In our lives, there are many lessons we learn from mom. Some of us learn about what to wear and what not to wear. And many of us learn how to believe in ourselves and how to treat others.

When we think of what we learn from mom, we might think of our biological mothers, but we also might think of a mentor, teacher, grandmother, sister, or an aunt. We might think of someone who has taken us under her wing to protect us, love us, and teach us.

A mom is someone who is there for the ups and the downs. Someone who speaks life into us. Someone who touches our heart and leaves an imprint for a lifetime.

This Mother’s Day, let’s thank our “moms” as we reflect on the valuable life lessons they have taught us and let’s celebrate the love they show us every day.

Life Lessons We Learn From Mom

Despite having access to Google and other search engines where we can look up anything and everything, many of us still go to mom for advice. It is in the moments we seek wisdom from mom when we learn some of life’s most important lessons.

Here are just a few of the lessons we learn from mom according to our Chase Oaks staff.

1. Laughter is the best medicine.

According to the Mayo Clinic, studies have shown that laughter relieves stress and soothes tension as well as boosts the immune system, alleviates pain, and increases personal satisfaction. But before medical science came along, mom always knew laughter was important for our emotional and physical health.

“I learned that laughter is the best medicine for all things.” – Stephanie Stanesic

“My mom taught me tangible lessons on how to be patient, gentle, and flexible and how to find humor in all things.” – Matt Johnston 

2. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

From setting the standards for being a good host to reminding us to always be nice (or don’t say anything at all), mom teaches us to treat others with respect and love no matter what.

“My mom always taught me about the importance of hospitality. When we had a guest over, she made sure we (my brothers and I) always asked, ‘what would you like to drink?’ instead of ‘would you like something to drink?’” – Julissa Estrada

“My mom taught me that a home should be a safe place where anyone that entered was always loved unconditionally.” – Denise May

3. Never give up.

Life can get tough, but mom always knows what to say to help us keep moving forward.

“[I learned] God made us so that we are able to ‘push through’ the hard times, even when you feel like giving up or have exhausted yourself trying.” – Melanie Swartz

 4. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.

When we struggle with our self-esteem, mom reminds us that true beauty comes from within, not from our outward appearance.

“My mom told me not to weigh myself every morning and let the number on the scale determine if I would like myself that day or not.” – Rachel Blakemore

5. Spend time with your children because they grow up too fast.

When our children are little, the days seem long, but the years are short. In those short years, mom tells us to hang in there and to cherish the moments we have with our children. Throughout our lives, mom shows us what it means to be a parent.

“[My mom taught me] children are a gift from God. We have to remember to whom they belong and remember the ‘owner of the gift will always treat it as a treasure.’ And never let messy fingers override a messy house. Let kids create, jump in puddles, explore. Soon the fingerprints will be gone, and your house will be cleaner than you want it to be.” – Tracy Parlin

“Through daily conversations, she became a ‘best friend’ in my adult years and provided a model for me with my adult children.” – Jeff Davis

6. Live life to the fullest because life is too short.

Mom encourages us to enjoy life and reach our potential because life is too short to waste.

“She modeled the importance of celebrating the big and little things of life with family and friends. Every day can be a party/celebration!” – Lori Eubanks

“My mom always told me, ‘the summer is a terrible thing to waste’…Looking back, I really appreciate her helping me see the value of the ‘in-between’ time…and also what it looks like to steward the different seasons/rhythms of life well! What a gal, shout out to you, Linda!” – Michael Yeilding

7. Mama knows best.

Throughout our entire lives, mom will give us advice, whether we ask for it or not. Even though we will go our own way sometimes, mom still gives the best advice (and we should probably listen more often).

“Well, she always told me that she was right when I refused to listen to her advice, and turns out, she was!!” – Jessica Perez 

This Mother’s Day, let’s thank our moms for loving and supporting us and for teaching us life lessons that shaped who we are.