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  • We've rolled our eyes, taken deep breaths, and thought to ourselves, 'Is mom ever going to finish?' with her rants and scolding. We even promise ourselves -- I am never going to be like my mom.

    It's why we cringe when we catch ourselves being exactly like the woman we didn't want to be. It will dawn on you, perhaps as soon as your baby is born, that mom was right. Her methods might have been inconsistent, even frustrating. But, as moms ourselves, we now know it was all because of one goal: to raise a healthy, bright, and happy child who can stand on her own when it's time to cut the apron strings.

    Here are 13 lessons from their mothers that celeb moms say they always take to heart. 

    1. Don't be afraid to be practical. 


    "It was healthier [for us] to get a tutor. My mom would get frustrated when she tutored me in Math and she would morph into this high-strung woman. So she finally got a tutor, and life was better. I understood my lessons better because I was not gripped with fear of agitating her."  Lucy Torres-Gomez 

    2. Make room for positivity in your life.  
    "The best piece of advice that my mom has passed on to me -- and one that I have taken to heart and practiced with my children and everyone I have ever loved -- is this: 'Never sleep on an argument, make your goodbyes always pleasant, and say ‘I love you’ as often as you can." – Cathy S. Babao  

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    3. Treat people how you would like to be treated. 
    "Siguro the things I try to teach my children that I’ve learned from Mama Guy (Nora Aunor) is to be respectful towards other people regardless who they are, regardless where come from. And to always be humble." Lotlot De Leon  

    4. Time with family is never wasted. 

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    "Nire-remind sa akin ng mommy [Lydia] ko na palaging gumawa ako ng oras para sa anak ko kasi ang bilis ng panahon. Kailangan i-savor yung lahat ng moment, lahat ng oras kasi 'di ba kasi ang sobrang bilis ng laki ng mga bata. So kailangan samahan mo sila at bantayan mo lang palagi kasi nakikita kung paano mo sila pinalalaki [pagdating] sa ugali [nila]."  Jennylyn Mercado

    5. Invest in the future.   
    "My mom always taught me to save and to hold on to as much as you possibly can. Thanks to that kind of mentality, we've been able to buy a house, put my brother through school, take care of ourselves in a much more financially sound and secure way than we were ever used to." Lea Salonga 

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    6. Let your values guide you in life.

    "The best lesson I learned from my mom is keep your etiquette and moral values intact." Chesca Garcia-Kramer


    7. See the bigger picture. 
    "Lagi kong natatandaan na sinasabi sa akin ng mom ko, 'Anak, you always keep your feet on the ground. Lagi kang humble, and you always give back all the glory kay God.' My mom kasi sobrang in love yun kay God and lagi niyang tinuturo sa amin na sa lahat ng gagawin namin, we always do it for Him." Precious Lara Quigaman 

    8. To discipline is to help your child face the challenges in his future.   


    “She always used to say, ‘Ruffa, 'wag kang masyadong maging lenient sa mga anak mo. The formative years of their lives are from the ages 1 to 7. So, kailangan dun pa lang, i-train mo na sila. Disiplinahin mo na sila.’ And of course, being a single working mom, I have to have be both, ‘yung pagke-care and at the same time, ‘yung pagdi-disiplina din sa kanila.” Ruffa Gutierez


    Ceana in every decision I make. She taught me to manage my schedule wisely and allot special time to bond with my kid.” – Vina Morales

    11. Be generous.

    "As a mother, I love seeing my kids grow into kind adults. Baking, cooking, spending time outdoors and playing old-school Pinoy games allow us to bond as a family. My mom told me to always be giving." Dimples Ramona  

    12. Be patient with yourself. 
    “My mom taught me patience. Do something one step at a time…you won’t learn everything all at once. Don’t be hard on yourself.” Melissa Ricks

    13. Listen to your mother.  
    "Nung maliit ako laging sinasabi sa akin ni Mommy, Pagnagka-anak ka sasabihin mo na tama ako, like 'yung pagkain na mabilis, matulog nang tanghali, maligo, mag-toothbrush, mga ganun.'” Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo

    Compiled by Anne Jeline Lacon

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