn’t a ‘mommy’ thing. It’s more of an adult relationship.
Chanel No. 5 is my perfume when I’m feeling like a lady. It’s old-school and warm – and it reminds me of my mom.
I am truly my mother’s son.
I was always told I was Daddy’s little girl. In fact, we owned toy stores, and I would run in and want to get the latest toy off the shelf. My mom would say no way, and my dad would say, ‘Get whatever you want, baby.’
Dad’s Jewish and Irish, Mom’s German and Scotch. I couldn’t say I was anything. My last name isn’t even Downey. My dad changed his name when he wanted to get into the Army and was underage. My real name is Robert Elias. I feel like I’m still looking for a home in some way.
My mom knew we were going to call me Kiki by birth. I think she had the nickname before she had my name, and she then found the name that would allow that.
My mom told me as a youngster I was always intellectual, like as far as being able to adapt fast and quick. But I had a fun childhood, went to regular school.
I grew up in a working class family. People thought I might go work at a mill. My mom wanted me to learn how to lay carpet because she was concerned about my future. Nobody had high hopes for me. But I was a hustler.
My mom was a soap opera queen in Mexico and Latin America. I started acting because of her.
My mom’s an angel, bless her heart, for everything I put her through.
I always thought I would die of cancer because my mom and my dad both died of cancer. My dad died of osteocancer, and my mom died of colon cancer.
I would not drink bottles of water at my mom’s house because I never knew how long she’d been refilling them from the sink and putting them back in the refrigerator.
What greater aspiration and challenge are there for a mother than the hope of raising a great son or daughter?
What motivated me? My mother. My mother was an immigrant woman, a peasant woman, struggled all her life, worked in the garment center.
My mom, Irmelin, taught me the value of life. Her own life was saved by my grandmother during World War II.
It’s the best thing ever – I love being a mom. This is my only child. My career was a priority earlier in my life, but now my son is definitely the priority.
If I don’t call my mom back, she’ll go on Twitter and say, ‘Adam hasn’t called me. I’m worried about him,’ and strangers will say, ‘You’re horrible. You go call your mom right now!’ It’s very complicated.
My mother and my grandmother are pioneers of Mexican cuisine in this country, so I grew up in the kitchen. My mom, Zarela Martinez, was by far my biggest influence and inspiration – and toughest critic.
I turned to my mom and said, ‘I’m going to be a martial arts movie star.’ She didn’t believe me, and neither did my dad. They both thought I would grow out of it. That it was a phase. I decided then I was going to do it or die trying.
I know a lot of people who really aren’t beautiful because their attitudes are very nasty… Whether I make the 50 most beautiful list or not, I’m always going to feel like I’m number one most beautiful to myself… I get that from my mom, and my daddy and my friends who raised me.
I’ve been an atheist since I was nine years old. And my mom is really religious, so we have a strange relationship. But if my mother was right, what would be the reason that the gods could let anything bad happen in the world?
I tried being a stay-at-home mom for eight weeks. I like the stay-at-home part. Not too crazy about the mom aspect.
My mother thinks I could have even run a larger company.
I didn’t understand that I could sing until I was like 11 or 12. My mom heard me singing around the house and she said, What are you doing? You really can sing! So then I started going to school and singing to the girls.
Both my parents are Italian. My mom was born and raised in Italy. My dad was born in Canada, but then they moved to Italy.
I remember, when I was 7, my dad found a pregnant dog on the railroad track one day and brought her home. So my mom explained about how this dog was married but that her husband had passed away – she didn’t want me to even think that a dog could have babies without being married.
I never put my hands on my mom, and my mom never put her hands on me.
I was a brownie for a day. My mom made me stop. She didn’t want me to conform.
I rarely went to the mosque, I never fasted, and I only prayed namaaz on the holy nights because my mom bugged me about it.
I bought a house for my mom, I bought a house for my dad, I bought a house for my sister.
My mom put me in a Pampers commercial on TV.
My mom’s made it clear to me that, like, there’s no trust fund.
When my mom passed, it hit us hard. She was the glue that held our family together.
I was raised by a single mom. I spent most of my time in daycare.
Some of those kid stars who got screwed up were pretty talented. My mom warns me every day what can happen. Sometimes she clips the headlines out and puts them in my room.
Mothers are all slightly insane.
Just as a mother finds pleasure in taking her little child on her lap, there to feed and caress him, in like manner our loving God shows His fondness for His beloved souls who have given themselves entirely to Him and have placed all their hope in His goodness.
Of all the roles I’ve played, none has been as fulfilling as being a mother.
My dad is 20 years older than my mom. Growing up, I felt like he knew everything. I felt like, for every question I had, he had an answer.
Violet speaks Spanish and understands it. She loves Cuban food! My mom is very good at teaching her about our culture, whether it be the food or Spanish or explaining to her that she’s Cuban.
My dad is still Christian Scientist. My mom’s not, and I’m not. But I believe in God, and that there’s a higher power and an intelligence that’s bigger than us and that we can rely on. It’s not just us, thinking we are the ones in control of everything. That idea gives me support.
I think I can always look back and say my mom and dad would have done this or suggested that in a particular situation. I just really feel blessed to have had them as parents.
Like a lot of you, I grew up in a family on the ragged edges of the middle class. My daddy sold carpeting and ended up as a maintenance man. After he had a heart attack, my mom worked the phones at Sears so we could hang on to our house.
America isn’t Congress. America isn’t Washington. America is the striving immigrant who starts a business, or the mom who works two low-wage jobs to give her kid a better life. America is the union leader and the CEO who put aside their differences to make the economy stronger.
My inspiration was my mom. She’s a great cook, and she still cooks, and we still banter back and forth about cooking. Growing up in a mostly Portuguese community, food was important and the family table was extremely important. At a very young age I understood that.
I grew up in a family of Republicans. And when I was 18 and registering to vote, my mom’s only instruction was ‘You just go in and pull the big Republican lever.’ That’s my welcome to adulthood. She’s like, ‘No, don’t even read it. Just pull the Republican lever.
I wanted to escape so badly. But of course I knew I couldn’t just give up and leave school. It was only when I heard my mom’s voice that I came out of my hiding place.
When I go visit my mom in the retirement community where my parents live, she has a bunch of friends, and she will say, ‘These neighbors I play bridge with have a son with an idea,’ and it goes from there.
Mom was so funny and loving to us kids. She was our first audience. When my dad died, I was suddenly alone in the house with her because my two older brothers were away at college. I was the man of the house, and she was the grieving woman.
Being a Hot Mom means being respected as a mom and a woman. And, the key to being a Hot Mom is having a sense of humor about yourself and all the crazy situations that arise.
My mother was a single mom whose days were spent as a customer service rep at Con Edison in downtown Brooklyn.
I had learnt Kathak for six years from the age of eight and did a foundation course from Kathak Kendra in Delhi. I was not fond of classical dance, but today, I’m glad my mom made me do it.
I am a single mom and I’m the breadwinner and I have to work and I have to do these things and that’s just the way it is. I don’t think my son even knows any different.
Motherhood is priced Of God, at price no man may dare To lessen or misunderstand.
My mom and dad have always, always, and continue to be the most incredible citizens of the world and most generous in quiet ways, that I strive to do even a fraction of what they do.
My dad was obviously a really quirky, unconventional Asian man who didn’t care about what other people thought. When he would fight with my mom, he would be really dramatic. He would be like, ‘Devil, get away, for I am God’s property.’ He would say crazy things that were so melodramatic but so theatrical and funny.
If I made a list of the people I admire, Mom would probably fill up half of it. She could do anything and everything.
Every day, my mom and I would watch a different Judy Garland VHS. I love how she tells a story when she sings. It was just about her voice and the words she was singing – no strings attached or silly hair or costumes, just a woman singing her heart out. I feel like that doesn’t happen that much anymore.
My mother was a single mom, and she was a claims adjuster at an insurance company. She actually dropped out of school – she was going to become a registered nurse – because she had to take care of me and my brother.
Food in general is really important for any diaspora, and it’s really important for Korean people. This was a connection my mom and I could always have together that made her feel like I was more hers.
My mom allowed me to take an old burlap bag and fill it with moss, corn stalks and rocks, then hang it from a tree and spend an hour a day punching my heavy bag.
It was my 16th birthday – my mom and dad gave me my Goya classical guitar that day. I sat down, wrote this song, and I just knew that that was the only thing I could ever really do – write songs and sing them to people.
I believe this with all my heart: The greatest coach of all time in my eyes is my mom. She’s instilled in me a toughness and a perseverance and just a never-quit mentality, and I thank her every day for providing me, for what she sacrificed her life for.
My dad died when I was three so my mom had to raise four kids on her own, and I think there’s a part of me that pulls upon having watched my mom do that our whole lives. She had to make it work.
‘Remember the Time’ and ‘You Rock My World’ from Michael Jackson were two of my favorite songs ever. My mom used to bump them all the time.
I’m a movie buff. My mom would take me to a double feature. We’d come out, go have Chinese food, and then go back into another cinema and see another double feature. I feel I’m a child of the movies.
