Advice your Mother gave you that you actually listened to.

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Talking to my children today about being nice. Two seconds after they were tearing each other apart again.
Found myself saying 'I always listened to my Mum!'
...then wondered if I ever actually did.
Some of it was good and I should have followed and some was rubbish. But I couldn't think of any that I remembered thinking 'ah yes..I must remember that' so has anyone, anywhere ever listened to their mother?

Erm..why not use biological washing powder toad?

growingolddicustingly Mon 17-Feb-14 21:21:33

TheLostWinchesterWife grin

ishouldcocoa Mon 17-Feb-14 21:22:39

Never lend money you cannot afford to lose ...(too true) and...

Keep calm and make a list.

wherethewildthingis Mon 17-Feb-14 21:23:35

My DM after a then-boyfriend cheated "darling, don't be too upset. A man will shag a bag of liver given half a chance."
Never a truer word spoken.

Stockhausen Mon 17-Feb-14 21:25:25

Use eye cream! 33 & no wrinkles, thanks mum! grin

pepperrabbit Mon 17-Feb-14 21:25:52

Never, ever give in to peer pressure.
Don't be swayed by people whose good looks far outweigh their personality.
Don't marry a man who can't ride a bicycle hmm
Take your coat off indoors or you "won't feel the benefit"

ThePearShapedToad Mon 17-Feb-14 21:27:33

Don't know lost! grin

Presume something to do with itchy clothes, just advice my mother gave me that I've always listened to

GlendaTheGrizzlyPiggy Mon 17-Feb-14 21:30:56

From my Nanna 'Spend your money on good shoes and a good bed because if you're not in one you're in the other.'

MrsDeanAmbrose Mon 17-Feb-14 21:31:39

Never trust a man in white shoes.

No idea why you shouldn't (apart from they're probably somewhat stylistically challenged) but that was my mother's pearl of wisdom to me.

Tigresswoods Mon 17-Feb-14 21:32:05

My mum died when I was 21. She gave me two pieces of advice which I have passed on to a younger female member of my family:

1) if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

2) the first time your husband hits you is the last

rubyflipper Mon 17-Feb-14 21:33:03

'Shag a bag of liver' is the funniest insult I've heard in ages!

JupiterGentlefly Mon 17-Feb-14 21:37:33

I do agree with the don't lend if you can't afford to lose it stuff.

queenofthepirates Mon 17-Feb-14 21:37:43

'Go to a university with a great campus full of fun people, it will be your last opportunity to have a lot of fun' She was right (ish), I went to a uni near the beach, shagged everything that moved and made a lot of friends for life.

PS, I don't think this would apply if I had been Oxbridge material.

LondonInHighHeeledBoots Mon 17-Feb-14 21:39:43

Look after your teeth.

Work, but part time when you have children.

Do a washload a day otherwise you spend your whole weekend washing.

'Beat as you sweep as you clean' - basically tidy up as you go I am the messiest baker and cook known to man

Read the road, it tells you everything you need to know (passed down from DGF smile )

Never smoke in the house or the car.

Get someone who has children to show you how to latch your pfb as half the time midwives don't know how.

Always save more than you spend of what is left after mortgage and bills.

You'll never be happy with your hair, and if you had your brother's long golden ringlets you'd be crying for the straight brown hair you have now, stop stressing over it. wink

Pipbin Mon 17-Feb-14 21:40:47

Look after you and yours first.

Always keep your hand on your ha'penny.

TheWanderingUterus Mon 17-Feb-14 21:41:06

If you are going to get married then marry someone who treats you like an equal.

Clean the important bits of your house and don't worry about the rest, no one died from dusty skirting boards

You will never be bored with a book

It is better to be useful than decorative.

A friend is only a friend if they treat you like one.

Pipbin Mon 17-Feb-14 21:41:43

Wasn't 'beats as it sweeps as it cleans' an advertising slogan for something like the early hoovers?

Tigresswoods Mon 17-Feb-14 21:47:07

Oh I forgot my favourite.

The best contraception is an aspirin. Held firmly between the knees.

TrickyBiscuits Mon 17-Feb-14 21:48:34

You will only make a handful of real, true, friends over your lifetime. Cherish and invest in these friends and don't spend energy or time on people who don't give 2 hoots about you. Be nice to everyone though!

TheSumofUs Mon 17-Feb-14 21:50:39

My nan always said friends and acquaintances will come and go throughout your life but in the end,you can count your true friends on one hand - so true

ProjectGainsborough Mon 17-Feb-14 21:52:28

Tigress - love it.

Never wear red with pink. In my latter years, I'm starting to feel that the woman is wrong about everything but I still never combine those two colours.

SinisterBuggyMonth Mon 17-Feb-14 21:54:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

NinjaCow Mon 17-Feb-14 21:58:44

Always add a pinch of salt.

Wear good shoes. Your feet are important, you're on them a lot after all.

Cut your nails often.

VegetariansTasteLikeChicken Mon 17-Feb-14 22:00:49

I have pretty much done the opposite of every thing she has ever said.

It's done me well grin

Rhubarbgarden Mon 17-Feb-14 22:03:15

The world is your oyster. You can do anything.

Never leave the house without putting your face on.

And like Cakes, everyone else on the road is an idiot.

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