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A to Z Gratitude List Inspiration for Moms

Are you looking for a way to be more positive, look on the bright side and appreciate what you have in your busy, sometimes overwhelming mom life?  This A to Z gratitude list for moms is the perfect way to help you get there. 

Because we’ve all been there as a mom having a day when:

  • It seems like everything that could go wrong did
  • Your kids were cranky (maybe sick)
  • You were cranky (maybe sick, probably tired)
  • You are just so overwhelmed that you wouldn’t be able to find the good in the day even if it was written on a neon sign right in front of your face! 

Enter this A to Z gratitude list for moms, so that even on that hardest day, you can check the list and find at least one good thing. 

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Because in my experience, there is always at least one good thing, we just might not have noticed it in the moment because we were too busy being preoccupied by the million other tasks you were doing and (wrongly) feeling like you were failing at.  

Or maybe that’s not the case at all – you’re having a great day, know what can make it even better??  Stopping and paying attention to the fact it has been great and truly appreciating it!  Gratitude does that.

Why an A to Z Gratitude List?

Gratitude is a powerful tool for a mom self-care toolkit!

Research into gratitude has shown that practicing gratitude can give you an overall positive effect on your own well-being including less stress, strengthen your relationships and even help your sleep (positivepsychology.com) .   Starting a gratitude journal can be a great way to start incorporating this positive mindset into your mom life. 

Quote board showing message saying Gratitude turns what we have into enough

As for why it is an A to Z gratitude list?  Well sometimes when getting started with something like a gratitude journal or looking for something to be grateful for on a bad day like described above you need a little help.  Like a cheat sheet to just give you that little support to make it easier to do something good for yourself!  Sorting the gratitude ideas list alphabetically just seemed like a good way to organize it for quick reading 🙂   

So if you’re looking for the good in your day but are stumped or feel silly like what you’re grateful for should be more thought provoking this list is for you! It’s got over of things both big and small that moms can be grateful for any given day.  And if today was a rough one, see if something on there can be used in your life today!

How to Use The A-Z Gratitude List 

This list is to help you jumpstart getting into the attitude of gratitude for a more positive mindset.  In my experience, it really has helped to have good days by simply focusing on the good in the everyday. 

So take some of these ideas and get started keeping a gratitude journal.  There are lots of ways to do it and no particular right way which makes it perfect for a newbie!

Maybe you aren’t ready for a formal journal or just don’t have the time/energy.  No worries – I’ve even found it helps to just take a moment to write down one thing that you were grateful for every evening before bed. 

Instead of keeping a constant journal, maybe you want to sit down right now and make your own full A to Z gratitude list to appreciate in your life in all its glory right now! Actually, this is a great annual activity to do on occasions like Thanksgiving or New Years to check in and see the good in your whole year!  I’m going to do that later this week (I’m originally writing this just before New Years!)

My Favourite Easy Gratitude Journals:

Use this list to get ideas in partnership with a great journal!

  • 30 Day Daily Gratitude Journal – I love how, like this example gratitude list, this 30 day journal sets you up for success to create a new habit by making it super easy filling in the blanks, using scales and easy lists.  Doesn’t hurt that it’s super cute, bright and cheerful!
  • 200 Page Morning & Evening Gratitude Journal –  This journal is fabulous because it is so intentional.  You take a quick look in the morning to set yourself up for success and then check in at night, taking a moment to reflect on your day.  I LOVE it!!!
  • Printable Ultimate Gratitude Journal – This bundle has 12 different pages including daily, weekly and monthly ones for you to really think big picture.  Also, it’s a printable download which means no waiting for it to ship – get started right now!  You can even use it digitally if you rather not even bother with paper and pen.  

Now onto the list to help you have a more positive mindset in your mom life!  You’ll see how even some negatives can be turned into positives with a little perspective shift!

Mom’s Gratitude List A to Z

A

  • Animals – Sometimes pets just know when you need some comfort
  • Art – maybe you did some, maybe you saw something beautiful, maybe you were gifted a multicoloured scribble with love from your 3 year old – all precious!
  • Ankles – Hey, if you’re a new mom you might not have seen them in awhile!
  • Acetaminophen – Yep, Tylenol.  Sometimes just be grateful you have a way to remedy the side effects of parenthood!
  • Aunt – Are your kids lucky enough to have an awesome aunt in their lives?  Maybe you have one yourself who’s always there for you.

  • Bedtime – Maybe bedtime went well, maybe you’re just grateful everyone else is in bed and it’s now quiet…
  • Bedtime Stories
  • Breastfeeding – How awesome you were able to feed your child and bonus, babies don’t usually cry when they’re busy eating 🙂
  • Bathroom – Where else would you hide to watch a funny video or cry when things are too much?  Or hey, imagine parenting in an age without modern plumbing, yikes! 

