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Mum Knows Best: Which Pearls Of Wisdom Will You Pass On To Your Children?

10/03/2014 14:54 | Updated 22 May 2015

Mum knows best: Which pearls of wisdom will you pass onto your children?Getty

Do "eat with your mouth closed", "if you don't ask you don't get" and the classic, "never swim on an empty stomach" ring bells with you?

According to new research from Clinton Cards, we pass on an average 41 pearls of wisdom to our children throughout our lives, all taken from our own mums' advice which has been passed down through the generations. "Always try your best" of course takes the number one spot, closely followed by "If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all" and "Get an education".

More than three quarters of us pass on these pearls of wisdom to our own children, and 43 per cent of us reckon we're actually turning into our mum (eeek!).

Do these top 50 sound familiar?

1. Always try your best

2. If you can't say something nice don't say anything at all

3. Get an education - no-one can take that away from you

4. Eat with your mouth closed

5. If you don't ask, you don't get

6. Never spend money you don't have

7. Never take sweets from strangers

8. Smile

9. Never swim on a full stomach

10. Treat people with respect

11. Always wear clean underwear

12. You never get something for nothing

13. I want never gets

14. Put money aside for a rainy day

15. Treat others how you wish to be treated yourself

16. There's no such word as 'can't'

17. Practice makes perfect

18. Mind your ps and qs

19. Never stare at people, it's rude

20. Watching too much TV will make your eyes go square

21. Mum knows best

22. Look after your pennies and the pennies will look after you

23. Be true to yourself

24. Always eat your breakfast

25. You only get out of life what you put into it

26. Never drink on an empty stomach

27. Courtesy and compassion cost nothing

28. Never leave the house with wet hair

29. Look up things you don't know the answer to

30. Never go to bed on an argument

31. Receive compliments gracefully

32. Life's too short to be unhappy

33. Don't eat cheese before bedtime

34. Always hold the door open

35. Never give up

36. Manners maketh the man

37. The grass is never greener

38. Give compliments easily

39. Never offer lifts to strangers

40. Always have two months' rent / mortgage saved

41. Men are very different creatures to women

42. Don't eat in the street

43. Always moisturise before bedtime

44. Always use your ears

45. Always keep a blanket in the car boot

46. Your friends are forever but men come and go

47. Never let your petrol tank go lower than a quarter full

48. The couple that plays together stays together

49. Set your watch two minutes fast

50. Always carry an umbrella with you

Do you have any others to share? Please tell us below...

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