Arielle Tschinkel
May 03, 2017 11:03 am

No matter how ready you are to be a mom, having a baby is an undeniably earth-shattering, life-changing experience. Even though motherhood comes with so many joyful, incredible moments, it’s ok to admit as a mom that raising children is so hard.

On Mother’s Day, we celebrate moms for all they do — big and small — each and every day. So we wanted to get the scoop straight from them directly. We chatted with some real moms out there, who tell us the hardest thing about being a parent, and their responses range from heartfelt to hilarious.

Whether it’s a mom who welcomed their babies into the world a week ago (aw!) or a mom with grown-up children, they all agreed on one thing: raising children is tough. But their pearls of wisdom will remind all you moms out there are not alone—there are plenty of fellow mamas who know what you’re going through.

Jenny, 30

Cathy, 54

Krista, 29

Jill, 33

Bernadette, 40

Amanda, 25

Katie, 28

Jessica, 38

Kristen, 40

Laurie, 65

Cindy, 62

Mary Ellen, 55

Sarah, 45

Elizabeth, 39

Carrie, 34

Leslie, 50

Take it from these moms — there’s no rule book when it comes to parenting, and that is tough. But it’s a truly rewarding job, and every mom out there gets a round of applause from us!