I was always at peace because of the way my mom treated me.
My mom is a very religious woman. So when I began recording music, I was afraid she wouldn’t accept it. But when I played her a song, she loved it.
You have a dream 35 years ago – doesn’t come to fruition, but you move on with life. But it’s somewhere back there. Then you turn 60, and your mom just dies, and you’re looking for something. And the dream comes waking out of your imagination.
I have been a pampered boy, the youngest in the family with two elder sisters. I have always had someone around me, usually my mom, to take care of everything for me.
My mom is about 60 years old and she loves our music because she can bounce around to it.
My mom is from Cuba, my dad is from Spain, and I grew up in Miami. So there’s maybe a little more flair in me than typical Silicon Valley types.
As a mom, spending quality time on the water with my family is a simple and relaxing way to unplug.
I owe much to mother. She had an expert’s understanding, but also approached art emotionally.
The national treasure that is Diana Ross is a dim light compared with who she is as a mother. My mom paved the way not only for my career but also for who I am as a human being.
I could always talk about being a Latino and having a Mexican mom and a Honduran dad and being from Honduras. That was always an easy go-to place. But on the other hand, it was a crutch.
Of course, my mom is my biggest and loudest cheerleader, and my family and friends are happy for me, but I’m still just Angie, not Angie-the-author-with-this-hyped-up-book. I appreciate that.
To be honest, I wish I had more mom friends.
Being an only child, I didn’t have any other family but my mom and dad really, since the rest of my family lived quite far away from London.
I make a lot of mistakes, too, and I’m constantly re-evaluating how I’m doing things and trying to be better every day, whether it’s as a mom or taking care of myself.
My mom didn’t let me play video games growing up, so now I do. Gaming gives me a chance to just let go, blow somebody up and fight somebody from another dimension. It’s all escapism.
My mom used to call me a parrot, because the way I spoke would change in every country we’d go to.
When I was younger, I wouldn’t speak up as much, but now that I’m a mom, things have changed.
As a mom, you do what you have to do without even thinking about it.
Dad worked his entire career as an aviation technician. Mom was a legal secretary who became a teacher. We lived a simple American life.
Being a mom to my son has taken precedence over everything in my life, and I think that’s the order it should be… It’s a great challenge that I don’t think’s ever gonna stop.
My problem is that my imagination won’t turn off. I wake up so excited I can’t eat breakfast. I’ve never run out of energy. It’s not like OPEC oil; I don’t worry about a premium going on my energy. It’s just always been there. I got it from my mom.
I don’t know if I found soccer or if soccer found me. Especially because when I was younger, I was doing it, in a lot of ways, because I wanted the attention of my mom and dad.
I was an only child, and my mom threw me into some modeling classes to get me out of my shell.
When I was young and it was someone’s birthday, I didn’t have the money to buy nice presents so I would take my mom’s camera and make a movie parody for whoever’s birthday it was. When I’d show it them, they’d die laughing. That reaction was a high for me, and I loved that feeling.
I was once that kid that needed a donation – that needed help to go to camp because my mom wasn’t able to pay for it.
Both my mom and dad were models.
Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy.
Mothers don’t let your daughters grow up to be models unless you’re present.
My mom is actually a former prima ballerina, and all the women in my family are associated either with dance or choreography or acting, so I’m very lucky in a way because I grew up in a family of artists. I’ve been dancing since I was a little kid.
My mom is a painter and an artist. She would play music, and she always had very good taste in music, fashion, and art. She was also a young single mom, so I think she had really good style; she was really free… just really inspiring in her own way and allowed me to find the direction I wanted to take in my life.
I have a personal dream to be a mom, to have a family and all that but – when I do take that break to fulfill it – I want everything else to be so strong and set that people don’t forget me.
My mom named me Pom because she said it sounded like a combination of Korean words that mean ‘spring’ and ‘tiger.’ So, it’s very unique!
You can wine and dine all around the globe but the joy of coming back home to a meal cooked by your mom is pure bliss.
My mom Marina and I were poor and hungry. We could sometimes not afford to eat – seriously. We lived together in a small town, called Berdyansk, in Ukraine. I was an only child. I don’t think we would have survived if there had been more kids.
Mom and Pop were just a couple of kids when they got married. He was eighteen, she was sixteen and I was three.
The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism and become a fearless mother is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly – indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.
Every single thing I learned about marketing and building my business, I learned from my mom, and she had never been in the workforce. She just had great practical sense.
And the greatest lesson that mom ever taught me though was this one. She told me there would be times in your life when you have to choose between being loved and being respected. Now she said to always pick being respected.
My mom was on welfare and the occasional food stamp, but I have never participated in any of those governmental programs, even the ones that kind of work like education, scholarships and whatever, and I managed to do just fine.
I was torn between the Americanness my mom wanted for me and the Mexicanness my father wanted – they were wrestling for cultural influence over me.
I am so blessed. I have an incredible wife, children I adore; I’m a very happy man. I’ve got a great mom and dad and brothers and sisters and stuff, so I’ve always been happy. And I never stop smiling.
You’ll never see me at the launch of the new PlayStation or some club. For me, the fun stuff is being able to get my mom tickets to ‘Dancing With the Stars’ – she loves Mario Lopez.
My family always believed in me, even when I didn’t. Having that love and support made me not afraid of failing. I knew my mom would be proud of me just for taking a chance and pursuing my dream.
What mom cares about most is that I’m happy, healthy and enjoying my life.
I do believe that there are African Americans who have thick accents. My mom has a thick accent; my relatives have thick accents. But sometimes you have to adjust when you go into the world of film, TV, theatre, in order to make it accessible to people.
It’s always been a dream of mine to get somewhere and to have my mom and dad with me up there.
I’ve always been into music. My mom and dad used to always play music in the house.
My mom brought me up by herself, so I was a latchkey kid. I would walk myself back from school and spent a lot of time at home alone, watching TV. There weren’t a lot of Latinas – or any women of color. And the ones I saw were usually presented as stereotypes or treated like jokes.
I’ve had Susan Sarandon play my mom, and now Lesley Ann Warren has played my mom, so if I could have Debra Winger play my mom, then I would have the trifecta of my favorite actresses playing my mother.
My mom and dad – they were always there. They were always on the set. They focused on our family life. The entertainment business wasn’t the end-all. They weren’t out to get the next big paycheck or the next big movie. It was about ‘What can we do as a family.’
When I was a child, she’d have me wash the lettuce ten times or open walnuts by hand to make a cake. I was like, ‘Mom, this is ridiculous.’ But now? I run my kitchen the same way.
‘Mom’ is an emotional family drama that’s also thrilling. It’s the story about a mother and a daughter, their emotions, and how their lives change. Being a mother myself helped me understand those emotions better.
I remember the first time seeing myself on TV, when my family was watching the documentary ‘Eyes on the Prize’ for the first time. There were pictures of people going up the school stairs, and Mom said, ‘Oh, that’s you!’ I said, ‘I can’t believe this. This is important.’
I was a mama’s girl. So when I had to go to Korea without mom, I felt that I had to take care of myself now. I was 14, such a kid. I didn’t speak any Korean. I only knew how to say ‘hello,’ so it really was a new start.
My mom and dad used to call me ‘full drama’. Mom had many videos of me as a kid where I was doing some dance moves, and suddenly the next moment, I was on the floor.
My mom is American, so I was raised in her household in my formative years.
A Modern Mom to me is not always someone that juggles a career and family. A Modern Mom is a woman who takes care of herself on the inside and the outside.
Michigan’s been recruiting me since the eighth grade, so they have a special place in my heart, I’d say, because I’ve visited there seven times, and my mom lives in Michigan, still, and she’d probably like me to stay closer to home and play.
I didn’t even know what ‘The Voice’ was, but my mom said, ‘I signed you up for this singing show,’ and I was like, ‘All right, I guess.’
Mom was 50 when my Dad died. She got on a bus every weekday for years, and rode 40 miles each morning to Madison. She earned a new degree and learned new skills to start her small business. It wasn’t just a new livelihood. It was a new life.
When I was seven and told my mom, ‘I’m gonna be a writer,’ she said, ‘Oh, that’s a terrible idea. You’ll live in misery and die teaching other people’s children badly.’ My parents wanted the safer path for me, and I think they failed miserably achieving that.
Fortunately, when you’re a mom, the responsibility of caring for your child can keep you going.
My mom was a source of strength. She showed me by example that women, regardless of how difficult life may get, can do it all.
My mom is very religious – Catholic – and from a young age they brought me to the church.
For years, my mom dated a man who was really active in the Baptist church in the town next to the town I grew up in, and so he used to drag me to these Baptist church services that lasted forever. I remember that I didn’t like the church services, but I really liked the music.
I just want to be a good mom who makes her little girl proud.
I always tell my mom that if she would have just bought me a Barbie when I was little, I would have gone into real estate.
And to this day, my Mom is my role model.
I always had a standard of, back when I was doing the country music I always told people I would never record a song that I wouldn’t sit down and sing in front of my mom and dad.
My mom and dad are Republicans. At least two of my brothers are.
