Over the years – both as a child and an adult – I have learned plenty about life from my mother. As Mother’s Day is sneaking up on us, I find it important to reflect on how my own mom has influenced who I am as a person (as well as a mother myself). Here are some life tips that my mom has shined on me from the beginning:
- Be prepared. Mom is a relatively organized person, and she taught me that I should prep for anything that I do. Make sure that supplies are packed, lists are made, and you have any notes that you may need.
- Be punctual. Growing up, we arrived early to pretty much every event. Punctuality is not only a sign of respect, but also can be a way for you to assist in getting the event ready.
- Be honest. Honesty is the foundation of any relationship – familial, romantic, professional, etc. It creates the setting for the rest of the relationship, letting someone know whether or not you can be trusted. If you can’t be trusted, you’ll lose what you could have had.
- Be respectful. Noting someone’s boundaries – and respecting those boundaries – is one of the best ways that you can show a person that you care about and respect them.
- Be trusting. Just as you should be trustworthy, you should also be trusting of the other person. My mom recognizes that my kids are mine and not hers. She understands that she has already raised her kids and that I will raise mine as I see best. (I’m so glad I don’t deal with someone who tries to raise my kids for me!)
- Be there. Particularly for kids, it’s important for a parent to simply be there. But even in professional relationships, try to be there for others. Let them know that you are available; this will help them see you as dependable and will strengthen that bond.