Rapunzel’s mother may not win any awards in the parenting category, but she did have a point when she sang, “Mother Knows Best.” After all, we’ve all had wisdom passed down that we finally understand—now that we’ve got kids of our own. Whether it’s practical household skills like knowing how to sew a button or remembering not to sweat the small stuff, we asked a panel of moms to share the one thing that their mom really did know best. Keep reading to see them all.
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1. Clean as you go.
Life is short, and nobody wants to spend it all cleaning. So if you’re working on a project or cooking dinner, clean as you go to avoid the overwhelming clean-up job at the end.
2. Know how to sew a button.
If it’s one thing we know, buttons will always come off at the worst time. Keeping a needle and thread handy, because knowing the simple technique of sewing a button will help you more than you think.
3. Learn to say no
This is a tough one. But saying “no” to projects and obligations you really don’t want to do will go a long way to help your mood—your mind and body will thank you for it.
4. Don’t let fear make your decisions.
It’s tempting to make a decision to do—or not to do—something because you’re scared of the outcome. But don’t let fear be the deciding factor when it’s not legitimate. You may end up missing opportunities.
5. Have a savings account just for you.
Financial independence is an important skill to learn at an early age. Saving a little bit at a time in an account that’s just for you will help you feel secure and independent throughout life.
6. Even if you don’t like to cook, learn how to prepare eggs.
Knowing how to boil, fry and pouch an egg will make you a Master Chef with one ingredient. And it will help you make a simple meal with little effort.
7. Always make your bed.
This little act of cleaning helps signify the day has started. And who really wants to crawl into bed at night with messy sheets?
8. Treat people how you want to be treated.
Take a hard look at how you treat yourself if you think people are not treating you the way you deserve to feel. Are you putting yourself down often? Chances are other people are following your lead.
9. Pick your battles.
Knowing when to argue, and when to let it go (thank you, Elsa) will help kids and adults go a long way in life avoiding unnecessary conflict.
10. Never pass up an opportunity to use the bathroom.
Because you never know when the next potty break will occur!
11. Lower your expectations.
Make sure you have age-appropriate expectations for your kids. And remember them when your kid isn’t doing what you expect.
12. Don’t skimp on toilet paper.
You’ll spend half your adult life replacing the toilet paper roll, so use the brand that will buy you the most time.
13. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Look for many different opportunities, and seize them when you can.
14. Always make a friend.
Life can be tough. Don’t miss an opportunity to bond with someone similar to you. You never know when you may need a familiar face.
15. Don’t sweat the small stuff
The little tasks and annoyances will always be there. Try to concentrate on the bigger picture and let the little things go.
16. Kill them with kindness.
Most bullies and mean kids probably have a tougher life than we think. Instead of being mean to someone you don’t like, be kind. Chances are, they’re not expecting kindness.
17. Never carry credit card debt.
It’s tempting to use the little plastic card to get what you want. But if you don’t have the cash, don’t buy things. Debt only gets bigger, and the weight of owing money is a tough one to carry.
18. Sleep cheap and eat like kings.
Don’t break your vacation budget on luxury hotels. Instead, use that saved money and enjoy the food. You’ll remember that incredible meal and dessert more than the hotel mattress.
19. Always be the bigger person.
Because acting little will never get you where you want to go.
20. The dishes can wait.
If given the choice between playing with your kiddo or doing dishes, choose play. The dishes will be there later, but the time with your kids will not.
— Leah R. Singer
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