The Uncommon Life

#Momisms: Share Your Favorite Quotes From Mom

April 18, 2016

My Grandma Hannah was the first person to introduce me to palindromes, words that read the same backward and forward. Her name, with its impeccable symmetry and simple syllables, still wins as my favorite palindrome. “Mom” is another favorite, though for different reasons. Sure, it was one of the first words I uttered and it holds powerful meaning in my life. But what really tickles me is that the word “MOM” when written in all upper-case letters spells “WOW.”

How perfect is that? Seriously.


Even though it wasn’t intentional when the word “mom” originated, moms are some of the most “wow-worthy” people in our lives.  Not only because of their strong influence, but also because of their sage advice and unexpected witticisms.

We know that most of you have your favorite “Momisms,” quotes from a maternal figure that have truly wowed you. In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve partnered with our friends at Mental_Floss to present a contest celebrating your favorite mom (and grandma) quotes, from the hilarious and sometimes embarrassing “I can’t believe she just said that” moments, to the heartwarming times when mom really did know best.


Share your favorite #Momisms in the comments below or use the #Momisms hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for your chance to win one of the packages featured in our Mother’s Day Gift Guide.


Share your most wow-worthy #Momisms for a chance to win lovely goods like these!


Mental_Floss and UncommonGoods will choose two wow-worthy winners on May 2, 2016 to take home the prizes, just in time for Mother’s Day!


  • Reply Maria Kelly April 27, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    My mom always says this to me and my two older sisters – “You can fall in love with a rich man just as easily as a poor man.” If only it were that easy, lol. <3

  • Reply Tracy Ralls April 27, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Mom always said that “…with each childhood birthday, you get a new kid”. Meaning each year comes with changes.After having my own children I see this is very true.

  • Reply Eva Lane April 27, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    When my older daughter was about two years old and sick with a fever, I told my mother I would be glad when my daughter was old enough that I didn’t need to worry so much when she was sick. My mother said, “she’ll never get that old.” My daughter is almost 42, and she hasn’t gotten that old yet.

  • Reply Peggy April 27, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Two momisms come to mind: “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” and “if you lay down with dogs you get up with fleas”. How I miss my mom!!!

  • Reply jeri dickinson April 27, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    My Mom told me when I was dating. Never let a boy kiss you on the first date, but if he does, tell him you are not allowed to kiss on the first date, and you have to give it back. Yea

  • Reply Ivan McKinnon April 27, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    #Momisms Treat your wife like she is your Queen

  • Reply Midge Ruiz April 27, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    A couple of things I cannot say, but this one always got me….when we would cry about something, she would say, “If you are going to keep crying, I will give you something to really cry about.” Hahahaha! That would make me stop!

  • Reply Nicole Zook April 27, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    My mom often told me “You don’t age respect, you earn it.” She also shocked me by urging me to “test drive the car before you buy it”… definitely wasn’t talking about cars!

  • Reply Melissa Wattigney April 27, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    My mother would say, “you will have to get glad in the same pants you got sad in”. Meaning, you were just going to have to get over the decision that she has made and that was all there was to it.

  • Reply carolyn Roche April 28, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Stop itching and scratching that or you will turn into a pig’s foot!

  • Reply Ellen Hughes April 28, 2016 at 9:17 am

    My mom said: “Walk Tall, Think Tall”. . .I always knew the first part was about standing up straight, but it took me a long time to figure out the second part was about keeping high ideals! Love you, Mom, wish I could hug you today!

  • Reply Michelle Carson April 28, 2016 at 10:36 am

    My mom likes to say “Be Good, and if you can’t be good then be careful!”

  • Reply Alison K April 28, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    My boyfriend’s mother is a darling & he once told me a story that I remember to this day (it’s been many moons now). They are driving in the city & heard a car backfire & she screams, “lock the doors, they’re shooting” … sound wisdom?!? I’m still wondering if bullets will honor the locked door policy & not enter 😉 heehee adorable! #Momisms

  • Reply Brianna Beers April 30, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    I remember my mom telling me as a child, “Treat others how you want to be treated because that’s how you make lasting friendships”. I have always lived by that and I have great friends! #Momisms

  • Reply Jenny Rohr May 3, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    “This too shall pass.” Sound advice from my mom, as it applies to mounds of laundry, sick kids, unruly teenagers, and every other circumstance in life! Thanks, Mom, for sticking by my side through thick and thin. I love you.

  • Reply Marcella May 3, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    My mom’s favorite saying is, “If we leave now, we’ll be back later!” and it shows how much my mom loves our family, because she is always on the bright side and cheerful. Our house is full of laughter and silliness.

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