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50+ Things Moms Say That Stick With Us

From our wobbly first steps to those big life hurdles we’ve jumped, one voice has always been there: our loving mom. 

Whether she’s cracking a joke, laying down the law, or showering us with love, her words seem to stick around, don’t they? 

These sayings are a family heirloom passed down through the ages. 

Let’s stroll down memory lane of the unforgettable things moms say that has carved a special place in our hearts.

happy mother with daughter climbing on her back

Words of Wisdom

Moms have a unique way of breaking down life’s complexities into straightforward, relatable advice. 

They’re not just sharing their insights but often the collective wisdom of generations. 

Research shows that these sayings connect us to our cultural roots, giving us a sense of identity and belonging.​1​

  • “Treat others how you want to be treated.”
  • “This too shall pass.”
  • “Always sprinkle kindness wherever you go; it’s the one thing that never runs out.”
  • “Money doesn’t grow on trees.”
  • “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

Humorous Mom

Laughter is a universal language, and moms are fluent in it. 

These humorous quips, often used to diffuse tense situations or to drive home a point, showcase the lighter side of motherhood.

Humor from authoritative parents is linked to positive impacts on academic performance.​2​

  • “I’ve got eyes in the back of my head.”
  • “I don’t care who started it; I’m ending it!”
  • “Running late? Must’ve inherited that from your father’s side!”
  • “I’m not a regular mom; I’m a cool mom… until bedtime rolls around.”
  • “Laundry today or naked tomorrow – your choice!”

Health and Well-being

Our mothers have always been our first line of defense regarding health. 

Though sometimes met with an eye-roll, their reminders underscore their unwavering concern for our well-being. 

Studies indicate that these sayings encourage us to take on healthy habits.​3​

  • “Eat your vegetables; they’re good for you.”
  • “Don’t sit too close to the TV; you’ll ruin your eyes.”
  • “Wear a jacket; you’ll catch a cold.”
  • “Sleep now, or you’ll be grumpy in the morning.”
  • “Drink your milk; it’ll make your bones strong.”


A mother’s heart is like an endless well, always brimming with forgiveness and love. 

These words capture the essence of a mom’s unwavering, unconditional love as the foundation for her child’s emotional and social growth.​4​

  • “I’ll always be here for you, no matter what.”
  • “You are my sunshine.”
  • “I love you to the moon and back.”
  • “You’ll always be my baby.”
  • “Remember, home is where the heart is.”

Lessons in Patience and Persistence

Life is filled with challenges, and moms, with their reservoir of experience, often emphasize the virtues of patience and persistence. 

Their words serve as gentle nudges, pushing us to persevere even when the going gets tough.

Some studies have found that persistence, often instilled by mothers’ teachings, is more critical to success than mere talent.​5​

  • “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
  • “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.”
  • “Patience is a virtue.”
  • “Good things come to those who wait.”
  • “Practice makes perfect.”


Behind every successful individual is a supportive mom who believes in their dreams. 

These words of encouragement, often whispered during moments of doubt, serve as powerful motivators, propelling us to reach for the stars.

Children with mothers encouraging their efforts and abilities (a growth mindset) are more likely to embrace challenges and view failures as learning opportunities.​6​

  • “You can be anything you want to be.”
  • “Believe in yourself.”
  • “Always do your best.”
  • “Dream big.”
  • “I’m proud of you, always.”

Life’s Realities

Life is a mix of highs and lows, and moms, with their wealth of experience, often prepare us for its unpredictable nature. 

Grounded in reality, these sayings teach us to face life’s challenges head-on with grace and resilience.

  • “Life isn’t always fair.”
  • “Sometimes we have to do things we don’t want to.”
  • “You won’t know unless you try.”
  • “Every cloud has a silver lining.”
  • “Actions speak louder than words.”

On Friendships

Relationships form the bedrock of our lives, and mothers, with their innate wisdom, often guide us in nurturing these bonds. 

Their insights on friendships and love remind us of the importance of authenticity, trust, and mutual respect in our interactions.

  • “Birds of a feather flock together.”
  • “It’s not about having many friends, but having true ones.”
  • “Honesty is the best policy.”
  • “A friend in need is a friend indeed.”
  • “Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice.”

Money Matters

With their practical wisdom, moms often have a thing or two to say about finances. 

Whether it’s teaching us the value of a dollar or imparting lessons on saving and spending, these nuggets of advice are golden rules many of us carry into adulthood.

Researchers have found that children who discussed financial matters with their parents had better financial well-being.​7​

  • “A penny saved is a penny earned.”
  • “Don’t spend what you don’t have.”
  • “Money can’t buy happiness.”
  • “Always save for a rainy day.”
  • “It’s not about how much you make, but how much you save.”

Growing Up

As we grow and strive for independence, our mothers cheer us on and remind us of our responsibilities.

  • “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.”
  • “Stand up for what you believe in, even if you stand alone.”
  • “Make your bed, and you’ll feel better about the day.”
  • “Always be true to yourself.”
  • “With freedom comes responsibility.”


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