Growing up, you probably heard a lot of things from your mom that made you roll your eyes. Sometimes you pretended to take it in, sometimes you argued back, and sometimes you just tried to ignore it.
Here are 10 times she was right and now you know it.
As a kid, it’s easy to let setbacks, failures, and rejections get you down. But those are part of growing up, and the only way to really get past them and grow is to believe in yourself even when it seems that nothing you do is working.
Let’s be honest: just about every kid hates bedtimes and curfews. However, having to come home by dark probably kept you safer and out of trouble, and not being allowed to stay up all night helped you develop routines that enabled you to function at school and, later, in work and life.
“That’s not fair!” It’s probably one of the most commonly repeated phrases during childhood. And to be fair (ha!), a lot of things weren’t fair when you were growing up, and you often seemed to wind up on the short end just because you were a kid.
When you’re a kid, grudges and revenge fantasies over real and perceived wrongs can feel good. Forgiving a sibling, friend, or schoolmate doesn’t seem too fun or rewarding. It might even make you feel weak.
Wash your face, comb your hair, brush your teeth, and so on. Okay, Mom. But she was onto something. Those good habits didn’t just keep you healthy; they also helped you make good first impressions on interviewers, admissions officers, and romantic interests.