Mother’s Day is fast approaching. My second one! Wow, how time has flown. I was recently at a baby shower where we were asked to share our #1 piece of mom advice for the mama-to-be. It got me thinking about allllll the advice (often unwarranted!) that we get as moms and which pieces really stick. I thought I’d share some of my favorite nuggets I’ve received, one before I was a mom and one after. And then I’d love to hear yours.
I’m partnering with Sephora for this post today, by the way! They have some really amazing gift sets for your mom that feel a little more personal than just your standard flowers or chocolates. The Sephora Favorites Kit Deluxe Perfume Sampler, for example, is one of my faves. It has ten mini sizes of their top selling perfumes so Mom can try ’em all out! (They’d also look so cute on her vanity!) Then, inside the box there’s a scent certificate that she can cash in for a full-size bottle of her fave! BAM! If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that I’m 100% turning into my mom. We have the same mannerisms, sweet tooth, look like identical twins (though she doesn’t see it!) and we even have the same taste in perfume. So basically this gift also doubles as a way for me to know what perfume I should get next too. Ha! But now, back to my Mom, I’ll start with her advice.
When I was writing this, I asked her what she’d say her number one piece of parenting advice is and she said, “Always make sure your child knows you love them and be there for them. In good times and bad!” If that doesn’t define my mom, I don’t know what does. But I brought up another piece of advice she’s said frequently (And one that I vividly remember my best friend’s mom saying too), “Give your kids roots and wings.” I love the sentiment of that. To give your kids a strong foundation and home, but to be ready to watch them flourish and support them on their own journey, wherever that may take them. Though now that I (and my brothers) have moved across the country she always jokes, “Maybe we gave you too big of wings.” Haha!
In one way or another, every mom friend of mine has told me this next piece of advice since we brought Arlo home. “You do you.” No two moms are the same, no two kids are the same, no two families are the same. You have to trust your gut and do what works for you. I remind myself of that every time I question a choice I make for Arlo and every time I compare myself to another mom. It is SO true and my greatest lesson learned thus far in my journey.
Photos by Jeff Mindell
So now, I’d love to hear what’s the best piece of mama advice you’ve received?? Or, if you’re not a mom yet, what’s the best advice your parent or parental figure has given you? Would love to hear in the comments below!
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