10 Things Our Strong Mother's Taught Us

It’s Mother’s Day, and the heartfelt feels are flowing! From personal cards to public social proclamations of admiration, mums everywhere are feeling the love. On a more serious note though today should be about expressing our gratitude for their unconditional love and the sacrifices they've made for us that we so often take for granted.

A mother's love comes in many forms, from tender and loving to fierce and protective. After all, mothers are our greatest asset in life. They've been through everything we are going and will go through ourselves, and they've come out the other side with the advice to prove it. There are so many things in life that we wouldn't know if it weren't for our mums.

It’s impossible to overestimate the impact a mother’s love can have on her children. In a thousand ways, she makes them who they are. Here is just a few…

THE BEST RECIPES ARE HOMEMADE AND HANDED DOWN.

It doesn’t matter how many cookery books or food blogs you read, no Yorkshire Pudding recipe will come close to the one that has been handed down from your grandmother, to your mother, to you. And, as an added bonus, using your mum’s recipes will always remind you of when you used to bake and cook together as a kid.

DRESS FOR THE JOB YOU WANT, NOT THE JOB YOU HAVE.

In the early days of our career, when our job might be more ‘lower level’ or casual it is really easy to remain comfortable in our jeans and trainers every day but you can always count on your mum to show you how to dress like the boss we aspire to be - and I am sure she even donated to the cause with a few sponsored shopping sprees here and there.

Being a woman is not easy.

Our world is unfair to women in thousands of different ways. Mothers teach us how to navigate the challenges of womanhood with dignity, grace, and integrity. More importantly, she teaches our brothers to be the kind of men who value and respect women.

THERE ARE COLOURS THAT COMPLIMENT YOU…AND COLOURS THAT DON’T.

Of all our shopping partners in life, your mum will always be the most honest. She knows what looks best on you and what colours suit your complexion.

Strength and softness can – and should – coexist.

A woman’s emotional intelligence and capacity for empathy is not a weakness. It is a strength. It does not negate her ability to face challenges and overcome obstacles. In fact, it enhances it.

NEVER SELL YOURSELF SHORT – IN LIFE, LOVE AND BUSINESS.

Mums teach us that we have a lot to offer the world. We are forces to be reckoned with. When someone is offering us less than what we deserve, our mothers are the first to stand up and tell us not to accept it.

MAKING YOUR BED IN THE MORNING IS A SMALL WAY TO FEEL ACCOMPLISHED.

When we were kids, we hated the fact that we had to make our bed in the morning. Why make it look pretty if we would just be messing it up again in 16 hours? But mums make us understand that when you make your bed first thing in the morning, you capture a sense of accomplishment that sets the tone for the rest of your day.

DON’T RELY ON A MAN WHEN YOU CAN TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.

When you fall in love someday, it won’t be because you need that man to be complete. You have all the tools you need to take care of yourself, both in terms of money and personal strength. Your mother is the one that helped give you those tools.

IT IS POSSIBLE TO AGE GRACEFULLY.

In this world of facelifts and botox injections, getting older can seem terrifying. But one look at your mother and you’ll rest assured that it’s possible to keep your dignity (and your beauty) as you get older.

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO.

Our mums are our biggest supporters. They believe the sun shines out of our a**es no matter what, and that kind of support is important when it comes time for us to get out into the working world. There are a lot of people that will tell us we’re not good enough, but our mums will always believe we can do anything.

Happiness isn’t something we find. It’s something we create.

A happy life does not construct itself. It takes hard work and perseverance. It takes the courage to find the good in seemingly hopeless situations. A daughter who watches her mother build a happy life will have the blueprint for creating her own someday.