“Mommy, you’re a superhero.”

My three-year-old spoke these words to me the other night as I tucked him into bed for the approximately thirty-seventh time. Superheroes are quite popular in our house. Anyone with a superhero-obsessed child knows this is the highest form of compliment a small child can give.

Flattered, but exhausted, I laughed at this statement. But as I thought about it more, I realized that moms and superheroes actually have quite a few things in common.

1. Moms and superheroes both come with sidekicks.

Where there’s Batman, you’ll find Robin. Green Arrow comes with Speedy. In recent years, Spider-Man has Alpha.

Like these superheroes, moms too can often be found with a sidekick (or few) in tow. Your sidekick may be more inclined to fight bedtime than crime, but serves as a beloved companion nonetheless. I’m also willing to bet yours likes dressing up in fun costumes

2. We have a shared love of athleisure wear.

Whether you’re busy chasing evil villains or chasing active kids, it’s important to dress for the occasion. Moms and superheroes both love to sport uniforms made of stretchy fabric. Comfort is key when you may need to spring into action at any moment

3. Like superheroes, moms have a high pain tolerance.

Superheroes can take hits and punches then get right back up again. They know how to keep going even when things get tough. Moms too can tolerate pain and hardships — pregnancy, childbirth, sleepless nights, hair-pulling babies, roughhousing toddlers, and more. Moms can tackle it all!

4. Moms have their lown legit super powers, too.

You may not be able to fly through the air or scaffold tall buildings, but you too are full of superpowers. Moms come with extraordinary powers to find missing toys and make boo-boos feel better. They also have their own spidey-sense for when their child needs some extra hugs. Your kids think you are Supermom just by being you.

5. But moms also have their own kryptonite, too.

Every superhero has a weakness or nemesis that can bring them down. Maybe yours is the toddler tantrum or your child’s math homework. For me, my kryptonite is sleep deprivation. Luckily, this element can be overcome with the powers of caffeine!

6. Like superheroes, moms also have alter egos.

Clark Kent and Superman. Bruce Wayne and Batman. Peter Parker and Spider-Man. The alter ego is a common feature of superheroes, which moms share.

Maybe you are a successful career-woman by day who becomes an expert bedtime-story teller by night. Or maybe your daylight hours are devoted to diapers and play dates, but you transform into a master Zumba dancer when the sun goes down. Whatever your alter ego, you manage to keep your cover when needed.

To all you tired mamas out there who are doing your best, remember you are somebody’s superhero. Your cape may be invisible, but your superpowers shine through nonetheless.