Lessons From Mom

Spa Gift Baskets: Organic Spa BasketMoms really are what make the world go round. They give us life, love us, and send us out into the world, always ready to be there for us at a moment’s notice. A mother’s job certainly doesn’t end when her child grows up. The job just evolves.

I spent my early childhood trying to emulate my mom and then as a teenager, I was always trying to escape her. Obviously during those tumultuous teenage years, I knew everything and didn’t need to listen to the archaic advice from my mother. Surely my friends were better judges of life than my mom. (I laugh at the thought now) These days, I can look back fondly at the lessons she taught me, spoken and unspoken, when she thought I wasn’t even paying attention.

I can almost hear the unified sigh from all of us who wish we’d given our mother’s more credit for the advice they were trying to freely give. So, what is the best lesson your mom taught you? Post a comment below and share the best advice or most valuable lesson that you learned from your mom and you’ll be entered in GiftTree’s Mother’s Day contest. The Gift Exchange contributors will choose our favorite post and the winner will receive the Organic Spa Basket, for you or for your mom.

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427 Comments
  1. Hi,

    Just wondering if your were going to post a similar entry for Father’s Day. Thanks so much.

    Regards,

    Lori
    My Fast Basket Company

  2. My Mom taught me to really listen when someone was trying to talk to you. Then comment with something that says you really heard them. Even if there is nothing you can do to help the othe person, at least they know you cared enough to hear them out.

  3. As a single mom, my mom taught me that you need to be able to take care of things that typically a man does. I now know how to fix a flat, paint, use a drill, change my oil, mow the lawn, fix a clogged drain and soooo much more. This has since taught me that it’s ok (even with a man in your life) to do these things.

  4. My mother taught me always treat others as you would
    have them treat you.It has always paid off many times
    over

  5. My Mom showed me by her actions to love people and no matter how little you have that if you share it with others in need that God will always provide for your needs.
    We did not have alot, but at her funeral, many many people told me what she had done to help them and how much it meant to them.
    I have tried to live up to her example

  6. Treat all with Respect and you will be respected too

  7. to be respectful of others

  8. The best lesson I learned from my mom is
    to treat others as I would like to be
    treated.

  9. Don’t do as I do, do as I say!

  10. My mother tried really hard to teach me to clean my room.

  11. The only way to have a friend is to be one.

  12. My mother is a supremely wise person and has taught me so many great things over the years. The most important thing she taught me was to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. This was her mantra AND she practiced what she was preaching.
    Thank you for such a thoughtful giveaway.

  13. Even though you dont get along with your sister make sure you respect her because you will need her later in life and boy was she right.

  14. My mom taught me not let the bad things in life negate the good things that are happening.

  15. To eat healthy. She always cooked nutritious meals. She made us eat our carrots, maybe that’s why I have great eyesight at 46.

  16. they growup and write down the memories and lots of pictures

  17. To just be yourself…people will like you if you are just you!

  18. Her advice was simple: Always tell the truth, love your neighbor as yourself, live within your means, pay your bills, and your name is the only thing you will leave this earth with, so keep it clean. Happy Mother’s day to ALL and Many Thanks SW

  19. My mom is great at making people feel special and loved, and I’ve been trying to be just like her in that way for years. The greatest mothering advice she gave me was to clean less and play more. Childhood goes by so quickly, and I don’t want to look back and wish I had taken more time to enjoy my kiddos while they’re young.

  20. My mom is very patient and caring and fun to be with, and that is what I strive to be.

  21. Treat others how you would like to be treated!

  22. Some of the best advice my mother ever gave me was to live, love, and laugh.

  23. My Mother taught me kindness to all.

  24. to be respectful of others

  25. Don’t do favors for your boss because they will make it part of your job discription.

  26. Sit with your knees together.

  27. Don’t date football players.

  28. She always told me that I can’t please everyone, so just be myself. If they like me, great, if they don’t it is their loss.

  29. My mom has taught me to love unconditionally, because problems can be worked out.

  30. no matter how bad you think you look in a photo, in 10 years you’ll think you looked great in that photo.

  31. If a man tells you he doesn’t want to get married he doesn’t want to marry you.

  32. my mom taught me selflessness

  33. Do your own thing and not worry about what other people think.

  34. Biggest lesson was how important family was and to always stay connected no matter how far we all were.

  35. My mom always told me to be true to yourself.And always do a job well done.

  36. Always keep the icecube tray full and never run out of toilet paper.

  37. Mom taught me to understand what others are thinking.

  38. My mom told me that no matter what happens to always remembr, “It’s not the end of the world.” This advice has seen me through divorce, deaths, and bad grades of my child.

  39. My Mother is a very wise woman and is still teaching me many things. The most important things that she taught me were to love fully and to always listen to the whole story before answering. Very wise words indeed.

  40. Be my own person

  41. Life is too short to be angry.

  42. The most valuable lesson I have ever learned from is- “Never Settle”. I had been divorced for a couple of years and wanted to start dating again. I had been a stay at home mom to my daughter for 7 years and didn’t think I had much to offer to a man. Needless to say, I attracted the wrong kind of men. That is when my mom sat me down and told me all the wonderful qualities I had to offer to a man and the words that were so powerful to me were, “Never Settle”. After she said that, I met a wonderful man that I married and I have been married to for five years. We have a son together and he is a wonderful step-father to my teenage daughter. I will always be so grateful to my mom for these words of wisdom.

