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9 Things Mom Was Right About

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9 Things Mom Was Right About

By Excelle via DivineCaroline

On a recent trip home, my friend Katie confided to her mother about the difficulties of dating in a big city. After a long, thoughtful pause, Katie’s mom responded, “Ya know honey, I don’t think I have any advice for you.” When Katie retold the story to me a few days later she said, “I knew then that it must be bad. If mom has no advice for something you know you’re in trouble!”

She made a good point. If there is one person you can always count on to weigh in on a subject, it’s your mother. We count on Mom to always give input on whatever we’re going through. It’s one of those “Mom-isms” that we may complain about but secretly rely upon.

Whether we admit it or not, and despite the countless shut up Mom!’s we have screamed in our lifetime, we really do care what she has to say.

And more often than not, she’s right.

As I thought about this concept I realized there are some staple pearls of wisdom that our mothers passed down to us that still stand. This is a look at some of Mom’s most timeless advice that we can still apply today (if we humble ourselves enough to admit that she actually does have a point).

1. Sit/Stand Up Straight
This one may seem silly but I give my mom the credit for training me to have good posture. It’s not only good for your health but it also exudes confidence and self assurance.

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5:12PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

thanks

4:01PM PST on Nov 25, 2012

I agree with James! My mother was never wrong ...

2:29AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

:-)

11:59AM PST on Nov 10, 2012

Nice article. I don't believe my Mom was ever
wrong....I, on the other hand ...... :)

3:08PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

thank you

3:39AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

sorry- ran out of space!
If she were alive today, I would have the words with which to express the sense of loss that I still feel from this gap in my psyche.....I know that she loved me, was proud of me, even, but the fact that I was never told at the time when it was most important- or even kissed by her, still hurts

3:36AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

I have to be fair in my criticism I'm afraid......don't get me wrong- I loved my mother- in fact, I viewed my job as a child to be that of protecting her(I'm a girl, BTW)....but sadly, Mummy seemed to be only able to relate to me as a child...her own weird upbringing obviously had its part in that.....as soon as I started to look like a grown-up, it was like I became another person......maybe it was a power thing, I don't know.....but I do remember asking her after I was actually grown-up and married, "Mummy- are you ALWAYS right?" to which she responded, "Oh yes".... ya know what? SHE WASN'T. In fact, she was frequently misinformed, but chose to believe that misinformation rather than open her mind to another concept.
One rather sad memory is that the only time she ever told me that I was attractive was when she was ticking me off for getting in TEN MINUTES late! Why did she never give the confidence of a basically shy and self-doubting girl the boost that it so desperately needed, from the one place it should have come from? In fact she set great store by the tale of herself as a child having asked her mother why she never told her children (there were 3 other siblings- I was an only child), that they were clever or successful.Her mother's reply had been along the lines of that it was far better for praise to come from elsewhere rather than
from one's parents...she never got it that the ONE person that I was knocking myself out to please was HER. If she were alive t

2:11AM PST on Nov 28, 2011

Add don't waste food or anythingl

7:45PM PDT on Jun 21, 2011

My mom has told me most, if not all of these... I feel like I should try harder to listen sometimes (I'm looking at you, numbers 1, 2 and 8).

12:32PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

thanks =)

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