20+ Bonus Mom Quotes & Messages for Mother's Day

As Mother's Day approaches, you rack your brain and take to Google looking for the ultimate way to show your mother—or your bonus mom—your love & appreciation. You may have a fancy dinner planned, an adventure to check off an epic bucket list item, or the prettiest card you've ever seen with a heartfelt note.

Notoriously called "bonus moms," stepmoms and other mothers are invaluable members of the family unit. They offer love, support, and friendship within relationships that can take more effort. That’s why sharing love, heartfelt messages, and bonus mom quotes on Mother's Day mean so much. 

Hearing how much they mean to you means the world to others. Mother's Day, of course, is an extra-special time to share those sentiments. It's the perfect occasion to express your heartfelt gratitude for your mother and other women closest to you: your stepmom (AKA "bonus mom"), godmother, adoptive mother, or another fabulous female role model who has been there for you all along.

Naturally, sharing thoughtful greeting cards is one of our favorite ways to express your love for your bonus mom or another wonderful woman—on Mother's Day and throughout the year. In this article, you'll find bonus mom quotes that are perfect for your relationship—inspirational, heartfelt, funny, and short quotes to express your love & appreciation.

Why You Should Celebrate Your Bonus Mom 

Bonus moms invest in your life & love you as their own, even though navigating the waters as a stepmom can be stressful. 

But your thoughtful words & wishes on Mother's Day can make your stepmom, godmother, or another role model in your life feel special. Your sentimental, kind words & love can make them feel special while also deepening your relationship—or building a bridge if your relationship needs some repair. 

Sharing thoughtful words can encourage your bonus mom, bring you closer together, and help her realize how she influences your life for the better. 

Bonus Mom Mother's Day Quotes 

Sometimes, it's hard to figure out what to say in your own words, so you rely on the beautiful words of others—quotations about love, motherhood, friendship, and connection that remind you of the incredible woman you're lucky enough to call "other mom" or "bonus mom." 

We have chosen these beautiful bonus mom quotes for Mother's Day—they are all perfect for writing inside a pop-up Mother's Day card

Inspirational Bonus Mom Quotes

Tell your bonus mama how inspiring she is with one of these inspirational quotes for bonus moms. Speak to the higher meaning of stepmotherhood, the sacrificial love & respect she gives, even when it isn't easy.  

Share your favorite inspirational bonus mom quote inside a bright & cheery pop-up tulip card for Mother's Day. She'll feel simply adored! 

  • "Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother." —Oprah Winfrey

  • "Good stepparents do much of the parenting that birth parents do but without much credit. They comfort, advise, teach, support, encourage, and love their stepchildren. They make a valuable contribution in their lives." —Kelly Eden

  • "The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof." — Richard Bach

  • "Family isn't defined only by last names or by blood; it's defined by commitment and by love." —Dave Willis

  • "Some women are mothers because they stepped in and stepped up exactly when they were needed." —Melvina Young

  • "A good stepparent can literally turn the life of a child around." —Unknown

Heartfelt Bonus Mom Quotes

Heartfelt bonus mom quotes can express your love and gratitude in unique ways. For example, you can write about specific qualities or what you appreciate most about your bonus mom & her contributions to your life. You can even acknowledge the ups and downs of blended family life.

A personal message can be impactful, but it can also mean so much to share the kind words of someone else who said it better than you ever could. So share one of these heartfelt bonus mom quotes in a beautiful bird & flower pop-up card—for mom, with love.

  • "Becoming a blended family means mixing, mingling, scrambling, and sometimes muddling our way through delicate family issues, complicated relationships, and individual differences, hurts, and fears. But through it all, we are learning to love like a family." —Tom Frydenger

  • "Half and full should be used in math, not in relationships. There are no half-mothers, only complete families." —Unknown

  •  "A stepparent is so much more than just a parent: they made the choice to love when they didn't have to." —Unknown

  • "My stepmother taught me … she taught me forgiveness is one of the greatest acts of love we can offer to another. Or to ourselves." —Cidney Swanson

  • "I use the word bonus mom because I feel like it's a blessing in my life. I feel so lucky that I got to have an extra, wonderful little angel in my life." —Gisele Bundchen

  • "Little souls find their way to you, whether they're from your womb or someone else's." —Sheryl Crow

Funny Bonus Mom Quotes

If you and your bonus mom have bonded over humor, she'll love a funny bonus mom quote written in an adorable Mother's Day card. A witty saying will make her smile & remind her how much you care about her and appreciate having her silly self in your life.

Send a funny bonus mom quote inside a beautiful pop-up sunflower bouquet to brighten her Mother's Day in more ways than one.

  • "The only steps in this house are the stair steps and the only half in this house is the half-and-half creamer." —Al Hodson

  • "Of all the evil stepmothers, I'm glad I got you." —Unknown

  • "Maybe it's just a daughter's job to piss off her mother." —Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

  • "It's not easy being a mom. If it were easy, fathers would do it." —Betty White

  • "My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it." —Mark Twain

  • "Parenting is f---ing hard." —Adele

  • "When your children are teenagers, it's important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you." —Nora Ephron

Short Bonus Mom Quotes

You can keep it short and sweet without losing inspiration or heartfelt sentiment. These quick bonus mom quotes are perfect for cards with small writing spaces or when you want to keep your message concise. 

Even the shortest message can make a great statement when delivered inside a beautiful hydrangeas pop-up card

  • "Family isn't blood. It's the people who love you. The people who have your back." —Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire

  • "You have two titles: mom and stepmom, and you rock them both." —Unknown

  • "A stepmother's role is sometimes difficult, but it is always worthwhile." —Ivana Davies

  • "Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation." Robert A. Heinlein

  • "If I could rewrite my book, I wouldn't change the part where you came into our lives." —Unknown

  • "A child cannot have too many people who love them and want to help them succeed." —Unknown

Choosing the Best Mother's Day Card for Your Bonus Mom

When shopping for a Mother's Day card for your bonus mom, you will want to take several factors into account: 

  • How close is your relationship? 

  • What would you like to say? 

  • And what type of card would be most meaningful to her? 

There are so many beautiful cards to choose from—glittery cards with long messages written in swirling script fonts, humorous cards boasting jokes about all the crap you've put her through, or unique & artistic pop-up cards that she can display year-round.

We recommend a Mother's Day Garden Nesting Card or the brilliantly-colored Black-Eyed Susan Bouquet for bonus mothers who like to garden. 

If she enjoys watching or caring for birds in her backyard, the Blue Birdhouse Pop-up Card or Goldfinch Pop-Up Card will make her smile.

We wish you joy & love as you celebrate your bonus mom this Mother's Day. Remember: the lovely Mother's Day card you send & the heartfelt message or quote you share with your bonus mom will brighten their day & deepen your relationship. Never underestimate the power of a few kind words. Happy celebrating!

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