  43. You are no better/no worse than anyone else.

  44. rely on no one but myself.

  45. SHE TAUGHT ME HOW TO LIVE.

  46. the value of honesty

  47. Don’t sweat the small things. As long as everyone you love is alive and healthy..then nothing else matters.

  48. “telling the children what the right thing is isn’t enough, you have to be the role model of your words”

  49. To be me..

  50. Mom taught me lots — not the least of which was that housework will wait, time in the woods with your kids won’t.

  51. My mom taught me to continue to plug along and that life, though bitter, is always sweet. We had a lot of tragedies in our childhood – my brother was blinded by cancer, our house burnt down with all of our pets in it, and my dad lost his business and the house my grandparents gave them. They’re still married. They still love each other (another lesson is that you do go through bouts when you don’t). And they continue to plug along. I can too, should anything horrible happen, my family can take it.

  52. The most important lesson I have learned from my mom is to learn from your mistakes. She’s made some bad decisions in her life and I am determined to not make the same ones.

  53. My mom taught me to be kind and generous.

  54. See the beauty in everyone.

  55. My Mother still stresses, but she taught me not to stress the small stuff. Stress kills.

  56. Stand by your family!

  57. she taught me to help out people in need which was the most valuable lesson one could learn 🙂

  58. My mother taught me to love myself and to realize that I have a purpose here on Earth.

  59. Timeliness

  60. Honesty is the best policy

  61. treat others as you want to be treated

  62. My mom taught me that life is not easy it is what you make of it, she taught me that you can survive being a mom and jut loving your kids for everything that they are

  63. Live one day at a time,laugh hard,Enjoy your life, And love all.

  64. learn to be comfortable in your own skin

  65. The best lesson I learned from my Mom was to always treat others like I’d like to be treated. This has been so helpful to me throughout my life.

  66. Above all else, follow your instincts.

  67. My mom always told me to chose my battles. Don’t sweat over the small stuff.

  68. independence

  69. Do not trust anyone in the world so easily.

  70. My mom taught me to live within my means. She lived through the depression and has told me many stories of how hard it was and how much easier you can breathe if you don’t owe everyone.

  71. Patience…………she was married for nearly 50 years when my father died.

  72. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say nothing at all!

  73. remember the golden rule

  74. Remember the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated

  75. Mom taught me to “Take care of yourself. If you do that you will then have the ability to take care of others too.”

  76. Have compassion for others.

  77. I learned that moms are capable of so many things when it comes to protecting their children.

  78. I think my mother bit her tongue more often than any of her four girls realized, and that is probably a good lesson to learn. Whether it’s about a boyfriend I don’t like or a lesson that probably needs to be learned without adult intervention, it’ll be tough but necessary to do as she did.

  79. Never follow a man there nothing but trouble

  80. Treat others the way you would want to be treated.

  81. My Mom always told me to wear clean underwear!
    That’s a rule that should always be followed.
    Thanks

  82. Always put family first.

  83. My mom taught me and continues to teach me the value of each day by “not sweating the small stuff”.

  84. This too shall pass, the good and the bad, it all goes away.

  85. One of the most valuable lesson from my mama was “A friend in need is a friend indeed”.

  86. A clean house is NOT the most important thing. It’s WAY more important to go outside and PLAY with the kids! 🙂

  87. Her most important advice: It’s ok to play with bugs, but don’t put them in your nose, ears or mouth!

  88. Don’t trust a ‘prince’-I didn’t listen.

  89. i want to win

  90. She taught me never to back down, (unless i was going to get badly hurt…)
    Pleasant agressivness is a nice way to put it. It has gotten me where I am today, and that is a good place.

  91. Always be honest

  92. Now that I am a mother (and even before I became a mother) the advice that I most respected my mother for was: PICK YOUR BATTLES. When I was a teen my mom and I could’ve fought for hours about ANYTHING— the color of the sky, the color of my hair, etc.— She chose to “battle” what was important to her, what she thought to be teachable moments, and what values she wanted to instill in me. For this, I think that I am a better teacher, mother, and human being!

    Thank you for the chance to win!!!

  93. I learned to always stay strong and always depend on myself first.

  94. my mom always said what doesnt kill you will only make you stronger and i never understood her saying that until I got out on my own NOW i understand and tell my own son the same thing 🙂

  95. To always believe in myself
    Nothing is impossible and
    Don’t sweat the small stuff

  96. My mom once told me to always listen to her…. The truest thing she ever said.

  97. My mom taught all of her 4 daughters to stick together, stick up for each other, and always remain friends, because what we have is lifelong.

  98. “You never know when your going to meet an Angel.” She would always say that when I was upset with someone at school or someone was rude. I always remembered that. What a difference, dealing with angry people with kindness truly went a long way. Especially working at a courthouse, people aren’t usually too happy to be there.

  99. My Mother taught me that if you start someting…you must finish it!

  100. my mother taught me it is better to give than receive, since she is gone i would love to give this to my daughter, a single mother of a 4 yr and a 3 yr old. she really needs it.

