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Contest Results: Readers' Lessons for Their Baby Daughters

Prudent Advice by Jaime Morrison CurtisLast week Babble ran an excerpt from Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter, a book about the important life lessons a mother teaches her child. We also asked you, our readers, to share the best motherly advice you’ve received or given for a chance to win a copy.  Some of your amazing responses made us laugh, and some, honestly, made us tear up a little. All winners have been notified and the books are on the way, but here are our 10 favorites:

“[I] Always tell my kids to not worry about what we are doing later, or what they have to get done, just enjoy your day. As parents we struggle as well but sometimes it’s more important to leave the dirty house for a day to be present with the kids. Laundry will wait, but kids grow up more every day!” Jessica Shiver

“Grandma always told me, ‘It’ll all come out in the warsh.’ Her advice has worked on every problem I have ever had. Thanks Grandma Helen. Love you!” —Amber Konway

“My mama always told my brother and I, in her lovely Indian accent, always have goals, and strive hard to get them…if it changes, it’s ok, but never stop reaching-that is the best part of the journey!” Rani Shah

“When I ran my first marathon last weekend, someone told me to high five a kid every mile… to make sure I was having fun along the way. I think that’s actually a pretty good strategy for life too—high five a kid, smile at a stranger, send a letter to your grandmother, or tickle your husband as he walks by. Don’t get caught up in life and forget to enjoy living.” —Sarah Benton Burke

“My advice to my daughter is read the book before you see the movie. The book is always better.” —Danielle Droske

“My advice to my daughters: Learn to sew. Even if it’s just a button or a hem, the ability to sew will come in handy throughout your life.” —Maribel Hannigan

“Learn to see and feel joy from nature around you. Sense and appreciate the way the sun warms the grass and makes it smell so good…the way that butterfly just flew past you…the way the birds can perch on that wire above you. Let that fill you with joy. Those are tiny gifts. Also…read, read, read! It helps develop your sense of empathy, which is essential to being kind to others without losing your self.” Leah Davis Roark

“My best advice so far to my daughter is sometimes being responsible is not so much fun.” —Sarah Oliver Isenberg

“Best advice I can give to my daughter: Never feel embarrassed about being smart. It is a gift. Don’t ever let anyone put you down because you’re smart, and don’t hide your intelligence or abilities just to “fit in” with certain people.” —Meghan ‘Lynch’ Olsonoski

“Even painful, monstrous mistakes can be repaired. Change can begin right this moment, and feeling better can, too.” —Ammie Sorenson Cannon

And let’s not stop there! If you didn’t have a chance to contribute last week, we’d love to hear from you now, on Facebook, Twitter, in our comments section below, or in a comment on Prudent Advice excerpt itself. What’s the best advice you ever received from the maternal figures in your life, and what wisdom would you pass on to your daughter?

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