Things Your Mother Told You

Eat chicken soup for a cold. What you're doing on New Year's Day is what you'll be doing the rest of the year. Give a man a pair of shoes and he'll walk away from you. Post a comment to share advice—good, silly and bad—that your mother (or others) have given you.

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Sandy Rippon February 19, 2014 at 9:19 am

Don't swallow your gum because it will stick to your ribs.

Never do anything to someone you wouldn't want done to yourself.


Roe January 19, 2014 at 11:00 am

"What you do in the dark, will come out in the light"


Bonnie C January 10, 2014 at 10:03 am

My folks used to tell me:
"It will be better before you're grown and married" (usually to an injury) - this is related to "This too shall pass" -- almost nothing is permanent.
"You can do what you want, you're 3x7 and unattached." (Evidently being 21 yrs old was supposed to grant some sort of freedom.)
"Be careful what you say, you may have to eat those words someday."
"Be careful how you treat people on the way up. You may meet those same people on the way back down."

Essentially, these were (mostly) reminders that I'm not alone and my actions don't just affect my life.


Beth G. January 9, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Never write anything that you don't want the whole world to read.


Bonnie C January 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

This is especially true in today's world of email, FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Once it's out there, it's OUT THERE! Even if you delete it, there is probably still a copy on someone's computer somewhere (or the email server), and it could be resurrected to disastrous results.


Tyra Brooks January 9, 2014 at 10:36 am

Don't burn all of your bridges you may have to cross them again.


Janet January 9, 2014 at 10:33 am

Don't give a man a watch as a gift. He'll never have time for you.


Valerie January 9, 2014 at 10:32 am

"Today's bathing beauties are tomorrow's prunes." Usually said when I was headed to the beach with friends. 🙂


Gerri Peaker January 9, 2014 at 10:12 am

1. A male has to be the first one to cross the door seal for good luck and
2. You have to eat blackeye peas and collar greens for good luck.


Melinda Thomas January 9, 2014 at 9:24 am

There are so many but a few stand out, only you can determine your destiny; never throw away old clothes because you may need them one day (that has proven to be true). The stone the builder refuses becomes the head corner stone; Treat people the way you would like to be treated; Take nothing for granted as nothing is promised; Don't settle, work hard; never leave home without combing your hair and wearing clean clothes; never make fun of others as you never know what journey life will take you on; no man is an island. Mothers have such wisdom, glad I get to share these with my children.


Atasha Crawford January 9, 2014 at 9:11 am

A few things going through life:

Waste not, want not

Keep your head up, never look down, there is nothing down there

Pray, always remember to pray Atasha! This too shall pass


Gary January 9, 2014 at 9:06 am

"Go ask your father"


Gary January 9, 2014 at 9:05 am

"If Johhnie jumps off the cliff are you going to jump off too? "Stop doing that! (crossing your eyes) "If someone hits you in the back of the head your eyes will stay that way!"


Maryann January 9, 2014 at 9:00 am

It'll get better before you get married.


Tekoya January 9, 2014 at 8:40 am

I was always told, "This too shall pass"


Carol P. January 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

My mom used to say "Okay! With all that laughing, there will be some crying.." Usually said when we were out of control.


Ronni Jett January 9, 2014 at 8:35 am

(ladies) you don't want any man that your friend(s) has been with.


tammy Tumminello January 9, 2014 at 8:28 am

Don't cry in bed or you will get tears in your ears.


Cynthia Lee January 9, 2014 at 7:34 am

keep more than one egg in the basket! Never let them see You sweat! Never give up, keep trying until You get it right!


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