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Readers Respond: Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me

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Share Post: Our parents are our first teachers. Here is your opportunity to share with others the important lessons your mother taught you. What lesson did your mom instill in you that you are especially grateful for? Was it a tough lesson to learn? Are you teaching your children the same values you learned from your mother? Please share.

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Ambition and Dedication

i was raised from a poor family. I have 5 siblings and my father can't afford to sustain our educational needs. We don't even have our own house. My father's salary is not enough to support all our needs. My mother told me that poverty is not a valid reason to stop pursuing with our dreams. She told me to believe in the power of my dreams and never surrender attaining my ambition in life. I bear all those words in my mind. now, I'm having my stable job while finishing my bachelors degree. I never quit.
—Guest sergio paulo maramara

What my mum taught me about bees

I know at least one thing that is not on Google. I learned this from my mum and it has helped me on many occasions. When attacked by African bees that seem determined to chase and sting you; just fall down and 'play dead'. They will leave you alone in a few seconds. After that you can resurrect and walk away intact.
—Guest jackson Musomba

Always say please and thank you

My mum beautiful lady in our country and she is popular and everybody knows.
—Guest ak

My mom taught me

Independence - From quite an early age, I learned how to cook and help out with chores. This was a valuable lesson which has made me appreciate my home and my material goods. Mom also encouraged me to work for what I wanted - I had a part-time job from age 11. This has taught me to earn what I get. Mom taught me how to read - This is the most important and wonderful gift I have ever recieved. I love reading and books have fired my imagination and been a valuable part of my learning for many years. Thank you mom - you have no idea how grateful I am!

Life Lessons from Mom

Always say please and thank you and maintain integrity in all things - speech, work ethic, and everything else.
—Guest Bea

Lessons from MOM

A self taught master gardener, Mom taught me to respect & honor all of earth's foliage & inhabitants, & to be gentle, selective & true to myself.
—Guest Dotti

Mother taught me to believe in myself

My mother taught me to believe in myself completely and to be free to tell her my problems.

How to Punish Kids

I know it sounds like a weird topic but my mother always taught me never to punish my kids in a way that punished me too. Extended groundings? I'll have to stay in with them. Make sure that they are disciplined but that it fits the "crime" and that they are the ones paying for it.
—Guest Robin

Gifts from Mom and Grandmothers

The old saying "the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world" leaves a lasting gift to our worlds. I'll spare the stories and get to the heart of the matter. As different as they all were they taught us this: You don't need money to be happy; Prayer is key and eternal; All creatures great and small; Before there was "new-age" we learned old age arts/medicinals/healing alternatives, music, herbals, natures gifts, and lo and behold, they are returning. I don't have the certification. I am tickled to have the hands on and love that went into those years of teaching and learning. Family, friends, love and patience first. A penny saved is a penny earned. Never start a fight, but nip it in the bud if ya' have to; Flowers make a room and a heart brighter; Humor, honesty, drive and perseverance of a soul is important. Take time to feel life and nature.(this is the old fashion way of meditation). There is always room for one more at the table. God Bless em' all
—Guest Guest Elaine

My great grandmother

Not many people remember much about their great grandmothers but mine lived until I was in college so my memories are vivid and strong. She was a strong woman of devotion to family and to GOD. She had raised through many a hardship 7 children. Her wisdom was wise and given with love. She gathered items from her garden and fruit from the trees (canned them of course), in handmade dresses and aprons and bonnets, which were made on her tredle sewing machine. She made quilts with loving stitches. She mended hurts with peroxide, iodine and band-aids. She mended hearts that were broken, with love and understanding, along with lots of compassion and hugs and kisses. Her advice was ALWAYS right, how did she come upon such wisdom? Its been 36 years since she went to heaven. I know she is there, she never missed a day without prayer and BIBLE reading. All the lessons she taught, all the hurts she mended, all the love she gave, for all the great cooking, she will never ever be forgotten.

Family First

My Mother was born in Italy. As a small girl of 12 she and her sister walked miles to get to work. Yes, she was only 12, her sister not much older. They carried their lunch which was whatever was left over from the night before. Sometimes that wasn't much. She and her sister shared what little there was. She came to America to meet my Dad when she was 36. She traveled with my 2 brothers and myself. Not knowing one word of English and never even setting foot out of her little town she somehow managed to get us here safely. She never did have much in her lifetime. My Dad seemed to have one accident after another. My sister was born at a time when things were at their worst but for all of us she was a blessing. My Mother always taught us to respect and be kind to each other. She said that when all else failed we could always count on each other. We are all older now and are still very close and supportive of each other. We have taught our own children the same thing. Family first!
—Guest Ann

Faith, Music, and Strength

My mother taught me how to pray. She was always playing the stereo and she would go with me to the record store to pick put the latest singles. So now I have music as my stress reliever. She taught me how to be strong and independent. She encouraged me to go to college and to be financially independent. I developed my fashion sense from her as well. So, thank you mom for doing your best for me. Love you always and forever.
—Guest Judy

Learning How to Choose

My mom taught me two valuable lessons about choices. First, she said that you never offer a small child "anything." Instead offer two choices, either of which would be acceptable. Never say, for instance, "What do you want to wear?" but instead ask, "Do you want to wear this or that?" A child would easily choose something totally inappropriate, the grubby play jeans for church, if the first way was used. The other "choice lesson" enabled me NOT to become a picky eater. We were "allowed" to not like three things when growing up. Because of that, I and my siblings like nearly every food, yet this showed respect for HONEST dislikes. My daughter also was allowed "3 dislikes." Both she and I now have overcome the dislike of one or two of those foods.

Always Take Vacation

My grandma M. said to always take your vacation. Even if you are broke, toss a sleeping bag in the car and take off for new horizons, and camp by the side of the road if necessary. She was a hard worker her whole life in low-paying jobs. She didn't believe in waiting for retirement to get out and explore, as many of her friends did. It was a good thing she didn't wait, as she died in her early 60's. We were happy she had taken her own advice! Don't wait to live your life, enjoy it now!
—Guest Wendy

Age Doesn't Matter

Each of my grandmothers taught some good lessons by example. One grandmother went back to school when she was 79 to get her GED -- from her I learned it's never too late to learn. My other grandmother just turned 93. Although living in a retirement community for 3 years now she remains active -- walks without a walker (something her younger fellow residents find amazing), drives a pickup truck (daytime only to the corner store and back these days), and started playing bingo when she was 90. Despite health problems/accidents off and on for years she's remained active and has never let it get her down (at 88 she once spent hours alone in the garage with her hand trapped under the hood of the truck... but she stuck it out til someone found her!). I intend to follow her lead in staying active, independent, and engaged in life -- age is just a number.
—Guest Ann
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