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Things My Mother Taught Me

Updated on April 9, 2013

A Work in Progress, A Lens of Insight

This lens, dedicated to and about my Mom for her years of putting up with the kids is not all done, so come back every once in awhile and see what else I learned from my Mom.

Also, I do have a father and I learned a lot of things from him, too. That's my next project.

Pay Attention to Your Nails

For better or for worse, outside appearances matter and something as little as whether or not you have nicely manicured nails impacts people's impression of you.

I might not follow this advice every day, but I have never met a boyfriend's mother or grandmother without doing my nails first.

At Home Manicure

Always Pack the Night Before a Trip - and other packing tips

  • Always, always, always pack the night before. It doesn't matter how short a trip you are going on, you should pack at least one night before. It exponentially lowers the possibility that you will leave something at home.

  • In addition, make a list of the things you bring with you. You are much less more likely to check under the bed and in all the drawers if you *know* you are missing something instead of just thinking, "Didn't I have an extra t-shirt?"

  • Bring a bag for dirty laundry.

Eagle Creek Travel Gear Hovercraft 22 Upright Luggage, Pacific Blue
Eagle Creek Travel Gear Hovercraft 22 Upright Luggage, Pacific Blue

I originally just wanted an image of a suitcase, but then the suitcase I usually used lost its last two wheels, so I went looking for a great carry-on. This costs money, but it is highly recommended, has a lifetime guarantee, and I love it. Different colors are available, but I got the reddish one. I think they call it cinnamon or cajun.


Naps are Good

US Passports
US Passports

Your Passport Should Be Up to Date at All Times . . .

. . . because you never know when someone is going to ask you to go to Paris for the weekend.

That may never happen, I don't know. The point is that if it does happen, I'll be able to go because I have a valid passport. I've had a valid passport since I was seven. Another plus, though, is that if you lose your wallet, it is a lot easier to get around if you already have a second form of government-sanctioned ID.

To get your passport, go to The U.S. State Department to get all the information you need.

Just Start from Where Ever You Are

I am a big procrastinator, let's start from there. I would always get behind on my homework. The real trouble would start when, the next day, instead of doing that day's homework, I would try to get all the homework done in order. While this might make sense for math, it just made everything later. My mom always told me that I should just do that day's homework first, my stubborn sense of the correct order of things made me usually ignore her. My mistake.

Reading Rocks

We had a library at my house. This wasn't one of those fancy rooms where all books were leather bound but may as well have been blank inside. No, there were books of all shapes and sizes for kids, for adults. Religious texts, mystery novels, classic literature, the Nancy Drew series. Some of the spines were cracked and some of the pages dog-eared and any of us kids could wander in, pick a book and read it at a leisurely pace, returning it when done. I would be very surprised to find out that my parents had fewer than 500 books in the house I grew up in.

Charity Isn't Just About Money - You've heard that time is money, right?

I never really thought of mom as an uber-volunteer, but I think that might be because the amount she volunteered was normal for all the moms in my house (which would just be her).

In addition to either currently or formerly being the librarian, archivist, etc. for my home synagogue, she has dedicated an enormous amount of time to a bunch of other great causes. Just see below.

What would you say the best lessons you learned from you mom were?

What Has Your Mom Taught You?

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      Jennifer Einstein 6 years ago from New York City

      @sheriangell: Thanks for the blessing and for visiting.

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Your mom sounds great. I have an extremely difficult relationship with my mother, so it's always encouraging (yet at the same time envious) to read about others relationships with their moms. Good for you!

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      Philippians468 7 years ago

      my mother taught me an important lesson - that love forgives all. thank you for sharing this wonderful lens! cheers

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      GuyB LM 7 years ago

      Don't trust the government, Lie to the police and Never snitch. She also taught me this little number: Tell someone that you bet their hand is not bigger than their face. When they put their hand up to their face-you push their hand into their face. As a small child it was a real surprise and very painful. As an adult I now see the humor in this funny and innocent little prank. FYI, first time mommy did that she broke my nose.

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      Jennifer Einstein 7 years ago from New York City

      @GrowWear: Thanks! She is.

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Your mom sounds quite lovely. :)