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I’m extremely lucky in the fact that I have been blessed with the most intelligent, caring, funny, wise, creative, supportive, hard-working, helpful, kind, giving, inspiring, amazing mother in the world. When it comes to giving advice, she is always the first person I turn to for the simultaneous sentiments of loving support and a swift kick in the butt. She is excellent at responding without judging, offering reassurance without coddling or patronizing, and re-focusing my crazy emotional outbursts with useful suggestions or, on rare occasions, over-the-top responses that remind me I am being unreasonable.
Because I know my mother is the guru of all advice-giving and general mothering qualities, I decided it would be selfish if I didn’t share some of her wisdom with the world. I started chatting with others about their mothers’ advice in difficult times or funny situations, and it became quite clear that I am not the only person who has the best mother in the world. In fact – there are many mothers/mother figures who are true rock stars.
To celebrate the women in our lives who have passed on wisdom, experience and funny sayings--whether we wanted to hear them or not--I did a survey to collect the best advice from mothers of all kinds. Below are the responses I received. Hopefully this list will serve as a reminder that we truly benefit from the words of our collective mothers, whether we believe it or not. Enjoy! And don’t hesitate to add your own mother’s best advice in the comments below.
Short, Sweet and Classic
“If you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything.”
“Don’t be afraid to try something new.”
“This too shall pass.”
“There's nothing wrong with crying. Just cry and let it out, and you'll feel better.”
“As you are, so is the world”
“Aim high – the sky is your limit!”
“Take it one step at a time.”
“Family is important.”
Long-term Life Choices
“As you grow up, get a job, find a partner, start a family, your priorities change. That's okay. But never forget about your friends.