My mom laid the foundation that in order for you to be successful, you have to take care of the books first. That’s one thing she preached about, because at any point, other stuff can be taken away.
So, I remember when I was a kid, I was waiting for my mom to come home when she was working late, and, you know, I was like, ‘Oh my God, what happened to her? Is she OK? Did something happen to her getting in the car?’ I was a little kid. But those are actually early onsets of anxiety.
My mom was always writing me notes to get me out of stuff.
When I was a kid, my mom used to run the vacuum cleaner, and the noise would bother me so much that I would run into the woods to calm down. I feel like that vacuum cleaner has been on since I moved to New York City.
Mom and Dad were the best. I never clashed with them.
My mom speaks English – she moved to England in the ’70s, so she’s fluent in English. We use to speak in Spanish when I was a kid all the time, me and my mom. But when I went to boarding school, I kind of lost it a little bit.
I played with dolls until I was 15. My mother encouraged it because my older sister got married when she was 15, so Mom thought that the longer I stayed with dolls, the better.
My mom had early rap records, like Jimmy Spicer. In the middle of the records was a turntable and a receiver – I used to scratch records on it – and on top was a reel-to-reel. In front of that wall were more stacks of records. It was either Mom’s record or Pop’s record, and they had their names on each and every one.
My mom graduated from the University of Michigan, which is a great school. Then she got her Master’s from NYU. She wanted to be an actress, so when she graduated, she had a dream, and she started following it. She moved to New York and took acting classes with people like Denzel Washington.
My mom has always wished me a daughter just like me.
The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother’s side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.
I’ve been dancing since the age of two. I don’t really remember it, because I was little, but my mom signed me up and would put me in cute costumes. A lot of little girls get into dancing, but I loved it so much that I kept doing it.
I never thought about college, but my mom thought about it for me. I knew 100 percent it wasn’t for me.
My mom was very much alpha. I admired her because she was the working mom on the go. She’s such a boss. She’s an OG, as they say.
My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.
I took piano for many years. I kicked and screamed through all of my lessons, but my mom really insisted.
My mom has always been beside me, always telling me what’s right and what’s not, guiding me through it all, keeping me away from bad company and from bad habits.
My mom had me at a young age, like 20, and she was the oldest child. All her brothers were seven and 10, so I was like a younger brother more so than the oldest child. I was the younger brother to all my uncles, so they were going through their childhood and their teenage years, and I was right there.
My dad was a dentist; my mom managed his office.
Most children – I know I did when I was a kid – fantasize another set of parents. Or fantasize no parents. They don’t tell their real parents about that – you don’t want to tell Mom and Dad. Kids lead a very private life. And I was a typical child, I think. I was a liar.
In all honesty, at that time, I never saw myself as an author… I was just a Mom in a state of panic, trying to enter a short story contest to win the prize money in order to keep the lights on in my home.
We didn’t have a lot of money growing up, so my mom didn’t buy a lot of extras, like sweet things.
If you go from a structure where you have the support and that partner and that construction of a family and that’s broken apart, I think that’s probably a lot harder than always being a single mom and having the father being a support in another area.
I’m so happy and thankful I made it a point be a stay-at-home mom.
My dad’s name is Vernon and my mom liked the initials, V. V. My sisters and I got named Victoria, Valerie and Vincent so we’d be V. V.’s, too. But, then when you start getting pets’ names that start with a ‘v,’ it’s a little embarrassing.
When I was a baby, I wore my mom’s Chanel pumps – to be able to say that I work with Karl Lagerfeld is a dream come true.
I’ve danced hula since I was 5. My mom danced hula as well. It’s been in my family from far back and really connected me to my ancestors.
My mom listened to a lot of house music. My dad listened to a lot of roots and dub. I’ve got a lot of bass. It’s been in my whole life.
Mom always liked me best.
My mom and dad were divorced, and although they got along very well, my mom thought American television was reprehensible, so I was raised on the BBC. I kind of agreed with her. We watched American news, though.
My mom has made it possible for me to be who I am. Our family is everything. Her greatest skill was encouraging me to find my own person and own independence.
I was raised in the greatest of homes… just a really great dad, and I miss him so much… he was a good man, a real simple man… Very faithful, always loved my mom, always provided for the kids, and just a lot of fun.
She’s very loving. That’s my family. That’s Michelle Lambert. She is my mom.
Growing up, my mom had a catering business. I used to help her pretty early on and loved doing it. My mom is an amazing cook, and she helped me cultivate a love for food. She taught me that food can be beautiful. We eat not just for survival, but we survive to eat. It’s part of who I am.
I’m really happy to be a mom, and I’m proud of the phase I’m in.
All the awards in the world, you can get into all the nightclubs, they’ll send you the nicest clothes. Nothing better than walking into your dad’s restaurant and seeing a smile on his face and knowing that your mom and dad and your sister are real proud of you.
An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.
I was very close to my Dad as I grew up with him more than mom as she was traveling with my sister.
A guy is a lump like a doughnut. So, first you gotta get rid of all the stuff his mom did to him. And then you gotta get rid of all that macho crap that they pick up from beer commercials. And then there’s my personal favorite, the male ego.
No matter how big of a man I am and how big of a stage I play on, I’m always my mom’s baby.
When your mother asks, ‘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 I’m on that field, I give it everything I have, and when I come off, I’m a mom. As tired and exhausting as it is, it’s about coming back, even after double days, and still being able to enjoy the kids.
I hear my friends and my mom tell me I’m special, but honestly, I still don’t get it.
To be honest my mentor was my mom and dad. I was very blessed and fortunate to have parents like I had.
The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.
I’ve been a part of Margazhi festival even as a little boy. I used to accompany my mom to concerts held by the Music Academy.
I was 17 and out of school, living with my mom, starving, not eating, getting locked up, no focus, no guidance. When you ain’t got no guidance, you can’t do too much. But then I had my first son and started working. I got the right people around me.
I’m not bothered by the idea of getting old, or I guess you could say by having arrived at old. I was 10 when my mom turned 55. For 1955, she was a very old mom.
I feel such a sense of empowerment being a mom. But I do wonder: How do they/we do it all?
My mother’s wonderful. To me she’s perfection.
Both my parents were amateur badminton players. My father is a scientist and wanted me to be a doctor. But my mom was very aggressive and loved badminton. She pushed me right from the age of nine to take up the sport.
When love is gone, there’s always justice. And when justice is gone, there’s always force. And when force is gone, there’s always Mom. Hi, Mom!
My mom is spiritual, and she always starves herself in the name of fasting. I don’t like it. I always fight with her for not taking care of her health, and say that God has nothing to do with starving. But she knows how much I love her.
I was brought up bilingual, but there came a point where my mom went back to work and I got a white babysitter, so sadly I lost it. Now I can understand Spanish and put words together, but I don’t speak it fluently. I’m ashamed of that.
My mom is the Kris Jenner of boxing.
I write about love, but it’s me wanting to be in love. I’ve never been in love. I love my mom, my dad. I want to be in love. I think I have to allow myself to get there. I’m just so in love with music. It’s weird. I’m at a crossroads because I want to be in love.
Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.
When I was signed by Elite Model Agency, my mom felt it was the right place as it was a professional agency.
My mom tells me the first show we saw was ‘The Secret Garden,’ but I don’t remember that.
I had my mom drive me to practice everywhere. I’m really grateful I had her.
Most people, almost everyone knows of a teen mom. Teen pregnancy rates are growing, and we need to bring awareness to that.
My only window into the Internet is Twitter because I am afraid of the Internet. I need my mom to hold my hand if I’m going to read anything about me.
Dad was in the British Army and my mom was in the Royal Air Force, so both of my parents believed in discipline.
My mom was a terrible parent of young children. And thank God – I thank God every time I think of it – I was sent to my paternal grandmother. Ah, but my mother was a great parent of a young adult.
I can’t resist South Indian cuisine, particularly what is prepared at home. My mom is my favourite cook. She can cook a variety of cuisines. I savour her cooking at home, and she’s undoubtedly the best.
I think the most fun part about working on ‘Good Luck Charlie’ is spending time with everyone, honestly, because everybody on set is like my brother and sister and mom and dad. They’re so fun to be around, so that’s probably the best part about working there.
I think I was 9, and my mom ordered them for me from a catalogue. They bred like crazy, and I was selling gerbils all around Michigan. They wrote a story about me in the local newspaper.
Morality and its victim, the mother – what a terrible picture! Is there indeed anything more terrible, more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?
My dad worked so hard. He slept in his own bed maybe half the nights of the year because of road assignments, but even when he was home, he was covering games. It put a lot of pressure on my mom. She brought in her parents to help out, and it took a village to raise us. I was lucky.
I’m black. I’m Latina. My mom is Cuban. Afro-Cuban. My dad is white and Australian.
My mom loves the ’80s. I grew up hearing a lot about the ’80s.
My daughter is the most normal towards me. For her, I am just her mom. I am just a regular mom, and the actor comes after that. If she likes something that I am wearing, she tells me, and if she doesn’t, she still makes it a point to let me know.
