Things Only Southern Mama’s Say to Their Daughters


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Moms always have a way with words, and whether they’re shouting good southern advice as we’re running out the door or whispering it to us in the pew at church, our mamas’ words tend to stick with us. Although, sometimes it’s not just about what a southern mama says…it’s about how she says it. Here are a few I am sure you have heard a time or two.

“Don’t be ugly.”

When mama says this, she’s not referring to our looks.

“It’ll all come out in the wash.”

She reminds us that misunderstandings tend to work themselves out, and it’ll all be okay in the end.

“You’ll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”

It’s a gentle reminder that kindness makes a difference (and can help things go your way).

“Nothin’ good ever happens after midnight.”

What more needs to be said?

“Are you gonna wear hose with that?”

Because it’s, you know, the classy thing to do.

“Never look a gift horse in the mouth.”

Be grateful when you receive a gift. A simple “thank you” suffices—and don’t you dare question it.

“Smile—it increases your face value.”

To remind us to turn our frowns upside down.

“It’s nothin’ that a little hairspray won’t fix.”

This phrase is often followed by, “It’ll grow out before you know it.”

“You’re gettin’ too big for your britches.”

Little lady, you’d better calm down and show your mama some respect.

“That storm’ll pass in two shakes of a cow’s tail.”

We believe her when she promises that we’ll see it in the rear-view in no time.

“Bless your heart.”

This one depends on mama’s tone. It can be cheery, exasperated and everything in between, but no matter the situation, it’s truly a southern mama classic.


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