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What my mother taught me — about being a mom

May 11, 2013

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Happy (almost) Mother’s Day. Right around this time of year, you read a lot of “what my mother taught me” articles and posts. These are typically in list form and contain a mix of profound and quirky items. They are mostly adorable, heartwarming and funny. And kind of overdone. But the ubiquity won’t stop me from doing one of my own.

Here are the 10 most important things my mother taught me about being a mom. Happy Mother’s Day to the best one out there.

  1. Relax.
  2. Read to your baby as soon as he comes into the world. And keep reading.
  3. Sleep in whenever you have the opportunity. It happens not enough once a baby is in the picture.
  4. Talk to your baby all day, all the time, even when he can’t talk back.
  5. Be silly.
  6. Enjoy all the little moments because they aren’t for long.
  7. Stick to the rules, except when it doesn’t make sense.
  8. Give great hugs.
  9. Ask for help and advice when [fill-in-the-blank confusing thing] is happening. She’s always just a phone call away.
  10. Trust yourself. Moms really do know best.

Find a few other my-mom-taught-me lists here, here, here and here. And — this is great — things I learned about being a mom from Clair Huxtable. And bonus link: a tumblr dedicated to Clair Huxtable’s mom-style.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mom permalink
    May 12, 2013 4:40 am

    Don’t forget a healthy sense of humor…It will get you through so much. Happy Mothers Day!

    • May 12, 2013 1:46 pm

      Sense of humor is incredibly important. I could keep adding and adding to the list!

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