She’s your #1 fan, your biggest protector, and your first friend. From bedtime stories to pep talks to parenting advice, you wouldn’t be who you are today without your mom. We asked Brightly readers to share the best bits of wisdom passed down to them by their moms. From quirky to inspirational, here are some of the best answers we heard:
1. “She didn’t mean it as wisdom, but the best she ever gave was telling me when I was 19 or 20, ‘You are a strange and wonderful person.’ It was totally off the cuff — I had done something silly, and she was laughing at me. It stopped me in my tracks as the best thing anyone had ever said to me. She’s been gone almost 8 years now, and I still hear her say it, and remember that it’s true.” – Alicia L.
2. “The best advice I was given when I was nervous about being a new mom … ‘Stop thinking about what could go wrong and start thinking about what could go right.'” – Sandra M.
3. “Cherish these moments because time flies by!” – Katie S.
4. “I never realized it until she shared it with me at some point during my 30’s (I think…): The birthdays my mom actually celebrates are not her own, but mine and my sister’s. And when I had my own child, I finally got how profoundly true it is. We love you, Mom!” – Rosalie S.
5. “Always be kind to others, even on your worst day.” – Sarah L.
6. “Work on becoming the best person you can — take care of yourself so that you can fully be there for your children and set an example for them on living a life of kindness.” – Jessica B.
7. “‘Your children are a direct reflection of you! So always watch what you say and do. They are sponges!’ —My super wise mama!” – Mayen G.
8. “You will never be lonely if you have a good book!”
9. “Two of the best things my mom taught me are ‘Let fart be free, for that was the death of poor Mary-lee!’ and to celebrate differences she would always quote Jamaica’s (which is where we are from) motto, ‘Out of many, one people.’ – Lisa
Have your own bit of motherly wisdom? Share it with us in the comments!