Things Your Mother Shouldn’t Have Told You (Plus One She Should Have And Didn’t)

Is your mom full of little tidbits that may or may not apply to your life as your know it? Some of this advice should be relegated to the history museums. See if any of these phrases sound familiar.

OBEY YOUR HUSBAND

You should obey the traffic rules, the tax law and the rules of your employer. But your lifelong, equal partner in marriage? Not unless you don’t consider yourself an intelligent adult capable of making your own decisions. This is one piece of advice that you can safely ignore.

NEVER WEAR WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY

In the past, people were judged on their class by their knowledge of and adherence to, certain fashion dictates. One of them was not wearing white clothing after Labor Day. Nowadays, society really couldn’t care less if you choose to rock your white capris after the first Monday in September. I think they’d much rather enforce a rule that would make guys pull their pants up so we can’t see their underwear.

THE WAY TO A MAN’S HEART IS THROUGH HIS STOMACH

Well, if you ever got a chance to cook for a guy and he appreciates good food, that advice may work a little. But for those of us in the technology age who rely on Internet dating, it’s much easier to get a guy’s attention if you look nice. And if you want to reach his heart over the long term, take care of yourself physically and emotionally, and be a loving partner. He can always dial for take-out.

FEIGN AN INTEREST IN HIS HOBBIES

This is bad advice on so many levels. First, if you’re feigning an interest in his hobbies, your man’s not going to get to know the real you. That’s not fair to him. Second, with this advice, you don’t even get to be your true self, and that’s completely unfair to you. Just be yourself, and the right guy will be naturally attracted to you for all the best reasons. Because he likes you for you. Not some fake version you’re pretending to be.

 

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