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Coaching Corner: Motherly advice

May 10, 2019

By "Coach" Marilou Butcher Roth

Mother’s Day is on Sunday -- head’s up if somehow you missed this! I personally have many roles around mothers -- mother, grandmother, stepmother, step grandmother, mother-in-law. These are roles that I cherish each and every day. I am also a daughter. My mother passed away a few years ago, and I am quite certain that I did not appreciate her wisdom fully, finding a lot of what she said trite and sometimes irrelevant.

Let’s think about it though, our mothers are giving advice from the moment we can hear. I believe I tuned out most of what she said, and in thinking back, she was giving me true life skills to follow. Today I want to revisit some of the basics from my mother that have managed to lodge themselves in my brain:

  • Be respectful (especially of your elders)
  • Be kind
  • Pay attention
  • Save money
  • Chew with your mouth shut
  • Go to church (oops!)
  • Read good things
  • Take care of your belongings
  • Do the best you can in whatever you do
  • Study hard (oops again!)

Without question there are more than I have been able to pull from my memory, and without question, you will have your own list. Our mothers have made a tremendous impact on who we are and how we behave. This may be due to something positive, or as a result of something that we heard or observed that gave us reason to go in another direction for ourselves. Either way, thank you’s are in order!

Happy Mother’s Day!!!


Marilou Butcher Roth

Marilou Butcher Roth

Marilou Butcher Roth is the owner of The MBR Group, a coaching and training company working primarily with REALTORS who have a desire to work and live from a more inspired place. She is also the Broker/Owner of Group REALTORS in Cincinnati.

Marilou is a member of the Ohio REALTORS Board of Directors and past chairman of the organization’s Communications Committee. Feel free to contact Marilou to see if coaching is right for you.

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