Southern mamas’ advice – the best words of wisdom from our Southern mamas – take them to heart!
As y’all know, Southern mamas are brimming over with important pearls of wisdom, and in honor of Mother’s Day this weekend I’m sharing some of my favorite Southern mamas’ advice from my own family. After all, “Mama is always right” — an adage I’ve come to accept more and more the older I get. I look back at the wisdom my mother and grandmother imparted growing up and I can’t help but be a little awed at just how right they were.
Southern mamas have a particular way of imparting advice that you can’t deny is colorful. Often involving a level of quirkiness only found in the South and more likely than not couched in doublespeak, their advice on occasion can be difficult to swallow. But our Southern mamas’ advice is always said with loving intention. And more often than not, it has been handed down from generations of Southern mothers who survived many a tribulation.
So let’s celebrate our Southern mothers this weekend and all their judicious wisdom! Chances are you’ve heard these Southernisms from your mothers and grandmothers, if not out of your own mouth.
Southern Mamas’ Advice:
If one is pretty, two would be prettier.
Advice usually given when decorating something. It doesn’t really matter what…a house, a Christmas tree, or a cake more in the South is always better!
You weren’t raised in a barn!
This Southernism is almost always said by way of scolding and in efforts to correct some uncouth, ungracious behavior.
Kill ’em with kindness.
The best way to deal with anyone who is rude, mean, or down right ugly!
Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?
Usually said as a warning to young ladies to conduct themselves with decorum in relations with young gents.
Don’t wade any dry mud holes & don’t kill any dead snakes.
A favorite Southernism of my grandmother said when someone was on their way out the door. Meaning don’t do any thing pointless today.
Good manners never go out of style.
One of the most important Southernisms in existence. No explanation needed!
Slap some lipstick on before you go out the door.
More sage advice offered when getting ready to go somewhere often followed up with “you need some color on your face,” and “run a comb through that hair.” Then there is the inevitable question “do you have a slip on?”
You can’t fix stupid.
Usually, offered as comfort when someone you know has done something absolutely drop your jaw idiotic.
Never forget where you came from.
A Southern mama wants you to be proud of your family and know your heritage. We are Southern and proud of it!
A big thank you mama for all your Southern words of wisdom. I’ll never be too old to hear them!
I would love for y’all to share your Southern mamas’ advice. Comment below!