21 Things Your Mom Was Absolutely Right About

21 Things Your Mom Was Absolutely Right About

Mother knows best, right?

All those things she said to you when you were a kid and they sounded cheesy? They're true, and they mean the world to you now whether you realize it or not. She's there for you, she loves you and so much more.

1. Those dishes won't do themselves

And they will stack up fast.

2. Money doesn't grow on trees

But, god, you wish it did.

3. Home is where the heart is

Whether it's your new school or your hometown, home will shift and mutate throughout your life but it's always full of people who mean the world to you.

4. Put on sunscreen

You think you don't need to but if you don't use it? You're definitely getting sun burnt.

5. You should learn to do your own laundry

Because when you end up calling her from your dorm room at college asking whether that one shirt should go with the light or the dark clothes she'll answer but she'll roll her eyes a little.

6. Take pictures of everything

A picture is worth a thousand words.

7. Setting aside time for yourself is healthy

And encouraged. Plus, sometimes you just need to tell your friends no and sit at home alone.

8. You have to spray the pan before you make cookies

Because the last thing you want is the cookies burnt onto the pan. Don't ruin your kitchenware.

9. Unless it's a nonstick pan

Then you're probably in the clear.

10. Too much cookie dough will make you sick

But you're going to keep eating too much anyways.

11. Thank you notes are necessary

"A child who can write a nice thank-you note can turn into a cocaine dealer five years later and be remembered as the child who wrote nice thank-you notes." -Lemony Snicket

12. Don't be the kid who does cocaine

Or the kid who deals cocaine. She will not stand for that behavior.

13. Spending time with your grandparents is important

Because grandparents are the best.

14. She does everything in this house

No matter how much you think you're doing, she's honestly doing twice as much.

15. Boys will be boys

You won't like it, and you'll expect better from a lot of boys, but until they're ready to grow up boys will definitely be boys.

16. Breakfast for dinner is always good

And ordering in has to happen regularly. Maybe not regularly, but occasionally.

17. Driver has veto power on the radio

It kind of sucked when she changed Hannah Montana, but now you can use the rule on your friends to change the station back to Hannah Montana.

18. Always wear your seat belt

Always! Always! Always!

19. Tell people you love them when you do

It's important and so are they. No one is too cool or too tough for you to tell them you love them.

20. Kids love Disney movies

This one has helped you through countless nights of babysitting. Also, you might love Disney movies even more now.

21. Everything happens for a reason

Everything will work itself out. She loves you and she's there.

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Why You Need To Make Sure Your Parents Know How Important They Are To You

They may get on our nerves sometimes, but they only want the best for you.

Most of us have gone through that early high school phase of not getting along with our parents and some even go as far as “hating” them, but the fact is we would be lost without them. When you’re young it’s so easy to believe your parents are just trying to suck the fun out of everything and are way too hard on you.

We would have never even noticed until we grew up that it was only for the sake of our safety, it may only be when we ourselves become parents that we realize it was to mold us into the best person we could be, and for some they may only realize it was because they would do anything for them when it is already too late.

This is why we must NEVER forget to let our parents know how much we love, adore, and appreciate all they do for us. If your mom is like mine, she is strong, beautiful, empowering, honest, crazy, sometimes stubborn, a lot of the time moody, fragile, but also comforting, wise, and your absolute rock.

If your dad is like mine, he is your biggest supporter. He is tough but sensitive, corny but inspiring, authentic and so loved, he can also be naive and sometimes mom’s puppet, but when it comes down to it, he is everything a dad should be and the person every girl keeps a mental image of when they think of the type of man they want to marry.

These people may get on your nerves so often and they may be unreasonable, but when you think about your parents, you have to know just how much they sacrifice for you and how much of their existence is revolved around making you happy and making you a more well-rounded human being.

We’ve all had times where they just drive us so crazy but thank God for growing up and being able to see just how good our parents are because being a parent cannot be easy. It is crucial that we spend time with them and we get to know them because more times than not, we really don’t know what we have until it’s gone.

This goes for any guardian you have who has looked after you and loved you unconditionally; we all have someone who fills that role.

Whether it’s your dad rushing out of work just to see your soccer game, your mom being the determining factor to whether or not you should be friends with that sketchy person, or just having a feeling of home wherever you go, these are the people that will matter forever, first and for most.

Next time you get so angry with your parents, stop and breathe and think about your overall relationship with them and how grateful you should be. Some people, unfortunately, do not have people like this in their lives and that should make it even more justified that you do not take them for granted because I guarantee you, if that girl who lost both her parents could see them one more time or that boy whose parents neglect him could get one hug, I know they would cherish that moment forever.

If your parents are like mine, you have it so good and you need to know it and act upon it now. Take the time to sit down with them and listen to stories about their childhood, go to the movies with them. CALL THEM AT SCHOOL. Just put the phone down in the car and listen to music together; it all adds up. Do not waste these days that you have such precious people in your life being so oblivious to the fact they just want what’s best for you.

Let them teach you even if it means listening to the same lectures over and over again, having the family movie night instead of going out, clean around the house for them every once in a while.

Someday when you have your own kids you’ll understand what it means to be a parent and how to be a great role model thanks to the people around you now. Don’t grow up and regret letting them know how important they are to you.

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Your Family Is Your Biggest Critic For A Reason

Mommy or Daddy doesn't hate you, I swear.

Here we go again, Mom is complaining about my B+ in English. I'm at 89%, that's almost an A.

Almost doesn't fly in my home, and it shouldn't in anyone else's.

For years I've been confused on why my Dad is so hard on me and why my sister likes to critique every outfit I put on my Snapchat, but recently I've understood why. Everything truly does start at home, even if that's a pain.

Your first tear wasn't shed in the arms of your sand-box buddy John, but in your Mom's arms directly after your born. It's the same way when you die, your friends will attend the funeral but who's going to be there to shed the last tear? Your family.

Over different stages in my life, I've physically said out of my mouth that I hated my parents or my siblings, but I was unaware that everything they were putting me through in our household was going to prepare me for what the world surrounding us has in store for me.

For example, my sister is a huge believer that our family is all we truly have in this world and they'll be the ones who'll be there for us at the end of the day, literally.

Concluding a hard day of heartache and pain, at around 2 a.m. I gave her a ring and expected no answer until I heard her infamous sniffle prior to saying hello. Without any regard to what class she had in the morning, she spent an hour on my phone reassuring me that I was being a baby and overreacting. Obviously at the time, I didn't want to hear ANY of that, especially from her who I suspected would console me during this hard time, but months later I realized how right she was about me wasting my energy on something I could not control.

That's what the lesson truly is:

The people you expect the most out of are the ones who expect the same out of you, so they tell you how they feel in the "raw".

In all honesty, sometimes I still get pissed off at my parents for being so damn harsh but it takes me real time to figure out that my "friends" aren't willing to critique me because they don't care as much.

(Shoutout to my brothers Allen & Donovan though, nothing but love!)

I value all the late nights when I debated running away from my parents because they were so tough and the fist fights with my brother and sisters because they molded me into the thick-skinned person I am today against the monsters of this 'real world.'

As much as they make your skin crawl, your family truly does know what's best for you because they were there to watch you grow from your infancy to your young adulthood.

Your dad may actually be convinced you're an irresponsible, trainwreck of a child, but he knows that he made this trainwreck and is willing to do everything in his power to keep it from wrecking even more.

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