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20 Little Working-Mom Victories That Mean Today is Going to Be a Good Day

Working Mother logo Working Mother 9/12/2018 Maricar Santos
a sunset in the background: It's the little things that can make such a big difference. © Photo: iStock It's the little things that can make such a big difference.

It's time to celebrate the tiny triumphs that remind us everything is going to be OK.

When you're a working mom, feeling stressed out, exhausted and overscheduled can often feel like the norm. That's why it's important to recognize and celebrate the tiny moments in our day that actually go according to plan, or work in our favor. Below, we've compiled a list of little victories that help remind working moms everywhere that it's all going to be all right. They may seem insignificant, but they add up, and add some cheer to our busy days.

1. When your kid wakes up on time, eats their breakfast and brushes their teeth, all without complaint.

2. When you manage to leave your house a few minutes earlier than usual, and end up on a less-crowded train or bus, and more importantly, get a seat!

3. When you get a rare, solid eight hours of continuous sleep, and wake up uncharacteristically energized.

4. When your child sleeps in on the weekend, meaning you get to sleep in too.

5. When you perfectly schedule your errands so you get everything done in less than an hour.

6. When you and your kiddo manage to pass the toy aisle, without them begging you to buy something.

7. When your normally talkative tyke doesn’t say something embarrassing to a colleague on an office visit.

8. When any activity your kid is participating in happens hours after you leave for work, meaning you can actually make it on time.

9. When you take your kid to a fancy restaurant, and they're so well-behaved people at other tables compliment you.

10. When you survive a trip to Costco or Target without buying a bunch of stuff you don’t need.

11. When you finally snag the work dress/bag/shoes you’ve been coveting forever—on sale.

12. When your child is asked what you do for a living and gets your job title right—and talks about you with so much pride.

13. When you get to enjoy a cup of coffee hot, and a shower or pee break at home, totally uninterrupted.

14. When you get to speed through the bedtime routine, and sneak in an hour of Netflix bingeing while enjoying a glass of wine.

15. When your parents are conveniently in town to babysit on the evening your gal pals invite you for a girls’ night out.

16. When your inbox suddenly drops to 0 unread emails, for both work and personal accounts.

17. When you remember to wear your rain boots to the office and there’s a downpour as you’re about to walk in.

18. When the perfect smiley photo of your little one comes in through your daycare app, just before you head into a long meeting.

19. When your kid says money for the field trip is due today, and you miraculously have exact change in your wallet.

20. When you start the day thinking it’s Thursday, but it’s actually, blessedly, Friday.

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