‘Don’t screw up!’ and other advice from moms

This Mother's Day, remember your mother's wise words! TODAY viewers and readers share the special moments and advice their mothers gave them — read the best of readers' treasured life lessons:

If he will cheat with you on his wife, he will find another woman to cheat on you with. Don't trust him any further than you can throw him.—Anonymous , Checotah, OK

The best advice my mom gave me came when I started dating. She very simply told me "If you date someone you don't want to bring home and introduce to your family, then you probably shouldn't be dating them at all." How true dear 'ol mom's word were! Even though mom has been gone for 26 years, I can still hear those words as I repeat the same thing to my 21 year old daughter.—Susan Sisk, Timonium, MD

In my early twenties I was in a failing relationship. I told my mom "He isn't making me happy!". My mother said wisely, "He isn't supposed to make you happy, but only add to your happiness — when you are happy with yourself, only then you can you expect happiness from someone else."—Margaret Caldwell, Gilbert, AZ

My dearest mother taught me a simple but invaluable truth, "If you don't want to do your husband's laundry for the rest of his/your life, don't do it once." The same wisdom can work in many different areas.—Jennie Allen, Cornwall, VT

My mother said "It's better to eat soup with the one you love then to eat steak with someone that you do not". How very true that has been.—Anonymous , Elwood, NE

Never sugarcoat things — unless you want to be a politician." Also, that no matter what happens in life, you always have family to fall back on; family is a constant safety net — and that has stuck with me even now that I'm all grown up and in the navy, making my own way thousands of miles from home. —Billy Ryan

My mother use to tell me that memories are like a bag of potatoes. You toss out the bad ones so they won't ruin the good ones. Then she would look at me and ask which ones I would throw away — the good ones or the rotten ones. Every time I clean out my vegetable bin I hear her voice telling me this. It is a reminder to clean out my rotten memories and not to hang on to them. --Rhiannon Waits, Pensacola, FL

My Mother taught me the fine art of making rice pudding. It may not seem like a big deal to you but to me and my sisters and brother, it is a link to our dear Mother who passed away ten years ago... What have I gained from knowing that I could make rice pudding as well as she? That I could carry on after her death. That she is still with me no matter the time or distance, that someday we will meet again. So each time I stand at the stove, stirring the milk and rice till it is just right — a process that takes no less than an hour and a half — I smile and reflect about a mother who gave so much of herself to the five daughters and one son who adored her.—Patricia Gonzalez, Churchville, MD

"Always protect your reputation." As a single mother of two teenage daughters, I always explain to them the importance of protecting their reputation. Without a clean reputation and integrity in your life, it will wipe you of who you truly are. Reputation for me is, my entire identity. We see a lot of teenagers posting inappropriate pictures in MySpace for example, and don't realize that this will haunt them down the road. —Anonymous , Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

"When live gets hard, you need to walk slowly and think every step you make and look your best." This Spanish saying was given to my mom by my grandmother, who was an orphan... The saying basically means that during hard times, you need to feel good and look good — and it does not mean spending money. She looked good and put together and I still remember her few dresses. Walk slowly means analyzing the next step, without getting desperate and calm down. —Anonymous , Crawfordville, FL

My mom taught me that laughter is the best medicine for everything, especially a marriage. If you can't laugh together, you will miss out on all the joys and the wonderful journey God has laid out for you. I will always remember this and after three years of marriage I must admit —my mom was right.—Christine Martin, Durham, NC