Mom Always Said: Top 10 Pieces of Motherly Wisdom

It follows you long after you leave home, it comes up when you least expect it, and most times, it helps you through those challenging obstacles life throws in your way: it’s motherly advice, and none of us could have made it very far in life without it. Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner, we started thinking about all the memorable advice our own mothers have imparted on us, and what meaning (or lack thereof) that advice still holds today. We asked some of our staffers what quotable mom wisdom they remember from their childhoods for a little installment we like to call #MomAlwaysSaid:


  1. “Life is not a dress rehearsal”
  2. “The best place to let out frustration is in the car. No one can hear you swear.”
  3. “If at first you don’t succeed, do it like your mother told you!”
  4. “Everything happens for a reason.”
  5. “Sit in the back pews at church for an easy exit.”
  6. “Treat others how you want to be treated.”
  7. “Never be mad at someone when you go to sleep.”
  8. “No boyfriends until you graduate.”
  9. “It’s not how much you spend, it’s how much you save.”
  10. “No.”


Help us celebrate Mother’s Day by sharing some of your mother’s advice, or any advice or quotes you’ve passed along to your kids. We all had a blast recalling our moms’ often funny and also insightful advice, and we hope you do, too. Comment below with a chance to have your mom wisdom shared on our social media pages. We’re excited to hear (and learn) from you!

Tammy Kotula

Tammy Kotula heads up PR at where tech meets fashion. Her unique style can be described as blending black and neutral staples with a hint of edge to keep things interesting. Made in Michigan and now living in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, Tammy is a lover of cats, reality TV addict, night owl and enemy of shrimp.

One thought on “Mom Always Said: Top 10 Pieces of Motherly Wisdom

  1. I remember mom telling my older sisters (that drove) to “wear clean underwear in case you are in an accident!” Not sure if she thought they would have to have their clothes cut off of them in order to get to broken bones, thus strangers seeing their undergarments..?? Of course, the usual “do you think money grows on trees??!”, when we would ask for something at a store… (I came from a family of 10!)

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