If you’re looking for the perfect message to share on social media, these happy Mother’s Day meme ideas are relatable and hilarious.
Motherhood is many things: rewarding, impossible, frantic, glorious, uplifting, grueling—but above all, in the best times and the worst, it’s laugh-out-loud funny. This Mother’s Day, between the Mother’s Day activities, Mother’s Day gifts, and the reading of a Mother’s Day poem, gift yourself and your friends, sisters, mothers, and mothers-in-law these relatable, hilarious Mother’s Day memes.
Whether it’s your first Mother’s Day or your 50th, these hilarious memes about moms will have you doubled over laughing in no time. (And if it’s a loved one’s first Mother’s Day, consider sending a few memes with some gifts for new moms to reassure her that everything she’s feeling is normal.)
Remember when picking out clothes was fun?
You can’t fault their fashion instincts, at least.
Finally, you get it.
Time to thank your mom for everything she did.
Someone should get you a medal.
Dinner has never tasted so good.
Thank goodness for your people.
(And thank goodness you’re not the only one.)
He better not be late on Mother’s Day, though.
It’s not all hugs and kisses
Better your hands than your handbag!
Your mother warned you this would happen
Just wait until they have kids of their own.
Not sure why they even bother.
Always ready for a teachable moment
They did not just say that.
Proof you’re doing OK
Feel like you work hard at parenting all day long and still fall short? This funny meme is a reminder that every one of us lets things fall through the cracks once in a while. (And hey, you’re not harboring aliens, right?)
It’s 5:00 somewhere
Sometimes the nutrition police just wants to hit happy hour.
Hope everyone’s hungry…
At least pasta makes good leftovers!
“Sleep in?” What’s that?
And yet on school days they sleep like the dead. Go figure.
If your life were a movie…
If they only knew.
Toddlers are actual ninjas
They can master a touch-screen phone, but not potty training.
Been there, swaddled that…
You don’t have time for rookie moves.
“You look tired.” Yeah, thanks.
Eye cream? Retinol? BB cream? All the things?
When you’ve missed more than a few workouts
You’ll have time for the gym once the kids are in college.
Moms are the masters of spin
That finger painting on the wall is art. It’ll be worth millions someday.
Motherhood = next-level exhaustion
We know one mom who retreats to a local hotel the night before Mother’s Day, just to catch up on sleep.
Sleep training at its finest
Perspective: As teens they’ll pretend they don’t know you. Take those snuggles now.
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How to Help Your Kids Handle Disappointment
Whether it’s a postponed prom or a canceled baseball season, here’s how to help your kids cope with the loss.
Let’s face it: 2020 has not been a great year for pretty much everyone on the planet. But for kids, it can be especially hard to be stuck at home and have so many events and activities postponed or canceled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, since they haven’t reached the developmental milestones that help them take it all in stride. “Teens and children really live in the now,” says Jeffrey Bernstein, PhD, a licensed psychologist, parenting coach, and author of 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child. “They have a hard time waiting for the future.”
If your child is having difficulty coping with missing out on some much-anticipated fun, here’s how to help them deal with their disappointment and become more resilient.
Don’t expect your kids to immediately get over their sadness, anger, and other feelings over the loss. “Don’t just rush in with the bright side,” Bernstein says. “Give them permission to feel and express their emotions. Say things like, ‘I hear that this is really difficult, I know prom is a big deal and I know how much you were looking forward to it,’ or, ‘If I was on the winning team, I would have wanted a chance to go to practices.’ Putting yourself in their shoes and doing it in a very authentic way helps.”
Letting your kids see your own disappointment over losses related to the coronavirus—and see you dealing with it in healthy ways—can help them develop their own skills at handling life’s ups and downs. “This can be a teaching moment,” says Bernstein. “Model to your kids how to roll with it.” You can talk about how you’re experiencing your own disappointments—like scrapped vacation plans or work-related pressures. And show them effective ways to handle negative emotions, such as talking about it, exercising to relieve stress, or finding a creative way to still do something that you want—like having a virtual dance performance with your class, in lieu of the formal recital.
It can be all too easy to focus on what’s going wrong (and there’s plenty of it), but it can be helpful to point out what’s working, especially when it’s behavior that your child is exhibiting. “Reinforce the things your child has been doing well,” says Bernstein. “Say something like, ‘I know you’ve been frustrated, I want you to know how proud I am that you’re stepping up, and helping out. I really appreciate that I asked you to clean up, that you did with no complaints.'”
4.Be Honest About How Hard This Is
“What we’re being asked to do, no one has ever been asked to do,” says Bernstein. “It can be hard to not go to the places we’re used to going and do the things that we’re used to doing.” Stress that it’s been a big, overnight change for everyone, and that everyone’s struggling to make sense of life in this pandemic—but that there is light coming at the end of the tunnel. “It is going to get better—there will be a vaccine or a treatment eventually—but this is one of the few times when nobody really has a strong solid answer. But people come up large in times of need and times of pain, and that’s what we’re doing.”
Experts Predict the Most Popular Baby Names for 2020—and There Are Some Newcomers in the Mix
2020 parents are clearly loving these monikers for their little ones, according to Names.org.
Where do parents go for baby name ideas? Family names, creative names, or resurfaced timeless, old-fashioned names are a few common avenues for inspiration. They may choose a classic, preppy name they’ve always loved, or perhaps land on a deeply meaningful name that speaks to their beliefs or holds symbolic weight—an intention for what they want their child to embody. Many parents—often celebrity parents, for example—dream up a new, unique name or reinvent a familiar moniker that’s certified, one-of-a-kind. Whatever parents’ preferences and personalities, there’s a name out there that’s perfect for their newborn.