  101. My mom had this framed photo that went from one kids room to the next. It had a toddler picking up a shaggy dog’s hair and looking underneath the dog’s face into the eyes. When I asked her why she passed this photo around she said that it best showcases that a child should have curiosity.

  102. My mom told me to always remember when one of my children had a cranky day that it is as hard to be a child as it is a parent. This helped me to always have patience with them and to remember that when they make a mistake, don’t look at the mistake they made but instead how hard they tried.

  103. She taught me to treat others the way I want to be treated.

  104. My mom taught me to be giving and to always cherish the ones you love!

  105. if you don’t try, you always lose.

  106. marriage rich – needless to say – I didnt listen to her! smile – but thats ok!!!

  107. Always pick your kids over some ole loser man! Some people don’t and its awful.

  108. My Mom taught me to always show respect, and by doing so, i would be respected by others. This has proven to be true throughout my life. Now I am trying to teach my son the same values that my wonderful Mother taught me!

  109. This looks so wonderful.I would really love to win this.

  110. The most valuable lesson my Mom taught me was to never give up on the ones you love, even if that means showing tough love. I suffered from heroin addiction for years (am now 5 1/2 yrs clean) and as a result was homeless and turned to criminal activities. My mother tracked me down and had me arrested. Thank God for her strength bc it ended up saving my life. Now I am not only more tolerant of others, but I also don’t look down on people in tough situations. I just offer my love and help. Thanks Mom!

  111. My mom taught me that you can catch more bee’s with honey than with vinegar! She is always right!

  112. My mom always taught me that if I didn’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. That still comes in very handy to this day!

  113. How to identify HK’s

  114. You are capable of way more than you know!

  115. I’ve learned from my mom, to always be patient with people and give them the benefit of the doubt.

  116. my mom taught me many important things. She is a wonderful person. She taught me that you can’t change the ituation,but you can change your reaction to the situation and that you need to make the best of everything

  117. Make sure you keep a quarter on you in case you need to make an emergency phone call! (I think it was a dime when she first told me this, don’t even know what it costs now!)

  118. My mom says “A woman needs three animals in her life. A mink, a jaguar, and a jacka** to pay for it all.” Of course, that is just a joke. She is a wonderful, strong woman, she took care of my father until he died, then dealt with the death of my sister, and was smart enough with money so that she can support herself alone and never has to work again. I love her and miss her (she lives 600 miles away).

  119. She taught me that it is not what problems I face, but how I handle them.

  120. Before you say no to your children, stop and think if no is really necessary.

  121. Mom taught me to always keep my promises

  122. Not to drink. She was a drunk so I saw the bad side of acohol.

  123. Don’t stand too close to the microwave when it’s on.

    Thanks for the chance!

  124. Everything happens for a reason.

  125. My mom taught me to laugh at myself. She always reminds me not to take myself to seriously.

  126. You have 2 ears and one mouth for a reason. It’s sometimes more important to listen than to speak

  127. My Mom just turned 79 and I still look to her for advice, and love when I need it!! I also have a daughter that looks to me for the same, and we are very close. My Mom just told me that the relationship between daughters and their moms come from seeing the good example in there lives!! There is no other relationship like a mother/daughter. It cannot be explained!!!

  128. my mom told me to not worry what other people thought and just be myself 🙂

  129. Mom taught me how to become content in and with all things.

  130. Parent your children first, be a friend to them second.

  131. The prettiest thing about you is the smile on your face!

  132. My mother taught me not to stress about the things I cannot change and remember that everything always works out in the end! Thank you for the contest!

  133. Stay true to yourself, try not to worry about what other people think and do.

  134. Never go to bed angry; solve your issues now.

  135. my mother always told me to try to understand where somebody is coming from before you judge them, and then after that you can judge them all you want! hahaha!

  136. Don’t listen to what men say, look at what they do.

  137. Always be careful of the words that leave your mouth, as you never know when you might have to eat them!

  138. she always tells me to shut up and sit down! it actually works

  139. Wow! My Mom has taught me so many great things, but I guess the greatest would be the wonderful Christian life she has lived before me and my sister and brother. She not only talked the talk but she did the walk. If I can only be half the person she has become then I will make this world a better place.

  140. Don’t date til you’re 30!! Ha!

  141. Respect other people, their beliefs, attitudes, and don’t judge.

  142. Walk like you own half the world and are on your way to buy the rest.

  143. Mom always said that the first 100 years are the toughest. After that, everything is easy.

    Also, when people are getting sick get some bleach water on a rag and wipe down every common surface!!

  144. There are always two sides to every story.

  145. Go outdoors at least for a few minutes each day, regardless of the weather.

  146. My mother always said you can love men but you can’t trust them. It seemed very cynical to me but unfortunately both from experience and observation over the years, I see now that she was right.

  147. my mom always said never put off what you can do today!

  148. My mom taught me how to write a check after I opened my first checking account before I went off to college.

  149. treat others the way that you want to be treated

  150. I learned to not always expect perfection

  151. My mom taught me that somethings are not worth arguing about and to just let them go.

  152. When you haven’t anything good to say, say nothing at all.

  153. My mom taught me to always try my best, but to never be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Most of the time, if you need help, all you have to do is ask!

