50 Totally Awesome Perks of Being a Mom

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mother and childBeing a mom is the best! Don't let the tired, bleary eyes, coffee binging, or constant crazed looks on our faces tell you any differently. That's just how we look sometimes. But motherhood totally rocks.

If you are a mom, then surely you know already that moms are totally cool. However, you probably haven't had a minute's time to sit down and think about, let alone compile, ALL the things you love about being a mom. Seriously, best job in the world. Perks around every corner.

Here's our list of 50 perks of being a mom ... We hope you'll add any of the wonderful things we missed in the comments below.

50 Totally Awesome Perks of Being a Mom

1. Always have an excuse for being late.

2. Never have to provide an explanation for what's smeared on your black pants (because no one really wants to know ...).

3. You're proficient in doing at least four things at once.

4. Never pay for hugs (well, most the time).

5. Be two places at once. Obviously.

6. Low blood pressure? Never a problem.

7. "Oh, sorry, I can't make your [insert lame candle, jewelry, Tupperware, scrapbooking, etc.] party -- you know, that's right at bedtime and all ..."

8. Finally know for sure that your parents didn't know squat.

9.  But also know that knowing squat must be perfectly awesome because you turned out okay.

10. There's always someone to fetch the remote control. And sit on your cold feet.

11. Fear of oversleeping -- puh-lease!

12. "I love you, Mommy."

13. That first belly laugh.

14. There's always someone to blame.

15. "Mommy better go through your [insert Halloween, Easter, Valentine] candy alone in the kitchen, and make sure it's safe."

16. You can always find a teen-aged stand-in for just $10/hour.

17. Inflatable backyard pools!

18. Win every argument with your husband by saying, "Yeah, but I gave birth."

19. Funny Home Videos.

20. Slip 'n' slides.

21. Nachos for dinner! Again!

22. Mom blogs.

23. That first base hit.

24. Finally, a reason to learn about sabertooth tigers.

25. Someone's always happy to see you.

26. You can and will rise to the occasion. Like you always do. And because someone might die if you don't.

27. There's always an excuse to eat breakfast for dinner.

28. Bubbles!

29. Having a free pass to hang out in classrooms -- teeny desks, mini glue bottles, and wee scissors!

30. No need to own a mirror when you have a little mini-me who mimics your most horrific behaviors right before your eyes.

31. Silence just became all the more golden.

32. Even the worst days at the photographer's studio can turn into some of your favorite photos.

33. "Something smells bad in here? Hmm, didn't notice ..."

34. You can't be fired, much to their dismay.

35. Trick or treating!

36. Early morning snuggling.

37. The first time they use sarcasm. Correctly.

38. Video games.

39. Baby wipes.

40. Toilet wipes.

41. Oprah says you're doing the toughest job in the world (so it's gotta be true!).

42. Acorn collecting.

43. Finally a world where a milkshake can solve every problem.

44. Justin Bieber.

45. Total appreciation for the simple things: drive thrus, alone time, weeds that look like flowers.

46. Relive your childhood -- but only the good parts.

47. You pass a test (of patience, will, strength, etc.) every single day.

48. Bedtime.

49. Being missed. Even when you're just going to the mailbox.

50. Close your eyes. Think of them. Are you smiling?

What's your favorite perk about being a mom?

 

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butte... butterflymkm

Gotta be watching her learn and discover things! Reactions for actions like if I blow on this wand, a bubble forms (and if I grab the ferrets tail, it screams!) lol that is the most amazing thing to me, watching them grow and learn

Histo... HistoryMamaX3

It makes it all worth it, over and over and over again. :-)

Xandr... Xandriasmommy

Or when you are having a bad day and your 2 year old gives you a kiss and a hug, pats your back just like you do to her and she says, "it'll be okay, mommy. Kisses make ev'rything better."

nonmember avatar molly

The last one made me tear up! I'm going to add: giving your kids what you always wanted. Light-up shoes, 3-story wooden dollhouse (both bought at a yard sale for cheap!), big box of crayons, a slide (freecycle!).

dwmom... dwmom2008

As a mom, don't you feel like part of a "secret mother club" that other women who don't have children don't have a clue about? I don't exactly feel sorry for them, but it's like it's like when they are pregnant you can't really tell them the truth because it will be THEIR truth, so you don't want to mess it up for them, spoil it, ruin it, and when they get it, it's so great. When my sister saw me with my son, she thought she knew what it would be like to have a child, but then when she was pregnant she kind of suspected she didn't know it all, and afterwards she was glad I didn't really let her know it all. It really it a great big secret, the love that you really feel for a child. I know I can't be the only one who feels this way? I think it is the biggest perk.


That's really the biggest perk that dads don't have, how your heart really is walking around out there outside of you 24 hours a day. Dads love their kids, but the bond is not the same. I don't know if I will ever stop thinking of my son as my "baby". I call him "baby" in my head even though he is 8 years old! He hates that I even refer to him as my little boy still! I have to stop doing that! People who don't have kids will never know what it is like to love a child. You don't necessarily have to give birth, but to love a child like that, that's a great perk I think!

nonmember avatar WAHM Solution

Omigosh, I love this list. There are certainly perks to being a Mom. Cheers to that.

irock... irockthecradle

As a pregnant mom with a toddler, one of the biggest (and most selfish) perks I have found is people go out of their way to help you. Carry you bags? Open the door? Offer you a seat on the bus? Yeah!

Liber... Libertysmom384

You get to be someones hero, every day!

Lucie... LucienKaylee

The "mommy you ok?" and random hugs and kisses def take the top. Then there's the belief that you are like God because you can use the On Demand network to play their favorite shows. I have to say one of my personal favorites was when I first started working again a couple of weeks ago. I got a job at McDonald's which as much as it was a job I still felt down because of the "stereotype" but my son saw my uniform and got all excited because "MOMMY WORKS AT BURGER FRIES!" who would've thought a uniform could be that exciting? lol.

Aqua_Jen Aqua_Jen

My favorite thing in the whole world is hearing my little guy say "Mama" and then snuggle up to me. No matter what is going on, that always makes everything better.

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