Since there have been mothers, they've been doling out advice to their children on what to eat, how to behave, and when that long-overdue haircut is urgently needed. When it comes to love, some mothers adopt a strict "don't ask, don't tell" policy while others find themselves privvy to all of their offsprings' relationship secrets.
We asked YourTango staffers to share love advice from their moms (or mother-like figures), so the rest of us might learn from them. Here are the results:
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"In life and in love it's easy to know what is right and what is wrong—the hard part is following through on those choices. Honesty always works out in the long run."
- Nils Arrington, Video Production Assistant
"Some time in high school or college, I was crazy about someone and she told me 'When you grow up you can't be with the person you love all the time. You have to get used to being apart.' That was good advice at the time. Now it seems pretty obvious, and I think common sense—it wouldn't be healthy to be with the person you love all the time!"
- Sarah Harrison, Senior Editor
"Your background helps you or hurts you. She was talking about taking photographs, but it applies to love, too."
- Kevin Osgood, Video Coordinating Producer
"My mother-in-law would never give me advice (except to work less and eat more) but she does a great job communicating her 'love philosophy' through her actions. She is very attentive to her husband. She takes good care of him, and he is so appreciative and respectful of her. While she is focused on caretaking, she is also strong willed, smart, and opinionated—never subordinate in the least. It's wonderful to see how her kids also adore and respect her—I suspect, in part, because she strikes this balance of service and strength so beautifully.