The old adage 'mum knows best' has been proved true by some new research!
In a survey of almost 1900 UK adults, researchers from the family history website Genes Reunited found that it is mum who is heralded as the giver of the wisest words, with 23 per cent of people saying the single most important piece of advice they had ever received came from their mother.
A fifth of Britons also see their mums as the 'emotional head' of the family unit, and the person they turn to before anyone else for answers to their relationship and love-life dilemmas.
Dads are not left out in the cold though - their sage words are sought out when it comes to job and career problems, with one in five people (and almost a third of all men) turning to them for work advice.
The study also revealed the most important character traits that are passed down the family through the generations, with good manners coming in top with 80 per cent of those surveyed, followed by a strong work ethic (74 per cent) and loyalty to friends and family (70 per cent).
And those best bits of advice and wise words from mother? They included:
- Save the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves
- Always treat others as you would like to be treated
- Always follow your heart
- Don't waste time worrying about things you can't change. Concentrate on the things you can
- It's WE before I in the word wedding
- Be proud of who you are
- Label your photographs!
What would you add to that list?
What's the best bit of advice your mum has handed down to you? Or the wise words you try to drum into your own kids?