Advice from Moms

Because they really do know everything. (But don’t tell them we said that.)


The world would not exist without moms.

This is true scientifically (ignore those members of the Audubon Society who maintain that babies are delivered via stork), but figuratively, too, because without the collective of motherly advice — which come care of your biological life giver or s/he-you’ve-elected-to-play mom, survival would be much more difficult.

How else would we remember to eat our vegetables? Or understand that words like “please” and phrases like “thank you” are precursors to getting what we want? (Just me?)

Our moms teach us the value of friendship, the meaning of kindness. They pass down secret recipes (which subsequently go unused) and hope their experiences will deflect the mistakes that we will inevitably make.

Of course, they don’t, but then again, there those moms are, honing in on the bigger picture lesson before hugs and tissue offerings.

They teach us to wash darks in cold water, clean our faces with warm water, and never, ever cross the street without looking both ways. They wipe tears from our eyes and show us how to dance. Actually, the majority probably set a better example for how not to dance, but there’s vivaciousness there. And they remind us again and again, with the patience of a monk, that time heals everything and broken hearts always mend themselves.

Sure, every year there is Mother’s Day, but it’s never too early or too late to reflect on our moms, so let’s share the advice they’ve doled and passed down. We’ll start with a series of slides as illustrated by Charlotte and hopefully, too, you’ll share yours. Because even if the person you consider your “mom” is actually your dad, or your grandma, an adopted parent, or your in-law, a sister, a teacher, an aunt, a caretaker, or a real life stork — he or she is still, fundamentally, your mom.

And without them, like, the limit, we simply would not exist.

Get some mom inspiration from this piece on mom names or reminisce about that time she grounded you. And always remember to thank her for encouraging you to wear Eileen Fisher

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  • GapToothedGirl

    Love this post. It’s like a fast forward!
    I totally agree.
    Love, Gap.

  • Appie

    Cool Post! Moms are the BEST! though often it doesn’t seem to be the case!

  • Wear a helmet, use a knife to slide food onto your fork, not your finger, take a b vitamin on the nights you drink. My favorite one was the advice she gave my brother because he is athletic and I am not: “always pick the underdog first to be on your team in the school yard”

    • HerNameIs_Rio

      CJKEYS2- the advice about b vitamin- never heard, but thank you, I will certainly utilize your mother’s advice. And the one about your brother….so precious and will remember to teach that to my future children.

      • Charlotte Fassler

        My mom is all about the B vitamins as well but for concentration. Fascinating tip on the drinking front

        • IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. take it before you go to bed.

    • Kate Barnett

      oooh! wear a helmet. that was HUGE in my house.

      • Do you find yourself yelling to children on bikes without them? Because I do that all the time.

  • My dad is the one with the more memorable one-liners (“Do what you want, just don’t get caught”), but my mom is the one who instilled in me the idea of patience, slowing down to enjoy things, and a killer pie crust recipe (that I always forget and have to call her to get).

    Moms rock!

  • thought i would also share this story: my mom teaches a kindergarten class. they were filling out mother’s day questionnaires. one of the questions was “my mom is the prettiest when…” and a little boy wrote, “when she wears a white t shirt” how cute is that!!! another boy also said, “i don’t think my mom is pretty” so you win some, you lose some.

  • Shade of Red Blog

    I bet I am not the only one googling “Audubon Society” 🙂

  • Jen

    MY mother always told me to pick your battles.

    • Charlotte Fassler

      that’s a big one from my mom as well

  • Quinn Halman

    Elizabeth H. Margles on the subject of……………….
    life: tough times don’t last, tough people do
    style: you and I are 29 years apart and share clothes, but there are some things that are too mature for you, honey
    school: put in the little extra time now, so it pays off in a long time (we love figuring out where I’m going to end up)

    • Quinn Halman

      PS: Hi Cristina!

  • Love, I hope everyone has a blessed Mother’s Day weekend. I have a great video about Mother’s Day if you want to check it out :

  • Coco

    Best advice ever: don’t over pluck your eyebrows! I plan to teach that to my daughter hopefully she will listen!

  • Alisa

    1. “It’s your face – take care of it”

    2. “If you can read, you can cook”

  • Deanna

    You’re supposed to wash DARKS in cold water, hot water makes them fade. Whites you can wash in whatever temp suits your fabric and/or stain 🙂 (I’m not a mom.)

