Prudent Advice

by Lesley on May 12, 2012 · 1 comment

in make-you-think

In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share snipets from a book my mother-in-law gave me last weekend. (Thank you, Marlene! You are wonderful!)

The book is called “Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman)” by Jaime Morrison Curtis.

The book is an easy read, and cute on a coffee table or nightstand. A lot of times I find that coffee table books can be cheesy, but this book actually made me think about ways I’d like to treat people better, new experiences I’d like to try, and values I want to model to Anna. If you need a last minute gift idea for a mom in your life, this is a good one. There are over 400 honest and funny lessons of advice…but here are some of my favorites:

Always send a thank you note.

Take yourself on dates.

Appreciate the weather.

Walking away from oil on the stove is a guaranteed disaster (found that out this week!)

Frequent your local merchants.

Talk to strangers.

Everyone is a hypocrite.

Advocate for the causes you believe in.

There’s no need to comment on anyone’s weight. (Whether overweight or thin, it just makes people uncomfortable when you discuss their bodies. It’s really none of your business anyway.)

If you want to leave a party and you don’t have a good excuse, spill something on yourself.

Expressing your individuality is important, but try not to become a caricature of yourself.

Fame is not something you should aspire to.

There are times when you need to listen to the same song over and over.

When you drop off someone at home, wait until he or she gets inside before driving away.

Teach your baby the word “yes.” They learn “no” on their own so quickly.

Righty tighty, lefty loosey.

Let it be.

Happy Mother’s Day to my own mama, Ann. I love you Mom! 

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I think I'm going to have to pick this book up! I love it, because more than a few of the lessons you listed were ones my mom has instilled in me. Happy Mother's Day to a wonderful momma! :)