Lessons about love from the women in our lives

Canadians of all ages share some of the best love advice their mothers, sisters and grandmothers have given them.

Advice about love
When it comes to relationships, a mother's advice can have true staying power. Although moms impart wisdom on countless topics, the insight they share as we negotiate the rocky road to love can make an indelible impression. While many are on the receiving end of Mom's well-meaning relationship advice, some now find themselves providing similar guidance to their own children.

Whatever side of the romantic fence you're currently on, you're bound to relate to some of the real-life stories we've gathered from Canadians about the love lessons learned from their mothers and grandmothers.

1. Lasting love

"My best advice wasn't from my mother, but my grandmother. She and my grandfather had just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary when my grandmother wrote, ‘Give and take -- in that order,' on the inside of the card they gave me on my wedding day. I still have it, and have never forgotten that line."
-- Barb, 52, Ottawa

2. Perspective is everything
"When I was in grade 12, I was dating a girl in grade 9, but she looked old enough to be in college. My mom wasn't thrilled, but all she said to me was ‘Be very careful, son: Her dad is a lawyer.' Now that I have a daughter in high school, that advice is much less funny."
-- Kevin, 49, Orleans, Ont.

3. From the heart

"To this day, my mother says, ‘There's a lid for every pot.' It's her way of reassuring me that the perfect mate is out there, and not to waste time worrying about it."
-- Kelly, 33, Saint John, N.B.

4. Straight shooter

"My grandmother was widowed fairly young and never remarried. She could be very blunt, and had an opinion on most things. The relationship advice she repeated most often was ‘If you want a horse, don't marry a cow,' which, to this day, I still do not understand."
-- Dawn, 61, Cornerbrook, N.L.

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