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Mother and Children Carrying Thanksgiving Dinner by Douglass Crockwell
What is the best piece of advice your mom has ever given you--and what's the worst? Call us at 212-433-9692 or tell us in the comments. And don't forget, it's Mother's Day on Sunday.
If you don't have something nice to say about someone, don't say anything at all. I have violated that principle many times, but it is good advice that has served me well in the workplace. Thank you, Ruth.
Best: (on my way to play with friends in the park) If you see a pervert, don't talk to him, just run.Worst: (later, when she thought I was having trouble meeting "nice" men) Men like it if, when they meet your eyes, you look down, shyly.
"Don't wait until you are married to have sex." She looked away from us and dropped her voice, "you are married for a very long time."
Best: Always have a space in your heart for others.Worst: Don't go outside, it's dangerous.
Best advice from my mom is to be a child at heart.
In the wake of a cheating scandal and subsequent divorce of a classmate's parent when I was in fourth grade, my mother told me: "Don't cheat with a married man - marriage is difficult and sometimes boring, so it is easy to seduce a married man, but it doesn't mean you are special or better than his wife just because you got his attention- and most likely, it will only be temporary - in most cases men don't leave their wives - and even if they do, you are just getting a cheater, so you're not really getting anything worthwhile anyway". That has always stayed with me and had the effect of ensuring that I never had any interest in anyone who as already in a relationship. And as I have grown older, and seen friends of mine be "the other women" I have seen how truly accurate my mother's insight was.
Put on a little sweater! ("warm" words of affection)
Respect is earned and what goes around comes around.
My mother's best and worse advise at age 13 [1950's]: If you are going to smoke, I will give you your first cigarette, so, of course, at 13, I wasn't going to listen and the result is that I have never smoked one cigarette in my 68 years of life.
Best: Always say yes.
Not best: Keep your options open.
Worst advice, from both my mom & my dad, when I told them I was being teased at school: "Just ignore it." They never told me *how* I could ignore it.
Best advice from Mom: Doing stuff and having a life are not the same thing.
it's really all about love
Every once in a while your child looks "peaked" and should stay home from school. to go downtown with mom for a therapy lunch at "Blums"
establish yourself and your career first!! best advice from jackie norkin :-)
Best advise: When you are not being interesting, be funny.
Pick your battles.
Best - always stand up straight!
Worst advice, and misleading:
When trying to explain the sex act to me: It's like the man has the hot dog, and the woman has the bun.
Always carry something to read - you never know when you'll have time to kill.
My mother told me to go out with a girl knowing that I hated blind dates.
I went and we have been married for 52 years
My Grandma Barb (BaBaBob) once told me "Too many choices make you unhappy". That one rings true alllllll the time. :) Love you, BaBa!
My Mom was a great saver of money without giving up fun things. She always said, "pay yourself first".
She also advised me not to squeeze the packet of yellow Chinese mustard in my mouth.
I did heed her advise on saving money, but unfortunately, not the latter.
Bring a sweater.
My father told me to learn the lyrics to Meatloaf's 'Paradise by the Dashboard Lights', that girls like that song and it would help at parties.
There is nothing wrong with crying as long as you still wake up and milk the cows in the morning
The best advice I got form my Mom--"Don't fish off the company pier." This was mostly about dating co-workers, but it has a wide range of applications.
Best advice: Make sure you (as a woman) have your own money!
Learn to type. You'll never be out of a job if you do. (She was right).
Best advice: Actions speak louder than words.
Best advise "Don't eat the yellow snow!"
Actually no advice. Because she wanted me to think for myself. Hence feeling like I was adrift without rudder or compass when I left home at 17
Best advice: Don't do anything stupid (when she already knew I was doing something stupid but was too polite to call me on it). That was a well-placed, verbal road bump that made me stop and think.
Worst advice: Everybody is scared of babies until they have one of their own. *sigh*
When stuff like what just happened in Cleveland happened in the news, my mom would remind me: Never get into a car with a stranger. If you do, risk death jumping out of the car. If someone has a gun, risk getting shot in the back running away. You don't want to end up locked in someone's basement for years.
Second best advice: Never think you can "fix" a man. You marry them as they are.
Best advice: Mom advised me not to dump my girlfriend, now my wife, when she cheated on me years and years ago. Counter-intuitive but good. Worst advice: Hey, that's dangerous. Don't do _______________. (Whatever it was that I was doing at the time. And it could have been anything.)
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