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'Use the bathroom before you leave the house,' and 15 other pieces of totally momworthy advice.

For Mother's Day, we asked Upworthy readers on Facebook and Twitter to tell us what they learned from their moms. They had a lot of great lessons to share.

Everyone had something to say about their moms. Most good. All honest. Here are our favorites.

Thanks to everyone who chimed in and made this post possible. Here's what the rest of your moms had to say when we asked you to share the best advice your mom ever gave you.

1. Advice about making smart choices, with bonus comedy!



2. Advice about controlling your own fate and happiness.

3. Advice about realizing that not all moms will be great at their jobs, and that others might step up into their place.

4. Advice about living bravely when the odds are stacked against you.

5. Advice about the more complex things in life, like dealing with hangovers.

7. Advice about not sweating the small stuff.

8. Advice about being tough in difficult situations.

FULL DISCLOSURE: This works for me every time, 30% of the time.

Also this gem:

9. Advice about the right to step back and take care of yourself.

10. Speaking of which, advice about a woman's right to enjoy herself.

11. Profound advice about when to use crude language.

12. Thoughtful advice about having the right priorities in the right moment.

13. Respectful advice about how to treat everyone around you.

14. Compassionate advice about knowing WHY you should treat everyone around you well.

15. And finally, advice about always taking a step back and getting some perspective.


Happy Mother's Day to all the people who are moms in the world. You have a really tough job, and most of you do it with a grace and humor that not many people can really understand — particularly my wife, who deals with a 3-year-old every day (3-year-olds are evolution's way of letting you know that no matter how impressive your résumé is, you are not that special).

BONUS ADVICE:

Wisdom about purse snakes.


Truer words have never been spoken.

PLEASE NOTE: This post excludes the two most popular choices that many people wrote: "Always wear clean underwear" and "This too shall pass." There's a joke that could be made there, but I will refrain.

What's the best advice your mom ever gave you?

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We can all be part of the giving movement

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

step forward, helping homelessness, homeless non profitsRunning helps instill a sense of confidence and discipline—two key components of successful recovery

Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

step forward clinic, step forward alaska, homelessness alaskaWelcome to wild, beautiful and wet Alaska!

The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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