12 Situations that Only Moms Understand

12 Situations that Only Moms Understand
María Alejandra Castro Arbeláez

Reviewed and approved by the psychologist María Alejandra Castro Arbeláez.

Last update: 27 December, 2022

Whatever the ups and downs of parenthood, our little ones steal our hearts and fill our daily lives with situations that only moms understand.

You’re probably already tired of reading and hearing it: being a mom is a unique and special experience. Children make our lives a lot sweeter, but every growing family comes with a pinch of spice.

Caring for little ones can be an adventure all of its own. As time goes by, their undiscovered abilities will keep you on your toes.

Join us in discovering some of the situations that only moms understand.

When mom has to improvize

Life with a child can sometimes be unpredictable. As you discover abilities that you never knew you had, you’ll find that you’ve become an expert in improvization.

“One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood”

-Agatha Christie-

You can create a gourmet recipe from a half-empty freezer, transform leftovers into a feast and create a costume out of nothing. And those are just some of your talents.

  • Finding a public bathroom when there are none around. Boy or a girl, sooner or later your child will need to go when you least expect it. No matter where you are, you’ll always find a way to save the day.
  • Improvizing a school project. From last-minute science projects to costumes or class treats, you can do it all, with no more than the materials you have around the house.
  • Getting the costume that everyone wants. It doesn’t matter whether your children dream of being princesses or superheroes. You reuse and recycle and help your children become whoever they want to be.

Quarrelling and making up

It’s not just dinner time, baths and chores that can lead to World War Three breaking out at home.

There are many other moments that will be capable of giving you a few more grey hairs. But when you look back on these little quarrels, it just might be with a smile.

  • Caring for the home. “Don’t kick your ball near the windows!’ “Don’t touch that, it’s fragile!” We repeat these phrases like a broken record, and often in vain. A child playing with a fragile heirloom is enough to strike fear into any mom’s heart.
  • Picking clothes. As they grow up, children want to pick out their own outfits. Their sense of fashion is still developing. This means a thousand outfit changes, a hamper stuffed with spotless clothes and a messy closet. Folding and putting away definitely doesn’t seem to be in their vocabulary.
12 Situations that only Moms Understand

Back to childhood: 3 situations that only moms understand

In a certain sense, being a mom means returning to the past. Parents look at life with the maturity of an adult, but with a touch of the magic of childhood.

Having a family is a second chance at childhood. So break out of your grown-up comfort zone and enjoy every unique moment just as much as your children do.

  • Becoming a toy connoisseur. Yes, new toys. The dolls and kitchens that are out there these days are full of fun new features. And if you have a boy, this may be your first chance to play with other toys. Have fun with the robots and the remote-control cars.
  • Being an expert in superheroes and princesses. The Lone Ranger went out of fashion a long time ago. Better get up to date and immerse yourself in the characters that are capturing children’s imaginations today. Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol and Spiderman are waiting!
  • Coming to terms with your own body. You’re ready to meet the most awkward of questions with a smile: “Mom, why do you pee sitting down?” “Why does Dad pee standing up?” And of course, the biggest question of all: “Where do babies come from?”

2 situations that every mom will identify with

12 Situations that only Moms Understand
  • Worries about the future. Nothing makes you happier than looking after your little one. But there is a nagging doubt that makes every mother more than a little anxious. What will my role  in my child’s life be in the future? Empty nest syndrome looms, and you start to think about your relationship with your child when they have a partner and a family of their own. But then you remember that there is still a long way to go.
  • Always in their hearts. There’s no question about it: your kids will never, ever forget you. You’re their mother, and there is nobody else in the world like you. You’ve nurtured the strongest and most beautiful bond. It will last forever. Those little hands that you held will be the same ones that will hold you when you most need it.


This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.