Celebrating Mother's Day: Things My Mom Taught Me


* The best beauty treatment is soap and water.

* What's not picked up when you go to bed may never be seen again.

* If given a choice, choose quality over quantity.

* Save your money until you can afford what you really want.

* People aren't looking at you as much as you think.

* Wear a dress now and then.

* Own a pair of pearl earrings, diamond studs, and a good watch.

* Be capable of earning your own way.

* If someone criticizes you, agree with them. The watch what happens.

* When in doubt about what to say, bite your tongue.

* When faced with a decision, you'll never regret thinking about it overnight.

* What seems ominous at night, seems much better in the morning.

* Learn how to cook seven things well.

* Learn how to bake chocolate chip cookies.

* Read, read, and read some more.

* Afternoon naps are necessary when you're younger than 3 and older than 50.

* You could best be remembered for something you didn't do, rather than for something you did.

* There's always someone worse off. Find them. Help them.

* Put your marriage before your kids and your kids will be just fine.

* Don't threaten your kids. It will make you seem weak.

* Keep your word.

* Make few commitments, but keep all the commitments you make.

* The best place for you to be is at home with your family. Above all else.

* Thank the ones that came before you.

* Send handwritten notes.

* Birthdays are special.

* Slather with lotion morning and night.

* The reality is often much less glamorous than the fantasy.

* We think our life is the reality and everyone else's is the fantasy.

* Prom is not the be-all-end-all.

* Neither is high school.

* Look people in the eye.

* Don't let yourself get offended.

* You can't always rely on who you know, but you can always rely on what you know.

* Don't sell yourself short.

* People see more good in you than bad.

* Pray.

* Mow and weed your own backyard before you start criticizing someone else's.

* Sometimes the hardest thing to do is the best thing to do.

* Not everyone needs to know everything.

* Coffee really doesn't stunt your growth.

* Sometimes good enough is good enough.

* Time often is the only answer.

* Not much can beat experience.

* Take care of your teeth and your skin.

* Every room should have a little touch of red in it.

* Somebody less qualified will at some point be your boss.

* The most rewarding jobs have no pay.

What did your mom teach you?


Dianne :

Jill, this is a GREAT post and I especially loved the last one!

justabeachkat :

Great list Jill. My Mom taught me most of these too. Great advice. Three addfitional things that my Mom always told me -
1. always wear clean underwear (with no holes in them) since you never know if you have to go to the doctor or hospital (LOL)
2. always have money to make a phone call in case you want to come home (obviously this was before cell phones)
3. always say you're sorry (so you won't regret it later).

Hugs and Happy Mother's Day!

Melissa @ Breath of Life :

She was one wise lady! Happy Mother's Day. Glad you're feeling better.

Pearls To Hide My Neck :

What a great list. It sounds like our mom's are a lot alike.

Nadine :

Wow that was great. Your mom is certainly wise. I loved reading your list.

Have a Happy Mother's Day.

lisa :

wonderful list...loved reading it. have a wonderful mother's day!

Tonja :

Loved your post! Very wise advice! My mom made sure I had my own money whenever I went out anywhere...even on dates. Always wear clean underwear. If someone asks for your opinion...give it to them.

Happy Mother's day!


Lisa @ Take90West :

I did learn a lot of those from my Grandma, that was such a great list!
Happy Mother's Day!

annie :

Great list Jill!

Happy Mother's Day.

Traceytreasure :

My mom forgot to teach me the important things. Let's just say that I've had to learn all of those things you listed on my own. I've learned a lot from my bloggy friends too! I hope that you have a wonderful Mother's Day! Hugs!

Sandy :

Hi Jill,
Fabulous list!
Hope you are having a wonderful Mother's Day!
Have a great week.

Susan :

It's all so true! I miss my mom so much. She had so much talent for sewing and cooking and crafts...I can't even come close!

The 5 Bickies :

Happy Mother's Day! Great list...you have a wonderful Mom.

Linda S :

Very nice blog...and what an awesome post!

Boo and Hooties Mom :

This was a great post. I just found your blog.....thanks for a good read!!!!!!!!!!

Tammy :

Oh wow...did your mom really truly teach you things? Because I absolutely loved this list...so wise- and some I needed to be reminded of! (So tell your mom thanks!) :)

I would add to the nap lesson... maybe just not those under three need one, but those moms with kids under three need those naps as well! ;)

Happy Mother's Day!

carrie :

Thanks for sharing that list--lots of good stuff in there!
Nice post!

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit :

I loved this list...lots of great wisdom. In addition to many that you listed, my mom taught me to never go to bed angry.
Have a Happy Day!

Knit-Wit :

I love your list.

My mother told me... Never tell your husband you can drive a tractor or you'll be out working in the fields. She married a farmer.... I didn't so I don't have to worry about that rule... although it did get me out of blowing snow with the tractor when we lived in the country in SD. :)

Meredith :

I loved this post. I can tell you have followed your mother's advice. Tell her she's a very wise woman.

By the way, I just wrote a long overdue post about how we met. Come check it out!

Blessings to you!

Jody :

I don't go in to what my mom taught me... Let's just say I've had to un-learn much.

Happy belated Mother's Day!

Sonya :

These are great lessons! My mom has taught me many of the same things. What a great reminder. I think I need to go call my mom and thank her!

Sandy :

Sounds like you had a fantastic Mom, Jill! Love the list ... probably a lot on this list my mom taught me!

Boo and Hooties Mom :

Thanks for all your kind words....

I love your pictures...your family is beautiful!!!!!!!!!

Kelsey Smith :

Oh what a great list!!

The Things We Carried :

This is a fabulous post! Your mom was a wise woman! I loved this and would like to pass this ist on to my own kids :)!

Jillian :

Hi Jill!

Great Mother's Day post. Thanks for sharing! I found your blog from Kari and Kaijsa's...

I like it!

PS. Plus you have a great name.

Antique Mommy :

The best advice my mom ever gave me was learn to type.

Buford Betty :

Great, great post!!! I especially love the one about putting your marriage before your kids. I totally agree with that though no one likes to say that one.

My mom always taught me to never leave the house without looking my best because you never know who you'll run into. So true... hahaha!

Just Mom :

Wonderful list. Wonderful advice.

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