What do you think of when you hear the word, ‘mum’? A good mother is loving, nurturing and kind. She supports her kids from the moment they’re born, and her hard work and sacrifices can often be overlooked. Gifts are a lovely way to show your appreciation. That being said, often a few genuine words mean a lot more. Below, you’ll find a whole list of ideas of nice things you can say to your mother to let her know how grateful you are to her for everything she has done for you. With short and long versions split into compliments, ways in which you feel grateful, as well as lovely ways to say thank you to mum, you’re guaranteed to find the right phrases for you and your mum’s relationship.

Go on and show your mum some love today!

Far away from your mum, but still wanting to celebrate her this Mother’s Day? Check out these 10 ways to make Mother’s Day 2022 special despite the distance.

Compliments for your mum

If these don’t apply to your mum, try thinking about the things she does best, or something you’ve always admired but never expressed. Remember, most people love to be recognized and being asked for help is often flattering. Here are some ideas of how you can formulate the compliment:

A mum smiles at the nice things her grown up child says

Short compliments for mum

  • You are genuinely the best cook ever! I hope I get to be as good as you one day!
  • Mum, you always look so chic and cool. You are literally my style idol.
Nice things to say to your mum if she's stylish
  • Do you know how amazing you are at gardening? Please teach me!
  • Thank you for raising me the way you did. All my accomplishments and everything I have now, are down to you in so many ways!

Longer compliments for your mum

Mum, I just wanted to let you know that I have been searching far and wide, and I still haven’t been able to find someone who cooks as well as you do. So I wanted to say thank you – for nurturing us with such amazing food for so many years, while simultaneously causing the problem of setting the bar WAY too high so that no one else will ever be able to compare!

You are my ultimate fashion icon. From your pre-motherhood days until now, you’ve always managed to look so stylish and cool. When I look at photos of you from back in the day, I always wish you’d have kept some of those outfits so that I could steal them now! I owe my awesome fashion sense to you, thank mum!

I will never understand how you manage to keep all those plants alive and healthy. I imagine some of it must come from your innate nurturing nature (or at least I’m still alive and healthy!), but some of it has to be a learned skill. Please, can you teach me?! If there was one talent of yours I wish I could inherit, it would definitely be your green fingers!

Hey, mum. I was thinking about all of your many achievements, and it occurred to me that actually, all of mine are also thanks to you. Every goal I have reached was helped in part by the way you raised me, to be resilient, hardworking, and optimistic. So I wanted to say thank you, and that I hope you are proud of the progress we have made together.

Reasons you’re grateful to be her child

A family gathering on the sofa with mum in the centre.

Short versions for reasons you’re grateful to be your mum’s child.

  • I am so grateful for the morals you taught me as I was growing up.
  • You always let me follow my own path, I’m very grateful to you for that, mum.
  • You are so funny mum, thanks for brightening my life and letting me see the funny side.

Longer ways to express why you’re grateful:

Sometimes, when I was younger, I could be a bit of a handful. I didn’t always understand why you disapproved of my choices or wouldn’t allow me to do certain things. I want you to know that now I understand. I know that everything you did/said was in my best interests, and you were always looking out for me. The lessons you were teaching me made me into the person I am today, and I want you to know that I am so grateful for the morals you instilled in me all those years ago.

I am so grateful to have you as my mum, for giving me time to grow and learn and become the person I am today. You have always been so patient with me, and I believe that you allowing me to find my way, and to make my own mistakes without fear of judgment, has really helped me to find my own path and feel secure as the adult I am now.

Nice things to say to your mum to explain how you're grateful

When I think about my childhood, I know growing up with a mother with such a great sense of humour really had a big impact on me. So many of my memories are filled with laughter and smiles because of your wicked sense of humour and cheerful personality. Thanks so much, mum, for making my childhood a happy one.

Thank Yous to your mum

A long distance facetime with mum to say nice things
Tip: Even if you live far from your mum, gather her favorite people and organise a FaceTime to tell her lots of nice things.

Nice mini thank yous for mum

  • Thanks for all the times you looked after me when I was ill, mum.
  • Thank you for always making me feel special on my birthday, mum.
  • Thank you for always supporting me.
A shorter way to say thank you to your mum to make her happy

The longer version

I realised I never really thanked you for all those times you took care of me when I was sick as a kid. You’re really the best mum. I always felt safe when you took care of me and knew that everything would be OK as long as you were there. So thank you, I love you.

The memories of my childhood are some of my best, thanks to you, mum. You always put in so much effort to make sure I had the best days with friends and cake and presents and I had the best times. I want you to know how grateful I am to you for doing that for me. I’ll always remember it. Thank you.

A longer example text on nice things to say to your mom

Mum, I wanted to say thank you for all the support you’ve given me throughout my life. Whenever I was unsure of myself I knew you always had my back, and it made, and continues to make, such a difference. So thank you, I love you so much.

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Hiya, I’m Maud. I’m an English girl who's moved to Berlin - because who wouldn’t fall in love with a country which has words like ‘Kummerspeck’ hidden around every corner... I love traveling and finding out the quirks of each country - and what better way to remember them than on a postcard?

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