  154. Take care of yourself, you are no good to your family if you are sick.

  155. “look out, mom’s got the stick!!”

  156. she said that when you are married to never go to bed on an arguement. Make up first.

  157. Treat all people with Respect! It may sound obvious, and brief, but it speaks volumes when it comes to achieving your goals in life, and having successful relationships with people in all aspects of your life. I do see so much disrespect in the world today so I am constantly reminded of my Mothers words of wisdom to me.

  158. Do your homework

  159. You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

  160. Helping others is more rewarding than helping yourself. My mom is a huge giver and loves to help others in need.

  161. If don’t want ANYONE to know a secret, then keep it to yourself. Even if you tell your best friend, who swears not to tell….it will usually get out some way. I should have listened, but I learned that the HARD way.

  162. When making decisions, don’t listen to anyone’s voice but your conscience.

  163. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

  164. My mom taught me to treat others the way I want to be treated. I learned the hard way that we reap what we sow.

  165. My Mom never said an unkind word about anyone, and I strive to emulate that quality. She passed away much too soon, at 51 years old. Today would have been her birthday, and as always, Mother’s Day will be bittersweet for me without her.

  166. “Love don’t pay the rent” LOL

  167. I learned to respect others.

  168. to be kind to others

  169. Cooke from scratch, theres so many chemicals and additives in pre-made box type foods, mom was ahead of the curve

  170. My mother has taught me how to make every day count. She is in her 80’s and four years ago had her bladder removed because of cancer. There are many times I know she is not feeling well, but she just never complains. She will tell me that there are plenty of people that are worse off than her. She is just so amazing!

  171. This was more of her example than spoken word – Treat everyone (EVERYONE!) with respect.

  172. THINK before you speak. which goes hand in hand with treat others how you would like to be treated.

  173. My mother taught me the importance of keeping old family traditions and starting new ones for my own family as well.

  174. The absolute best thing my mother passed on to me was a love of reading!

  175. My Mom will be 90 this August, still fun and full of life, she has thought me to laugh at myself and to smile every day looking in the mirror. Most importantly she told me to laugh at my husbands jokes no matter how many times I have heard them.

  176. My mother taught me to “treat others the same way that you want to be treated.”

  177. Be yourself cause you can’t be anyone else

  178. “Success comes in can’s not can’ts.”

  179. Since having a child of my own, I realize all of the things that my own mother did for me like changing my diapers, feeding me around the clock and looking after my every need absolutely unconditionally and that makes me appreciate her all the more.

    I hope to pass down that sense of love and security to my son.

  180. The most important thing my mom taught me was to remember others for the good in them and try your hardest to forget the bad. Things happen that people can’t predict, expect or intend, but if you see the lighter side of everyone…there is hope for everyone.

  181. Mom taught me to just do it!

  182. A valuable lesson that I learned from my mom is to have patience!
    Thanks
    palmersf(at)bellsouth(dot)net

  183. The night of my first concert, my mom told me not to smoke or drink anything someone hands me. 10 years later, it still makes me laugh.

  184. From my Mom I learned to treat everyone with respect and to treat everyone the same.

  185. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at 35. She taught me that you need to live life today, because you do not know what tomorrow will bring.

  186. everything in moderation

  187. My mom taught me to enjoy each day and find the good things in life.

  188. If you look at the big picture of life – everything is small – and don’t sweat the small things. Work before pleasure, but enjoy doing both.
    Thank you.

  189. i hope i win

  190. If you don’t stand for something , you will fall for anything!

  191. My mother taught me to look all around you for guidance and wisdom, to learn from the world and all of the people in it.

  192. Always wear clean underwear!

  193. The hardest part of anything is getting started.

  194. Put one foot in front of the other

  195. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

  196. If you can’t say something nice about someone don’t say anything at all.

  197. It’s interesting to read all the wonderful comments about what great Mother’s advice some of you had. I wish my experiences with Mom had been better…but although she didn’t teach by example…I learned a most valuable lesson from her…not to lie.

  198. being consistant is the best thing she could have ever taught me

  199. Live each day as if it were your last.

  200. think young
    always wear a sun screen so you won’t only think young your skin will look young

  201. My mother taught me that you should not trust anyone unless they give you a reason to. I totally agree with her!

  202. To always be thankful for what I have.

  203. You can’t live your life with two feet in one shoe. It took a while before I understood that but it makes sense now.

  204. I always had a problem with being too impulsive and my Mom told me ” If you’re up to your ears in alligators, it’s too late to drain the swamp” It taught me to think about my actions beforehand. I believe this simple and cute piece of advise has impacted my life more than all the others

  205. Caring about other people and learning to be socially interactive and knowing how to love one another.

  206. hahaha change your underwear before you go out as you never know when someone might see them.. (thats important.. thanks mom..LOL)

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  207. Once a cheater…always a cheater!

  208. I really have learned not to jump to judgement too quickly as things may not be as they first appear.

  209. My mother taught me that those less fortunate then I am need to be taken care of. And when you do give, whether it is of yourself or monetary, you get it back a hundredfold.

