I Got It From My Momma: 7 Important Things Mum Taught Me

I grew up pretty close to my mum (like literally didn’t want to leave her side), and she taught me many important values as I grew up. 

Today I’m rounding up (what I believe to be) the 7 most important things that mum taught me. 

1. Do what you say you’re going to do 

One of the first things I think of when I think of lessons from mom, is the power of your words. When you give your word to someone, or say you’ll do something, you should always follow through; It’s been taught to me over and over again that it’s very important to be careful what you promise people. I remember when I was younger, my brother (who is two years younger than me) would always tell me he would play with me, and then not follow through with his little “promise”. It would make me feel very upset and frustrated. Mum set it straight and always reminded him/us that keeping your word is very important in life. 

2. Honesty is the best policy 

Lying is one of the worst things that you can do. Mum hated lying of any kind. Honesty is the best way to be, always. 

My parents are business owners and I have always looked up to them in how they handle situations with the most respect, integrity and honesty. I believe I get a lot of my own personal morals and ethics from witnessing the way they do business and how they handle dealing with “difficult” people and even how they stay honest and true to themselves in difficult situations. 

3. Be kind & Help others 

Kindness is so important. Growing up Christian, religion was a huge theme in my family and household. I always saw examples of kindness and caring for others when my mum would offer to volunteer, show thoughtful acts of kindness and help in any way she could in our church and/or community. I look up to her for these kinds of things and it shows her true empathy for others and natural impulse to contribute where she can. Even the way she thinks of little treats or surprises for others is a huge act of kindness in my eyes. I love how she always thinks of other people and puts them first regularly. 

4. Always be yourself 

I was always a creative kid. I loved doing crafts, making art, decorating, writing stories and even using my style from a young age to express myself. My mom always let this be my choice. She never told me what I “should” do; she simply let me be myself. Even when she might not have liked something I did or wore, she still let me be myself in trying it out! 

5. If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all

This is a very typical line and you can find it in one of my favourite Disney movies, Bambi. I think it’s such an important one though! It’s better to stay quiet and not stir negativity if you can’t think of something nice to say. It’s important to be honest, but to know when it’s better to keep things to yourself. 

6. Practicality is key 

My mom is probably one of the most practical people I know. She has helped me to keep a level-headed mindset when it comes to budgeting, saving money and making responsible choices. Sometimes it’s good to be simple, save money and keep things frugal. I said sometimes though ;)

7. Think the best of others 

Even when we might not like how others treat us or how things turn out, it’s important to always think the best of them. It comes down to true intentions. If you think about where the intentions came from, that’s what matters. I struggle with this as sometimes it’s hard to look past how things unfold in some situations, but it’s always a good thing to try and think the best of others and default to a positive thought. 

Here’s to mum for teaching me some of the best lessons I know, plus cheers to all the other greats mothers out there doing the best to teach the best lessons in life! 

Love you always, mom. 

Thanks for reading today!

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