Admit it, whether you’re making a big, life-changing decision or just thinking about going for that extra scoop of ice cream, you still sometimes hear Mom’s voice in your head. So we decided to celebrate this Mother’s Day by rounding up some of the best mom advice we’ve gotten and given. Words of wisdom and a bunch of “aww”-inducing photos ahead.
“Be happy and love yourself first.” —Sarah, public relations pro
“My daughters and I play the Mad Sad Glad game a lot. At the end of each day we ask each other what made us mad, sad and glad. It’s a good game—sometimes what made you mad is also what made you glad.” —Alice, creative guru
“My mom taught me that family is everything. I’m super close to my siblings as a result and I can’t wait to start a family of my own because I was raised by a woman who is the epitome of a loyal wife and mother. She gave me all the tools for success.” —Brooke, digitaldevotee
“Always take the tiny jars of jam and ketchup from hotel room service trays—they come in handy more often than you think!” —Chaffee, marketing maven
“Wear sunscreen!” —Betony, copy connoisseur
“The best advice from my mom is to appreciate the value of a home-cooked meal. She got me my first cookbook with one recipe for each letter of the alphabet when I was three. To this day, the best chocolate cake I’ve ever made (from scratch) came from that book. I still cook dinner at least three times a week, and Mom always asks me to cook with her when I go back home.” —Seth, e-commerce expert
“Surround yourself with people who inspire you to be your best self. (And there’s nothing that can’t be fixed with a bowl of spaghetti.)” —Caitlin, design whiz
How’s that for a lifetime of great advice? Show your own mom some love with a really good gift. Shop our favorites for Mother’s Day here.