Mom knows best. Always. And as much as adolescents loathe her ability to accurately predict the outcome of seemingly every life decision (Sun-In is always a bad idea; super-sizing your fries will give you a stomach ache, etc.), as soon as adulthood hits, her cryptic messages and not-so subtle hints make so much sense.
There are also all her great expressions—Momisms, you might call them—her words of wisdom, delivered just in time and only occasionally, maybe, a little too often.
We asked Canadians to share the best piece of advice they’d received from their mothers. The answers, just like the moms who stand by them, are hilarious, honest, and filled with love.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the strong women celebrating today! Now, listen up and take note from your fellow females.
The best advice from real Canadian moms
Know when to draw the line"You can only re-wear a trend the first time it comes back in style. By the second time, you're too old." - Candice's momShutterstock
Know who's boss“Don't listen to your father." - Kyle's momShutterstock
Be a conscious listener“You have two ears and one mouth, so listen twice as much as you speak." - Nanci's momShutterstock
Think, then speak"Engage your brain before opening your mouth." - Katie's momShutterstock
Moderation is key“Even too much of a good thing can be bad for you." - Serena's momShutterstock
Book that vacation“Collect memories, not stuff." - Luke's momShutterstock
Be financially prepared“Save small amounts of money, and frequently." - Geoff's momShutterstock
Everyone is different“There is no understanding other people. You may think they're weird, but they probably think the same about you." - Lindsay's momShutterstock
Acceptance is key“Everything happens for a reason; it's up to you to figure out what that reason is and grow from it." - Courtney's momShutterstock
Avoid pointless arguments“Save your breath to cool your porridge." - Chelsea's momShutterstock
Own your mistakes“Fall on your sword." - Emilie's momShutterstock
Appreciate what you've got"It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it." - Chel's momShutterstock