When I came home after ‘DWTS,’ I had a couple of days, and I had actually given the Mirrorball to my mom. She loves to decorate the house, so I said, ‘Here – make it pretty. Do what you want with it!
Hug your mom. Hug your mom and thank your mom.
There’s no one else I would rather have as my manager than my mom because I know that she has our best interests at heart. Sometimes, it’s hard to separate manager mode from mom mode. I think as our manager, my mom will get more emotional about situations than she would if she was just our manager.
I was kicked out of my own house and had my own drag mother, you know, a house mother. Things with my family are great now – my mom and dad were at the premiere – but they had kicked me out.
Once in high school, I completely over plucked my left eyebrow all the way up to where you’re not supposed to. I had no idea what I was doing and it looked terrible! My mom was like ‘What did you do to yourself?’ I was so embarrassed.
Having children is my greatest achievement. It was my saviour. It switched my focus from the outside to the inside. My children are gifts, they remind me of what’s important.
I started out as a child actor. Back then, I didn’t have a manager or company, and I couldn’t even dream of having a stylist. My mom made and bought the clothes I would wear. I think that was probably when I first got into fashion.
My mom raised us like we were still in the Philippines. She tried to cure everything at home like a real Filipino woman. You had to die to go to the hospital. My mom cured everything with Vicks VapoRub. I should’ve died nine times when I was a kid!
Both my mom and my dad have always included me in intelligent conversations about people, about characters, about how people work. My dad and my mom still read all scripts that I find interesting. I send them an e-mail, and I’m like, ‘Okay, I have my eye on this,’ or whatever.
My mom is very structured. She gets up, she does her prayers, and she eats her oatmeal with blueberries and Greek yogurt, and she has her prayer list, and she doesn’t worry too much about things.
My mom always taught me to be sweet and polite and cross my legs because it’s what the guys like. Actually, they like a raunchy girl once in a while.
Take motherhood: nobody ever thought of putting it on a moral pedestal until some brash feminists pointed out, about a century ago, that the pay is lousy and the career ladder nonexistent.
I’ve been performing my whole life. My mom signed me up for a theater program when I was five – I was the evil queen in ‘Once Upon a Mattress.’
My daily schedule is quite hectic, but I have to put my health first in order to be the best mom and wife I can be.
I grew up in what some would call an immaculately clean home. I hated my mom a little for it. I wasn’t allowed to paint my nails, since they’d chip and ‘look trashy.’ My brother and I didn’t run around in clothes that had holes or were stained.
This is the hardest job I’ve ever had, being a mom, but it’s the most rewarding job I’ve ever had.
My dad is Polish. My mom is Moroccan, and I grew up around all kinds of different languages, and I love playing with it, and I love picking up new melodies.
My mother taught me about the power of inspiration and courage, and she did it with a strength and a passion that I wish could be bottled.
I watched my parents. My dad worked nights, and I was aware of how much he was doing for us. My mom was a Tupperware lady and also worked at the school. I always felt that I couldn’t let them down. And I had a natural discipline from early on. I was always training for something.
My real name is Dijon. My mom named me Dijon, so everybody used to call me Mustard.
My mom was always very, very careful with my mind: what I saw and didn’t see.
I feel really strongly about immigration because my mom is… from Jamaica. She still has a green card here.
My dad didn’t graduate from high school, ended up being a printing salesman, probably never made more than $8,000 a year. My mom sold real estate and did it part time.
My mom grew up in Idaho, went to Brigham Young University: they’re very Molly Mormon. And my father is, like, first generation Albanian, and his parents lived in Southey and grew up in downtown Boston. My parents are complete opposites.
My parents split up when I was young, and I was living with my mom for a little while, then I was kind of just on my own really young. It wasn’t some kind of global tragedy, it was just never really a very close-knit family. So there was support in the sense that they didn’t stand in my way.
They wrapped her up like a baby burrito to show to Mom. Here were a mother and her daughter and I love them both so much. I couldn’t wait for Courtney to come to the hospital so I could have all my women together.
I know I’m talented, but I wasn’t put here to sing. I was put here to be a wife and a mom and look after my family. I love what I do, but it’s not where it begins and ends.
My mom’s always asking me for hits and stolen bases and home runs and different things on Mother’s Day and her birthday.
I was always a closet lover of acting. My mom was very practical. She never, ever restricted our dreams, always told us we could do or be anything. Then I said, ‘Maybe I want to be an actor’. And she said, ‘Maybe not that’.
My mom is a lioness. From bringing us up to getting work done, she has everything sorted for the family. If it wasn’t for my mother, I don’t think our family could have stuck by each other.
There was this hip-hop collective called People Crew. And at the time in Korea, there was no real place to access rap music. So People Crew used to host this summer school program, which taught rapping and dancing. I begged my mom to attend that school to learn how to rap.
My mom’s a Catholic, and my dad’s a Jew, and they didn’t want anything to do with anything.
I knew the coronavirus was a real thing, but it really hit home when my aunt died, and it was really hard to watch my mom go through that with her sister.
My mom just wants to make sure that my heart is always in whatever I do and I’m in things for the right reasons.
If I go on dates, my mom is always with me. She’s always there making sure I’m all right. Like if I go to see a movie with a boy, she’ll go to dinner next door.
My love of performing goes way back. My mom got me on ‘Romper Room’ when I was five – it was my favorite show. But they couldn’t control me. I would run up and smack the camera, and I’d jump around and do my little flips and routines. I wish I could get that tape now.
Most of us have fond memories of food from our childhood. Whether it was our mom’s homemade lasagna or a memorable chocolate birthday cake, food has a way of transporting us back to the past.
I’ve always wanted to be an actress, ever since I was a little girl. I’ve always played the mom and I play my sister as the daughter. I wanted to be an actress on television and movies instead of just around the house.
Dad told me that before I was born, he would put my mom’s stomach up to the speaker and play Led Zeppelin.
I quit wrestling in 2006 because I just got lost. My mom didn’t want me wrestling. I was wondering if I was going to make it in wrestling; I got injured in a match. I was 19. I was away from home, living in Florida, and I just got lost. I couldn’t face it, so I stepped away.
My dad was in a Beatles cover band. My mom wore Candies and belly buttons. The people in our family were very glamorous. They wore pearls like Jackie O.
It’s funny because my mom is not a singer at all, nor is my father. But I definitely get more of my father’s tone.
Completeness? Happiness? These words don’t come close to describing my emotions. There truly is nothing I can say to capture what motherhood means to me, particularly given my medical history.
I would love to grab roles like the ones my mom did in ‘Oppol’ or the role Kangana Ranaut played in ‘Queen.’
I went to see ‘Phantom of the Opera’ with my grandma and my mom when I was very little. The stage, the voice, the music… Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has been a massive inspiration to me for some time – the storytelling, that deliciously somber undertone in his music.
My whole life has been nothing but trying to find a way to take care of my mom and take care of my family as quickly as possible.
My mom passed away a day before high school started, and her dream was for me to be a full rock and roll guy, and play drums in a band.
I’ve always wanted to be a mom because I want to give a kid all of the magical gifts my mom gave to me, such as love and friendship. She and I had this incredible connection that was so unbelievable.
I was home-schooled. My mom wasn’t a fan of public school systems.
My parents got divorced when I was around a year old. My dad was essentially a nonentity in my life until I got to be about 16 or so. My mom was a flight attendant for PanAm, so I moved all over the world. London, Rio de Janeiro.
I auditioned on my own. I tried to make a mark for myself without anybody’s help, not even Mom’s.
My parents divorced when I was young but I was brought up in two really loving households. I didn’t have a contentious relationship with my mom or dad.
My mom is my best friend in the entire world. She is so cool and so inspiring. I’ve always been able to be open with her and talk to her as a friend.
My mom is two people to me. She’s my mom number one, and then she’s this lady most comedians know as being a legendary owner of a nightclub that’s responsible for starting a lot of heavy careers.
I think having a strong female figure in my mom as an in-house role model was huge and really motivated me to continue to pursue my passion and my dreams.
I vividly remember my mom would put on this VHS of Michael Jackson’s greatest hits music videos. I’d watch that all the time.
I’ve always believed fitness is an entry point to help you build that happier, healthier life. When your health is strong, you’re capable of taking risks. You’ll feel more confident to ask for the promotion. You’ll have more energy to be a better mom. You’ll feel more deserving of love.
My mom told me to cover up my arms ever since I was little because I was muscular. She wanted me to be feminine, which did not come easy to me. My body was what it was, and I worked it to be a better tennis player.
My parents are both very funny but they’re also relatively soft-spoken, normal human beings while I’m just a lunatic. I don’t know where this loud, ballsy, hammy ridiculousness came from. I’m just glad I followed my goals and my parents did too. It’s not like we even had a plan when I dragged my mom to Los Angeles.
I always wanted what Mom and Dad had.
My mom and dad understood that every generation has to earn its freedom over and over again.
I grew up in a bit of a feminist fantasy with a single mom. I was totally shielded, in a way, from an idea that I couldn’t do something.
If you think back to the first sporting event you went to, you don’t remember the score, you don’t remember a home run, you don’t remember a dunk. You remember who you were with. Were you with your mom, your dad, your brother, on a date?
