I grew up in a single-parent family. My dad died when I was twelve leaving my mother alone to raise 5 kids the eldest being 12. I often saw her due to despair and fear for our future. How was she supposed to provide and support us until we can become independent?
It was a long way to go before we could actually stand on our own. It’s been years since then, and I’ve asked her how she did it, and my single mother said she lived by this quote: “One day at a time”. She said that as cliched as it sounds she got through because she reminded herself to live and face problems one day at a time, and it worked.
So I decided to compile some of my favorite quotes to motivate,inspire and commend women and all their sacrifices.In hopes that they too can help pull you through like my mom. These were taken from books and other resources.
“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.” – Sophia Loren
“A parent’s love is whole, no matter how many times divided.” – Robert Brault
“If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
“Whenever I held my newborn baby in my arms, I used to think that what I said and did to him could have an influence not only on him, but on all whom he met, not only for a day or a month or a year, but for all eternity – a very challenging and exciting thought for a mother.” – Rose Kennedy
“Women’s Liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It’s the men who are discriminated against. They can’t bear children. And no one’s likely to do anything about that.” – Golda Meir
“Raising a family is difficult enough. But it’s even more difficult for single parents struggling to make ends meet. They don’t need more obstacles. They need more opportunities.” – Bill Richardson
“Only mothers can think of the future – because they give birth to it in their children.” – Maxim Gorky
Quotes like these can help inspire us and challenge us to be better parents. They nudge us to pay attention, focus on what is essential. They warm our hearts because they affirm how much love and sacrifice it takes to be a beacon of hope and strength.