But if you’re overwhelmed by all the baby name possibilities, there are still lineups of tried-and-true names you can turn to for ideas. Lists of top baby names tend to feature repeats, year after year—once a name makes it to the top of that list, it often stays there for several years. But there are often names that don’t make the top lists that are still explosively popular, and predictions for those up-and-coming, popular baby names of 2020 are in.
Names.org—a database of name meanings, origins, spellings, and more—released its predictions for the 10 most popular baby boy and baby girl names of 2020, including names just outside the top 10 and those unique “wildcard” names that have made the most drastic jumps in popularity since coming onto the scene.
The number-one most popular baby girl name and baby boy name remain the same as last year’s (and the year before that): Emma for girls and Liam for boys. After the top spot, the names look familiar to recent years, but with some position changes. Most notable are the newcomer names, such as Henry and Alexander for boys, and Mila, a more unconventional addition, for girls.
Note that these Names.org predictions aren’t the definitive list of 2020 naming trends. That typically comes retroactively from the Social Security Administration, a few months into the following year. (So the 2020 list will be available sometime in 2021, once the SSA is finished crunching the numbers.) In the past, the SSA official baby name list has often proved Names.org to have forecasted correctly, so we’ll have to wait and see if this year’s lineup is just as accurate as in past years.
Predictions for the Top 10 Girls Names in 2020
- Emma (Previously #1)
- Olivia (Previously #3)
- Ava (Previously #2)
- Isabella (Previously #4)
- Charlotte (Previously #8)
- Sophia (Previously #9)
- Amelia (Previously #5)
- Mia (Previously #6)
- Harper (Previously #10)
Just outside the top 10: Luna, Camilla, Aria, Evelyn, Abigail, and Ella
Predictions for the Top 10 Boys Names in 2020
- Liam (Previously #1)
- Noah (Previously #2)
- William (Previously #8)
- Oliver (Previously #5)
- Lucas (Previously #9)
- Benjamin (Previously #7)
- Elijah (Previously #6)
- James (Previously #4)
Just outside the top 10: Sebastian, Mason, Ethan, Logan, Michael, and Daniel
Top 10 Wildcard Names for Girls in 2020
Top 10 Wildcard Names for Boys in 2020
The Names.org team combines data on actual births in recent years, as recorded by the Social Security Administration, and user interest on the site as millions of monthly users research potential baby names for their child. The formula the team uses also compares user interest on Names.org and interest relative to other names to figure out which names will be more popular than others.
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Moms Are Most Depressed When Kids Are in Middle School, Study Says
Turns out, the middle school years are tough on mom, too.
My daughter is halfway through eighth grade, her final year of middle school. Which means there’s finally a little light at the end of the tunnel. She is back to smiling all the time now, laughing with me in the car, and singing at the top of her lungs.
But last year, when we were in the thick of things, it was a different story. There were awkward silences, slammed doors, lots of screaming and yelling. It was probably my darkest time as a mom. Watching my daughter—a normally happy-go-lucky kid with not a care in the world—pull away from me, struggle with friends, and stress over school had a very real effect on me. It was like a dull gray cloud threatening to burst into storm had settled over our home without permission and without warning. And there was nowhere to take cover.
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Turns out, I’m not alone. According to a new study by Arizona State researchers, the most stressful time for moms is when their kids are in middle school. “I was a little taken aback to see that apparently preadolescence is the new adolescence or junior high school, or middle school is the new high school,” said Suniya Luthar, one of the study’s co-authors and a professor of psychology at ASU.
Um, Luthar must not have a kid in middle school. Because in a study involving more than 2,200 moms across the country (more than 80 percent had a college or graduate degree), mothers of middle-school-aged children reported the highest levels of stress, loneliness, and emptiness, and also the lowest levels of life satisfaction and fulfillment.
“I see these moms…you can read it on their face,” Michelle Icard, author of Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years told CNN. “They’re highly stressed. They’re nervous. They don’t know what to do.”
Mothers of infants and adults, meanwhile, were found to be the most satisfied. Which means if you’re a new mom and you’re feeling glum because you’re not getting any sleep, you better strap in because you haven’t even hit the bumpiest part of the ride yet!
Part of the reason middle school is so hard for parents may be that the changes in your kid seem to take place overnight. “You see this person who is almost but not quite grown-up physically, saying at one moment, ’Leave me alone. I’ve got this figured out. Let me do it my way,’ or ’Don’t ask me questions,’” said Luther. “And on the other hand, they (are) crushed in tears, and looking to you for comfort just like a child. They might cry like the children they used to be, but being able to actually comfort them is nowhere near as easy.”
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So what can we do better help them cope? Icard—who has been working with middle school children and teachers for more than 10 years—told CNN parents would benefit from knowing the facts about middle school, how children are going through what she calls “the middle school construction project” as they start to develop a new body, new brain, and new identity
“If you know that, for example, your kid has to create an identity apart from you when they are in middle school so that they can form healthy relationships with people in the future, it makes it a little easier to bear so it’s not for nothing that your kid is separating and relying on their peers,” she said. “That’s how they figure out their way in the world.”
She also suggested moms make sure they have something else going on in their lives for themselves when their children are in middle school. “You’ll be modeling good self-care for your kid,” she said. “And when things get really tumultuous and they’re illogical and they’re unpredictable, you have something to dive into that makes you happy and that does a lot for stress reduction.”