Feeling a little nostalgic? Hop into that proverbial time machine and check out this list of advice from mom! Here you will find reminders of things mom used to say: tokens of good advice from mom, examples of mom’s covert disapproval, as well as the inspirational, life-shaping advice you tried to shrug off like Daria on a first date.
For some of us, it felt like every time we walked out that front door, mom was there to enthusiastically share those little nuggets of unsolicited wisdom. And let’s face it, not all moms can be like Kitty Forman, giggling in the kitchen while making spaghetti and snickerdoodles for a gang of kids who have their own parents. Most moms were telling you to take out the trash or stop talking for just ten minutes (let’s play it safe and bet that “Drink Your Tang!” wasn’t a common phrase in your household).
And while they aren’t always right, moms are a mystical breed of their own. Regardless of her quirks, the things your mother taught you (and some of the ridiculous phrases she trademarked) will go down in infamy.
Whether you agreed with them or not back then, now you know that mom was probably right!
“I’d Rather You Call Me at 2 AM for a Ride Than Drink and Drive”
Calling your mom and asking for a ride was probably last thing you wanted to do as a buzzed teenager leaving a party. But even worse than seeing her station wagon pull up to your friend's house was the thought of calling her from your holding cell in the local police station. Mom was right about this one: It's way better to be safe than sorry.
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It's the Golden Rule. If you didn't hear it quite like this, maybe it was something more along the lines of: "Be nice. You never know who could end up being your boss." Either way, Mom was right. You should be nice to just about everybody.
“Chew With Your Mouth Closed”
This one is pretty self-explanatory. If you’re eating a bowl of cereal on your couch solely in the presence of your cat, by all means, chomp away! But no one else wants to see your half-chewed enchilada. If you’re trying to torture your sister or turn a first-date sour, by all means, open wide. Otherwise, have a little class and chew with your mouth closed.
“Don’t Get Mixed Up in the Wrong Crowd”
Peer pressure is a strong force. It can be positive and negative, and it can convince us to do things we’d otherwise never do. Mom wanted to make sure you didn’t fall vulnerable to the other kids’ evil ways. Since it's kind of true that “Once you pop, you can’t stop,” you might as well just not start in the first place.
Even though it was just as bad, lying to Mom was different... mainly because she always knew. Lying gets messy, and it hurts people. Ultimately, lying makes your life way, way harder, and it makes other people lose their faith in you. And Mom is all about things being easier for you in the long run.
“Eat Your Vegetables!”
This one usually surfaced as she was threatening to take away your TV privileges. “Look at Popeye! And Hulk Hogan! They eat their vegetables!” she might have yelled. At that point, you either folded your own in a napkin and put them in your pocket or slipped them under the table for the dog to sniff.
Now that you're a little too old to eat anything you want without looking/feeling like crap, you're probably willing to admit that Mom was on the right track. Vegetables are good for you.
“Pretend there’s a string attaching the top of your head to the ceiling,” she said. And she was right. Good posture is one of the first cues of confidence. Arguably, posture could change your life.
“Listen to Your Gut”
We can all look back to a time or two when we made the right choice by not doing something. And we can probably all look back to a time or two when we knew we weren’t making the right choice, but we did it anyway. Usually, these decisions usually let to bigger regrettable messes. Mom was right, and we’d all be better off if we acted on our instincts.