Poach-worthy family mottoes and maxims from moms and dads.

By Erin Zammett Ruddy
Updated May 18, 2018
Bryan Gardner

Considering adopting a family motto? Distilling your family's values into a simple, easy-to-repeat phrase can be a challenge. Here are 10 brilliant words of wisdom from Real Simple readers that are worthy of, well, repeating.

“You always have a choice to make someone’s day better or worse. Choose wisely.” —Jessica L., Mother of Two, Greenlawn, New York

“The only things you're in charge of are your effort and your attitude.” —Brig S., Father of two, Nashville

“Just show up." —Annette Uvena, Mother of Two, Huntington, New York

“You are capable of great things. That's why I expect great things.” —Christi Wampler, Mother of Two, Knoxville, Tennessee

“Please and thank you are two of the most powerful things you can say. Say them often.” —Sean Phillips, Father of One, New Orleans

“Always look deeper than the beauty on the outside.” —Jennifer Berding, Mother of Two, Louisville, Kentucky

“The harder choice is almost always the right choice.” —Adrienne Porzio, Mother of Two, Pittsburgh

“You become an average of the five people you spend the most time with. Choose those people wisely.” —Rory Hughes, Father of Two, Ann Arbor, Michigan

“You will figure it out. Find a way.” —Jennifer Tietjen-prozzo, Mother of Two, Fairfield, Connecticut

“Give 100 percent in everything you do, even when no one is watching. Don't do things halfway, and don't do them for the recognition!” —Raquel F., Mother of Four, Phoenix