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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.

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

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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When Molly Reeser was a student at Michigan State University, she took a job mucking horse stalls to help pay for classes. While she was there, she met a 10-year-old girl named Casey, who was being treated for cancer, and — because both were animal lovers — they became fast friends.

Two years later, Casey died of cancer.

"Everyone at the barn wanted to do something to honor her memory," Molly remembers. A lot of suggestions were thrown out, but Molly knew that there was a bigger, more enduring way to do it.

"I saw firsthand how horses helped Casey and her family escape from the difficult and terrifying times they were enduring. I knew that there must be other families who could benefit from horses in the way she and her family had."

Molly approached the barn owners and asked if they would be open to letting her hold a one-day event. She wanted to bring pediatric cancer patients to the farm, where they could enjoy the horses and peaceful setting. They agreed, and with the help of her closest friends and the "emergency" credit card her parents had given her, Molly created her first Camp Casey. She worked with the local hospital where Casey had been a patient and invited 20 patients, their siblings and their parents.

The event was a huge success — and it was originally meant to be just that: a one-day thing. But, Molly says, "I believe Casey had other plans."

One week after the event, Molly received a letter from a five-year-old boy who had brain cancer. He had been at Camp Casey and said it was "the best day of his life."

"[After that], I knew that we had to pull it off again," Molly says. And they did. Every month for the next few years, they threw a Camp Casey. And when Molly graduated, she did the most terrifying thing she had ever done and told her parents that she would be waitressing for a year to see if it might be possible to turn Camp Casey into an actual nonprofit organization. That year of waitressing turned into six, but in the end she was able to pull it off: by 2010, Camp Casey became a non-profit with a paid staff.

"I am grateful for all the ways I've experienced good luck in my life and, therefore, I believe I have a responsibility to give back. It brings me tremendous joy to see people, animals, or things coming together to create goodness in a world that can often be filled with hardships."

Camp Casey serves 1500 children under the age of 18 each year in Michigan. "The organization looks different than when it started," Molly says. "We now operate four cost-free programs that bring accessible horseback riding and recreational services to children with cancer, sickle cell disease, and other life-threatening illnesses."

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