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Thirty Things Moms are Thankful For

It’s the time of year – where everyone decides to be grateful and share one thing a day for which they give thanks. And yes, we’re thankful for our health and our kids and our husbands. But let’s face it, there is a whole world of very specific things that Moms of little kids are thankful for.

Here are our thirty (with a little help from our friends):

  1. Drinking an entire cup of hot coffee.
  2. Husbands that think our softer (read: jellier) bodies are beautiful.
  3. Having a solid #Momsquad to be there for us through the good, the bad and the ugly.
  4. When people spell as if my kids can have things like d-e-s-s-e-r-t or a b-a-l-l-o-o-n before asking my kid.
  5. Amazon Prime. No explanation needed. Darlene from Baby Costs Money
  6. An understanding nod or a smile from a stranger when my kids are having complete and total meltdowns in public.
  7. Getting ONE picture for holiday cards where everyone is looking in the same direction. Extra thankful for smiles.
  8. When our kids are kind to each other.
  9. Slow cookers. So when we walk away and get distracted by life, we don’t burn the food. – Cailtlin from Real Mom Recs
  10. Side hustles, flexible work arrangements, and family-friendly businesses that prevent having a career from being incompatible with parenting.
  11. A friend that stays calm when your kid is choking in Chick-Fil-A and takes over while you freak out. (THANK YOU JAYMI!!)
  12. Babysitters who are available on short notice.
  13. Teachers who you trust completely with your kids.
  14. The sweet lady at the grocery store bakery who gives away free sugar cookies to keep them quiet and happy for 15 minutes. – Kristin from Applecart Lane
  15. Books that are written so both kids AND adults enjoy them. Ditto for movies.
  16. Nights where no one wets the bed, has a bad dream, or throws up.23514582_10102480668901737_940827566_o
  17. Nyquil and Day Quil. We didn’t appreciate them until we went through pregnancies and nursing without them!
  18. Headphones, strollers, fresh air and true crime podcasts. All at once. – Alexandra at Coffee and Coos
  19. Etsy. For when you need something homemade, yet you have neither the time nor the talent.
  20. Restaurants that have unique or interesting activities on the kids menu. Bonus points if you just straight up keep games in your restaurant.
  21. Playgrounds that don’t have sand.
  22. The nice lady at Chick-Fil-A that ran out to my car to deliver the baby shoes we left in the play place so I didn’t have to unload the kids.
  23. Anyone that will volunteer out of nowhere to take the kids for a bit, so you can have a break.
  24. The internet. It has given me such an amazing platform to meet new people and connect with others who understand the place I’m at in my life whether that be parenting, staying home with the boys, going back to school, being married, etc. – Ashely from A Vodka Type of Mom
  25. Swim teachers that patiently spend weeks/months/YEARS of your kid crying/screaming/fighting until they finally – and HAPPILY – can swim!
  26. Delicious and easy premade dinners.
  27. Drive through everything. Coffee, donuts, dry cleaners, French fries, car wash – if I can keep all my kids in my car and get what I need done, that’s a good day.
  28. Facebook memories. For when I need to see a picture of my kids doing something adorable or remember something that I probably should have put in a baby book, but put on FB instead.
  29. Bathroom door locks.
  30. Lazy Saturday mornings full of family cuddles and cartoons.

What are you thankful for?

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4 thoughts on “Thirty Things Moms are Thankful For”

  1. This list is perfect. Number 28 is u derstated but keeps getting me all teary lately. Number 15 is my new obsession. Luckily the books out now are no joke. Check out Jon Klassen. He’s savage af. And number one is def in the right spot. Hot coffee is mood changing.

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