Advice from Mom: 10 Pearls of Wisdom

Being a mother is hard work. You dispense hard-learned advice just to have it ignored most of the time. Only once your children have grown, made their own mistakes and had their own triumphs, do they realize exactly how valuable your advice was. These are 10 “pearls of wisdom” collected by the ARISE Foundation over their nearly 30 years of life skills training. The contributors are of all different ages, races and socioeconomic levels. Everyone has one thing in common: they all learned something from their mothers. For more, please visit


  1. Sometimes you have to accept the fact that some people won’t change. -Age 32
  2. People often take out their frustrations on the ones they love most. -Age 29
  3. Your friends are a reflection of yourself; choose wisely. -Age 19
  4. Trouble is easy to get into and hard to get out of. -Age 19
  5. Give respect to get respect. -Age 19
  6. Don’t let people steal your joy -Age 16
  7. Some of the most important lessons in life, we learn in an instant -Age 50
  8. Success is the best revenge. -Age 15
  9. It’s never too late to say you’re sorry. -Age 25
  10. A person is only as good as their word. -Age 18