Posted by: Anne | May 9, 2015

choose to learn… or not

Life Lessons We Learned From Our Mothers

* Be empathetic. “A career social worker by trade and a wonderful, caring person by birth, Jody Geist taught us to live outward—to think about others and to consider where they might be coming from before we speak, act, or make an assumption.”

* Never lose your sense of humor. “The undeniable truth of parenting she shared with me is that it can be the absolute worst gig of your life if you don’t have a sense of humor. Besides, our kids will only be this little for a limited period of time, and then they’re heading off to college, getting jobs and starting families of their own — so why take everything so seriously?”

* Appreciate what you have now. “I am appreciating my messy house because time will pass and one day it won’t be messy. I am enjoying cooking for a house full of teenage friends because time will pass and one day I will be cooking for two. I am turning off my phone, sitting on the couch and talking with my kids because time will pass and one day my couch will be empty.”

* Remember to cheer. “So for the good, the bad, the hard, the easy, the big, and the small, NO ONE will bust out those pompoms, cheer louder and stand stronger in their corner than me. Just like my mom, I’m going to be their cheerleader as long as I’m around.”

* When in doubt, handle it. “Aside from her constant friendship, most incredible pep talks, practical discipline and unmeasurable support over my lifetime, my mom maintained a most consistent and motivating message with my sister and I: We could handle anything that life throws us.”

* Ask for what you need. “Mom has taught me that I must do whatever it takes to maintain my health and sanity. If that means hiring a babysitter, throwing the kids in front of the TV with frozen dinners, spending the evening at Wal-Mart alone just to walk around, or hiding in my hamper behind locked doors to enjoy my chocolates then so. be. it.”

* Take pictures of yourself. “[The scrapbooks] were filled with first steps, first birthdays, first haircuts, first dances and t-ball games. Pictures of Christmas mornings and Halloween evenings; of car trips, boat trips and airplane trips. Page after page of little boys doing little boy things — playing with their dad, shoving cupcakes in their mouths, even being stitched up in the ER. And they all had one thing in common. I wasn’t in any of them.”

* Don’t wallow. “Divorced, heart-broken and now a mother to an infant, she had to navigate her life with zero child support from my biological father and the notion that at only 25, her life was not what she thought it would be. But my mom was never one to wallow. So she did what she does best. She went to work. Weekends, holidays, late nights … you name it. And she always did it with a positive attitude and a smile on her face.”

* Cooking doesn’t have to be fancy. “It may not be fancy, but it’s always delicious! [My mom] taught me the skills and confidence to try new things and sometimes even know how to save things I royally screw up.”

* Angry? Let it go. “Mom may not know it but she taught me to be slow to anger … I’ve learned to stop and think before I react and more importantly to choose my battles well.”

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What has your mom taught you? Feel free to reply in the comments.


  1. * “Most of the things you worry about never happen.” I was quite the hypochondriac as a kid, and this repeated reassurance helped me finally get over it. Even now, I continue to receive comfort from my mom’s words as I find them to be true time and time again.

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