Whether you’re writing them to your mom, your mother-in-law, grandmother, your sister, your daughter, or a friend, it’s not easy to put into words the value of everything they’ve done as mothers.
Words are only symbols, after all. And even if you love to write, the best words for your Mother’s Day sentiments can still elude you.
Allow us to help.
The following messages will communicate your best Mother’s Day wishes, gratitude, and love without sounding melodramatic or saccharin.
Whether or not you like a little humor to lighten the mood, the best Mother’s Day message gets your point across with simplicity and a thoughtful economy of words.
Feel free to edit any of the messages below to suit your particular circumstances.
Uplifting Mother’s Day Messages for Mom
Happy Mother’s Day Message for Mom
I know it’s not easy to put into words how you feel toward your mother.
Whether your feelings are all positive or not, you want to communicate love, empathy, an d gratitude — without sounding overly sentimental or gushy.
1. Thank you again for [something your mom did recently to help you.] As if I needed more proof that you’re good at this mothering thing, you keep showing me. Thank you for always being there.
2. Since becoming a mother, I’ve become even more grateful for the example you set for me. I know you told me not to compare my mothering to yours, but I can’t help asking myself, several times a day, “What would Mom do?”
3. Every time I see a mother with her kids in public, I usually identify with the troublemaker. And I’m always grateful when the mother is as patient as you were with me.
4. I was picking out fresh roses the other day and found one in the same exact color as [something you remember your mom wearing — e.g., bathrobe, etc.]. So, I renamed it “Mom’s [bathrobe, etc.],” and every time I look at it, I have to smell it. Apparently, that’s where the similarity ends. Love you, Mom.
5. Watching you with your grandkids the other day made me remember how much I loved visiting my/our grandparents, and how much I wished we could live with them. Living close enough to visit you is a nice compromise — and a priceless gift to my kids.
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6. Growing up, I knew I could trust you with any secret, though I also knew you had to keep some from me. I miss being able to tell you anything, but whatever we’re not saying to each other, I think of you every day.
7. I couldn’t help comparing other moms to you while I was growing up. And, though I don’t blame them for this, every one of them fell short. You’re still the gold standard of motherhood to me. You weren’t perfect, but you were just the mother I needed.
Happy Mother’s Day Message for Sister
Finding the right words to say Happy Mother’s Day to your sister has its own unique challenges.
You’ve been through childhood together, and when you see your sister with kids of her own, it’s natural to see parallels between your sister’s mothering style and your own or that of your mother.
8. I love watching you with your kids and thinking how much nicer you are to them than you were to your dolls.
9. It’s a good thing we forget so quickly after our babies are born how much it hurts to give birth to them. As soon as they’re out, all we want to do is hold them and give them all the kisses we couldn’t give them while they were undercover. Watching you with your kids reminds me of why I love being a mom — and how lucky I am to have you for my sis.
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10. Thank you for giving me [nieces and/or nephews]. Watching them reminds me of how we were as kids. If it helps, so does watching mine.
11. Your kids remind me so much of you, and I get homesick for when we were kids. I wish I’d been as good a sister/brother/sibling to you as you are a mom to them.
12. Your intuitive responses to your kids leave me in awe. You don’t let other people’s criticism stop you from taking your kids’ feelings and instincts to heart and doing what you believe is best for them. You’re not trying to be “supermom” or a saint; you’re just doing everything you can to be the mom your kids need. And I love you for it.
13. I see your beautiful son/daughter/kids, and I raise you a glass. And now I’m filling the glass with something good and drinking it in your honor. You’re welcome to join me.
14. On Mother’s Day, I hope you take some time to care for yourself and to celebrate the good moments you’ve had as a mother. Enjoy a glass (or a mug/tumbler) of something you like and listen to music that reminds you that you’re still young and hotter than ever.
Happy Mother’s Day Message for Daughter
If your daughter is a mother, and watching her with her kids makes your heart feel all gooey inside, of course, you want her to know she’s doing great and that you’ll always be there for her. Reach out and warm her heart with one of the following messages.
15. I watch you with your kids and think, “Those parenting books I read were useless.” I almost wish I could have learned from watching you with your kids before I had you. Almost. You set the bar pretty high.
16. I love the connection you have with your son/daughter/kids. It’s as though you can read each other’s minds. I see in them everything I loved about you at that age, and I worry that they’ll have a rough time of it, too. I also hope they grow the way you have.
17. I hope you can forgive me for every moment I’ve failed you as a mother — every time I put you off and paid more attention to something less important. I also hope you forgive yourself if you’re not always the mother you want to be for your kids. All we can do is our best — one moment at a time. And I see your love and determination to do just that.
