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53 Pieces of the Best Advice Given by Moms

Point to Ponder:

What is the best advice your mom or mom-figure has given you?

Throughout the week leading up to today, Mother's Day, we collected 53 pieces of the best advice given by moms. Our hope is that the words encourage, empower and inspire you to continue being your best in all of your amazing roles, and in living your best and most incredible life!

Alli Phillips- I don’t remember my mom offering “specific” advice or “words of wisdom” wrapped up into quotes when I was growing up, but she has always supported, guided, and encouraged me to “follow my heart” and “work for what I want.” I’ll never forget, when I started graduate school and was going through a period of intense self-doubt, struggling with insecurity and indecision about my path and future, and worst of all, comparing myself to my classmates. I said to her, “I don’t know if I’m smart enough for grad school.” My mom, without hesitation, responded, “People with graduate degrees, PhDs, doctors, lawyers, aren’t any smarter than you... Anyone can get a degree, but it takes hard work.”

  • Live life to the fullest! Go to the party and book the flight. It’s all better than sitting at home.

  • Be sure to do all of the things I never did: Be brave and travel

  • Never settle. I can always try harder to change a situation.

  • Study hard, do good in school and be sure you are saving your money.

  • Always make time for yourself

  • It’s all in the doing- meaning it doesn’t matter if things turn out perfect, just enjoy the moments along the way.

  • Enjoy every second with your babies bc they grow up so fast.

Crystal Tidmore- You need three things for a full life: 1. Someone to love 2. Something to do 3. Something to look forward to.

  • You can do anything you want. Keep striving.

  • Always be honest and kind

  • Follow your heart and not others

  • When cleaning/organizing- Finish one drawer/cabinet before moving to the next.

  • A day’s not complete until you get dirty

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff! Life is too short to worry about spilled milk!

  • Take time to smell the roses

Jill Watts- Work hard, stay positive and hopeful. Never give-up. Things have a way of working out.

  • If it doesn’t matter in 10 years then don’t worry about

  • Always be grateful.

  • Take time for yourself and your friendships. And always have fresh flowers in you home.

  • The greatest gift you can give someone is your love.

  • Never wear chipped nail polish

  • Always use your voice

  • Enjoy today since tomorrow is not promised

Kathleen Parker- My Mom was never one to give advice, but her unwavering faith is what I remember the most. After she passed 11 years ago we found her prayer journal by her bedside. It was full of selfless prayers for her 6 children. She prayed for all of us daily. I think that is why all 6 of us are still alive to this day. She counter-acted the crazy adventurous spirit of my Dad, who is not afraid of anything, and encouraged us to be the same. Recently, I have realized the truly amazing power of prayer. Thank you Mom for giving us the most valuable gift of all—faith in our God who can heal, save and give us everlasting life!

  • Never let the weather affect your plans. Enjoy your days regardless of what Mother Nature gives you.

  • Do what makes you happy

  • Treat others how you want to be treated

  • When someone offers you help, say yes!

  • It's all in the doing. It doesn't matter if things turn out perfect, just enjoy the moment along the way.

  • Enjoy today since tomorrow isn't promised and regardless of your mood, give hugs and kisses before bedtime.

  • Thinking of having another child? Stop thinking and go for it. You'll never regret having another.

Neissa Springmann- I don’t really remember my mom giving a lot of advise, as her infinite optimism, bravery, selflessness, encouragement and unwavering support is what I recall the most and is what continues to have a profound impact on and in my life. However, while growing up whether it was school or a sport, she always encouraged us to try our best and have fun, as those combined ingredients have always led me you down a great path.

  • Always live in the moment.

  • Teach your children school and life and make God the center of your life.

  • Pray before every major decision

  • Respect myself and don't let anyone make feel less than them

  • Embrace the chaos

  • Whatever you do, do it with passion.

Rory Smith- In the most gentlest of ways, my mother, who also happens to be one of my best friends, has shared so much advice and wisdom over the course of my life. If I had to pick just one thing to share, I would have to say she always taught us the power of a positive and optimistic attitude. She taught us that even in the face of adversity, which life has at times thrown at all of us, that there's always a something to be grateful for or a lesson to learn. She taught my siblings and I to always be humble, kind and generous to others, even those who make it really challenging at times - you never know the struggles they may be facing. Today and everyday I am grateful for my mom!

  • Everything is a phase, so don’t sweat the tough seasons (because they’ll be over soon) and soak in the sweet ones (because they will too).

  • Whatever you do, do it right the first time

  • Take the time to dig in the dirt, it's good for your soul!

  • If you see something that needs to be done, just do it. Don’t wait for someone else to.

  • Just breathe

  • Wear sunscreen

Sarah Hamilton- My mother gave me a lot of advice - rarely unsolicited as it was usually only if I asked her for advice but she did slip in some sayings here and there that really stuck with me. I think the best one is the one that comes to mind frequently and that is "It takes two to tango." I think about that every time I have a conflict or find myself in an awkward or sticky situation with someone. I try to think about what my part in that situation was (how I contributed to it) and I take responsibility for my part and make changes or make an apology in an effort to grow, learn and move the situation along towards a positive solution.

  • Never fall out with your friends, just because your kids have. They will make up quicker than you do.

  • You’ll never regret being kind to others

  • The days are long but the years are short

  • Trust your mom instinct. It is usually right!

  • This too shall pass

  • Find the right balance between organization and flexibility


Action Item:

Let the words provided by 53 amazing moms encourage, empower and inspire you to continue being your best in all of your amazing roles, and in living your best and most incredible life!



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