Mama Always Said: A Team Tribute to our Moms

I remember the first time it happened to me, the last word rolled off my tongue and it literally stopped in my tracks… oh my gosh, I am my mother.

Life is funny like that.  One minute you’re a thirteen year old girl mad at your mom because she refuses to buy you another pair of Abercrombie jeans, next you’re sixteen rolling your eyes that you can’t stay out all night. Then you’re twenty-one at college and you never want to go home, twenty-five in the blink of an eye and she’s adjusting your wedding dress. Then you’re almost thirty and you call her for every bit of advice when it comes to raising your own children.  She knows more than you could ever comprehend, has an arsenal full of tricks {that actually work}, and it blows your mind because you swore in your youth you’d never be like her.

All the things you thought you knew, the rules that made no sense, all coming full circle.  I know personally for me it pains me to think about how I acted back in my teenage years {and quite frankly still do some days}. For all the times I thought she was just being a “mean mom,” my mom was doing it for a reason, a good reason at that. I see now why she had her sayings, and why she used my dad as a threat {haha} when it came to laying down the law. Now I’m trying to lock up every bit of that because, as my littles grow, I know there is going to be a day that I need her advice!

I decided to reach out to my fellow Mid-Michigan Moms Blog Contributors to see what bit of advice they tucked away from their own mothers, because let’s be real: parenting is always done best with a little know how from others! And what better time to tap that wisdom than Mother’s Day?

My girls and the motherly figures in their lives didn’t let me down.
Here what their “Mama always said”…

“If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it!” – Lyndsey

“Marriage will almost never be 50/50. But you carry the weight together and help each other out whenever it’s unbalanced.” – Mary C.

“When it’s your kid, you just do what you have to do!” – Jena

“Always pull over for an ambulance….you don’t know if they’re coming to save me.” – Angela

“Start out as you aim to finish.” – Shannon

“Don’t threaten anything you’re not will to follow through with.” – Rebecca

“Do it right the first time so you don’t have to do it again!” – Amanda M.

“The laundry will wait.” – Melissa R.

“Don’t worry about things you have zero control over. Be in the moment.” – Mary P.

“Don’t ever feel bad about rocking your babies. They only stay little for a short while.” – Courtney C.

“Motherhood is magical and will change you forever, but be sure you don’t lose yourself in it.” – Angela R.

“Everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time.” – Katie A.

“Time flies so soak in every sweet moment like it’s the last!” – Jessica S.

“Protect the hearts of your family.” – Shanise

“Live each day, always be in the moment.” – Randi

“Never wear dirty undies!” – Jacqui

“Sleep when you have the opportunity.” – Kristin

“Do stuff with your children, they’ll remember that more than anything you could ever buy them.” – Stephanie

“Everyone makes mistakes. It’s choosing how to handle them that defines who you are.” – Amanda

“A woman is just as capable as a man.” – Melissa P.

“Family is forever.” – Jenna

“Everyone will let you down, but God never will.” – Amanda R.

“Believing in even the possibility of something is a powerful thing.” – Mandy B.

“Write things down somewhere, whether its your child’s first words, first steps, grocery lists, all things big and small and everything in-between.” – Heather S

“Don’t do anything for your children that they can do for themselves.” – Tina

“No one likes a sore loser, sometimes you win sometimes you lose. That’s okay.” – Hannah

“Cherish every smile, laugh, and fight; you were made for this.” – Victoria

“The kitchen table, is the heart of the home.” – Kelley

“Enjoy your childhood to the fullest.” – Colleen

“Life happens, just go with the flow.”- Kristie

“Never forget who you are.” – Annelies

“God never gives you more than you can handle.” – Brandi P.

“Guilt is a useless emotion.”  & “You don’t have to like everyone, but you have to be nice to everyone.” – Courtney E

“Whatever you give, you get back ten fold.” – Jess A.

Many of us are fortunate to have our mothers with us to celebrate Mother’s Day this year. Other of us have lost our moms, and hope that their advice, wisdom and love lives on through us, especially as we parent our own children. Cheers to the amazing women who raised us, and made us the incredible women and mothers that we are today!

Do you have a line of motherly advice you think is worth sharing? Be sure to post below!

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