18. Your kids are blessed to have you as their mother. I say this not just because you’re my daughter, and I’m proud of you — though I am — but because I see in you the mother I wish I’d been and the kind of mother this world needs more of.
19. You’ve made me into the mother I wanted to be for you. I know I was far from perfect, but I wouldn’t even be as awesome as I am if you hadn’t been my daughter. And now that you’re a mother, too, you’ll find out (if you haven’t already) exactly what I mean. The person I became as your mom is the best person I’ve ever been. And she’s available for babysitting (as well as coffee runs and wine-o-clock chats).
20. Dear Daughter, I can’t help thinking of you whenever Mother’s Day rolls around, and I always picture you with a baby in your arms or with one of their small hands in yours. I’ve pictured you like this since long before you became a mother because you’ve always had the heart of one — loving, resourceful, and compassionate. And I hope you pass that on to your kids.
21. My daughter is a mother, and I’m amazed by the strength I see in you. I knew it was there, but I hadn’t seen it as clearly as when you grabbed that doctor of yours by his jacket and said, “If you tell me to calm down one more time, I’m gonna pull something out of you, too!” (Okay, so maybe you didn’t actually say that to him, but I saw the look on your face. A mother knows.)
Happy Mother’s Day Message for Friend
If you have friends who are mothers, I hope the following messages inspire you as you write your Mother’s Day greetings to them. Think of words of encouragement you’d like to receive from a friend who has been where you are.
22. It’s so weird watching you with your kids and thinking, “Whoa! Was she always like this?” Becoming a mom has made you a force to be reckoned with.
23. I had no idea you were such a badass until I saw you holding a baby on one hip and unfolding a stroller with the other hand while ordering a red eye for pick-up with your Bluetooth earpiece. I can’t even walk straight while listening to music. Teach me your ways!
24. You look even hotter as a mom. I need a makeover just to catch up with you. So, thanks for that.
25. Don’t make me hurt you by talking about getting back to your pre-baby bod. Whatever you’ve gained knew exactly where to go, and you look even better than you did before. Own it!
26. Whatever you do as a mother, don’t you dare beat yourself up over not being perky and playful all the time. No one is. It takes a lot of energy to be the mom you want to be all the time; the best we can do is moment to moment. And if you’re feeling fried and useless, call me, for pity’s sake, and I’ll babysit while you finally get some sleep (or a shower/both). I got you.
Happy Mother’s Day Message for Grandma
A Mother’s Day message for your grandma might be very similar to the one you write for your mom — or it might not.
The important takeaway is your gratitude for her being the mother and grandmother she’s been over the years. She may not have been perfect, but she’s irreplaceable.
27. I miss your hugs when you’re not here. I also miss your baking and the chocolate stars you’d tuck into my hand when we had to leave for home. Grandmas don’t get any better than you.
28. No matter how angry I was about something, you always managed to help me calm down by looking at things from a different perspective. You’re probably the reason my mom is so chill when I do stupid things. I’ve seen you two talking about me. And I couldn’t be more grateful.
29. The stories you’ve told me about growing up make me wish I’d grown up with you. But then you wouldn’t be my grandma, and that is NOT a fair trade-off.
30. I’ve seen pictures of you holding me when I was a baby, and you’re looking at me like I’m the baby Jesus but with cuter clothes. Every kid should have a grandma who looks at them that way.
31. I hope you don’t mind that I sometimes told you things I hadn’t yet told Mom — to see how you’d react and whether it was a good idea to tell her the same thing. You were my safe place. And since you’d been through a lot of the same things with her [or with Dad] already, I knew you’d handle my news better than anyone. I’m a happier person today because you dared me to risk rejection and failure and to see both as part of the growth process. If only everyone had a grandma like you!
Turn the tables.
If you’re a mother, what message do you hope to receive on Mother’s Day — from your mom, from your brother or sister, from your husband, or from your kids?
What do you hope they’re most grateful for? And what memories involving each of them make you most grateful?
Since motherhood can be isolating (especially when your kids are very young), words of appreciation, support, and encouragement are healing and can even be transformative. Make Mother’s Day a day for ensuring that all the mothers in your life feel loved and valued for everything they are, as well as everything they do.
Because even when the kids are grown and living elsewhere, mothers are always mothers.
We wish a happy and restorative Mother’s Day to all the mothers reading this. And we wish blessings on all those looking for the right words to honor their mothers. Whatever you say to each of the mothers in your life, be real.
You don’t have to sound like a poet or a sage. Your mother wants to hear you in your own words, however inadequate the words may sound to you.
May your authenticity, thoughtfulness, and gratitude influence everything you do today.