What Does Motherhood Mean To You?

Motherhood means different things to different people. For some, it’s their reason for existing, for some it’s something that’s been a long time coming, for others, it’s pure joy 24/7. When you actually start to think about it, you realise that being a mum is such a huge part of your life and it’s difficult to pin down to one thought or emotion. My life was pretty full before I had my daughter, so how have I managed to fit in being a mum, around everything else I do? It makes my head spin a bit, when I think about it.

But what does motherhood mean to me?

To me, motherhood is a reminder that there’s more to life than work. It is – ultimately – the single most important thing in my life. And that’s not something I say lightly. I’m not one of those sentimental types who posts cutesy messages on Facebook about my child being my whole universe. My career is hugely important to me, and I work hard to progess and achieve things. But motherhood has taught me that family is more important. It’s a cliché but have many people been on their death bed and wished they’d spent more time in the office? So while my career is still a high priority for me, it’s sits just below ‘family’ in the pecking order.

What does motherhood mean to you?

Lovely change bag brand Pink Lining recently asked mums to submit a photo of them with their family and to say what motherhood means to them in six words or less. The photos were turned into a video, just in time for Mother’s Day…

Beautiful, isn’t it? I’d love to know what motherhood means to you – comment and tell me. And do check out Pink Lining’s fab range of change bags – when I had a newborn, I used to lust after other mums’ Pink Lining bags. They’re so pretty!

• This is a commissioned post – thanks to Pink Lining for working with Not Another Mummy Blog. For more info on posts written for brands, see my Work With Me page.



  1. March 28, 2014 / 10:41 am

    I completely agree! Once you have children your priorities change slightly. It doesn’t mean that the importance of career achievements changes… you just end up spending less time on yourself (e.g. less sleep, less going out and socialising ;o) Luckily, children do grow up eventually and once they have their own social lives, you get yours back I hope.

  2. March 28, 2014 / 6:29 pm

    I’m with you on this. Time with my husband and children is so important. Being a parent is a big reminder thst we should work to live and not live to work

    • Alison Perry
      March 29, 2014 / 6:58 am

      Definitely Laura. It’s so easy to forget though isn’t it, when you have deadlines to meet and emails to write!

  3. March 28, 2014 / 11:03 pm

    Although at times motherhood is infuriating and boring and frustrating, it’s also a massive massive privilege. I remind myself of that every time the going gets tough 🙂

    • Alison Perry
      March 29, 2014 / 6:59 am

      You’re so right. It’s a privilege that many people don’t get to enjoy so we should be grateful.

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