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25 Most Popular Pearls of Wisdom Passed Down By Moms: Mother Does Know Best!

Mother Knows Best!

As mothers our job is to pass down important information to our offspring, from how to behave, how to be confident and secure, and how to navigate through our society in a positive and polite way.  While doing this, we share – on average  – about forty-one “pearls of wisdom,” to our kids, this is according to a new study conducted in the UK by Clinton’s Cards.

Tim Fairs, a spokesman for the firm said, “Even as adults we continue to go back to mum for her wisdom and advice on daily scenarios, because as she says herself “Mum knows best.”” He added, “and it’s these little nuggets of information which we hold dear, and which get passed down from generation to generation. These pieces of advice might be small, but the very fact they stay with us for years on end prove they hold great weight.”

We have taken their list of the 41 most common adages that moms pass on to twenty-five of the most common and used ones today. Twenty-five pieces of advice, instruction or just encouragement that we’ve all heard, some of us have used, and which our own children will – no doubt – pass on to theirs.

Check out the top 25 pearls of wisdom we mothers share right here – do you use any of these? Or would you like to?

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  • 1. Always Try Your Best. 1 of 25
    1. Always Try Your Best.
    We always want our child to excel, one way? Encouraging them to try their best. It's a message that will last a lifetime from when they are learning to walk, going to school, and working at a job.

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  • 2. If You Can’t Say Something Nice Don’t Say Anything At All. 2 of 25
    2. If You Can't Say Something Nice Don't Say Anything At All.
    If your child has siblings and/or friends, then at some point, you will utter these words. Kids are notorious for not having an edit function on their brains and they don't yet know the power of their words. Instructing them to keep their mouths shut if they are tempted to talk smack is a good way to teach them about social graces.

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  • 3. Get An Education – No-one Can Take That Away From You 3 of 25
    3. Get An Education - No-one Can Take That Away From You
    They can take your money. They can take your material goods. But they can't take your smarts. Education is one of the big things us parents stress, and for good reason.

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  • 4. Eat with Your Mouth Closed 4 of 25
    4. Eat with Your Mouth Closed
    You know what sucks? When you are eating with a full grown adult who chews with their mouth open, not unlike a grazing cow. But you can't blame them. Maybe they were just never given the "eat with your mouth closed" command from their parents. Don't let your child grow up to be one of them.

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  • 5. If You Don’t Ask You Don’t Get 5 of 25
    5. If You Don't Ask You Don't Get
    If you have a small child at home, you are familiar with their odd assumption that you can read their thoughts and attend to their wants and needs psychically. But soon they learn - with help from you - that if you don't ask, you don't get. This lesson will do well in all stages of their lives.

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  • 6. Never Spend Money You Don’t Have 6 of 25
    6. Never Spend Money You Don't Have
    This is a good lesson not just for kids but for all of us. Especially with all those credit cards burning a hole in our wallets.

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  • 7. Never Take Candy from Strangers 7 of 25
    7. Never Take Candy from Strangers
    All parents warn their children not to take candy from strangers. Except when it's Halloween, then all bets are off.

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  • 8. Smile 8 of 25
    8. Smile
    Some parents use this like a command for a puppy. "Sit. Down. Smile!" We ask our kids to grin in photos, when someone pays them a compliment, and just a way to cheer up. "Smile," really does translate to many a situation.

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  • 9. Never Swim on a Full Stomach 9 of 25
    9. Never Swim on a Full Stomach
    This is just one of those things that moms say. But does swimming on a full stomach actually cause any ill effects? The New York Times busted that myth saying that "Swimming after a meal will not increase the risk of drowning, unless alcohol is involved. "

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  • 10. Treat People with Respect 10 of 25
    10. Treat People with Respect
    This is one of the cornerstones of our society, polite society that is. As children we ask them to respect their elders, respect their friends, respect their teachers and respect their little brother. This is just training for - hopefully - kids that will grow up to respect everyone.

