I'm incredibly close with my mom, something that I feel so, so, so lucky for everyday. I consider her to be one of my best friends, and I tell her everything. She's always there for me for ANYTHING and she gives some of the best advice I've heard (she's also always right). These are some of the best lil' nuggets of wisdom she's given me:
1) Always drink water. It's the best thing to put in your body and it will keep you healthier than if you're filling your body with sugary drinks.
2) Take care of yourself first and foremost. It's okay to take a break from being an amazing friend if it's taking a toll on you and your own well-being. If you're feeling sick, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. Don't ignore the first feelings of sickness, because it's better to nip it in the bud.
3) There's no reason to keep toxic people in your life. The benefits they may provide you with will never outweigh the negativity they push onto you and the energy they suck out of you.
4) Sitting down with your family for dinner makes a big difference. My family ate dinner together every single school night we could throughout my entire school career, and it really brought us together.
5) Grades are important, but not the most important. My mom (and dad) used to always tell me that it's okay to challenge myself, but I don't always have to excel at everything I'm challenging myself with. My parents always knew that I would push myself, but I didn't have to be perfect at it.
6) You don't have to push people to tell you everything. If you give people some space, you might gain some trust. My parents never pushed me to tell them about my own personal life and they always respected my wishes when it came to me telling them my problems. Now I tell them pretty much everything and they don't need to ask me, because they know they'll hear it at some point.
7) There's no reason to have unequal relationships. My mom (and dad) really made an effort to "run" our family as a democracy- they always asked my sister and I what we wanted, when it came to renovations, pets, dinner choices, trips, and family vacations. It was always really rare that they made a decision without asking us.
8) It's always worth it to wait. My mom believes that it's better to wait for better things than just settle for what you have. In past relationships, she's been the one to help convince me that someone better will come my way and I shouldn't stay in something that leaves me feeling less-than just because it's a relationship. She's also convinced me to wait with smaller things, like clothing. She's taught me the value of investment items- like my Frye boots- instead of getting cheap trendy items every year, she's taught me to get more expensive items less frequently so they last longer.
9) There's rarely a reason to lie. My mom taught me the important of honesty from day one, even though I was a compulsive liar as a child. There's no reason to lie about little or big things, even if you're "protecting" someone's feelings.
10) Physical contact is good! My mom is all about hugs and cuddling and love. It's a great way to show affection (if your friend/boyfriend/lady/mom/dad/ other person is okay with it). I've learned to greet people with hugs and my friends and I always enjoy a good snuggle, and it's a really nice way to say I LOVE YOU.
11) Sarcasm is okay and funny. My mom taught me to appreciate a good sarcastic and sassy comment.
12) Stand up for yourself. You are a great person and should be treated as no less than.
13) I am worth as much as any man (or any other person for that matter) is. So basically, my mom instilled the value of equality in me.
14) Music is important! I've never lived in a quiet house. We always have music on in the background in our house and my mom's taught me to appreciate some of the classics from when she was around my age.
15) Always keep learning. My mom finished her official schooling years ago, but she's always teaching me new things she's just learned and she's always sending me links to the newest and greatest thing she's learned about.
So basically, my mom is the greatest, I love her and you should like her too. Most people do :)
What's some of the best stuff your mom has taught you?