17 Things That, Somehow, Your Mom Was 100% Right About

17 Things That, Somehow, Your Mom Was 100% Right About

Yep, that guy was an ass.
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For some reason, we never want to believe our moms are right. Somehow, "they don't know our lives" or "they just don't understand" even though they have been through all the ages we have been and then have had 20+ years to reflect on them.

Mom, I know you already know this, but you were right.

1. That guy was an asshole and not worth my time

I know you said this about 100 times, but you have to understand, the guy who secretly had a girlfriend and tried to date me anyway made a really compelling argument the second time around!

2. And there was definitely something a little "off" about that girl

I still don't know how everyone you said in elementary school was a "bad influence" on me now has a drug problem, unplanned child, criminal record or some combination of all 3, but you truly hit the nail on the head.

3. That hairstyle looked absolutely ridiculous

I'm not sure why I used to give myself fake bangs out of my full-length hair or clip in colorful streaks (while leaving the clip in plain sight), but my 12-year-old self thought I looked amazing. But as you warned, I did not.

4. I should have just stuck with lip gloss

I know you said I could only wear lip gloss as makeup for a while, but for some reason, I was adamant about creating inch-wide eyeliner marks on my eyes, bright pink blush and red lipstick. Looking back, I most certainly should have listened.

5. I needed a coat all of those times

"I have long sleeves, I'll be fine!" Nope.

6. Sending thank-you notes is a necessary part of being an adult

What I used to consider an over-bearing waste of time is now something I feel like a complete and total asshole if I don't do. It is still tedious, but very necessary.

7. Cleaning your space on a regular basis is not "a waste of time"

As annoying as it is, sometimes (regularly) I need to deep clean my room and bathroom. I still hate it, but boy is it important.

8. I may still fail to do it, but I understand the importance of separating my laundry

My pink shirts that used to be white are angry I still refuse to abide by this law, but don't think that doesn't mean I don't know you're right about it.

9. Just because I fit inside of those pants does not mean that they fit

There is a vast difference between the two, a difference that needed to be hammered into my head.

10. None of the things I thought mattered in middle school ended up mattering

You were right: Missing one 7th grade volleyball game didn't ruin my athletic career or social status. How did you know?!

11. I am not going to be single forever

There were a lot of times in high school after I'd been kicked to the curb (by yet another man you told me was a waste of time, yes, I know) that I started believing that maybe I'd never find anybody to love me. But guess what? Someone did! You knew it!

12. That rumor in high school never amounted to anything earth shattering

It seems like the end of the world while its happening, and even though it meant nothing to me when you said it, nothing ever came of it.

13. My metabolism slowed down and my eating habits came back to haunt me

You were right that pizza three times a week was not a sustainable choice and would eventually come back and haunt my lanky body, and the freshman 15 (40?) definitely proved that one to be true. Oops!

14. Immediately blowing the money I made was not a fiscally responsible decision

"But I earned it!" wasn't a good excuse when I got my first ever paycheck at Abercrombie and is not a good excuse now.

15. I have realized how infuriating it is when people don't clean up after themselves

"You'll realize how annoying it is when your kids leave dishes out in your clean house!" Nope, all it took was a roommate with the inability to wash a dish to realize you were right about that one!

16. A good night's sleep can fix just about anything

Sickness, stress, you name it: Going to bed helps some.

17. My mom is "cool"

All those times you said that you were a cool mom, well, I guess your streak stays alive because you were pretty damn right about that one, too.

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A Thank You To My Boyfriend's Family

Because you are so important to him, you are important to me.
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This one isn't easy to sit down and write because nothing I could say would do all of you justice in the way that I would hope I could. These are just words, but I hope that I am able to always show my thank you to you by treating him like the prince he is.

I can replay the moment of meeting each and every one of you all over and over in my head like it was yesterday. I was so extremely nervous every single time and I was trying to gather all the "right" things to say that would leave a good, first-lasting impression and that at the end of the day, you all would like me.

I think one of the most important basis and hopes in my relationship is that my significant other's family likes who I am. This is so important to me because whatever is important to him is equally important to me and your thoughts of me are crucial to our relationship.

The second I walked in the door, I was overwhelmed—overwhelmed with such a love. I had no idea at that point in time just how much you would all mean to me and how thankful I am for all of you!

Thank you for constantly making me laugh and feel at home.

Whenever I'm coming over for a family gathering or just to hang out, I know right off that I am walking into a world of laughter and good times are right beside that. You are all so entertaining and always have a good story to tell me. I can't name one time where I didn't feel like I was home.

And I appreciate the sweet, embarrassing photos and stories about my boyfriend that you all share with me! Even if it is by a photo, I have a glimpse of what his life has always been like thanks to each and every one of you individually.

Thank you for sharing your special moments in life with me.

You don't ever have to, but you invite me anyway. Whether it's just a family gathering, a birthday, or a holiday, I am thankful to have spent those times celebrating these moments in life alongside such amazing people. It's humbling and heartwarming to be a part of memories so unforgettable that you all share and that you have welcomed me to be a part of. They are days that I will never forget and have a place in my heart forever.

Thank you for always being there for him.

Since we have started dating, I have watched the way that you guys love him. I have watched the individual relationships and moments that you share with him make a difference in who he is. I have seen you all love and support him, no matter what he was doing.

With everything that comes along in life, this has been a simple reminder of an unconditional, loving, sacrificing family that is also the best support system. You are not only impacting him, but me, too.

Thank you for welcoming me in like your own.

Whenever you have to brave up and meet your significant other's family, I can say, for myself, that I didn't know what to expect. As I'm sure, none of you did when meeting me. Today, I catch myself wondering why I even worried in the first place. You all have welcomed me in your own ways and made me feel right at home. It is not always easy to do that with just anyone, but you have all taken the time to get to know me. And now I know that if I ever needed anything, I can call one of you.

Thank you for letting me date him.

I am most thankful for this. Thank you for sharing him with me and giving me a chance to show you all how important he is to me. I never thought that I would luck out and meet someone as special, kind, and wonderful as he is, but I did.

You have supported our relationship, given me a chance to love him, and welcomed me to new adventures in love and family. I have the upmost gratitude for each of you. You are the most wonderful, welcoming, and loving family. I am overjoyed to be able to experience just a glimpse of this life with him and with all of you.

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Moving Past The Realization You Might Be Outgrowing Your Parents

It is inevitable but it's perfectly normal, so just embrace it.

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First thing, I am not writing about how I don't need my parents. This is about the moment you realize the difference in your worldly outlook and how your priorities are different from your parents.

It's a bit jarring, at least for me. My parents, especially my father and I are extremely close. Not in the I tell them every detail about my life, but in we share common interests and I share all the important milestones with them. I mean what I perceive as right and wrong were programmed into me by them after all.

I don't know when it's exactly I started questioning flaws in my parents. I've always been in awe of them. They were the best at what they do and could do no wrong... Now I see the same adoration in my brother.

While this isn't new information, I just had to acknowledge the further differences in our relationship after my first year in college halfway across the world.

Things that I find perfectly normal is something my parents find distasteful: swearing in music, clothes meant for summer and things I couldn't care about in the slightest might be something they care about: public opinion of me, possible boyfriends etc..

While my mother might be blindly patriotic, sometimes so much so that any critique of my country is seen as me trying to be hip and not having an opinion based on facts and news I consume.

The fact as terrible as it sounds is my year away at college has made me realize that I've outgrown my parents in some ways… At least when it comes to my moral center and that's completely fine with me. I know we will have disagreements and conflicts, and while I might differ from them I know in the end we will figure a way to peacefully cohabitate together. That's all I can ask and all I want.

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