(Angela Cerrito originally posted things her mother told her, and I thought the idea was so good, I'm copying it for Mother's Day!)
For at least one second today, just be quiet!
Tell the truth.
Quit crying, you're not really hurt.
It's OK to cry.
Wait till your father gets home.
It's OK, we don't have to tell him.
It's doesn't matter if you didn't do it, the teacher says you did it, and you're going to get it when we get home.
I know that isn't fair. Life isn't fair.
Is that really the best you can do?
It's OK that you didn't win. You worked hard. You tried your best.
I don't care if you don't want to do your chores. You're doing them anyway.
I don't have to pay you to do chores. You're doing them anyway.
Don't try to go to your father. You're going to do your chores one way or the other.
Clean your plate.
I don't care if it's broccoli, clean your plate.
I don't care if it's okra, clean your plate.
You know I love you, right?
When you're on the trip, don't just take a bunch of pictures of your friends, take pictures of everything you see around you.
Whatever you want to do, you can do it.
But I'm not paying for it.
Go to church.
Watch your weight.
You are not leaving the house like that.
Don't compare yourself to your brother.
You'll regret doing that when you're older.
You'll regret not doing that when you're older.
I miss him, too.
Quit yelling, I'm just trying to help.
I don't know why they don't want to publish you. Your book is awesome!
One day, you're going to be published and I'll be first in line to get your book.
I believe in you.
I love you.