25 More Tattoo Ideas for Moms

I’ve been thinking a lot about getting a second tattoo lately. A quote in particular, perhaps taken from this poem that’s been lodged in my mind for years.

While researching tattoo ideas (fonts, placements, etc.), I found so many symbolic, meaningful ideas that represent parenting and children (in addition to the ones I posted last year).

Whether it’s the emotional connection between parent and baby, or just the inspiration of childhood, these thoughtful mom-focused tattoos are so much more than just pictures. Take a look at some of my favorite tattoo ideas — from quotes to symbols:

  • Resilience 1 of 25
    A word that defines pregnancy, motherhood, childhood, life...
  • Shel Silverstein Quote 2 of 25
    Shel Silverstein Quote
    "And she loved a little boy very, very much
    even more than she loved herself"
    - The Giving Tree
    Source: CierraSilver/
  • Be the Wind, Not the Cloud 3 of 25
    Be the Wind, Not the Cloud
    This quote is actually an original interpretation of a passage in the I Ching, which is an ancient Chinese text. I love it — especially in the context of parenting.
    Source: Tatoosday
  • Scarlet 4 of 25
    This tattoo belongs to Family Style's Jaime Morrison Curtis, celebrating her daughter Scarlet.
    Source: Prudent Baby
  • Celtic Symbolism 5 of 25
    Celtic Symbolism
    The celtic knot for motherhood, with each of her children's birthstones above.
    Source: smpatton2/Flickr
  • Family Number 6 of 25
    Family Number
    This tattoo actually represents 5 sisters (with their initials inside of the 5), but I love using this idea for an entire family or just your kids.
    Source: julija/
  • Nothing is Permanent 7 of 25
    Nothing is Permanent
    A Buddhist reminder, especially poignant for parents. Nothing is permanent — the good and the bad.
  • Geo-Coordinate Tattoos 8 of 25
    Geo-Coordinate Tattoos
    Angelina Jolie has the coordinates of each of her children's births, in degrees, minutes, seconds. A sweet idea — especially for adoptive parents.
    Source: Tattoo Galleries
  • Heidi’s Ink 9 of 25
    Heidi's Ink
    Although they now split (a bad omen?), Heidi Klum tattooed Seal's name on her arm and added a star for each kid.
    Source: Famecrawler
  • Autism Tattoo 10 of 25
    Autism Tattoo
    I especially love how each of the boys' names are written in their own handwriting.
    Source: ChanTheary/Pinterest
  • Kids’ Names 11 of 25
    Kids' Names
    A pretty Henna-inspired way to tattoo children's names.
    Source: Andrea Bard Yinger/Instagram
  • Butterfly-Shaped Names 12 of 25
    Butterfly-Shaped Names
    Denise A. Wells has a variety of motherhood-related tattoo designs on her Flickr stream.
    Source: Denise A. Wells/Flickr
  • Name + Birthdate 13 of 25
    Name + Birthdate
    This is actually a tattoo of her own name and birthday, but it can easily be replicated for a child.
    Source: Chacha Chua/Pinterest
  • Shakespeare Quote 14 of 25
    Shakespeare Quote
    "And though she be but little, she is fierce."
    -A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • For Math-Loving Moms 15 of 25
    For Math-Loving Moms
    All values (from zero to infinity) are less than love.
  • Safety Pin 16 of 25
    Safety Pin
    Another example of how you can tattoo kids' names.
    Source: bcochran559/deviantART
  • A Tattoo for her Birdie 17 of 25
    A Tattoo for her Birdie
    Blogger Jessica of TART had this gorgeous tattoo done for her daughter Rowan.
  • Symbolic 18 of 25
    This is the description to this mom's tattoo:

    "The symbol means so much to me...It's an aperture at f-stop 4 with six components that come together and give focus. That represents my family; four kids making six of us, total. The ring, of course, the circle of life; a never ending circle that neither ends nor begins. Overall, it represents my passions. My familial passion. My photography passion. Life changing passions."

    Source: Mishelle Lane/Flickr
  • A Friendly Reminder 19 of 25
    A Friendly Reminder
    ...for everyone!
    "Smile, happy looks good on you."
    Source: Rae/
  • Shooting Star 20 of 25
    Shooting Star
    Each star represents a child, and the colors represent their birthstones. The shooting star is for their son who passed away.
    Source: moxygen/flickr
  • Scrabble 21 of 25
    This dad tatted his kids' names (and his own) in Scrabble letters.
    Source: irockdude830/Flickr
  • Heart-Shaped Name 22 of 25
    Heart-Shaped Name
    Here's a simple, pretty idea to replicate.
    Source: modo visual/Flickr
  • Childhood Handwriting 23 of 25
    Childhood Handwriting
    This mom froze time on her wrist, capturing her children's handwriting as it was.
    Source: veggie*freak/Flickr
  • Footprints 24 of 25
    A small, tasteful representation.
    Source: neonbubble/Flickr
  • Tiny Feet 25 of 25
    Tiny Feet
    The story that accompanies this tattoo is heart-wrenching and beautiful (click through to read it), and the size of this tattoo is actually how small her son's feet were when he was born weighing 1 pound 6 ounces.
    Source: Adventures in juggling/

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