5 Mom Idioms You Can Use in English

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Sunday is Mother’s Day in America. As a mom, I feel a strong connection to other moms who are trying to make their way in this world - simultaneously trying to bring their own dreams into fruition while being emotionally and physically available for their children. It can be a very delicate balancing act.

In fact, you might say that a "mother's work is never done." This is a famous expression that has earned its place in the English vernacular because of the truth that it possesses. Moms are quintessential; therefore it comes as no surprise that the word "mother" appears in many English expressions.

So, with moms in mind, I thought I’d explore some idioms that are connected to moms this week.

Mother's Day Idioms for ESL Learners

Like mother, like daughter

This expression can be used like a complete sentence. For example, my daughter is as stubborn as I can be, so when she refuses to brush her teeth or eat her dinner, my husband might say, “Like mother, like daughter.” Now, he doesn’t mean that I don’t brush my teeth or eat my dinner! He is implying that “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” and that our daughter has personality traits that are similar to mine.