When it comes to giving advice, solicited or not, no one does it better than mom. It doesn’t matter the topic (marriage, parenting, housekeeping, cooking) mom always seems to have the answers and often times, we take these golden nuggets of advice, and carry them with us throughout our lives, sometimes passing them along to our own children.
So, in honor of Mother’s Day, we asked our readers to share words of wisdom they’ve received from their mothers.
“I think all six of us (siblings) admire the strength and spirituality of our mother. Throughout many personal struggles including Parkinson’s, breast cancer, a broken hip and collar bone and the death of our father from bladder cancer, she has remained optimistic and at peace. When we experienced any struggles in our lives, she always urged us to ‘pray more’ and ‘give it up to the Lord.’ ” — Submitted by Jenni Bratton, Springboro
“One thing that immediately pops in my mind is ‘eat a balanced meal.’ That may not seem like a big on,e but I am always amazed at how after 40-plus years, that little piece of advice seems to continue to prove out.” — Submitted by Chuck Eifert, Vandalia
“Mom always reminded me that my actions are completely my choice/decision and that I choose how to react to each situation and how the results could have turned out differently had I taken another path.” — Submitted by Randy Eifert, Vandalia
“My mother always told us, ‘Have compassion for others … you never know their story.’ ” — Submitted by Tina Werts, Kettering
“I was actually raised by my great-aunt and she had great advice and words of wisdom, like ‘Don’t leave anyone with a bad story about you.’ People make up things all the time, but your actions doesn’t have to prove their fictitious stories true.” — — Submitted by LaPorchia Cogar, Miamisburg
“My mom gave me great advice about dealing with stress and life’s hardships. She said, ‘all you can do is your best. Make a decision to wake up and get out of the bed in a good mood. Make a to-do list of tasks and just focus on getting a few things done each day. Ask God to help you. He is always there.’ ” — Submitted by Hinda Abdullahi, Englewood
“I live in Lebanon, but my fantastic mom lives in Dayton. These are two pieces of advice from my mom that I live by and have passed on to my own children: ‘God helps those who help themselves’ and ‘remember the Golden Rule – do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ ” — Submitted by Diane McCracken, Lebanon
“My mom always told me I was an artist. She told me the world would tell me I was not. She would spend time drawing with me, painting with me and we were always building or creating something. She gave me the permission to tell myself I added value to this world. I might not be an artist today but she gave me the gift of confidence to dream and today I am abundantly curious and internally grateful!” — Submitted by Scott McGohan, Springboro
“My mom always told me to never leave the house without a little lipstick on, that otherwise I look dead!” — Submitted by Jennifer Gigandet Feltz of Versailles
“My mom always told me to never go to bed with makeup on and to always moisturize. I try to pass this on to my daughters but they don’t care!” — Submitted by Shelley Gigandet, Versailles
“I grew up in Englewood, and my mom always told us, ‘Don’t do anything to embarrass your family name.’ I still live by it today!” — Submitted by Jennifer McKenzie of Mason