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Mother Knows Best

May 8, 2013

Written by Marykate O’Malley, the daughter of a wise & loving mother, Gladwyne, PA


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I sometimes find myself dolling out advice and wonder where it came from because it certainly didn’t come from me. Advice, kept hidden away in a deep Mom vault where the wisdom of the ages is kept. And when the time comes, starts pouring from my mouth – “take turns, if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all, chew with your mouth closed and finish your homework, stop teasing your sister, don’t forget to say thank you”. “Wash your hands, always tell the truth, stand up for each other, be thankful for what you have, share”.

This advice  comes from the vast, timeless and endless inspiration of Mothers, who pass along their wisdom to their daughters, who pass it along to their children, who then pass it along to the next generation. Moms before us have been saying the same things probably since the beginning of Moms. And although the context was different I am sure the message was the same.

And when I consider it, all the things my Mother taught me didn’t teach me simply how to “be” but really how to live. And if truly put to work, could change the world and make it a place every Mother would feel good in which raising her children.

Allow to me to explain:

Issue – wars, oppression

Mother’s advice – stop fighting, treat others as you want to be treated, do the right thing


Issue  – crime, violence

Mother’s advice – tell the truth, be peacemakers, keep your hands to yourself, don’t take things that don’t belong to you


Issue – world hunger, famine

Mother’s advice – share what you have, treat others as you want to be treated, help each other


Issue – the environment, pollution

Mother’s advice – take care of your things, clean up after yourself


Issue  – materialism, greed

Mother’s advice – don’t worry about anyone but yourself, be grateful for what you have


This Mother’s Day, I am going to try to live up to my Mother’s standards – to always do my best, to be a good sport, share, and be patient and kind and to get along with my brothers and sisters in the most global and broad sense possible.

Thank you Mom, I love you! Happy Mother’s Day!

What is the best advice your mom gave you?

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  1. Cathy Baker

      on May 8, 2013 8:59 pm

    I love this perspective! Yes, we do hold the power to ‘change the world’! My mom’s best advice: “Of all the things you wear, your smile is the most important!” :)


  2. Marykate

      on May 9, 2013 6:25 am

    Love that Cathy – smiling as I type this!


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