As a busy working mom I’m always pressed for time, so a quick and easy beauty routine is key!
I think I wanted to sing, but I just couldn’t because I was so shy. I didn’t really know how to begin that other than like, singing in my room, locking the door, and trying to sing kind of quietly. I knew my mom would want to listen and she would probably bug me about it.
How simple a thing it seems to me that to know ourselves as we are, we must know our mothers names.
Giving birth was easier than having a tattoo.
I first came out to my mom in the ninth grade.
I’m mixed race – my dad’s Caucasian, and my mom’s Mexican – so I want to play anything and everything, from American to Latino, the whole spectrum; I’m insatiable.
My dad is a lawyer and my mom is an artist. So growing up was exactly what it sounds like – strict household but a lot of creativity. They are so psyched that I get to make music for a living. My parents rule.
I would never put myself before my mom.
My name is Leland Tyler Wayne. My mom wanted to give me a name where, no matter what I wanted to do, I’d be able to do it. An astronaut. President. Whatever.
Well, my mom is Japanese. She moved to the U.S. when she was a teenager. And so, her food is – she did all of the cooking at home for the most part.
At nine, my mom used to tell me she saw an Olympic medalist in me. I used to take it as a joke, but she was very serious.
I always saw politics as an expansion of my role as a mom.
My mom worked for Apple, and my dad owned his own business.
I’d lose my mind if I heard my kid call the nanny Mommy.
Now I tell everyone, ‘Just become a mom if you can’ – it is so amazing, and God answers all your prayers, and all those things that you worry about don’t matter.
Without a doubt, the worst part of being a mom is having to floss my kids’ teeth every night. It’s so tedious.
My mom was married to a Mexican guy – a surfer – and so we’d kind of camp out on the beach the swell season.
We didn’t have a whole lot of cash growing up. My mom was a single parent for a while before my stepdad came into the picture.
Do you know what you call those who use towels and never wash them, eat meals and never do the dishes, sit in rooms they never clean, and are entertained till they drop? If you have just answered, ‘A house guest,’ you’re wrong because I have just described my kids.
Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.
I’m half Italian, and on my mom’s side, they’ve aged amazingly, and all they’ve put on their faces is olive oil.
I want to make my music and be a happy woman, a good wife, a good mom and one day hopefully have a child of my own.
My mom would get up every day at 4 A.M. and worked two jobs. I always felt I was the poorest kid on the block. I had a chip on my shoulder about being broke.
Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.
My mom’s an art teacher, so I always had music in the house. She always had records, and I was mesmerized by the mechanics of how a turntable works.
I guess my mom raised me right. She was very celebratory of her body. I never heard her once say, ‘I feel fat.’
I am a nice human, but I’ve also got Italian in my family. My mom’s side is Italian and my mom is a very scary human being. I get a lot of that intensity and snap straight into it from her. She’s legit terrifying. Lovely girl. Lovely mother but when she gets angry, she’s absolutely terrifying. She’s a damn monster.
I’m a total Twihard. I read all the books and saw every movie on opening night with my mom.
My mother taught me how to love. My mom is the most loving person I know.
I’ve always wanted to be a mom. I had a great relationship with mine. I’m ready to pass on to my child all the great love that my mom had for me.
I had a show on HGTV with my mom and grandma called ‘My Flipping Family.’
Growing up with three older brothers and being the youngest and the only girl, my mom always made me tough. She’s taught me over the years how to be a strong, independent woman, how to carry yourself in a positive way and anything that my brothers can do, I can do.
My mom was the happiest person when I first got a Telugu offer. She told me that the people here love cinema and will also love you. I have to agree with her.
Now that I’m a mom, it brings tears to my eyes.
I remember playing in my mom’s closet with Kim as little girls – we had this game we played, I was Donna Karan, and she was my assistant, and I was really bossy.
My mom is a pack rat.
I look up to a strong woman; maybe that’s why I fell for Gaga. She works incredibly hard and is very strong and inspirational like Mom, with a great work ethic.
I am blessed to have Mom and Dad.
What took time for my mom was getting the pronouns right and calling me by a different name. Laverne was my middle name before I transitioned.
A woman must combine the role of mother, wife and politician.
When I was 12 I cried to my mom, because I never got my letter to Hogwarts.
My dad lived a good life. He was a simple guy. His family had been poor, and he joined the Marines to be able to send money home to his mom and dad and brothers and sisters. He genuinely had the intention to live a good life and to respect other people.
I was about eight when I started tap dancing – against my own will. My mom wanted me to do it. She thought I would love it, and I didn’t believe her. I turned out to be obsessed with it.
Not everybody has their first kiss in front of 200 extras and their mom.
I know that on my own sites, a picture of me with my mom or me with my dog does well, but when I put up a picture of myself shirtless, it does get a little crazy.
My mom was the strongest woman I know.
Once you’re a mom, always a mom. It’s like riding a bike, you never forget.
Even when I was 3 or 4 years old, I’d go out riding in the car with mom and dad, and I already knew all the songs off mom’s Hank Williams and George Jones records by heart. I remember just sitting in the back seat and singing them at the top of my lungs.
You know the best part of being a mom is getting that love. Honestly, you know, my son’s love… a child’s love is so pure, it just makes you feel so good no matter what.
I had a drag mom but she didn’t really teach me about makeup. She just basically stuck me into gigs. And then I borrowed clothes from her and her drag to play the gigs.
My mom told me if I ever got a tattoo, she was going to take it off with a potato peeler.
My mom and dad taught me nothing but ABCs.
My mom is a nurse; my dad is a pediatrician. They were born in the 1940s, and they were both inspired to fight against injustice, whether it was the injustices of the Vietnam War or Watergate or children in poverty or oppression of African Americans in Philadelphia where I was growing up.
I am emotional, honest, and sensitive and a great human being because of my dad. Tough and independent woman because of my mom.
My mom obviously had a problem.
Pressure is the single mom who is trying to scuffle and pay her rent. We get paid a lot of money to play a game. Don’t get me wrong: there are challenges. But to call it pressure is almost an insult to regular people.
You need your mom and dad to protect you. It means they love you so much.
I didn’t really get into golf until I was about 14. My mom and dad were taking lessons from a pro an hour and a half from our farm in Cohuna, Australia. When they got home, I’d ask my mom to explain everything they learned – drills and all.
I guess I was a mom so late in life, my daughter was the greatest thing since sliced bread.
I grew up in Gothenburg, Sweden. I also lived in Ghana for four years and in Australia for one year. My dad was working abroad so we traveled with him. My mom is Indian and was adopted in Sweden.
I grabbed my mom and I went to the couch and I said, ‘Mom I want to ask Jesus to come into my heart.’ And I got on my knee and I asked Jesus to come into my heart, forgive me of my sins, and make me a child of God.
I’m not a perfect mom, but I’m perfect for my kids.
The first product I ever used was my mom’s foundation. When I was younger, I had pimples, so I just slapped it on and hoped it would fix the situation. It never did, because it was about 18 shades too light for me.
I want to be a cool mom.
When I was younger we had a grape arbor, and my mom would go out and pick grapes and make grape jam in the sink – boil it, put it in jars, and give it away as gifts.
My mom and I have always been there for each other. We had some tough times, but she was always there for me.
My mom took all of my behavior personally. Everything I did, she thought it was an act of rebellion against her. But it was just me being me.
A mother who is obsessing about being thin and dieting and exercising is not going to be a very good mother.
My dad is a chemical engineer, and my mom was a teacher. They were pretty serious about education, but I always thought about things a little bit differently.
I am very proud of my mom and consider her the most courageous woman I know. With perseverance, sacrifice and hard work, she raised a family of Olympic athletes and gave us the tools and the spirit to succeed. That is something that my brothers and I will always be thankful for.
Call it the Tiger Mom effect: In the business world today, failure is apparently not an option.
My mom I remember, she used to do so many things, I don’t know how she did so many things at the same time, she was amazing.
I’m a mom first.
My grandmother used to make the most incredible chicken divan, and my mom has carried out that tradition. It’s my comfort food. It’s amazing how you can almost taste the memories with a dish like that! And the more leftovers, the better.
There are days I’m feeling lazy, and my mom will remind me, ‘Beyonce also only has 24 hours during the day.’ That always keeps me going.
When I started go-go dancing on tables for a living, I didn’t want to tell my mom or my dad. I made 25 dollars a night, and I was able to make my rent, with the four girls I lived with.
I got my style from my mom, she was a classy lady.
I think my mom put it best. She said, ‘Little girls soften their daddy’s hearts.’
My greatest role model is my mom because she’s a Renaissance woman. She has had many careers over the course of her life because she really is just an extremely creative, passionate person and is very involved in many different things.
I was embarrassed that I even wanted to become an actress because coming from L.A., with two older sisters in the business and a mom who had been a ballet dancer, it was such a cliche.
My dad was a Punjabi from Amritsar, and my mom is a Punjabi from Kashmir. My dad was a soldier in the Indian Army.
