August 09 E-Newsletter

As My Mother Used to Say!

I recently ran across a book called “Momilies” that is full of advice from Mom – the author, Michele Slung defines a “momily” as “anything your mother told you that you’ve never forgotten”. I would take it one step further and add that it’s usually something you have actually heard yourself saying to your own children. Spending time with my Mom last month brought back many memories and reminders of motherly advice I had received from her over the years. Here are a few pulled from the book that resonate with me. I’ve heard them from my mother and know I’ve heard myself use them with my own kids. You will recognize many and can probably add a few of your own.

“I’m only doing this for your own good.”
“If somebody else’s mother lets him jump off the Empire State Building, would you want me to let you do it too?”
“Be careful what you wish for; you might get it.”
“If I had talked to your grandmother the way you talk to me…”
“As long as you are under my roof, you’ll do as I say.”
“This is not a hotel.”
“You must think rules are meant to be broken.”
“Everybody else may be doing it, but you’re not going to.”
“Don’t sit too close to the television, it’ll ruin your eyes.”
“Don’t start anything you don’t plan to finish.”
“If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.”
“Get your hair out of your eyes.”
“If you don’t clean your plate, you won’t get any dessert.”
“Don’t go out of the house with our hair wet or you’ll get a cold.”
“Are you sure you’re warm enough?”
“Look at me when I’m talking to you.”
“Every day is children’s day.”
“You’ll thank me some day.”

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