  210. The most valuable lesson I gleaned from my mom is perseverance. My mom single-handedly raised my sister and me after my father left her. As a naturalized citizen from an Asian country who came to the U.S. on the heels of the Vietnam war, she faced rampant racism and prejudice from the family she had married into. In spite of the language barrier and the tough times, her life effort was to persevere…to work 2 jobs while taking some college classes so we could have food on the table, a roof over our heads, and a better life than she had. Her faith in God kept her strong…and she remained strong for us when everything seemed to be falling apart around us. Because of her fearless tenacity and determination, I knew I could push through any obstacle to achieve my dreams and purpose. I’m a wife to an amazing husband and a mom to the most adorable boy with sparkling eyes…and I attribute all my accomplishments and successes to God, in Whom she raised me to place my faith and to my mom–my lifelong hero and example of persevering womanhood.

  211. My mom taught me to always be confident.

  212. Treat others as you wish to be treated

  213. nice

  214. Never give up.

  215. I was always reminded to treat others how i would wish to be treated – seems to work

  216. Mom taught me that the curse of “I hope when you have kids they’re just like you” actually does come true. She tells me every day I call and ‘whine’ about my day with my 2 girls “They’re Just Like You, I told you”. She’s taught me now to appreciate tolerance and all your mom teaches and does for you as a child into your adult years.

  217. be nice and ppl will be nice back

  218. “Never buy (work) shoes that you can’t run across a Manhattan street in.”

  219. Trying to defend yourself against gossip is never a good idea. Silence makes you a much better person.

  220. not to be afraid to take chances in life to get ahead and try and try and try again

  221. Listen with your heart first, your head second

  222. Don’t count on anything ( like money) until you have it in your hand

  223. Focus on what is important in life, my child-not a perfect, clean house.

  224. My mom taught me to always, “mind your manners and be kind”.

  225. What a great prize

  226. She always told me that good things come to those who are patient enough to wait for them. Usually she would tell me this after I had been complaining of something not going right in my life, then she would say things always get better with time.

  227. always wear clen underwear. so true.

  228. Pick and choose your battles carefully

  229. My mom taught me how to cook, sadly a skill that many kids don’t learn, but one that everyone should.

  230. My mother taught me to NOT do what she did. She can be very rude to clerks, people waiting on us, etc. I have learned to look them in the eye, smile, and thank them for their help. A smile goes a long way. Especially after you have dealt with MY mom. Probably not the answer you were looking for. But it’s the truth. 🙂

  231. If I heard it once I heard it a thousand times “Who ever told you life was fair?”, funny I tell that to my daughter all the time now!

  232. How to be a mom!

  233. I learned to be kind and never to judge anyone. She was, and still is the most generous person I know as well…she tought me this lesson, too…to be as generous as you can…with whatever you can give

  234. My mom taught me to not parent like her!!!

  235. My mom taught me to be kind to others.

  236. The most valuable lesson I learned from my mom was to be independent enough to not need someone to take care of me.

  237. “If you don’t like someone they way they are, accept or don’t, people don’t change because you want them to”.

  238. This is a difficult question for me as my mother was not a good one — but even in light of that, a mother can teach you what to do by what they do not. In light of that, I learned to be honest and real, I learned to love my children and take time for them. I learned to say I’m sorry when I’m wrong and to make it right. I’ve learned that love can be stronger than any kind of pain!

  239. Not everything that pops into your head has to come out of you mouth.

  240. My disabled wife of more than 38 years would just LOVE this. Thanks for all the great contests!

  241. how to treat others with respect.

  242. My mother taught me independance.

  243. “When the going gets tough, the tough wear waterproof mascara”

  244. To respect my elders! I have taught this to my children as well, it is very good advice.

  245. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you – thanks mom!

  246. just be kind

  247. Always treat people the way you’d like to be treated.

  248. Enter me!

  249. Do your best, that’s all you can do.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  250. “Don’t do things which I wouldn’t do!”

  251. “Clean your house before leaving on a trip” – While it isnt the most inspired, I think of it the most now that I travel often.
    Everytime I come home from the road, just exhausted, I walk into my clean house and just sigh. it make me think of mom every single time.

  252. Everything in moderation!
    Best advice ever.
    Thanks 🙂

  253. My Mom taught me early on that Doctors were not Gods, they cna make mistakes, and that no one knows better than a Mom when a child is in pain. She also taught me not to pull on the skin around my eyes:)

    maggie@mannwieler.com

  254. Count your blessings!!

  255. I learned to always try my best

  256. My mom always told me…”Just be yourself” With most trying to be something they aren’t, I feel this is lofty advice!

  257. Having a mother that was not the best role model, I would say I learned more of what not to do, from what she did.

  258. My mother taught me that love means sacrifice!

  259. My Mom does not discriminate against others no matter their race, color, status, language, etc.

  260. Don’t bite off your nose to spite your face.

  261. To share everything with your friends, especially the calories!!

  262. Be kind to everyone.

  263. The best lesson I’ve learned from my Mama is that only you can make yourself happy. No one is going to loose sleep or care if you’re unhappy, only you are. Make the best of every situation, because only YOU can make it the best! Thanks Mama! I love you!