My mom has a tape from when I was, like, 2 years old, talking with my grandma, telling her a story that’s really elaborate about werewolves and wolves.
My mom has passed down that you can be chic and look beautiful, and you don’t have to break the bank. I grew up like that. She also taught me I don’t have to stress all the time. She’s always been a go-with-the-flow type of woman; that’s how she raised us, and I find that’s how I’m raising my little girls now.
Depending on what day of the week it is and what time of the month it is, I’m a good friend or not a good friend. I’m more or less a good mom or not a good mom, more or less a good mate or not a good mate. That’s just life, whether or not you’re public.
My mom put me and my sisters in the water to feel comfortable, to have water safety.
My mom has been calling me Peep my whole life. That’s how I got the name.
More and more couples are having this negotiation or discussion, but I’m still amazed at the number who aren’t and where the cultural norm sort of kicks in and they just assume that mom’s got to be the one who stays home, not dad.
I learned a lot from my Mom. My favorite lesson: remember there is no such thing as a certain way to parent and to remember that you are learning along with your child – it’s ok to make mistakes.
I’m from Connecticut. My Mom is an army brat, and my Dad is a navy brat. My childhood was fun. My parents are still together. My childhood was pretty carefree.
When you’re a mom, you need sparkle to compensate for the light inside of you that has died.
I’m like any working mom.
I have lexical-gustatory synesthesia. I can taste, and always have tasted, words. I remember when I was a kid and learning to read I mentioned to my mom that certain words I was learning tasted certain ways, thinking everyone was like that, and didn’t understand why she didn’t get what I was saying.
My mom is from Ghana, and my dad is from the States, so even in my family when I was growing up, my mom said I was the American one, and my dad said I was the weird African one.
My dad is a civil engineer, and my mom is a stay-at-home mom. The fact that my parents weren’t really involved in music was kind of good, because it meant that I had something that was private and personal.
I told my mom: I said, ‘Mom, I’m going to try out for WWE.’ Her response was, ‘The heck you are!’ She was like, ‘You are not doing that!’ So I had to try out without her knowing, but now she’s, like, the biggest supporter and so proud of me.
My grandfather was the minister at the Lutheran church. My dad owned a car dealership in town. My mom was the consummate volunteer and cheerleader for me.
I’m sure that my mom would have been happy with any path I chose.
I never get to go to movies, because I’m a mom.
My mom keeps khabar of everything, so I don’t feel lonely.
My mom passed away at 41 from diabetes. And I’m 42, thank you. I didn’t want to do that to my son. So any time I was at the gym, that thing that helped me do that last squat was my son calling some other woman mommy. And that would just give me that extra oomph to do that last squat. I want to be around for him.
One moment I can be happy and laughing, but then it comes over me. It’s my mom.
One-year-olds learn concealment. Five-year-olds lie outright: they manipulate via flattery. Nine-year-olds – masters of the cover-up. By the time you enter college, you’re going to lie to your mom in one out of every five interactions.
My mom always taught me – you know, little boys listen to their moms too much – that whatever you put into something is what you’re going to get out of it.
My mom to this day is the hardest coach I’ve ever had. There were times when my stepdad would look at me and say ‘you had a good game’ and my mom would be like ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about, you had 2 or 3 turnovers.
Cancer taught my family that my mom is much stronger than we ever thought. Faced with a devastating diagnosis, she just kept going and living – never complaining.
I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.
Being a mother is hard and it wasn’t a subject I ever studied.
My mom started an air-freight company; my grandmother built a golf course. I have a certain degree of entrepreneurial risk-taking in my family history. Maybe that eventually rubbed off on me a little bit.
Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.
I always have to brace myself when I visit my parents. My mom often greets me with a slew of nonconstructive criticisms: ‘Jimmy, why is your face so fat? Your clothes look homeless and your long hair makes you look like a girl.’ After 30 years of this, my self-image is now a fat homeless lesbian.
My mom was a great tennis player, and I remember being six or seven years old watching Steffi Graf and Monica Seles in Wimbledon in my house. I’ve always been a tennis fan.
With my mom and dad around, I became a child yet again.
My mom taught me the power of love. I learned to focus on the long-term big picture from my father. His sense of humor and light-hearted approach always make me smile. My husband is a pivotal anchor in my life. His influence encourages me to be independent and take risks.
My mom was always my biggest teacher, my inspiration, my role model. My mom was just the most amazing person. She was like a bon vivant in that she just lived each day to the fullest. As soon as I became a vegetarian, she became a vegetarian.
When I’m singing, it’s a mixture of my innocence in the projects, my mom and dad. It’s all the good and the bad, the laughs and the frowns that I went through and seen other people go through. Then you be trying to write it. Whatever’s coming out, you try and make it all cool.
I gotta be honest with you. I’m kind of jealous of the way my dad gets to talk to my mom sometimes. Where are all those old-school women you can just take your day out on? When did they stop making those angels?
I have so much respect for my mom and all the women across the world.
I became a mom at 37 and having a child has been an emancipation for me.
My mom is Filipino and my dad is half Russian and half Irish.
My mom is my hero, and I wouldn’t be the woman I am today without her.
There was a phase when I would just loaf around, doing nothing. It had put my mom under a lot of stress. I knew her stress stemmed from her love for me, yet I never paid attention to her feelings. When it finally hit me that my idleness was taking a toll on her, I was genuinely sad and depressed.
My mom didn’t ever think I would take to acting because I was a very shy, very reserved kind of child. But obviously, something changed!
My mom and dad met at U. Conn., and their lives couldn’t have been more different in terms of their upbringing.
I used to write about experiences that a 20-year-old would write about – going out with your friends, having a drink. You know, things were a little bit sexier in a different way. Now, you know, I’m a mom, and I want to filter some of the things that I say.
I don’t deal with death very well. My brother, John Candy, my dad, my mom, Brandon Tartikoff just a couple of weeks ago. I mean, you lose a lot of people in your life, and that’s one thing I am constantly working on – pain management.
Clearly, society has a tremendous stake in insisting on a woman’s natural fitness for the career of mother: the alternatives are all too expensive.
I look at my father. He is one of my heroes. He is such an incredible, classy man. He was such a great father and such a great husband in so many ways, and we lived through some pretty tough times losing my mom. When I see all that he did, I think, ‘Wow, that’s a really wonderful man.’
Everyone checks out my mom. My mom’s hot.
If I would make a song dedicated to any woman, it would have to be my mom because, you know, she’s been there since I came out of her. She would have to be the one… my mom or my daughter.
Before this DJ thing, I was hopelessly taking things apart to try to figure out how they worked. I’d go mess around with burned-out cars, with my mom’s stereo – I was public enemy #1 in my house for that. So my mom noticed that I was interested in this and decided to send me to school so I’d know what I was doing.
My mom, my dad, my two brothers – we’re all animal lovers. I think we love animals more than most people.
My mom eventually got out to Oxnard and started a produce company and was in the strawberry business. My pops was out of the picture by the time I was 7.
I’m Ifa. I grew up practicing Ifa, my mom is Ifa, my whole family is Ifa.
I’m a religious person. I remember my mom told me: ‘Vengeance belongs to God. It’s up to him to wreak vengeance.’ It’s hard for me to get to that point, but that’s the work of God.
In the beginning, my blog was exclusively read by my mom.
My mom was obsessed with Joni Mitchell; I grew up listening to so much of her music. But it was never a prerogative to emulate her.
I’m not sure how young kids get to the point where they’re memorizing and knowing songs, but I knew the words to ‘Missing You’ from John Waite probably from when I was three years old. For whatever reason, that was the song that I gravitated toward when it was on the radio and I was driving around with my mom.
My mom taught me, ‘There are a lot of doubters out there.’ It doesn’t matter what everybody else thinks.
My mom was an orphan, and there was never anybody to tell her what she could or couldn’t do. At the core, she’s probably an artist – an artist and a feminist.
My brother’s a grip. My mom’s a scriptwriter. My dad’s a director. So it’s like, at heart, I’m a below-the-line girl.
My mom and dad both would grow vegetables. So, when I delivered my baby, we went there, and she would cook a lot, and we would eat all the vegetables from their garden.
I have six brothers and one sister, and I was an ice hockey player when I was younger. I think my dad thought I was going to be in the women’s league for ice hockey. But, I totally fell in love with drama in grade school, and I asked my mom if I could get involved with it.
No one was more important than my mom and dad. I know they are watching from a place up in heaven here today to make sure all their kids are doing good.
Okay, fluoride in the water to help our teeth. Well, shouldn’t that be the job of your mom and dad? To teach you how to brush your teeth and use mouth wash? What do we need the government to do it for? Clearly, what a scam. Fluoride in the water.
I’ve learned that every working mom is a superwoman.
I was accepted to multiple fashion schools. But I had two kids when I was a teenager. My kids’ mom already had two kids when she was still in high school. So I had to be in the streets early. Instead of going to fashion school, I took the street route.
First, I am definitely going to give some money to my mission program at church, and then I have to get my mom a dishwasher.
Throughout my life, my mom has been the person that I’ve always looked up to.