C

  • Cuddles – The best. No explanation needed!
  • Cartoons – Hey, sometimes you need that 20 minutes of peace!
  • Called a friend – Connecting with a friend who understands is so important in life, don’t let their role go unnoticed.
  • Coffee – Or any caffeine really.  
  • Chocolate 

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  • Dinner – Maybe it was a favourite?  Maybe it was just an easy one for you?  Maybe no one complained or refused to eat?!
  • Dressed Up – As in you got dressed today, or maybe you really got dressed up fancy for something and felt awesome, or maybe you literally played dress up with the kids and loved being a part of or watching the fun
  • Disney – All things in moderation, there’s no shame in getting a bit of peace and quiet while your child has fun!  Or maybe you’re a big Disney fan and are just in general grateful the parks exist!

E

  • Excitement of your Kids – Spin it to the positive.  Was it a hectic day with busy kids?  Maybe you can be grateful for their innocent excitement!
  • Extra – Extra anything that makes you happy.  For me it’s usually extra chocolate from my stash in the cupboard 🙂
  • Electricity – Yep, going big picture here.  Imagine parenting without it…no thank you!

  • Faith – For some this is an anchor in a storm that’ll get you through tough days and make good days even better
  • Friends – Old friends, new friends, mom friends – everyone is important in your village
  • Fun – Something fun probably happened today be it big or small
  • Food – Being able to put food on a plate and provide for your family is always something to be grateful for.  
  • Firsts – When parenting little ones milestones and getting to witness so many life firsts is so special!
  • Family  – The foundation of everything

  • Go-to Activities – You know the one…that thing you can do to turn any frown upside down without a lot of effort.  Around here it’s a quick game of Would You Rather.  Try it be getting my fun would you rather questions for preschoolers
  • Garden – Whether yours to enjoy gardening, just a pretty one you saw today or that your kiddo had fun digging in the dirt, gardens are great!
  • Getaway – A little escape from everyday routines is great for appreciating what you have!  Whether it’s just an hour at the hair salon or a full on weekend adventure absence really can make the heart grow fonder sometimes!
  • Gift – Could be literally you got a gift today or just appreciating the gifts (abilities) you’ve been given.
  • Goals – Make some with specific measurable success criteria so you can be grateful for your progress.  Doesn’t matter what they’re about, just set yourself up for accomplishing something!

Need an easy go-to activity you can do today?  Check out these    Super Easy Space Crafts

H

  • Holding Hands – Whether with little ones or your partner, holding hands is so comforting
  • Hugs – Same as holding hands.  Did you know hugs actually do make you feel better?  That’s why it’s one of my favourite 5 Minute Stress Relievers with Kids
  • Health 
  • Heat – One of the basics, but definitely something to be grateful for.  As someone who is almost always cold and lives in Canada, heat in any form during the winter is a definite gratitude list candidate.  Lately it’s the heated seat in my car…so good!
  • Holidays – Whatever you celebrate, celebrations are good!

I

  • Ice Cream – Hey, if it’s been a bad day, make something good happen and enjoy a treat after bedtime!
  • Income – You have money to cover your basic needs. You have money for some treats.  
  • Improvement – You don’t have to be grateful only at your goal destination.  Celebrate the successes along the way too.
  • Intimacy – Yep, there’s that intimacy but really it’s anything that brings closeness and connection  
  • Imagination – Isn’t it amazing what kids will dream up and play pretend?  It can be fun to go along for the ride!

  • Jokes – Don’t you just love toddler jokes that make no sense and aren’t funny other than how funny your toddler thinks it is?!
  • Journal – If you haven’t started using one, now’s a great time.  Here are a couple mom journals great for getting you started
  • Job – Whether you love it or hate it, it at least helps you provide for your family.  If you’re a SAHM, you may not get paid, but your job of raising kids is pretty great too – you get to experience it all with them!

K

  • Kisses – Whether sloppy toddler kisses or moments of love with your partner, love is always good.
  • Kindness – This one comes in many forms – if you’re on the look out for it you end up seeing it more. 
  • Kids – Yep, your kid, no matter how many tantrums is always someone to be grateful for. 
  • Kicks – Most moms visiting here have preschoolers, but maybe you’re also expecting another child.  All those butterfly kicks are so special…yes, even the ones that kick your bladder although they don’t feel like it in the moment!

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L

  • Love – Nothing beats hearing “I love you” from your kiddo
  • Latte – yep, pretty much anything caffeine helps a lot of moms

M

  • “Mommy” – No matter how the day has been, it is such a wonderful thing to be called mom
  • Mom – As in your own mom, sometimes the best sounding board you have through this motherhood journey
  • Make a Treat – If you’re having a rough day intentionally do something you can be grateful for.  We keep storemade brownie mix on hand for those days!
  • Makeup – As in you put some on today and felt good! Or yay, I could cover my tired eyes.
  • Moisturizer – Same idea, you took that moment for yourself and your skin will thank you
  • Meditation – Some ultimate quiet time for yourself 

  • Netflix – I don’t think my kids understand that TV isn’t actually just on whenever you want on demand…because they only know picking out whatever show they want!
  • Naptime -Need I say more?! No, you get it. 
  • Neat – Pat yourself on the back and be glad if you can look around and say some part of your house is neat!