  264. stand up straight and always be gracious

  265. The best thing that my Mom taught me was not to be prejudiced against anyone because of their race or religion.
    She has been a foster parent since I was only about 10 years old. She has taken in children of every religion and ethnic background and loved them all equally.
    She said that we may look different on the outside but inside we are exactly the same.
    After fostering over 250 children and raising three of her own, I think she knows a good bit about the subject.
    How different the world would be today if everyone subscribed to this thinking.

  266. I learned how to cook!

  267. Honesty, loyalty.

  268. My mom has taught me many things over the years, but the most meaningful is about unconditional love. She has always supported me no matter what, even if she doesn’t agree with me. Its such a gift, and I hope I can share that with my loved ones.

  269. Treat other as you would want them to treat you. Be kind. 😉 Thanks.

  270. FAMILY COMES FIRST

  271. Lets see, this is a hard one for me since my mom didn’t raise me. I can’t say that she taught me anything as a child. As I got to know her when I became an adult
    I would have to say that I learned, that the mother and daughter relationship is very hard to maintain after I became an adult, not that I didn’t want it to. Even tho I love her very much, I believe that it is hard for her to feel the closeness that probably would be there if we had shared
    our lives together when I was growing up. I do love my mom very much. Thank you

  272. She taught me that everyone, even moms, make mistakes. It is how we learn and grow from them that counts.

  273. she said never worry about what other people think, just be happy with yourself.

  274. My mom taught me to treat others like you want to be treated!

  275. my mom taught me I can’t save all the starfish in the sea but if I can save one it’s worth the work.

  276. to have patience in the dreams

  277. My mom has reminded me “this too shall pass” on days when things seem overwhelming with my kiddos or life. She has also reminded me to cherish the time I have with my children…for they grow up so fast! 🙂

  278. My Mom taught me that family is everything!

  279. No matter what happens today, there is tomorrow and maybe you can fix it

  280. She taught me that life is not always fair.

  281. I learned that even a bad example has value. I learned I don’t have to be cruel to raise a child.

  282. My mother has taught me not to complain about life’s problems, but to deal with them as best as you can. That means to base decisions and actions on the information you have at the moment and not regret or brood over it.

  283. Always treat other people the way you WANT and EXPECT TO BE TREATED!

  284. No matter how bad a situation or something was, she’d remind me: “And this too shall pass.” Very comforting words when I was upset.

  285. I learned to treat others as I want to be treated. Simple, but probably the best lesson anyone can take to heart.

  286. It’s very hard to choose just one. But she always told me that often times we cannot change some things (illness, other peoples actions etc) but only our reaction to them and it’s how we react that defines us not the things that h happen to us. Also that we learn somethign new everyday and to be aware of what we can learn from day to day…I miss Mom so much ,but I know she is in a better place and someday I will see her again

  287. The best lesson that my mom taught me is that things will NEVER go the way they are planned once you have a baby! So true.

  288. always smile

  289. To be a caregiver-through her example.

  290. Always be aware of your thoughts, b/c you eventually get what you think about most.

  291. My mom taught me patience. She also taught me that material things in life aren’t as important as my children are.

  292. the golden rule.

  293. My mom always taught me to treat everyone the same.

  294. Never offer advice unless it’s asked for.Just listen.

  295. Be nice.

  296. My mom had a saying whenever I complained, that I always remember when I am feeling sorry for myself: “I cried when I had no shoes, until I saw a man who had no feet”. I learned not to complain if I didn’t want to hear this.

  297. My Mom taught me that when you give advice, give it only once. After that, it’s just nagging.

  298. always be nice.

  299. nice

  300. She taught be that being generous is it’s own reward.

  301. My mom taught me to listen more than you speak.

  302. My Mom always told me when you gossip it is like opening up a feather pillow try as you like you can never get all those feathers back once they are out.

  303. treat others as you want to be treated

  304. I learned to treat yourself and others with respect.

  305. Mom taught me that it’s not always about me, but sometimes it is – and that I’d be a grown up when I knew the difference.

  306. Always do your best. Failure is not an option!

  307. Give and you shall receive

  308. Live in the moment…….AND never forget your past

  309. In addition to basic manners (thanks mom!) that I learned, she drilled home a few things:

    1. treat others as you would like to be treated
    2. follow-through on your commitments
    3. family time is always most important

    She is a fantastic mom, to be sure!

  310. I learned that material things are not the most important thing in life.

  311. Do what you love and the money will follow.

  312. oh my goodness…she taught me so many things but I suppose the one I remind myself of frequently is that there is something good in everyone. everyone. even a murderer may be a good son, a good cook, etc…Look for the good in everyone.

  313. Always stand for what you believe in

  314. Mom always encouraged me to be myself. It’s advice that has served me well.

  315. Never tell a lie.

  316. My mom taught me to care for and respect all living things, and to appreciate the things I have and everything around me.

