Many of the most valuable lessons my mom has taught me through the years have happened subtly — not by words but by example, watching the way she lives her life every day. Lessons like: you always have time to take a genuine interest in others’ lives, be empathetic, always wear sunscreen, and perhaps most of all, enjoy the little moments in life. Unlike many parents who are constantly trying to get their kids to work harder, make better grades, and strive for more success, my mom is usually encouraging me to lighten up and live a little! I think she knows that my Type A tendencies can make it more of a challenge to live in the present and savor the everyday.

Growing up, my mom cooked a great dinner for us every night, and we generally ate really healthfully — you’d never find a can of soda or box of Fruit Loops in our kitchen (the occasional Hot Pocket made an appearance, but hey, this was the early 90’s.) But every once in awhile, for no reason at all, my brother and I would come home from school and my mom would announce that it was Banana Split for Dinner night! She’d halve bananas, scoop out ice cream, make her famous homemade hot fudge, then set out bowls of chopped nuts, strawberries, whipped cream, cherries, and we’d go to town.

It might not sound like anything revolutionary, but those nights left such an impression on me. They taught me the importance of not taking life too seriously; that discipline is important, but it’s not the most important thing, and that life without a little spontaneity and silliness is not really living. Now that I’m a mom myself, I try to remind myself that every single day presents a fresh opportunity to embrace the little moments, and that sometimes you’ve got to go off schedule in order to make time for fun.

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Okay, now it’s your turn! In honor of Mother’s Day, I’d love to hear in the comments: what’s the best life lesson your mom (or aunt, or grandmother, or female mentor) ever passed along to you?

And I’d love to hear in the comments: what’s the best life lesson your mom (or aunt, or grandmother, or female mentor) ever passed along to you?

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    Caitlin April 19, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    I grew up with a single mother. Things were tough and now that I’m older, I understand what she had to go through in order for us to make it. We were never poor, by any means, but I distinctly remember eating a lot of frozen pizza and chicken because it was cheap to feed two children with those types of things.

    But the biggest lesson that I received from my mother was to never give up and always trust myself. She told me that she kept fighting for more hours at work so she could keep us fed, and that she could’ve just asked for help from her parents but she knew that she could do it on her own. I’ve always been an independent person and I’ve come to realize that I’ve been following in her footsteps all along. After she had my sister, she went back to school, finished up her degree, and got a better paying job to allow her to support both herself and her children.

    My mother means the absolute world to me and I don’t know where I would be without her. Independence, love, friendship, family, the list goes on. It’s hard to pick one particular thing she has taught me because she taught me so many things that weigh heavily in my life. The most important lesson was “love and forgiveness.” Life is too short to hate and hold grudges.

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    Tammy April 19, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Plz pick my mama she is a living carring God fearing woman who now only raised her children but other’s also she lost boy her boys years a part and now the love of her life my handsome daddy past away July 2015 ;-( so she needs suma good to happen in her life through all the lost she has had she still thanks God for everything that is still good in her life she is a very special woman to many tyvm for what u are doing God will truly bless u for doing this for mothers all over

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    Yanglish April 20, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Beautiful products in the photos.

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities April 20, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    There is something about rainbow sprinkles that I just cannot get enough of!!!!

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