21 Valuable Lessons We Learned From Our Mothers

Here's proof that Mom really does know best.

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They cleaned our scraped knees, shuttled us from school to play dates to after-school activities, and made sure the bills were paid. Most importantly, many of us were lucky enough to benefit from the little slices of knowledge our moms shared with us that helped shape the women we are today. We asked our Facebook audience for the most important advice their mothers gave them. Here's what they learned from Mom's words of wisdom.

1. "Always treat everyone the same whether they are the housekeeper or the CEO." —Melissa Sagonas Madden

2. "We got locked in a bathroom when we were very young. We were scared, so while our parents worked to get the door open my mom slid a chocolate bar under the door and that stopped our crying. When we finally got out, she looked at us and said, 'Chocolate is better than a band-aid every time.'" —Julie and Lisa, Bite Me More

3. "If they do not pay your rent or mortgage, who cares what they think about you." —Blanqui Alvarado

4. "My mom told me I needed to try hard to get a B. I had always gotten straight As and stressed myself out because I was a perfectionist. After my first B in college, my mom took me out to lunch to celebrate and my perspective shifted. Now, I am able to stress less and relax more in life, without trying to get everything exactly right." —Dani Norris Parsell 

5. "Never make decisions when you are angry." —Tara Swatek

​6. "My mother taught me at a young age to moisturize. I am 74, and I thank her everyday for my good skin." —Maureen Hess Sully

7. "When it comes to a home improvement task or project, my mom always said not to rely on a man to do the job. Now I am very handy, just like my mom, and don't rely on my husband to do the fixing around the house. I do it." —Kris Goorsky

8. "To do a couple loads of laundry throughout the week, so you never spend a precious weekend day devoted to the dreaded task." —Rebecca Scott

9. "Ask yourself, 'Will it matter 100 years from now?'" —Jodi MacNeal

10. "You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar... Meaning you can accomplish more by being kind to people than by having a sour disposition." —Lori Johnson

11. "My mom passed away on January 31 of this year. The best advice she ever gave me wasn't in words, and frankly, it wasn't advice I even realized she'd given me until I attended the funeral. She lived her life in such a way as to be best version of herself. She didn't try to be anyone other than herself, but she made sure that she worked to be the best version of that person every day. She has been, and always will be, a wonderful example to me." —Kaelyn Phillips

12."Never travel without your bathing suit." —Karen Agard Meyer Brill

13. "I asked my mom when my girls were little 'when does it get easier?' She told me it doesn't, it just changes to different challenges." —Mary Musgrave

​14. "Always put a little money away that no one knows about. You never know when you might need it in a difficult situation." —Renee Boudon

15. "You don't have to attend every argument you're invited to." —Deidré Bump

16. "My dad actually gave me the best advice: 'Get a good mattress and a job you enjoy because you spend eight hours sleeping and eight hours working. At least, during that time, you'll be happy.'"​ —Ira Martin Mogollon

​17. "If you are not happy, make a change. Whether it's a job, relationship, friendship, or body image, life's too short to remain in a place of unhappiness." —Brittany Wilson​

18. "My mom worked in a nursing home as a teen and learned a very valuable lesson. 'Everything washes off.' I still say it when I'm doing something gross." —Carley Bushart

19. "My mother says, 'Never take advice from someone you would not want to trade places with.'" —Dina DeSocio

​20. "My grandmother who raised me always said, 'All things in moderation.' I find it applies to everything.​" —Julie Boltz

21. "Before my first 50-yard dash in elementary school, my mom told me to keep my eyes on the string at the end. 'Don't look to see who's beside you, and don't look back to see who might be catching up. That will just slow you down. Run just as fast as you can toward the string!' I won many races using that strategy and learned the advice also has many applications outside of the 50-yard dash. I try to keep my focus on my own goals and not compare myself to others.​" —Linda Detherage Smith