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  • 11. Always Wear Clean Underwear 11 of 25
    11. Always Wear Clean Underwear
    There are the tales of moms saying "always wear clean underwear...in case you are in a car accident." Yes, God forbid that the EMTs see you with dirty panties. But it's a good lesson regardless. Sure, we parents hope our kids are not in a situation when someone is actually paying attention to the cleanliness of their drawers, but rather it's just an example of good grooming.

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  • 12. You Never Get Something For Nothing 12 of 25
    12. You Never Get Something For Nothing
    Sure, there are some cases where you can get something for nothing, but generally there is some kind of price - be it monetarily or through actions - that is paid. This adage is a good one to start your kids thinking critically of what people really want from them.

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  • 13. I Want Never Gets 13 of 25
    13. I Want Never Gets
    Whenever I hear the phrase "I want" whining from a little girl I immediately think of Veruca Salt. And being the parent of a girl who says "I want" a whole lot, well I think the adage "I want never gets" will have to enter my phase book.

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  • 14. Save Money Aside for a Rainy Day 14 of 25
    14. Save Money Aside for a Rainy Day
    A piggy bank is standard issue for most kids. But the lesson to "save money for a rainy day," is usually one that doesn't hit home until they are out of yours. But instilling the idea, that can come early.

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  • 15. Treat Others How You Wish to be Treated Yourself 15 of 25
    15. Treat Others How You Wish to be Treated Yourself
    This is a classic, and for good reason. We all want to be treated well, be it if we are four or forty. Teaching your kids that they should treat others as they would like to be treated will do them well in all their relationships.

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  • 16. There’s No Such Word As ‘Can’t’ 16 of 25
    16. There's No Such Word As 'Can't'
    When your kid is trying to ride a bike for the first time, trying to write their full name, trying to finish that term paper on the Ottoman Empire, many times the word "can't" will be uttered from their lips. But our job is to encourage and empower them, and teaching them that they can not that they can't.

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  • 17. Practice Makes Perfect 17 of 25
    17. Practice Makes Perfect
    Kids? They are impatient. Often times they don't realize that they have to try and try again before they succeed at something. But as we all know, practice makes perfect or close to it.

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  • 18. Mind Your P’s and Q’s 18 of 25
    18. Mind Your P's and Q's
    We all want our children to be well behaved and if our first grader is swearing not unlike sailor, well it doesn't just reflect on to us as the parents but it just makes a bad impression overall.

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  • 19. Never Stare at People It’s Rude 19 of 25
    19. Never Stare at People It's Rude
    As children explore our world, they may be entranced, enamored or just bewildered by another human being, and when they are...they stare. Teaching them that staring is not polite is a biggie, and it's a hard one for kids to adhere to.

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  • 20. Be True to Yourself 20 of 25
    20. Be True to Yourself
    We all need to remember this one. It's not just for kids. But instilling this one into their little brains early on is a good tip.

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  • 21. Always Eat Breakfast 21 of 25
    21. Always Eat Breakfast
    "It's the most important meal of the day," or so they say. But if you have ever had a kid not eat breakfast, you know they can get crabby, and get crabby fast.

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  • 22. Never Leave the House with Wet Hair 22 of 25
    22. Never Leave the House with Wet  Hair
    This is one my family is very guilty of. We have a lot of hair and it just takes forever to dry. But I know of many a mom who swears by this rule.

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  • 23. Look Up Things You Don’t Know the Answer To 23 of 25
    23. Look Up Things You Don't Know the Answer To
    Once upon a time, we all had to hit the dictionaries or the Encyclopedia Britannica for answers, but having the internet at our finger tips makes this one much easier for our kids to do.

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  • 24. Don’t Eat Cheese Before Bed 24 of 25
    24. Don't Eat Cheese Before Bed
    This one, it's a new one for me. But it makes sense. But I'd add to the list to not eat a T-Bone, pudding or chocolate covered espresso beans.

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  • 25. Life’s Too Short to be Unhappy 25 of 25
    25. Life's Too Short to be Unhappy
    Teach your kid to spend their energy and time trying to be happy rather than wallowing in unhappiness, if it can be avoided at all. But this is one that is easier said than done, but it's worth a try right?

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