“You’re too young for a serious relationship.”
When you were younger, you couldn’t wait to grow up, but now that you’ve had years of dating—and dating debacles—under your belt, you’re nostalgic for a time when your biggest interaction with guys was talking about them during a game of M.A.S.H. with your friends. You’re glad your mom made you stay a kid a while longer.
“That boy isn’t good enough for you!”
Did you end up with that grungy guy with the bad attitude Mom couldn’t stand? No, of course you didn’t. He was a jerk. Why didn’t you listen to your mother?
“Don’t care so much about what other people think.”
Mom was right about not getting caught up in being “cool.” That dorky-but-cute guy you secretly liked in middle school but your popular best friend made fun of? He turned out to be a great catch you wish you’d snagged back when he was sending you Simpsons-themed Valentine’s Day cards.