Between rounds of harping on our vegetable intake, moms drop some pretty good nuggets of advice. And while we all spent a good number of our formative years ignoring it, it's impossible to ever get that little voice out of your head.
That's the magic of moms, of course, and the wisdom -- sometimes sage, sometimes hilarious -- they pass down to children. Whether notes on a lady's conduct, absolutes on toothbrushes, insightful advice on love, mandates on horizontal stripes, and the just plumb nuts (you should hear ours on "evil" women and red nail polish), moms are the constantly writing our own very own personal handbook on life.
So happy Mother's Day, South Florida moms and grandmas. You're the best. And in your honor, we've compiled a slideshow of the best advice you've given some of the brightest names around. Sound familiar, anyone?
"When I was little my mom always said I should say hi to people." --Diego <br><br> "My grandma always says 'Don't think too much.' --Gabriel <br><br> "My mom always advised using using a waterpik." --Danny <br><br> <a href="http://jacuzziboys.com/" target="_hplink">JacuzziBoys.com</a>
"There was always this tremendous emphasis on family and the importance of your family in your life, and that you have many acquaintances along the way -- and friends as well -- but the people that are going to be there for you all your life are your family. In the political arena, I think that's a very good lesson to remember, because you know when you want to talk to somebody about something that's important to you and you want it to stay private -- in Washington, they say get a dog. So for me, it's always been my ability to have a close-knit family, and that comes from my mother and my grandmother as well." -- <a href="http://www.flsenate.gov/senators/s34" target="_hplink">Senator Nan Rich</a>
"My mom always told me to never settle due to societal pressure. Always go for what feels right inside. And I always do." -- Somy Ali, former Bollywood actress and founder of <a href="http://www.nmtproject.org/" target="_hplink">No More Tears</a>
"Always wear clean underwear" --Daniel Milewski, owner of <a href="http://lestersmiami.com/" target="_hplink">Lester's</a>
"As a chubby kid, my mother told me that fat people shouldn't wear horizontal stripes or hats cause it only makes us look fatter. As you can see from the photographic evidence, I didn't listen then or now." -- Kareem Tabsch, <a href="http://www.o-cinema.org/" target="_hplink">O Cinema</a>
"It sounds simple, but the best advice my mother has given me is to invest in quality skin lotions and moisturize daily. Living in Miami it's so important to keep your skin hydrated. I always think of my mom when I put on lotion in the mornings and evening." --Amanda Del Duca, fashion blogger and editor of <a href="http://capturefashion.com/" target="_hplink">Capture Fashion</a>
"From my grandmother, 'True beauty lies within.' From my mom, 'The man always has to love the woman more than the woman loves the man.' -- Cuci Amador<br> <br> 'Go with your gut feeling.' --Smurphio<br> <br> (<em>Download current release <a href="http://www.afrobeta.com/" target="_hplink"><em>Wig Party</em> here</a>.</em>)
"The best piece of advice ever given to me [by my grandmother] would be 'always treat others the way you want to be treated' and 'when one door closes another will open with something better' ...I know they both sound corny, but true." -- Jamie DeRosa, Executive Chef, <a href="http://www.tudorhousemiami.com/" target="_hplink">Tudor House</a>
"To shut the f@ck up!" --Michael Schwartz, Chef/Owner of <a href="http://michaelsgenuine.com/" target="_hplink">Michael's Genuine Food & Drink</a>
"Undoubtedly, the most valuable thing I learned from my maternal grandmother was to stand up for myself - but ALWAYS with style and class. She used to say 'You can't fake class, and you can't teach it to someone either - they either have it, or they don't. You can have all the money in the world, and no class. Always be proud, always respect yourself, and the world will respect you too. Don't ever take 'crap' from anyone, but ALWAYS be a lady and NEVER forget your manners - they will get you far. (That one has proved more useful and truer than I'd ever imagined). 'Be strong - don't cry - things happen for a reason; learn from disappointing experiences and move forward.'" -- <a href="http://www.miamicityballet.org/" target="_hplink">Miami City Ballet</a> principal dancer Jennifer Kronenberg
"My mother instilled many wonderful traits in me such as -- always stay classy and never trashy. She taught me the importance of saying "please" and "thank you." She pushes me to follow my dreams and taught me to how cook a mean leg of Greek lamb. Most of all -- mommy is always right. Every. Single. Time. Especially the time she screamed at me for waxing my eyebrows à la Pamela Anderson in the '90s." -- Maria Tettamanti, <a href="http://TheWordyGirl.net" target="_hplink">TheWordyGirl.net</a>
"We are here to serve, not to be served" -- the advice from mom Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti mentions just about every time he swears in a new deputy or firefighter.
"I was one of eight children in the Muscarello family, four boys and four girls. I was the oldest boy in the family. My mother always told me to set a good example for my younger brothers, to be a role model, someone to look up to. I think I did a pretty good job. All of my brothers grew up to be fine young men -- respectable, hardworking and devoted to the entire Muscarello family and to all they came in contact with for the rest of their lives."