Let me start out by saying that a majority of my adult years (since I was 18) my mom and I have butt heads, heck a majority of high school we did too. The only time that we get a long is when we have our distance (but I do have to say that right now 2 hours away is a bit far for my liking and I do wish I lived closer), however even though we fought A LOT, there are some very important life lessons that my mom taught me (geez i you had asked my 10 years ago that question I would have told you no way have I learned anything from her)
1- If the playroom is a mess, shut the door and don’t look at it. – My mom’s house was always clean except for 4 rooms, my bedroom, my 2 sisters bedrooms and the playroom. There were times that she made us clean our rooms but gave up when were like 10. Now as a mom when I tell her that I can’t get the kids to clean their rooms her response is “shut the door” and for ever I thought she was crazy until now that is with a 7 year old who mess is just her middle name and her room is “organized” like mine was…..it is much better to shut the door….Mom was right
2- The best side dish to spareribs is Pork fried rice from the chinese place. I have tried many different side dishes when I make ribs, but none to date are better then the pork fried rice from the chinese place…Mom was right
3- Eggs and Oatmeal are great dinner ideas- Surly she was kidding when she said that a few years ago when my oldest was about 2 and I had no motivation to cook dinner one night and I was talking to her. Her response was eggs and oatmeal never hurt you kids, and then the story of how often we ate it as a kid (My mom she doesn’t cook, and as she has told me many times she can cook 2 things well, boiled water and reservations, my dad is who taught me how to cook and there are many times where I wish my mom had taught me her cooking, it would save me from being the one to cook each night ;)) But I remember those eggs and oatmeal being the best meal ever and now with my kids we have them on my no motivation to cook nights and the kids love it….Mom was right
4- Kids are still babies even when they are grown…. ok so I totally thought she was INSANE when she made this comment, until my kids got older (which they are not that old now they are 7, 5 and 2.5) but it is true they are still my babies and I can not picture then not being my babies and as they get older I remember them when they were babies, so yes your kids are ALWAYS babies…Mom was right
5- Kids will make you be a kid again, that is the point. So as a mom the best thing that I am finding is that they give me an excuse to get on the floor and play, I get to be a kid again…Mom was right
6- Money doesn’t grow on trees. I heard this one ALOT growing up, especially come high school when I wanted EVERYTHING everyone else had and then she made me get a job and said “Money doesn’t grow on trees”, and really until I had kids I never understood the million times that she said that to me, but now I do because I catch myself saying it to myself at times and I hear my moms voice in my head….Mom was right
7- You don’t know love until you have kids. The unconditional love that I felt instantly when my oldest daughter was born and then with my son and then with the youngest is more then I had ever imagined when it came to how much love I had in me…. Mom was Right
8- The house will never be perfect and the parents bedroom is the perfect place to hide it all when company comes over. Ok so above I said there were 4 rooms that were not clean, I told a fib, you see as far as us kids knew those were the only rooms that were a mess were ours and the playroom, we were not allowed in my moms room and it was only a few years ago that I too learned the secret of where the stuff goes when company comes….that is right it all gets shoved into my and hubbys room when company is coming to visit and it has no place else to go…. (With out having to tell me) Mom was right
9- Pick out the kids clothes the night before, ok seems simple right? Well i purposely did NOT put the kids clothes out for school the night before for a long time, why? Because I did not want to do things the way my mom did them….well again… mom was right.
10- There was a magnet on the fridge (it is still on it at her house) “Rule #1 Mom is Always right, Rule #2, If Mom is wrong see rule #1” ….. No words for this one other then …. Mom was Right!