  317. I learned to treat others as I would want to be treated

  318. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

  319. My mother taught me to have empathy for others and to be open-minded. She also told me that trust has to be earned.

  320. You can only rely on yourself.

  321. Never trust anyone.

  322. From my mother I learned a mothers forgiveness, I never understood how she could foregive us the way she did. I just always found it amazing. Now having my own children I see how.

    mcginnisfamily5(at)gmail(dot)com

  323. My mother taught me to forgive. No matter how bad a family member treats you, they don’t mean it. If they apologize, you should forgive them. =)

  324. My mom taught me alot, but I think the most important thing was to trust in yourself. If you’re not sure what to do, figure out what you think is the best solution and go with that. The worst that can happen is you find out you’re human by making a mistake and learning from it. Thank you for the contest!

  325. Get an education so you can take care of yourself and your children.

  326. My mother taught me, before she died when I was 14, was that when things don’t work out the way I want them to and times get tough, to “pick myself up, dust myself off, and keep going.” She also always corrected my english and grammer, I wish I could thank her for that today!

  327. My mother taught me “do as I say not as i do.”

  328. My sister is 10 years older than me. She was married and had her first child by 20. She always remembers what mom told her:
    “Now your worries are just beginning!” We talk about that statement a lot; especially, since we lost mom 8 years ago.
    If I am fortunate enough to win this delightful prize package, I am giving it to my sister on Mother’s Day. Thanks for a great contest. Cindi

  329. My mother was so wonderful about being practical and staying in the moment. She grew up in the Depression Era, so as a small child she was taught not to waste and to be careful with her resources. Today, those characteristics are just as important as I have taught my daughter to be green and careful with the precious gifts we’ve been given. Mom always had a smile on her face and loved helping others. She was charitable, organized and down to earth. Everyone loved her! She was my greatest example of kindness and selflessness. I admire her so and she was my best friend. I hope that I have passed on these wonderful qualities to my child. Times really are not that complicated, we only make them seem that way. Keep your chin up, smile at everyone you meet, invest your money, don’t waste and be the best that you can be!

  330. To exhibit good conservative values, and to be courteous to others!

  331. life’s not fair

  332. I learned to be content no matter what the situation.

  333. Be respectful of your elders and authority.

  334. My mom taught me that the whole word is “give and take”, not just your relationships. That the more you give to the world around you the better you feel and you help the world to be a better place for your children. That if you just take then it will be like a relationship and end badly. If you give a helping hand and smile to everyone you meet then the environment around you will be a healthier, happier and better place to live. Your kids learn most by seeing what their parents do. So, teach your kids how to smile and lend a helping hand to strangers in their time of need.

  335. work hard, play hard

  336. Always be positive and life will work itself out.

  337. Tolerance and respect.

  338. My mom’s best advice was to attend art school. At first, I was concerned about becoming a “starving artist”. After several years of life in corporate America and trying to pursue careers for which I am not a good fit, I finally followed her wise counsel. I am getting ready to graduate from art school, with honors, and have developed skills that are both creative and practical. I am looking forward to putting my true talents to work.

  339. People, animals, plants, and the earth are important.

  340. never volunteer information!

  341. “What goes around comes around”, teaching me that if people behave unkindly, they’ll (eventually if not immediately) receive some unkind treatment and also that I should treat people well in order to (usually) get good treatment in return.

  342. On a scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is death most trying things that happen to you are really not that bad!

  343. My mom taught me to live in the moment for no one knows what tomorrow may bring.

  344. I learned that life is short, live for today.

  345. My mom taught me to be best friends with my daughters.

  346. How to work hard and play hard.

  347. A good education will get you far in life. I am so glad I listened to her & decided to persue my degree in Paralegal Studies. I love what I do.

  348. my mom always said to me to treat others the way you would want to be treated

  349. To be independant and to think for myself. Don’t accept what is said, just because everyone else subscribes to that line of thinking, make your own decisions based on the information you are given, and find on your own.

  350. You can do anything you set your mind to!

  351. my mom taught me that in order to take care of others, I have to make sure I take care of me…best advice now that I am a mother of a special needs child…

  352. So many lessons…..the biggest was to make sure regardless of my life situation that I always posessed the ability to take care of myself. She never wanted to see me stuck in a bad relationship just because I did not know how to survive on my own.

  353. Mom taught me to be gracious.

  354. My mother taught me how to be an unselfish mother daily by her example. I really miss her. Today, May 1st, is the anniversary of her passing.

  355. treat others the way that I want to be treated

  356. My mom taught me to take time for myself every day, even if it is just a cup of tea and five minutes to rejuvenate myself.

  357. If I was going to pick on my younger brothers, I had also better be willing to stand up for them. And them for me.

  358. Always Always stop and think before you speak.

  359. Eat more vegetables.

  360. ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDS. I AM THE BABY OF 10

  361. “WASTE NOT WANT NOT”—MEANING EAT WHATEVER IS PREPARED FOR YOU AT MEALTIME! YUK!

  362. always do your best

  363. Believe in myself

  364. FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT

  365. If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.

  366. To give to others who need help when you are able.

  367. She told me to cherish every moment with my child, because he will grow up fast.

  368. Lifes not fair.

  369. Basic skills. Mom isn’t highly educated but she uses the basics to the MAX!!

  370. My mom always used to say the quote, “To thine own self be true,” and I’ve found a lot of comfort and strength in it. I learned to be confident and proud of my choices and place in this world!

