Stars Reveal: The Best Advice My Mom Gave Me

What better time than Mother's Day to reflect on the lessons mom taught us! From Marcia Cross to Thalia, celebs share the best tips they've learned. By Danielle Friedland

01 of 09

MARCIA CROSS

MARCIA CROSS
INF

Mom to twins Savannah and Eden, 3
"My mother has been very restrained in her advice," says the Desperate Housewives star. "You reflect back on your own childhood, and if there were good things, they stick with you. We went to the library every week as kids, and I think that's a great thing to do."

02 of 09

KELLY RUTHERFORD

KELLY RUTHERFORD
Michael Williams/Startraks

Mom to Hermes, 3
Says the Gossip Girl actress: "My mom was very open with us and treated us when we were kids with so much respect for what we had to say and listened to us … to take the time just to listen and explain [then] they don’t go through so many dramas in the 'terrible twos.' "

03 of 09

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN
Bennett Raglin/Getty

Mom to Sofia, 9½; Cecilia, 8; and twins Charlie and Jackson, 5½
"My mom had six kids... If you run around listening to everyone's advice you'll start to lose your mind!" says the CNN anchor. "Figure out what your own strategy will be, and understand you have an instinct you developed. And if the child is unhappy, he'll let you know."

04 of 09

ANGIE HARMON

ANGIE HARMON
Bauer-Griffin

Mom to Finley, 6; Avery, 4½; and Emery, 15 months
The lesson that Harmon learned from her mom: "[That] if you aren't happy at home, you aren't happy anywhere."

05 of 09

GARCELLE BEAUVAIS-NILON

GARCELLE BEAUVAIS-NILON
Albert Michael/Startraks

Mom to twins Jax and Jaid, 2
Beauvais-Nilon's mother passed on this reminder about children: "That they're not going to break. Because you know you're so careful with them and you [get nervous]."

06 of 09

BROOKE BURKE

BROOKE BURKE
Courtesy of Brooke Burke

Mom to Neriah, 9½; Sierra, 7½; Rain, 3; and Shaya, 2
Says the TV host: "My mom … taught me about unconditional love. She's always been there for me, is so supportive, never judgmental. She let me find my own way and supported me through the highs and lows of that path. I was so lucky to experience and try to share it with my children."

07 of 09

THALIA

THALIA
Jimmy Lenner, Jr.

Mom to Sabrina, 2½
"About pregnancy, [she said] to take it easy," says the Mexican star. "There's nothing better that you can do. Right now you're creating a life inside of you, gestating. On parenting, she's just so happy to see me happy."

08 of 09

MARISSA JARET WINOKUR

MARISSA JARET WINOKUR
Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Mom to Zev, 21 months
"When I was stressing out and crying after Zev was born, I was thinking I wasn't ready and was scared I was the worst mother in the world," admits the Broadway actress. "My mother said, 'No one is ever "ready" to be a mom, but once your baby is home with you, you learn from each other and you figure it out … trust yourself.'"

09 of 09

TRACY HUTSON

TRACY HUTSON
Michael Buckner/Getty

Mom to Oliver, 5, and Felix, 2½
"Don't sweat the small stuff! Relax because it goes too fast," said the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition designer, who is engaged to Samantha Who? actor Barry Watson, recalls her mom telling her. "And it really does. You look back after the first year … You're like, Where did my babies go? So slow down and try not to stress!"

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