13/12/2014 3:48 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

You Might Hate It, But Your Mom's Probably Right About These Things

Mother and young koala, Australia

Repeat after me – mothers are always right. If you are of the age when you are practically living off your parents, you don’t know yet just how on the ball mums can be when it comes to plain, intuitive life hacks. From finding a life partner to managing personal finances, when it comes to dealing with life’s curve balls, your mother’s advice is the only thing that will keep you from failing.

Here are simple life hacks mothers around the world know best.

  • "Don't make promises you can't keep."
    You might have rolled your eyebrows a million times at this old adage. But apply it to your job and the world makes sense again. You can blow all the hot air you want, but not delivering on a promise will never get you anywhere. Except for filling balloons.
  • "Stop texting!"
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    This is a slightly modernised version, but packs a powerful message. Most of your communication is done through your body language, so how can your real meaning be picked up through a WhatsApp message? Effective communication means stronger bonds.
  • "Blood is thicker than water."
    Of course there are those golden pals you'll never let go of. But the rest of them lurking around in a corner will never top the love or security your family provides. No one can be taken for granted like family.
  • "Switch off the lights!"
    You probably didn't realise it (until now), but your mom wasn't just saving on the electricity bill. She was erasing your first wee carbon footprint.
  • "Don't be sloppy."
    No woman likes a slob (and vice versa). Also, let's not forget that first impressions matter. Maintain discipline, clean up and walk with confidence.
  • "Be on time."
    If she ground this gem into your muscle memory, you're good to go. The best part about being on time: the boss, the girlfriend, just about everyone is always happy with you -- it's a reputation very few of us can maintain. Note: The occasional 'fashionably late' is allowed.
  • "Be seen, not heard."
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    The watchful observer gains a lot more insight and in depth knowledge about people around him or a situation when he listens rather than talks.
  • "Say 'I love you.'"
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    Emotional. Maybe. Awkward at times. Sure. But the underlying current beneath those words shouldn't be missed: she doesn't just love you, she always will.