What Advice Would Your Mom Give?

Traverse City Community Reflects on Moms’ Advice

Mother’s Day is all about signing a card and picking up flowers, but one thing that lasts longer than a bouquet is advice.

Growing up my mom always taught me to take each day to become a better person.

So for Mother’s Day, I took to the streets of Traverse City to find what other helpful advice moms have passed down.

Bailey Moon says, “To probably always be on time and to now chew with my mouth open.”

Another person says, “The biggest thing that my mom has taught me is perseverance. When you get knocked down you stand back up.”

Lauren Courson says, “Your mother is always right, that’s the best advice.”

Although some of these lessons may seem simple, their meanings have made a lasting impact.

John Lien is a Traverse City community member and says his mom taught him two large lessons in his life.

He says, “First, is you have to take what comes and by that I think she meant don’t complain. The other was don’t be mean, and she didn’t like anyone who was mean to people and animals.”

Some use Mother’s Day as a way to remember those they’ve lost.

John says, “I’ve tried to follow both of her words of wisdom and she lived to be almost 99.”

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Madison Schlegel with her mother, Carolyn Schlegel.

So, I turned to my mom, Carolyn Schlegel, to ask what the best advice her mother has given to her.

She says, “Patience. Be patient and always be kind, and always respect your elders whether they’re one year older than you or forty or fifty years older than you.”

This Mother’s Day I’ve learned the best advice is the kind that lives on from generations.