You are going to meet a lot of people in your life. Thousands, maybe even tens of thousands.
And in almost all of those situations you are going to wish for a connection between you and that other person, whether brief or long. You’re also going to secretly hope that the people which whom you form connections are going to care about you.
Unfortunately, many of the relationships we build fall away, the hopes and dreams we have for our connections often go unfulfilled. They don’t meet expectations; people move, they get new jobs, good friends become too busy, personalities change and life gets in the way.
This is all perfectly fine, you don’t need a thousand friends to feel connected in this world. However, of the relationships you do have, it’s important that they be long, strong and loving.
Fortunately, there is one person who will likely be motivated to stay in your life as long as they can. They may not be your best friend, but they will always value your feelings and want the best for you. This person is your mother.
Mother’s are potentially the most important relationship you will ever have, your relationship with each other begins even before you are born, and continues even after one of you are gone.
Though we can often have complicated and at times conflicting relationships with our mothers, on some level we will always appreciate them. They gave us life, offer us emotional support throughout our lives, make us feel loved, support our dreams, fight to keep us safe and hopefully teach us boundaries and the difference between right and wrong.
We may not always like hearing their advice, but the things they say are often rooted in important truths. At other times they’re just humour cliches and are worth a laugh either way.
Here are 30 Mothers Quotes You’ve Heard Your Entire Life
“Because I said so.”
“I would never have gotten away with that behaviour when I was your age.”
“Eat your veggies and you’ll grow up to be big and strong.”
“It’s like talking to a brick wall.”
“You’ve got to take the bitter with the sweet.”
This sounds cliche, but it’s actually really great advice. Life is always a zero-sum game, we never get something for nothing. When we can understand that sacrifices are a necessary part of all our successes, then we can be more realistic in our expectations for life and less disappointed when things don’t go exactly how we plan them.
“Don’t stoop to their level.”
“That’s the pot calling the kettle black.”
“If (insert name) jumped off a bridge, would you?”
“As long as you live under my roof, you’ll do as I say.”
“Your clothes aren’t going to pick themselves up.”
We’ve all heard our mothers nag us at some point about not keeping our room neat and tidy. While it may seem annoying as a child, as adults we come to understand the value of being organized and keeping our living space clean. The way we interact with the world starts from the ground up and if we can keep our bed made and clothes off the floor we can hopefully make headway with the rest of our responsibilities.
“A little birdy told me.”
“I’ll treat you like an adult when you start acting like one.”
“Did you brush your teeth?”
“Money can’t buy happiness but it sure helps!”
“It’s no use crying over spilt milk.”
Whether we heard this when we literally spilt milk or when we were getting upset over something else equally trivial, this is still sound advice. Life is all about priorities, and knowing that some things are worth worrying about and something things simply aren’t, is the first step towards emotional maturity.
“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”
“Finish your dinner, there are children starving in the world.”
“Do you think I’m made of money?”
‘If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
“Don’t forget to say please and thank you.”
Not all parents make a big deal out of manners, but those who do are doing the right thing. Like I mentioned at the start of this article, relationships are a huge part of life, and the way you interact with people is always a reflection of your personality and usually influences how they will treat you and the subsequent opportunities you get.
“I am going to count to three and you better….”
“Pick that up before somebody trips on it and breaks their neck!”
‘Because I’m your mother!”
“Don’t ever let me catch you doing that again!”
“Go to your room and think about what you’ve done.”
With this advice, our mothers were trying to teach us to reflect on our behaviour. This is known as meta-cognition, thinking about thinking, and it’s an important skill to develop a well rounded and empathetic personality. Unfortunately, most of us either went to our rooms and started playing or spent time thinking about how unfair our mothers are!
“If you’re too sick to go to school, you’re too sick to play outside.”
“Don’t sit so close to the television, it will ruin your eyes.”
“I’m not going to ask you again.”
“Call me when you get there, just so I know you’re ok.”
“You’ll understand when you’re older.”
This is another quote that we simply can’t understand at the time. However, as we age we tend to develop more empathy for our parents as we see them more like people and less as projections of who we believe they should be. The reality is that we do begin to understand as we get older, but only time could show us that.