My mom is one of the greatest people in the whole world. Of course she is, she raised ME! I know you’re doubting what I’m saying because you’re probably thinking you’ve got the best mom ever.
Through all her years of raising me (I won’t say how many, a lady never reveals her age), I’ve picked up on a few things. Here are 10 Lessons I’ve Learned from My Mom.
Coffee is love.
As I’ve said before, I was raised on coffee. When I was little Mom would make me coffee milk, and I thought it was the greatest thing in the whole world. She taught me how to make a pot, and how to get just the right amount of cream and sugar. (Family secret, I can’t tell you that!) From this, I’ve learned that making someone a cup of coffee is an expression of love and caring.
How to make an amazing meal out of nothing.
There were so many meals that we asked mom, “Wow! This is great! What is it?” She would humbly mention a few ingredients, but there was never any real recipe. She has this magic trick of throwing anything into a pot and it comes out incredible. I’ve been paying attention. Now it’s Hubs at the dinner table asking me, “Hey, honey, this is great! What is it?” And I just answer something along the lines of “I don’t know, I just threw stuff in the skillet.”
Food looks better on blue dishes.
I don’t know why, but this is true. Blue compliments everything. I see all these fancy food photos on Pinterest with their simple white dishes, and all I can think is, “That’s nice, but it would look better on blue!” We have a set of blue dishes, and I’m afraid if they ever need replaced
it’ll have to be with more blue dishes.
If it’s sweet it get’s vanilla; if it’s savory it gets garlic.
Bam. Kitchen magic right there. Making a box cake? Add vanilla. Making pasta? Add garlic. Easiest rule ever, with awesome results. There are very few exceptions. I think I can count the number of times she hasn’t done this on one hand.
It’s great to be in a relationship, but don’t forget to be you. When you’re apart, you still have to be able to stand on your own. Thank goodness Mom taught me this. The first few years of our relationship Hubs was in the military, and we were apart A LOT. The first two years of our relationship was long distance. Then once we married and finally got to live together, he was still gone a lot of the time. But I still carried on with my life and didn’t fall apart (mostly).
Work hard for what you have.
Mom instilled in us a very strong work ethic. So strong it baffles some people. We are honest, and we’ll get the job done, and we’ll be proud of it. She taught us at a young age how to appreciate what we have, and that it’s more special if we worked for it. That allowance we wanted, we did chores to earn it. We weren’t spoiled or entitled. We were happy and proud. My kids will be the same way.
It’s not conceited if it’s true.
If you want to build your child’s self-esteem, tell them this. My brother and I never had any major doubts about how awesome were, and we wouldn’t hesitate to tell you either. This even became something of a family motto.
Lie to your kids. It’s fun.
Not horrible awful lies. Little white lies that make them think. Sort of along the lines of “your face will get stuck if you don’t wipe off that expression.” Brother and I learned not to be so gullible, and how to tell when people are lying. I’m already starting this with Monster. When he asks “why” for the fifteenth time in a row I just start making stuff up. It’s great for creativity.
Have fun with your kids, no matter how old they are.
Cuddle with them when they’re little. Be involved in their school lives. When I was in high school if Mom was cooking, I was sitting at the kitchen counter doing my homework. That was her trick. By doing this, she got me to open up about everything. I never kept secrets from her, and I never felt like I needed to. She knew more about the high school drama than most of the people in it. Way to go, Mom! I can’t wait to do this with my kids. After I graduated and was working at a bookstore, Mom even dressed up as a fortune-telling witch for a Harry Potter release party. Now as an adult, she’s one of my favorite drinking buddies.
How to be a mom.
I think my parenting skills right now are: 15% What Does the Internet Say; 35% My Own Instinct; and 50% I Better Call Mom, She’ll Know the Answer. The internet would like you to believe that they made up parenting on their own, but this is the secret that no one is saying: they all got it from their moms. Mom often tells me she’s proud of me for being the mom I am for my kids, but she doesn’t believe me when I tell her I learned from the best.
So thank you, Mom, for being who you are and for raising us (fine, I’ll include Brother) the way you did. It shouldn’t be just on Mother’s Day that we tell you how awesome you truly are. You should hear this all the time.
Okay, lovely readers, take a moment and think about everything you learned from your moms. What were some of the greatest or funniest lessons? Tell me below, and then go hug your mom, just because.
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