I owe my mom an infinite round of thanks for the wisdom she imparted to me over the years, especially because I didn't appreciate much of it until I had children of my own.
(Mother and Child image from Morguefile.com)
Here are a few nuggets of her advice/wisdom that I wish I had appreciated when she first offered them:
A little t.v. time never hurt anyone. Why did I so stubbornly resist this notion when my mom urged me to give myself a break and turn on a Baby Einstein video for my son when he was little? I could have, oh, I don't know, showered or made a sandwich or called a friend. You know, things you need to do to survive.
A little formula never hurt anyone either. Ah yes, but breast is best! Breast is BEST! Even if your baby wants to nurse every 1.5 hours for weeks on end and you feel like you can never leave the house because of it. It's worth it, right? Right?! No, it can't be, at least not for me, I now realize. When I finally pushed aside the immense guilt and incorporated formula to help feed my endlessly hungry babies, it was a huge relief and yielded happier babies [and a happier mama].
Let's go way back: curfew. In high school, my curfew was earlier than all of my friends, and I thought it sort of sucked. Looking back, what on earth good could a 17 year old be up to after 11:30 on a Saturday night? Nothing, that's what. Clearly she knew that. Now I'm glad I was in bed by then.
Last but not least, there's nothing attractive about a drunk girl-- her classic advice, featured in the recently released anthology, Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee: The Crazy, Brilliant, and Unforgettable Lessons We've Learned from Our Mothers. It's a priceless gem that surely saved my sister and me many an embarrassing moment.
Thank you to my mom and all the other moms out there who offer unsolicited advice... maybe, just maybe, we occasionally listen!
*Can't get enough of my mother's (sometimes unconventional) wisdom? Here's another post I wrote featuring some of her witticisms and thoughts on life. It's called The World According to Ceci.
What has your mom taught you?
~Julia @ Frantic Mama
Pssst! Only Trollops is full of fantastic essays written by some very talented and witty writers. I would urge you to check it out even if I weren't in it!