Mother knows best ... even if you don't listen the first time.
As mother's it's our job to protect our dear daughter as long as possible, from scraped knees to broken hearts. But, every now and then we can spare you the pain (or try damn hard to) with a warning or a bit of motherly advice.
Most things you'll have to discover for yourself (especially concerning men), but it's our hope that if we arm you with the knowledge then you'll only have to endure each love lesson once before seeing that mom really does know best and you really do deserve the best — thus, decreasing your odds of heartbreak in the long run, as it's usually not 100 percent avoidable.
So, in honor of mothers and mother figures around the world, here are 25 golden nuggets of motherly advice about your love/dating life:
1. Never Learn To Clean A Fish ... Or Else ...
Never learn to clean a fish or you'll be doing it for the rest of your life. Slow down your walk, because if he doesn't open the door for you the first time, he probably never will
2. Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basket
Or all your dates in one basket, until you're talking about the honeymoon in Jamaica.
3. Pretty Is As Pretty Does
If you're feeling like the wicked witch on the inside, your date will see it on the outside ... no matter how beautiful you are.
4. You Can Be Anything You Desire ...
... unless, of course, you want to be inauthentic. Inauthentic is the worst thing you can be when you're single (or a human).
5. Learn Something New ... Everyday
Read an article about the way men think here. It will do you worlds of good.
6. You Don't Have To Have The Last Word
Or the last text. If he doesn't ask you a direct question, you don't need a response to a response. Please ladies, leave a little mystery.
7. You Can Be Pretty And Smart
Kudos to this one. You can be pretty, but don't let the smarts with your date become a competition.
8. Never Write Down Anything You Don't Want Someone To Read
I actually encourage this kind of writing, but if you really don't want anyone else to read it, keep it hidden, or get out the Zippo.
9. Turn Off the Lights
Light a candle. Not only will you save on your electricity bill, but the shadows will do you both wonders.
10. A Bit of Booze Will Make You Feel Better
A bit of booze might take the edge off, but a lot of booze will make the toilet your new best friend.
11. Find Humor in Everything
If you trip on your way into the coffee shop, bring attention to it and have a good laugh about it.
12. When You're In A Relationship Keep Your Friends
You don't want a man to become your whole world, just a nice, tasty piece of it.
13. Never Go Out in Dirty Underwear.
Need I say more? Just don't.
15. Don't Believe Everything You Hear
If he tells you he's slept with every other woman on the first date, don't believe him.
16. Small Minds Talk About Small Things
"OMG! Can you believe that Sally slept with Jamel after the first date?" Stay away from this kind of topic.
17. Follow Your Heart
If you trust your heart instead of your brain you will be more emotionally available and vulnerable. This is a great path to follow. The path of love is much more fun than the path of ego.
18. Make the Best of It
A smelly or boring date is another chance for you to get clear on what you don't want.
19. It's Better To Be Alone Than To Wish You Were Alone
There's no need to settle for a guy who is a great kisser but is lazy and wants you to be his mommy.
20. Keep It Simple
This means hair, make-up, and your brain. Don't over-analyze every little detail of your date.
21. It's Easier To Catch A Bear With Honey Rather Than Vinegar
You don't need to be too sweet — like Stevia. As sweet as honey will do just fine.
22. Babies Will Be Babies, Just Take It One Minute At A Time
Or boys will be boys. Whatever your current situation looks like: just stay in the present moment.
23. If It's Not Important, Don't Say It
When you talk less, it means so much more when you do say something.
24. Don't Be So Dramatic
Keep the why-didn't-you-call-me-back-sooner-it's-been-27-whole-minutes on your television and out of your life.
25.Never Lose Your Self-Respect
If he texts you at 3 a.m. to "hang out," that is a set up for you to earn the booty-call title.