Brits reveal the best advice they’ve been given by their mums
According to new research, they’ve played a big part in making us who we are, with 82% of Brits claiming they’ve learnt their best piece of advice from their matriarch.
Almost a quarter of the 2,000 people surveyed by skincare brand Fenjal admitted they’d rather ask their mum for advice than their other half, while respondents were three times more likely to go to mum for guidance than a friend.
Londoners were most likely to call their mother figure first when they needed help – twice as likely as Northerners, in fact – although this might be down to the high proportion of people who move to the city from elsewhere and therefore can’t chat in person.
There was also a gender divide, as 28% of women polled chose their mum, whereas one in five men said their partner was top choice for counsel.
It proves how valued maternal heart-to-hearts are, but when it comes to the wisdom treasured most, simple encouragement won the day.
The survey asked people the words their mums had imparted that had stayed with them through the years, and top of the list was to be kind; not just to others but to yourself too.
Confidence and self-belief were major themes, but asking for help and looking out for others also scored highly.
Absent from the rankings were ‘never turn the big light on,’ and ‘don’t forget your jacket,’ which clearly weren’t as formative for participants.
Fenjal partnered with Strictly star Ola Jordan for the Mother’s Day campaign, and the ballroom dancer shared the helpful tips she got from her own mum and plans to pass down to her two-year-old daughter, Ella.
‘I have a great relationship with my mum, but she lives in Poland so our time together is extra special,’ said Ola. ‘When I had Ella she was someone I turned to for advice and I would call her all the time.’
She continued: ‘Growing up training to be a professional dancer, she always taught me to be strong, be confident and most importantly be happy. This advice stayed with me throughout my entire professional career and my personal life and it’s what I install into Ella daily.’
Source of data and images: metro