I ended up going to NYU for film school – close to Pennsylvania – but we talked about what if I went to UCLA or USC, and my mom’s whole world was caving in.
My mom worked as a pharmacist, but she is one of the best storytellers I know. My sister is a gospel and opera singer and my brother, who passed away, was a writer.
I sing seriously to my mom on the phone. To put her to sleep, I have to sing ‘Maria’ from West Side Story. When I hear her snoring, I hang up.
My mom’s the best.
My mom and dad? Oh, they were a fiery pair. They stayed together for the kids and also because they were hopelessly in love with each other, but they were totally incompatible.
No matter how good you are, at some point your kids are gonna have to create their own independence and think that Mom and Dad aren’t cool, just to establish themselves. That’s what adolescence is about. They’re gonna go through that no matter what.
I believe destiny and hard work go hand in hand. I was studying to be an engineer when my mom and my brother sent my pictures for the Miss India contest. I didn’t even know about it. If that isn’t destiny, what is?
Yes, Mother. I can see you are flawed. You have not hidden it. That is your greatest gift to me.
Sometimes when you are a great mom, you’re not so great at your job. And then when you’re good at your job, you’re not so great of a mom or a good wife. It’s a dance that never stops. But it’s beautiful.
I did grow up in Kenosha, Wisconsin, around a lot of my mom’s family. I had a lot of cousins and aunts and uncles around me, and my sisters and my brother. Probably the most formative part of it was that we grew up on the edge of a forest. It wasn’t a big forest, but it was enough. When you’re a kid, it feels gigantic.
My mother was a personal friend of God’s. They had ongoing conversations.
I was selling stuff probably since I could remember, like 6 or 7 years old. I was always out there helping my mom and dad sell watches, glasses, CDs, DVDs, stuff like that. Whatever we could put our hands on. I did it until I was around 17. But I was just doing it because I had to. There was no other option.
A little secret – I’m the child of a shrink. I am; my mom’s a shrink, and my father’s a lawyer. So believe me, I analyze and negotiate. That is a huge amount of the director’s work, especially when you’re working with people who – such a variety.
My mom was a practicing Hindu, and my dad was a Catholic who practiced yoga meditation and karma yoga. My earliest memories are of the bright colors, beautiful sounds, and fragrant aromas of both Christian and Hindu celebrations.
As a mom to biological children and adopted gay children all around the world, nothing gives my heart strings a tug as much as seeing a parent stand by their queer/gay/trans child with beaming pride.
Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one’s own Trojan horse.
My mom thought I could dance because I used to dance to this Janet Jackson song she’d play when I was a baby. Then she would take me to a Saturday dance school. I used to go every week and got spotted by a scout, who suggested I audition for the role of Billy in ‘Billy Elliot the Musical.’
My mom is a wonderful woman. She’s always been an inspiration to me, but having kids helped me make even more sense of my relationship with her.
My mom is one of those women… she don’t take no mess. She is very vocal about what she wants and what she doesn’t want.
I decided that I wanted to be an artist in middle school, and although my mom wasn’t fully on board with me becoming a trainee, she really supported me throughout the years and is very proud of me now.
My parents couldn’t give me a whole lot of financial support, but they gave me good genes. My dad is a handsome son-of-a-gun, and my mom is beautiful. And I’ve definitely been the lucky recipient. So, thank you, Mom and Dad.
Of course my dad went to Formula One, so I think that my dad is the better driver of the two. But I think, for a girl, my mom was not too bad, of course.
There are a lot of people who helped make Queen Latifah who she is today. I don’t forget, but a lot of people do and get big heads. My mom will make me walk the dogs or take out the trash when I go home. I’m not allowed to get a big head; I’ve still got to do the simple things in life.
I want to buy my mom a house; I want my family to never have to worry about anything. And I just want to have an amazing career in music, because I love to do it.
Today, I have two kids of my own and I talk about the challenges of being a celebrity wife, mom and my kids too.
I would write scripts and little plays and perform them in the living room for my family when I was little with my brother until my mom said, ‘Alright, you need to go do it somewhere else other than the house.’
I got people to take care of: my mom, my dad, my grandma, my aunties.
The most inspiring piece of advice I’ve gotten is simply to persevere. My mom taught me to always keep going no matter what from an early age. When it feels too difficult to push forward, I always remind myself, ‘This too shall pass,’ and then I redouble my efforts.
Also, my mom and family are very important to me and I know that this is not expected.
The best part about playing a mom is that people hug moms. I get hugs all the time. It really makes hard days a lot easier, and easy days are downright joyous.
I had to stay in the house a lot because my Mom didn’t want to see me on the news. I wasn’t a bad child. She just didn’t want me in the wrong place at the wrong time.
My mom is a woman who grew up in a small farming village in the West Bank called Beit Ur El Foka. She only went to school up to 8th grade and then dropped out to go work in a tailor shop that made dresses and different embroidered designs to make money for her family.
Bob Dole. He’s like the neighbors’ Labrador retriever your dad used to curse for all that barking, all that darn digging in your mom’s tulip bed, and now look, you live next door to a godforsaken pack of teeth-baring rabid Pomeranians, and, good golly, Bob Dole!
It’s been a lot of fun getting to work with Tracy Middendorf, who plays my mom. As an actor, it’s always fun to have different parents and to create different familial dynamics than you have in your real life.
Childfree women are actually great assets to the planet. Our carbon footprint is smaller than a mom’s! And we have enough money to write checks to organizations that help kids get vaccinations, vitamins, and educations yet have plenty of free time to advise your daughter that one day she will regret piercing her lip.
I’m more comfortable watching ‘Dev D’ with my mom than a film that makes a woman an object whose only purpose is to dance provocatively.
In May 2006, I had our son, Calder. I spent the next couple of years learning how to be a mom.
I remember one time when all the nuns in my Catholic grade school got around in a semicircle, me and Mom in the middle, and they said, ‘Mrs. Farley, the children at school are laughing at Christopher, not with him.’ I thought, ‘Who cares? As long as they’re laughing.’
Dad and mom would have preferred that I be a doctor, a lawyer, a scientist, or a great humanitarian.
I don’t know where my romanticism comes from. My mom and dad would read to me a lot. ‘Treasure Island,’ ‘Robinson Crusoe,’ tales of chivalry and knights, things like that. Those are the stories I loved growing up.
I am compelled to continuously see the bright side. It is in my DNA. My kids look at me and say: ‘Mom, you’re so happy!’ And I do feel happy. I feel joyful inside. I can’t explain it.
My mom said the only reason men are alive is for lawn care and vehicle maintenance.
My mom and dad, although they may not have had a lot of formal education, they were two of the most brilliant people that I know.
I dyed my hair blonde when I was 14. My mom was not happy. But I love being blonde.
If you don’t have savings, and your co-founders are as poor as you are, and if Mom and Dad won’t loan you money, then your best bet is to find people that know you – your friends. If they, too, won’t help, then you’re stuck seeking out angel investors.
Neither my mom nor my dad ever bought me any comic books. Certainly not for Christmas. I suspect that doing so would have violated the Parents’ Code.
It’s the moms of this nation – single, married, widowed – who really hold this country together. We’re the mothers, we’re the wives, we’re the grandmothers, we’re the big sisters, we’re the little sisters, we’re the daughters. You know it’s true, don’t you? You’re the ones who always have to do a little more.
A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother’s love endures through all.
That strong mother doesn’t tell her cub, Son, stay weak so the wolves can get you. She says, Toughen up, this is reality we are living in.
One time, my mom told us, ‘No TV.’ It was 3 P.M., and I was sneaking it in. She put her hand on the back of the TV to see if it was warm, and it was. So she pulled the cord out of the wall, opened the second-floor window, and just threw it out the window.
My mom was a pilot, and my dad wrestled polar bears.
Always it gave me a pang that my children had no lawful claim to a name.
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
My mom is from Venezuela, and my dad is German and Japanese, and we lived in Brazil when I was a kid for a couple of years, and then I grew up on Long Island. I think all the traveling and all the nationalities put that stuff in my head. I was just around it a lot.
My mom always plays Madonna in the car, so I was kind of familiar with what she was into in the ’80s.
Only mothers can think of the future – because they give birth to it in their children.
I’m from a single-parent family. My mom is like my mom and dad. She’s my world.
Oh, my mom. She’s one of my biggest fans.
I couldn’t be more proud of my little sister and the mother she is and am also incredibly proud of my mom and the huge influence she’s had on myself, my sisters, and now her grandchildren.
Both my parents were born in the Philippines. My dad is full Filipino, but my mom looks a little mixed, and her mom’s name is Estelita Coquico.
The best advice-giver in my family definitely has to be my mom.
I’m pretty sure my mom is the only person on the planet who thinks that she got cancer so that I could find my calling in life, but as I started to build this company, all my years of useless education, random jobs, and weird interests merged into this serendipitous moment.
I think I’m a disciplined mom versus a strict mom. But also, that job – the disciplining was from birth until about 12, and at 12, I set my kids free, and they learned to become independent human beings.