  371. I learned no matter how hard you think things are, someone has it worse.

  372. Never depend on others for your basic needs.

  373. That kindness is the best way to show love to another person.

  374. Never make major decisions at night, because you don’t see clearly in the dark.

  375. No matter how poor you are you should always have a clean home.

  376. treat people of all races and religions equally and fairly.

  377. everyone is the same under the different colored skins

  378. A mother’s job certainly doesn’t end when her child grows up. The job just evolves.

  379. My Mom taught me empathy and kindness. She taught me that there was joy in doing small things for others. Also, to read a recipe thoroughly before you begin and to wear clean underwear in case you were in a car accident and rushed to the hospital.

  380. My Mom taught me that I could do whatever I set my mind to. She even sang “The Work Song” from Cinderella, but fit it to whatever situation I was in. So sometimes I’ll hum….”I can do it, I can do it, I know I can do it because there’s nothing really to it.” AS silly as that sounds it makes me feel better.

  381. only lie in social situations

  382. thanks

  383. She taught me how wonderful it feels to be loved unconditionally.

  384. These days my mom can not stand on her feet long enough to cook but when she could, she was a marvelous cook and loved to entertain. She has passed that loveo f good food and good company to me. Thanks Mom for the cookies!

  385. I need this something awful

  386. my mother taught us to be polite and kind and to be responsible for our actions

  387. The best lesson I learned and the one I use the most is: Never judge anyone until you have walked a mile in their shoes!

  388. Never take life for granted

  389. to think before speaking and to always be kind….

  390. Be honest

  391. Try a lot of things

  392. My mom taught me patients. I’m still trying to perfect it.

  393. We were never allowed to quit, if we joined something we had to finish.

  394. Mom told me to use olive oil in everything I cook and I’ll always be healthy….WOW!

  395. My mom taught me to be a honest person

  396. My Mom always said that I could acheive anything if I tried hard enough.

  397. Believe in yourself and others will believe in you as well!

  398. she taught me that if i am ever having a hard time, home is the place to go

  399. Don’t sweat the small things.

  400. One of the things my mom taught me is no matter how little you have if you see some one who has less you share. She particularly stressed this out when i was in school with food. If i saw a kid who i knew was hungry I’d share, never mind how hungry i was. I admit the food tasted better. To this day I still can’t enjoy a meal if i see someone who i know is hungry without sharing some of my food.

  401. Think before you speak!!!

  402. My mom taught me to take pride in the things that make me unique and to be accepting of the individuality of others.

  403. Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see. That advice has served me well for years.

  404. My mom taught me the meaning of love.

  405. Never go to bed with a dirty face!!!!

  406. Never to tan in a tanning bed! She always told me it makes your skin look like leather.

  407. My mom told us never to smoke (she’s a chainsmoker) and I never have. I also don’t drink, have never been tipsy, and although she never told us not to drink, I realized the danger because she’s an alcoholic.

  408. Mom always advised us to not leave home without clean underwear on!

  409. Don’t sweat the small stuff!

  410. My mom taught me several things very early on in my life that have carried me through almost every situation.
    1- Get out of yourself and do something nice for someone else today!
    2- Never be afraid to ask for help.
    3- Do your best, that’s all you can do.
    Pretty much any obstacle I have come up against has been put into perspective by one or more of these famous phrases from my mom.

  411. The best advice I learned from my Mom is to treat others the way that I want to be treated.
    Thanks for this giveaway. This prize looks wonderful. Thanks.

  412. The weather is perfect in Chicago

  413. You can’t save the world. Worry about your own problems before trying to fix someone else’s.

    Thanks for the contest!

  414. When women are mean 90% of the time its because they are jealous

    Never let a man define who you are

  415. Always LISTEN to hear what people are saying.

  416. I learned that it’s ok not to be perfect

  417. Keep organized, it will make life easier.

  418. Do unto others as you would have then do unto you

  419. Wow. It is so hard to choose which lesson was the best, but I guess I would have to say it was her philosophy about choices. She always told me we make choices every day but we are rarely aware of them or their effects on others, so we need to remember throughout the day to say to ourselves “I choose X because Y.” For example, I was late for work the other day and as I was driving I saw a woman and her dog waiting to cross the street (there are no crosswalks on this particular street). I almost just kept going, but I remembered my mom’s choice lectures, and I stopped and let them cross. A very small thing, but it made me think of my mom and smile, and it made the woman walking her dog smile, too.

  420. I learned to be true to myself always, never to compromise, and at the same time never to feel inferior. To have faith in God and then in my own power to overcome critical situations. Last, but not least, to give affection and good advice.

  421. Get the most you can out of your education.

  422. My mother taught us to improve our survival skills…we learned to duck flying objects & keep our distance.

  423. Don’t eat yellow snow.

  424. Only worry about the things that will impact you life enough that you will remember in 1 year or 10.
    Life is too short to worry about the snall stuff.

  425. The best lesson from Mom? “The ‘shoulds’ will kill you.” Use the word “should” in a sentence, and it instills guilt and obligation, as in “I should call X.” Instead, insert the word “could” where you once used “should,” and the scenery changes bigtime, as in “I could call X.” Mom’s a genius.

  426. My mom taught me to put others first.

  427. I learned to be more tolerant of others.

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