October 3, 2006

Your Mom Really Did Know a Thing or Two

 Your Mom Really Did Know a Thing or Two 
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capThe way we parent our children today is so different from the way our parents raised us. Or is it?
Good advice is still good advice, regardless of whether it was handed out in 1976 or 2006. And more often than not, it’s the tried-and-true advice handed down from generation to generation that ends up being more relevant than we think.
The following mothers of grown children took the time to share solid advice from their mothers that held true as they raised their own families—and today still stands the test of time.
“My mom and grandma always said that I should be content and satisfied with the way I look—the way God made me—because when people see us, God makes them appreciate the way we look. For example, I was not happy with my teeth while I was growing up. But later on in life, people have commented that I have a lovely smile. Whenever I receive such comments, I am reminded of what my mom and grandma said. Even though I thought my teeth weren’t that great, God has assured me through others that I indeed have nice teeth and a nice smile, and that I ought to be grateful for the way He made me!”               —Stella Thomas
“Every morning I’d see my grandmother up and early studying her Bible and praying. Grandma (or Oma as I called her) told me, “Never come down to someone’s level when they are treating you rudely, unfairly, or insensitively. Instead, come up to Jesus’ level and treat them with kindness and with love.”
                                                                                                                         —Ruth Stavenhagen-Vasconcellos
“My precious mother was a lady of few words, but by example she taught me much. She taught me to never cease praying for your children and to love them unconditionally, because you don’t have to agree with what they are doing to show love without limits. Also, physical health and spiritual health go hand in hand, so feed your children fruits, nuts, and vegetables (with dessert only on Sabbath!).                     —Carol Wright
“My mom taught me several good things that I tried to impart to my children, but here are four that come to mind immediately: Be faithful in tithing, be of service to others, speak the truth, and share your blessings.”
                                                                                                                                                        —Violet Pulidindi
“My mom used several clichés. One that I remember even today is: ‘When in doubt, don’t do it!’”
                                                                                                                                                        —Norma McKellip