10 Times Your Mom Was Right and Now You Know It

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.

Believing in Yourself Matters

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.

Keeping a Good Schedule Is Important

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.

Life Isn’t Fair

“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.

Forgiveness Is a Sign of Strength, Not Weakness

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.

Keep Yourself Neat and Clean

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.

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