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This Mother’s Day, celebrate your mom by reflecting on her impact in your life. What did she teach you as a child that has stuck with you throughout the years? How has she helped you become a better mom to your own children? Read our Resident Moms’ greatest lessons learned from their mothers, then share yours!

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“My mother taught me to try things and to keep learning, saying, ‘Life’s too short to be afraid.’ Lack of money didn’t stop her from taking her children to see plays, landmarks, or tourist traps, pushing us to play instruments, learn languages, or play sports. She allowed us to experience both victories and failures, teaching that mistakes may be the more beneficial. Her favorite song was Plenty of Time, more poignant after her death at 37. My 37th found me revisiting both our bucket lists, crossing off what I had done. Several things are incomplete but, because of my mother, I’m not afraid to try.” — Rachel Turner


“The best lesson is hard! She teaches me so much. I think one of the best things she has taught me is to take my time. I’m a chaotic, creative kind of person but she taught me to slow down, enjoy the moment and appreciate the detail. She takes beautiful photographs and is a very loving grandma so I see her put her own advice into practice.” — Alison Carl


“Treat people the same regardless of who they are and what they do. Speak to the janitor the same way you speak to the CEO. And as you become an adult, you’ll be able to count your friends — your good friends, your true, true friends — on one hand.” — Windy Jennings

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“The greatest lesson my mom taught me was to smile and be kind to everyone. It may be exactly what they need. I’ve made it a point to also teach my own children the same. It takes little effort to be kind but can make a big impact.” — Bethany Wallace


“The greatest lesson my mom taught me was to work hard for what I want. She never just gave me the things I desired; I had to work for it. I worked on chores around the house for my allowance and worked as a babysitter later on. As a result, I have always been and still am proud of working for the things I want. Even though my dad has always worked hard, my work ethic mostly comes from my mom and for that I am grateful!” — Rachel Tipton


“The greatest lessons my mom taught me were strength and selflessness. I saw her transition from corporate dynamo to stay-at-home mom and from wife of 30 years to a treasured widow much too young. Through it all, I cant remember any time she let the focus be on her; she was always busy doing for others and stepping out of the spotlight she often deserved. So thankful for this example as I grow as a mom!” — Amy Benchener

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“My mom has taught me many important lessons.  One lesson that stands out to me, however, is that everyone is going through something. It is important to remember that, even if it doesn’t seem important to me, it is to the other person and they, like me are struggling in their own way. My hardships are no more difficult than anyone else’s hardships. This lesson has helped me in more ways than one including remaining strong through tough times as well as remaining compassionate and providing help whenever possible.” — Nicole Miller


“The greatest lesson my mom taught me is that actions speak louder than words. I realize watching her be an amazing working mom has given me the confidence that I can be just as great as she was/is! I am proud of her successes in her career and never once felt like she wasn’t there for me and my sister. Balancing motherhood is difficult enough and working outside of the home adds a whole other element of balance that is necessary. I learned that balancing act from her and that what you do with your kids during the time you are with them can be even more impactful than the words you speak to them.” — Brittany Carter