SECTIONS
What would you like to know?
Share this Story
/

14 unconventional ways being a mom is totally worth it

Julie Sprankles is a freelance writer living in the storied city of Charleston, SC. When she isn't slinging sass for SheKnows, she enjoys watching campy SyFy creature features (Pirahnaconda, anyone?), trolling the internet for dance work...

There's a reason they say being a mom is the best job in the world — it's hard work, but it's worth it

If you're part of the motherhood, you undoubtedly know as well as I do that there are a million and a half moving reasons being a mom is worth it.

No matter how hard ('cause let's face it, it can be) it gets or how tired you are, having your child wrap their arms tightly around your neck and tell you they love you can make all the world seem right.

More: Just one sentence changed everything I did as a mom

But there are also some fringe benefits to being a mom that we don't talk about nearly as much, and they deserve due credit as well. Here are 14 totally relevant — albeit slightly less conventional — ways being a mom is worth it.

1. You're not afraid of the hard questions

You've become alarmingly good at telling the difference between chocolate and... not chocolate. It's like a parenting party trick.

There's a reason they say being a mom is the best job in the world — it's hard work, but it's worth it
Image: Giphy

2. At this point, you're indestructable

If you're ever chosen for the Hunger Games, you can be 97 percent certain you'll survive. If you can make it through the terrible twos, you can make it through a round at the Capitol.

There's a reason they say being a mom is the best job in the world — it's hard work, but it's worth it
Image: Giphy

More: 10 famous movie lines that get a lot funnier when you have kids

3. The junk food

You have a legitimate reason to eat Goldfish crackers for life at least a few more decades.

There's a reason they say being a mom is the best job in the world — it's hard work, but it's worth it
Image: Giphy

4. You're basically a ninja

Sneaking out of your kid's room at night — or escaping the vice grip of their sleeping arms — without waking them has catapulted your stealth skills to ninja level.

There's a reason they say being a mom is the best job in the world — it's hard work, but it's worth it
Image: Giphy

5. You have fall guys

There's always someone other than the dog to blame funny smells on.

There's a reason they say being a mom is the best job in the world — it's hard work, but it's worth it
Image: Giphy

6. You're an early bird... like it or not

Because living with tiny human alarm clocks means you'll never miss another morning appointment. Ever.

There's a reason they say being a mom is the best job in the world — it's hard work, but it's worth it
Image: Giphy

7. You're a winner

There's always someone around you can beat at board games.

There's a reason they say being a mom is the best job in the world — it's hard work, but it's worth it
Image: Giphy

8. Nothing can take you down

By the time your kids make it through elementary school, your immune system is so strong you are basically the bionic woman.

There's a reason they say being a mom is the best job in the world — it's hard work, but it's worth it
Image: Giphy

9. You know when to keep your cool

Knowing you are responsible for molding the lives of the little people in the back seat keeps you from (totally) losing it during traffic jams.

There's a reason they say being a mom is the best job in the world — it's hard work, but it's worth it
Image: Giphy

More: I felt useless as a mom after breaking my leg

10. You get things done

Learning to accomplish things in the micro-slivers of time between feedings and changings and shuttling kids all over the planet has turned you into a seriously efficient human being.

There's a reason they say being a mom is the best job in the world — it's hard work, but it's worth it
Image: Giphy

11. The coffee, duh

No one is crazy enough to tell a mom she can't have that third venti iced caramel macchiato.

There's a reason they say being a mom is the best job in the world — it's hard work, but it's worth it
Image: Giphy

12. You always have en excuse to shop

You get to live vicariously through your kids' wardrobe. When else can you buy tutus and frilly socks with reckless abandon?

There's a reason they say being a mom is the best job in the world — it's hard work, but it's worth it
Image: Giphy

13. Play dates aren't just for kids

You get to have play dates. 'Cause, real talk, getting together with your kid's friends' mamas is just as important to you as chilling in the sandbox with their pint-sized posse is to them.

There's a reason they say being a mom is the best job in the world — it's hard work, but it's worth it
Image: Giphy

14. The wine

Because, bedtime.

There's a reason they say being a mom is the best job in the world — it's hard work, but it's worth it
Image: Giphy

This post was sponsored by JCPenney.

Tagged in
Comments
Hot
New in Parenting
Close

And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .

SheKnows is making some changes!