Mother’s Day Contest! What Is The Best Lesson Your Mom Taught You?

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Beginning 12:00 AM CST on May 3, 2011 through 12:00 AM CST on May 8, 2011.

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16 Responses to “Mother’s Day Contest! What Is The Best Lesson Your Mom Taught You?”

  1. Parker Westbrook 03. May, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    My mom, like a lot of moms, told me I could accomplish anything. But when I became an athlete and a martial arts instructor (I’m a middle aged female who had never been athletic)
    who regularly sparred and taught men, including soldiers and law enforcement, she acted like it was the most normal thing in the world. A lot of friends were asking me why I’d choose this path and calling me crazy, she just assumed I was going to be a success. And I am. Yay!

  2. sherri 04. May, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all!

  3. Katie 04. May, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    My mother taught me to win my way with a smile, and if you dance like nobody is watching other people will dance too. She taught me to have fun, and how to get other people to have fun with me.

    Her drug discussion was less sound… “Don’t smoke pot because it will make you fat.”

  4. Shelley Waldaias 04. May, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    Something she said that has stayed with me but didn’t fully impact me until I was a parent myself was that it is a parent’s job/responsibility to teach their children to “grow away from home” Don’t break emotional bonds, just emotional dependency. In other words to teach our children to become independent adults, able to function responsibly in society and in their own lives.

  5. Desiree Petty 04. May, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    My mom taught me that I am smart enough that no matter what the problem I can find a solution. She instilled this in me be expecting good grades but also set examples. We once were on a sleep over for church and forgot to bring the air pump to blow up the air mattress. So at 1 in the morning my mom and I drove to the nearest gas station and used the air pump for tires to blow up the mattress. We then used rope from the trunk and held the queen sized mattress on top of the car on the way back. We had to be careful not to go too fast because the mattress would catch too much air and fly away. We solved the problem, had several laughs, and slept well that night.

  6. Linda Byron 04. May, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    Whenever I was disappointed or something “devastating” happened to me, my mother would say,
    “that should be the worst thing that ever happens to you.” It always seemed to put things into perspective. I still use that expression– sometimes reminding myself, sometimes jokingly saying it to others– but it is always heartfelt.

  7. Barb 04. May, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    My mom taught me to make do with what you have!! It’s helped me come up with a lot of creative ideas in the kitchen, in the craft room and throughout most areas of my life! Thanks Mom!! I love you!

  8. Valerie Wilson 04. May, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    My mom taught me so many thing but the ones that have meant the most are that you should develop a strong conscience and always treat others with dignity and respect. I saw the way she treated and cared for others in her daily and professional life. She often anonymously donates money to friends who are struggling without expecting anyone to pay her back or acknowledge her kind heartedness.
    Professionally, she worked for the Department of Human Services and later helped people with disability insurance. When I saw grown men and women look at my mom with eyes filled with gratitude I knew she was making a difference. I can only hope my life helps others the way her has.

  9. Linda 04. May, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

    Go for the goal…….not gold. Aim high and hang in there, The Best is Yet to come. As a child I was easily intimidated, but with her encouragement many goals throughout life have been obtained. Now as a Grandmother, I hope I have set that stage for my children and still believe the Best is Yet to come. Enjoying grandchildren, I do find it hard to believe that phrase, because these Five are the Bestest Joys of senior years!!

  10. Linda 05. May, 2011 at 12:02 am #

    Looking ahead the BEST is yet to come.

  11. Liesel Buckner 05. May, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    My mother had 17 and raised 13 chilldren as a single parent. She taught us all to be strong, to stand tall and to care. She taught me the strength a woman and mother has when it comes to raising a Family. She taught us what it means to be a Family! To help others in need, and that their is always room for love and forgiveness.

    I love and miss her, very much!

  12. Megan Henderson 05. May, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    The best lesson that my mom has ever taught me, was the lesson of fighting for what you love. About three years ago, my family started the LONG and tough process of adoption. My whole family was SO excited! We were told that the process should be short and easy, because my brother and sister’s paperwork was already filed, but what they said, was NOT true. It turned into a battle, and a fight to bring my brother and sister home. Long story short, my mom was told that my brother and sister we “un-adoptable”, but she wouldn’t take that for an answer. My mom and dad decided that they were going to fly to Ethiopia to fight for these children that they loved. Some AMAZING things happened while they were there, and on June 24th, 2010 my little family of six flew to Ethiopia to stay for six weeks, so that my family could become a “party of eight”. Tizita and Geremew are here in america, and living the dream that they thought that they would never have. My mom fought, so hard, for these “hopeless” kids, and is giving them hope… SHe is the most amazing woman, and I can’t even begin to describe, what a blessing Tizita and Geremew have been in my life. Without my mother’s hard work, a piece of me would be missing. I love you Mendy Henderson!

  13. Teresa Howard 06. May, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    Learn to pray so your never alone-even in the darkest, most hopeless places like underneath the rubble of of a traveling tornado or sitting alone in your room at the nursing home. Mom assured me that she was never alone as long as she could pray. Miss you Mom.

  14. Ann Wood 08. May, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    While mine is not all mushy and philosophic, here goes! One of the most amazing things my mom showed me was to take a head of iceberg lettuce and hit it hard on the counter, stem down. It immediately loosens the core and you can pull it right out! Makes it pretty easy to make your salad and I’ve shown it to many who have been “amazed”. Happy Mother’s Day!

  15. LeAnn Baker 08. May, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    My mom taught me how to love unconditionally.

  16. kacie england 24. Apr, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    My Mom exudes LOVE and that is what she taught me… to LOVE.

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