A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from August 21, 2018
“Behind every great kid is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it all up”

"Behind every great kid is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it all up” (or “Behind every great kid is a parent who’s pretty sure they’re screwing it all up") is a jocular parenting saying that has been printed on many images. “Behind every great kid is a great family” was printed in a 1995 book.

“A line from Hallmark - ‘Behind every great kid is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it up.’ Happy Mother’s Day to all the great moms!” was posted on Twitter by Jennifer C. on May 9, 2010. The saying probably originated with this Hallmark image.

“Behind every great kid is a parent who’s pretty sure they’re screwing it up” was posted on Twitter by Helen Marie Lewis on April 1, 2013. This saying also probably originated from an image.


Google Books
A Mother’s Book of Wit & Wisdom
By Cheri Fuller
Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress
1995
Pg. ?:
Behind every great kid is a great family.

Twitter
susanlu
@susanlu
Replying to @chrissyjensen
@chrissyjensen my card today: “Behind every great kid is a mom who’s sure she’s screwing it up.” You can borrow the sentiment if you want.
7:18 AM - 9 May 2010

Twitter
Miscellaneous Mom
@MiscMom
Behind every great kid is a mom who thinks she’s screwing it up. Happy Mother’s Day to all the awesome moms out there!
12:29 PM - 9 May 2010

Twitter
Jennifer C.
@oshiri13
A line from Hallmark - “Behind every great kid is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it up.” Happy Mother’s Day to all the great moms!
10:57 PM - 9 May 2010

Twitter
Helen Marie Lewis
@HelenMarie1973
Behind every great kid is a parent who’s pretty sure they’re screwing it up
5:40 AM - 1 Apr 2013

Twitter
TML Lover
@Candlemom3
Behind every great kid is a parent who is pretty sure they are screwing it up.
#ParentProblems #GoodParenting Don’t Worry Ur Good!
10:39 AM - 13 Apr 2013

Twitter
Caron
@Caron_B1
Behind every great kid is a parent who is pretty sure they are screwing it up.
10:50 PM - 13 Apr 2013

Google Books
The Quotable Mom:
Appreciation from the Greatest Minds in History

By Familius
Familius.com
2014
Pg. ?:
“Behind every great kid is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it up.”—Anonymous

9 June 2014, Times News (Hendersonville, NC), “A parent’s fear: ‘Am I doing this right?’” by Elisha Freeman, pg. ?:
I recently saw a quote on Facebook that said, “Behind every great kid is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing up.” It resonated deep in my bones.

Different Than Average
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Behind Every Great Kid Is A Mom Who’s Pretty Sure She’s Screwing Them Up
This past week I’ve received some pretty amazing compliments about my older children.

Twitter
Zift
@wezift
“Behind every great kid is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it all up.”
~ Unknown
#quoteoftheday
11:47 AM - 16 Jul 2018

Twitter
Shan.
@__SweetAnnie
Behind every great kid is a mom who’s pretty sure she’s screwing it up.
5:45 PM - 20 Aug 2018

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