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  • Outdoors – Any time outdoors is good for the soul (and if it’s raining just keep reading to letter U and you’ve got 2 things for your gratitude list!)
  • Order – Did you order in?  Did someone get your order right?  Does your hose look like it’s in order?  Did you have fun playing restaurant?  
  • Okay – Are you okay?  Honestly some days even if you’re not good, as long as you’re okay you’re more than halfway there, be proud of yourself!
  • Occasion – Celebrating anything? A birthday? New Job? Anniversary?  Fit in your jeans again?

  • Photos – Take some time to look at photos of moments that weren’t a disaster to feel better
  • Playtime
  • Pause Button – Because how many times do you start something and need to interrupt it?
  • Partner – Having someone to share the highs and lows of parenting and just plain love you is definitely something to be grateful for

Q

  • Quiet moments – Maybe the moment was 15 seconds, but it was a quiet one.  If you’re having trouble finding anything take whatever you can get to start shifting your mindset!
  • Quick reflexes – Were you a supermom stopping a spill or other disaster today?

  • Rest – Having any opportunity to rest and recharge is worth celebrating
  • Run – The opposite of rest, but for some getting exercise like a run is your happy place.
  • Recipe – Maybe you tried something new, maybe you made an old favourite, maybe someone complimented one of yours!
  • Reading – Quiet time to read something other than Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site is golden!  Although snuggles reading that are great too.
  • Relief – Relief of stress, relief of pain, relief of worry, relief of any kind is a good thing!

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  • Sunshine – Take a moment to enjoy your surroundings and some warm sun on your face
  • Sweat – Exercise can turn a bad  day around and is good for your mental health overall! 
  • Sensory Bins – Sensory activities are so great for development, lots of fun and usually entertaining for your kiddo so you can get something done!
  • Smile – Maybe you got one from your kids, maybe you gave one to a stranger.  No matter what end of it you’re on it feels good.

T

  • TV Shows  – Where they are yours or your kids, given all things in moderation both are great sometimes!
  • Time Alone – You love your kids, but sometimes need some time for just you.  If you got even 5 minutes count it!!
  • Time With Your Kids – Everything goes by so fast, some mindfulness appreciating the moments as they happen is important!
  • Treats – A treat for you is personal but anything that you consider one, count it for your grateful list! 

  • Umbrellas 
  • Unicorns – Don’t know about you, but unicorns can often turn things around for my preschooler…they really are magic! 
  • Unselfishness – Whether it was a kind act towards you or witnessing your child sharing and being unselfish without thinking about it, enjoy that moment. 
  • Uncle – Just like the awesome aunt, there are awesome uncles in our lives too!

V

  • Vacation – Maybe you’re on vacation or you’ve got one planned to look forward to (part of the appeal of trips in my opinion is the anticipation)
  • Vocabulary/Voice – Did your child spend all day talking your ear off?  Spin it – what a great vocabulary your child has, well done you developing their language skills!
  • Vehicle – Sometimes when nap isn’t going right and everyone is cranky having the option of just going for a drive can set things right.  That vehicle lets you get out of the house and see some of the world and hopefully your child falls asleep…or you drive to a drive through and buy a little happiness 🙂 
  • Visitors – Some social time talking to another adult is huge for a SAHM
  • Vegetables – You had good, healthy food to nourish you and your kids…and maybe it was even eaten without complaint today! 

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W

  • Water – Whether to drink or for lots of playtime fun, having plenty of water around is definitely something for your grateful list
  • Wipes – Seriously, how did I live life without these prior to kids? They are so convenient to have when you go almost anywhere!

X

  • XRays -As in you didn’t have to go get one today (I hope!) – It’s a healthy day! 

(Ok yes, this ones’ a stretch, but unless you’re particularly fond of xylophones there’s not much to the letter X and this is a grateful list A to Z, couldn’t leave it out!  Give me a shout on the Happy Moments Mom facebook page if you’ve got something better to include!)

Y

  • Youthful Innocence – Don’t you just love seeing the world through your child’s eyes? 
  • Youngsters – No matter how difficult your day was, moms are always, always grateful for having their kids! 
  • You – Be your own best friend and treat yourself well including being grateful for yourself – no matter how your kids may be behaving sometimes the reality is you’re always their number one thing to be grateful for
  • Yard – If you’ve got a yard it’s definitely something to be grateful for – another space to go play and get up to ots of adventures!
  • Yoga – a great way to both get some exercise and some mental health benefits

Z

  • Zipper/Ziploc bags – Silly, but try controlling your arts and crafts mess, snacks, loose parts and all the other mom of little kids things!  Personally I love reusablecloth bags!
  • Zippers – Yep, zippers in general are great.  Imagine buttoning up every thing you currently zipper for your kids… 
  • Zoo – Not everyone likes them but if they’re based on conservation they really can make a fun outing with your kids

 

However big or small you want to do it, incorporating gratitude into your routine is a great way for us moms to look on the bright side and find the positive in the everyday.  This A to Z gratitude list ideas will help you get started then who knows what your gratitude list include?!

Enjoy a happy moment,

❤ Sara 

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