My real last name is Flores, and Milian is actually my mom’s maiden name. So it’s not made up, which is cool; it runs in the family. And it actually worked out better for my career to have the last name Milian, because Flores kept me in a little box, and no one really associated me with the last name Flores.
My mom is an actress, but she never really pushed me into it, and it was never something I thought I would be doing. She was very happy I decided to, but she certainly doesn’t offer me criticism because she knows I’d tell her to shut up! Nobody wants to hear that from their mum!
My mom and dad were ‘helicopter parents,’ literally. Meaning, I didn’t have a nanny, so I went up in the helicopter. My entire early childhood education consisted of tagging along while they reported on car accidents, multiple-alarm fires, and shootouts.
I got my way with my grandma. I used to get whoopings with my mom, but my grandma spoiled me.
My Mom and Dad always told me to not act on emotion, act on what is real. When you’re mad don’t do something wrong because you’re mad.
Coding – everyone thinks it’s a superpower. And so when you feel like, ‘I’ve learned how to code,’ and you say to your mom or the girl sitting next to you, ‘I know how that app is built, I know the logic behind how that was created’ – that’s powerful.
We never had a bathtub. Mom would bathe me in the wooden or tin washtub in the kitchen, or in a big lard can.
My mom is a yoga instructor: 100% black with dreadlocks.
I want to be on stage and perform and win Grammys and help out my family in Bulgaria, because they are struggling, and my mom and dad, too.
I think it was like, ‘I don’t look like you, Mom. I don’t look like you, Dad. Like, what’s going on here?’ They just kind of told me I was adopted. I was like, ‘OK, that’s fine with me.’
From the very start of all of this, my mom has read the scripts first. And if she liked something, she let me read it. She told our agent what kinds of parts that we would want.
When I was six years old, Mom and Dad gave me a guitar for my birthday, and Daddy taught me the chords to ‘You Are My Sunshine.’
My mom has always been my support system. She taught me to never give up and to keep pursuing my passions no matter what.
My mom had Julia Child and ‘The Fannie Farmer Cookbook’ on top of the refrigerator, and she had a small repertoire of French dishes.
My dad was a professional basketball player, and my mom was a hell of a tennis player.
When I eat, I have to chop up everything on the plate and stir it all together. It devastates my mom. Everyone at the table is like, ‘That looks like cat vomit.’ And I stir my Coke with a spoon until it’s flat.
My mom taught us the Serenity Prayer at a young age.
My mom was really of the belief that, as long as you were reading anything, it was okay. Just read.
My mother stopped working when she had my brother. She was a full time mom until I started getting heavily into ice skating lessons, and it got to the point where they really needed my mom to earn an income.
If I could get any animal it would be a dolphin. I want one so bad. Me and my mom went swimming with dolphins and I was like, ‘How do we get one of those?’ and she was like, ‘You can’t get a dolphin. What are you gonna do, like, put it in your pool?’
My mom, Latha Sriram, is my first guru.
My mom actually taught fifth grade, so… I’m good with fifth graders. That’s, like, my specialty.
I lived with my mom in a really small apartment. My bedroom was like in the living room. That’s why I still love to sleep on couches now.
I’m very boring. I’m a mom. I’m 34 years old.
My dad was a cop. My mom worked at various jobs – she worked as a homemaker, a bank teller, a bartender.
Whenever my mom goes to Afghanistan, I’m just like, ‘Bring me jewelry.’
I didn’t grow up wealthy. We couldn’t even afford spaghetti sauce when I was first born, but my mom and dad worked really hard and came from the bottom up.
Two of the biggest things my mom taught me is that adversity isn’t the end of the world and that you have to adapt to succeed.
It’s not about being rich, but everyone back home has a pool. And I was a total water baby. My mom couldn’t get me out – she’d put my dinner plate at the end of the pool, and I’d eat my meals in the water.
I’m not sure what I want to do when I grow up, or if I’m sure I ever want to grow up. I’m sure there are people that wish I would, but you know, my mom will get over it.
I’m proud of what I look like. I’m proud that I look like my mom.
I told my mom the reason I started working out was because I wanted to break the necks of the people picking on me. I wanted to hurt them. I said I didn’t want any teacher to put me down any more.
Mom always tells me to celebrate everyone’s uniqueness. I like the way that sounds.
What is free time? I’m a single mother. My free moments are filled with loving my little girl.
I got blessed from my mom. She’s the personality; she’s the one who smiled, so I took on part of her, and who also wanted to help and save the world. Then I took on part of my dad, who is tough.
Yes, I love playing Mom.
My mom worked late, and I was at home a lot by myself. It was good for my imagination – and bad for it, too.
Motherhood is a dream. It really is absolutely amazing.
I naturally wanted to be saved, so when I came home I told my mom I wanted to be confirmed. That’s the way I related to it, being raised an Episcopalian. I went to Dallas and got confirmed.
I forgive my mom for being a psycho and my dad for being a loser.
My mom – when I complained about my weight, she asked me if I wanted to keep complaining or do something about it. Then she took me to Weight Watchers when I was 10 years old, meetings and all!
My dad and my mom were big Nat King Cole fans, so they had everything he did.
My mom had a heart attack, and it came out of nowhere – she was 54. My dad had leukemia for about 3 months. He was 80 when he passed. My dad had me later in life, and so he had leukemia and was alive for about 3 months between diagnosis and passing away.
My dad was really complex, and I was raised by that. My mom is really bright – very book bright – and so those things collide… I learned that I could put all of that stuff together in the world of acting, and I could make a dollar at it.
Yes, I always remember my dad’s, mom’s and my grandma’s perfumes.
My dad worked for a generator company and then UC Berkeley, and my mom was as a dental hygienist and then eventually a history teacher. My uncles and aunts, all of them are elementary school teachers or scientists.
I love my real mom and dad; I love them both equally.
I can only hope to be 10 percent of the mom mine was to me. She encouraged me to be confident and enjoy life. That’s what I want for my son.
My mom grew up without a father because he died in the Korean War. And my grandmother, her life was completely upended because of that.
My mom was born in Korea – Seoul, Korea, during the ’50s, ’51. She was abandoned; her and my uncle were abandoned. My grandfather was a Seabee and adopted my mom and my uncle, and brought them to Compton in the ’50s. That’s where she was raised.
Becoming a mom forced me to re-prioritize and make room for the things that are most important, while recognizing that there are things I can let go of, and the world won’t crumble around me.
I know Spanish pretty well. I’m half-Puerto Rican – my mom is from Puerto Rico – so I have a lot of family there, and my mom’s first language is Spanish. But growing up in the States, and with my dad being from the States, I’m kind of just like this white kid.
Every man must define his identity against his mother. If he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up.
I did karate for about three years. When I was going into Miss Texas, my mom said, ‘Let’s not do karate this year. Let’s not have any knocked-out teeth on the stage.’
My whole life, people have doubted me. My mom did. People told me in high school I’m too short and not fast enough to play basketball. They didn’t know my story. Because if they did, they’d know that anything is possible.
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
My mom is very liberal. She has never been religious… spiritual but not religious.
My mom is my biggest support and critic. I’ve tried to be a good son, and I don’t think I’ve given her a single day of grief. I want her to know she has my unconditional love.
From a young age, I took an interest in the music and my mom noticed it.
My mom, for all intents and purposes, was a single parent.
My father passed away when I was seven, mom single-handedly brought up my brother Rahul and me. She was a civil surgeon posted in rural areas. We went through some tough times but she gave us a beautiful life.
I went to MIT. I do rocket science. Being a mom is much harder.
I inherited Mom’s verbal skills, and participated in forensics and essay contests in elementary school – and won every essay contest I ever entered.
If it wasn’t for women, I wouldn’t be here. I’m a mamma’s boy at heart. I love my mom. I have the deepest, utmost respect for women.
The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute.
I knew I wanted to become an actor when I was 7 years old. My dad was working with Alfred Hitchcock, my mom was working with Martin Scorsese – and it was the great summer of my childhood.
I grew up in a bus, traveled with various circuses and freak shows. I was a trapeze artist, and that was my dream. We just traveled the whole world, me and my mom and my little brothers and sisters. It was an adventure.
My mom is just incredible. She’s delved into both the mother and father figure in my life.
I don’t know if I am like her, but I am told that my eyes and my smile are like mom’s.
My mom decorated with lots of antiques. I never liked it when I was a little girl – I wanted to live in a modern house. But now I love it.
My mom kicked me out a couple of weeks before my 18th birthday. I had a job for about six, seven months at a supermarket, and they fired me for being late.
I did a movie called ‘Quicksand No Escape’ with Donald Sutherland and Tim Matheson. I think I was maybe 5. I was really little. Yeah, it was fun. And actually, Felicity Huffman played my mom.
My mom always told me one of the reasons that she was really happy in her life was that, if Dad never worked again, she was confident that she could support the family.
When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
School was a big source of anxiety for me. I hated school. I have social anxiety, and it developed when I was a kid. I had trouble going to birthday parties. It was always there. I begged my mom to let me be home-schooled at one point for a semester because I was so miserable at school.
My mom is Jamaican and Chinese, and my dad is Polish and African-American, so I had a pretty diverse culinary background to work with.