20 Things Women Wish Their Moms Had Told Them

20 Things Women Wish Their Moms Had Told Them

Here’s a list of wisdom you won’t want to miss passing along to your own daughter.


By Jeanne Sager

Every generation of moms faces different challenges. We have the Internet to contend with; our parents had to let us go off into the wild blue yonder without the safety nets offered by cellphones. But if you’re a mother raising a girl today, you likely have one distinct advantage: You know what it is your mom didn’t do for you … that you wish she had.

It’s no surprise women tend to remember these things. A study published in the published in the European Journal of Public Health in 2015 posits that our mothers are substantially more influential than our dads when it comes to how we parent our own kids.

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We asked women to share the one thing they always wish their mom had said to them. Because their moms can’t go back and say these things, but the moms who are trying to figure out what it is they should pick and choose from their own childhoods get a do-over. You still have a chance to say these important words to your little girl:

  1. "I'm proud of you. You don't need to be perfect, but try new things. It's amazing what you can do when you try!" -- Michelle P.
  2. “You're beautiful.” -- Awanthi V.
  3. “You’re going to get chin hairs. “ -- Theresa A.
  4. “I would like to spend time with you, doing what you want to do.” -- Stephanie L.
  5. "You don't need makeup. No woman does." -- Erica M.
  6. “You are enough just the way you are.” -- Elizabeth W.
  7. “Kids do not come with instructions.” -- Barbara Y.
  8. “You should wear what you feel great in, not just worry about hiding the parts you are embarrassed about.” -- Naomi H.
  9. “People who treat you badly are not your friends.” -- Kristi H.
  10. “Get to know and understand your own body.” -- Anna P.
  11. “You don’t have to be the best at everything.” -- Jeana W.
  12. “I love my body.” -- Kathi V.
  13. “You can do or be anything you want.” -- Kirsten R.
  14. “Follow your instincts.” -- Karen W.
  15. “Getting something wrong is not the same as failing.” -- Abby P.
  16. “Being strong doesn’t make you less feminine.” -- Stephanie W.
  17. “I’m proud of you.” -- Tracy S.
  18. “I’m here if you need me.” -- Nyssa C.
  19. “I love you.” -- Amanda E.
  20. “You’re not responsible for your brother. You’re responsible for you.” -- Terri H.
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What is the one thing you always wish your mom said to you?


Jeanne Sager is a freelance writer, photographer and social media junkie. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, daughter, and way too many pets. You can follow her @JeanneSager.

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