There is an old saying that goes "Mum knows best" and for the most part, she does. Whether you asked for it or not, they know how to dish it out. Their advice can be life-changing, comforting and often practical, but as some of us know, the advice can be a little off-centre or just plain hilarious. In honour of Mother's Day 2020, we wanted to share best or worst advice your mother's or grandmothers had bestowed upon you over the years.
“Feed from both boobs every time you breast feed so you don't end up lopsided for the next three hours.” - Margaret
“Wait until the first baby is out of nappies before you have a second one.” - Jill
“Store all your plastic bags in one plastic bag.” - Cathy
“If you need money, go make some yourself.” - Tracey
“Put milk in before boiling water when making an instant coffee.” - Jamie
“Offer your guests maximum two glasses of "the nice wine", by then they won't be able to tell the difference between that and "the cheap stuff" - Malinda
“Advice handed down from my Grandmother to my Mother to me... You have to suffer to be beautiful." Terrible advice until you stick yourself in the eye with eyeliner or grab the straightener by the plates instead of the handles. Running joke in our family is 'you can tell I've suffered' - Danielle
“Before you do anything life-changing, call me!” – Nick
“My Nana was my "mum" and had a saying "If by a kind word, gentle smile or generous act you can make someone else's day a little better, then yours is the better for it." She lived by those words and was the kindest woman I've ever known. It is my tribute to my amazing Nana that I endeavour to do just that, every day.” - Natasha
“Advice from mum: If someone asks you to do something but you don't want to do it; simply do it really badly and they will never ask you to do it again. Like babysitting and letting the kids watch 'scream” - Sarah
“Mum taught me that there are wishbones, jawbones and backbones in this world. Wishbones dream, jawbones talk but backbones accomplish things. She told me to always strive to be a backbone, wise words I consider daily and a lesson I have passed down to my children.” – Carleen
“One was mum told me you don't need to shave your hairs aren't noticeable (I had hairs darker than all the boys in my class)” - Elizabeth
“Never ever listen to Dad! If he asked you to do something first there's a good chance it's stupid or you're going to get hurt!!” - Zoe
What can we all take away from this? It's that our mums and grandmother's simply wish to pass on their wisdom from their life experiences (whether it be good or bad). They prepare us the best they can so we can go out into the big scary world and no matter how old we are, we will always need our mums and Grandmother’s.
We hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!