The Best Advice We Ever Got from Our Mothers

Mother’s Day comes and goes every year, but the pearls of wisdom we glean from our mums last a lifetime - and beyond!

The coronavirus pandemic has forced families apart, with most of us still not able to see each other in person, let alone hug.

Missing our mums has made us appreciate what we formerly took for granted, so let’s celebrate the special role that mothers play by running through the best advice we’ve ever received from ours.

On the topic of…kindness

“Treat everyone with the same kindness and consideration, irrespective of their place in society. Nobody will remember your badges, titles or wealth, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” - Robin

“If you’ve nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” - Suzanne

“My mum always reminded us that no matter how bad things get, there are people worse off in the world, so be kind to everyone you meet and keep going. The reminder of what’s happening elsewhere from a young age definitely helped with perspective and grit.” - Zahara

“Never mistake kindness for weakness” - Wendy

“My mum always says, ‘Go from a place of strength’, meaning be the bigger person. It’s always stood me in good stead.” - Emma

On the topic of…manners

“My mum drummed it into me to ‘Never arrive at anyone’s home with your arms the same length’, meaning always bring something for your hosts to say thank you.” - Kelly

“Elegantly blending a confidence boost with a reminder not to be too cocky, my mum always said, ‘You’re as good as anyone else and no better’.” - Jo

“When I was little, my mum came up with a family mantra that we would merrily chant before heading off to school or work each day: ‘Pleases, thank yous, smiles, kindness and sharing!’” - Jess

On the topic of…optimism

“Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed and stuck in a rut, I remember my mum’s favourite nugget of advice, which is ‘There are very few things in life that can’t be fixed’. That phrase always helps ground me into making a plan out of whatever brain muddle I’m in.” - Emma

“‘It’s alright for you to be happy when life goes by like a song, but the one worthwhile, is the one with a smile, when everything goes dead wrong.’ My mum quoted this little poem all the time and she’s so right.” - Kath

“‘My mother likes to say, ‘The sun is going to rise tomorrow’, which is helpful for keeping things in perspective.” - Sarah

On the topic of…life hacks

“Split your money up when travelling in case you lose your purse.” - Kelly

“Whenever I lose something, my mum tells me to go back to the place where it should be, and this time, look properly. It’s nearly always there!” - Beth

“My mum showed me how to cut the stems of flowers at an angle to increase their surface area, meaning they can drink more water and stay fresher for longer. She also taught me to strip any leaves off below the water line, so they don’t go mushy and contaminate the vase. Oh and always add a teaspoon of sugar!” - Cassie

“Never go up or down the stairs empty-handed.” - Eimear

“Keep a spare card in the house in case you forget a friend’s birthday and need to panic send one!” - Kelly

On the topic of…dating

“My mum sent me an excellent card after a break-up in my 20s. It read: ‘Men are like a fine wine. They all start out like grapes, and it’s our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something you’d like to have dinner with.’ That insight has served me well!” - Jess

“Never marry a man who doesn’t wear socks.” - Danette

“Whenever I got worked up over the possibility of being cheated on, my mum would remind me that ‘The strongest chains are no chains at all’. Insecurity and clinginess can push people away, but confidence and trust is attractive and will keep them coming back.” - Wendy

“My mum puts her own twist on the saying ‘I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds round my neck’. She says she’ll take both, please - and so should I!” - Jess

On the topic of…looking after yourself

“You can only do what you can do.” - Katherine

“Don’t go believing everything you think.” - Clare

“One thing at a time.” - Sonja

“Everybody has advice. Listen to it all, pick what works for you and don’t think about the rest of it again.” - Jai

“Surround yourself with pretty things.” - Katreen

On the topic of…failure

“Keep your own counsel.” - Sarah

“The only people who never make mistakes are the people who never make anything.” - Sandra

“Just muddle through.” - Keren

On the topic of…everything else

“Don’t listen at keyholes as you might not like what you hear.” - Sarah

“You only turn [insert age here] once, so celebrate every birthday with gusto!” - Katherine

“It doesn’t matter what you read, so long as you read.” - Jill

“My mum isn’t religious, but she always says that God is in the garden.” - Claire

“If you need to resort to swearing, you’ve lost the argument.” - Hannah

“My late mother had many classics, but my favourite is, ‘It’s easier to beg forgiveness than permission!’” - Hannah

“Don’t forget to call your mother!” - Sarah

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