    • Amelia Diamond

      my mom literally just texted me “darks in cold water! sounds like you haven’t been doing your laundry lately!” and i was like “yes i have bye!” then changed it 🙂

      • Deanna

        haha!! Give your mom a high five from me (random internet stranger)!!!

  • Kat

    Moms are great, yes, but too bad some teenage girls don’t listen to them when they are telling them they should not dress as a 25 year old woman!:)




  • María

    Love the post, and every single quote is soooo true.

  • Celeste

    “Take the high road, always”

  • Victoria Gregg

    Always wear sunscreen and trust your instincts. The best advice came from both of my parents – never quit, see everything you start through to the end.

  • Couldn’t agree more, Mom’s always know best. I put up a thank you post for my Mom and her great advice last week too! Check it out if you have some time –

  • Liz

    moms are da bomb “let the boys chase you & you can go anywhere and be sucesful in whatever you want to do”

  • Agoprime

    I love this post!

  • boyfriendsandblazers

    “don’t be afraid to be yourself, you are the only you in this world”

  • LeandraCasas

    Great post! There is absolutely no way I would have made it to 28 with a decent amount of grace, had it not been for my mom. At 12, she thought me all about the importance of first impressions (by not allowing me to wear cargo pants and a t-shirt to meet her sewing club friends). At 16, she would tell me to make evening plans during the weekend (she didn’t grow up with much and would always say how she would have liked to get all dressed up and gone for dinners with her friends while there I was, watching TV at home). She taught me everything I know about life, friendship, loyalty, uniqueness and, above all, forgiveness. When my father left her for his pregnant mistress, she built herself up again. To this day, my sister and I have struggled to forgive him and she is constantly telling us we need to. I miss her everyday.

    She’s absolutely beautiful inside and outside, and no matter how late, tired or tipsy she is ALWAYS removes her makeup before bed!

  • Fashion Backwards

    My mom, a stylishly lady from St. Petersburg, Russia, always told me that the most fashionable person dresses for their body, making sure to highlight the good and cover up the not so good. *shrug*

  • “a minute on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.”
    “this sofa is terrible.”

    sigh. i love her to pieces, but mum does not sing a light tune. trying to instill a bit more silly in my girl.


  • MandyREverson

    The best advice came from both of my parents – never quit, see everything you start through to the end.

  • olive

    Advice from my mom: Whenever there is something wrong tell me cause I’m the only one who will be able to fix it. Make sure to always check yourself for lumps you don’t want to end up like grandma. Take some tylenol (for everything). Love your body you’re stuck with it forever.

  • AlexaJuno

    1) “Try on everything, especially if you don’t like it on the hanger.” This is how we found my prom dress, which was not at all a “prom dress” but a timeless, satin, chocolate brown, tiered evening gown. My (dumb) seventeen year old self balked at it on the hanger, but she made me give it shot. I put the dress on, stood on the pedestal in the dressing room, she zipped it, and the Hallelujah chorus literally started playing (it was someone’s ringtone in another fitting room). We died laughing and bought the gown on the spot. I’ll never cringe looking at my prom photos and I still hope to wear it somewhere else to this day. The woman knows her clothes and everything else there is to know.
    2) “This too shall pass.” *I had it tattooed.
    3) “Don’t waste your time worrying about what people think about you and never take any shit from anybody.”
    So, so many others, but these are the Top 3. My mom is the awesome.

  • Karina Munoz

    “Do your homework immediately after school so you have the rest of the day to do whatever you want.” Yeah right! I got suckered into that one through my entire schooling. But guess what? I’m giving my 6 year old that very same line. Go figure. I love this post! Love you!!!!! Be my baby-mama? lol

  • Brooke W

    “I can always return it”

  • BethanyBeach

    My mom instilled a sense of skin care in me… always wear sunscreen and always use good-quality makeup. She’s in her 50s and has the skin of a 30-year-old!

  • kcrav

    “Never buy a handbag with a black lining”, and to this day, I never have!

  • Georgia Booth

    Worry about the things you can control, forgot those you can’t!

  • “Emma, fuck it.” — for the times I stress myself out with school and sports and other crap far more than I need to.

  • ALSO, would you guys mind doing one of those “Meet [insert name here]” posts for Cristina? I just really loving getting a more personalized introduction to the fine women behind this blog because in the cyber world, you could qualify our interactions on here as “spending a lot of time together.”

    Thank ya! X

  • A Mom

    Any mom would be so proud to have all of you at MR as their daughters. You share your creativity and insight with elegance and style. You clearly have spectacular moms who must love you very much. Brava.

  • Kate Wilson