May 12, 2017 • Behind The Scenes, HOLIDAYS

Betty Knows Best, And More Real-Life Advice from DJ Moms

“Betty knows best” is a phrase you’ll hear often among Reese and her friends, many of whom seek advice from Reese’s mom, Betty Witherspoon, almost as much as Reese herself does.

From her belief in the importance of planning date nights with your spouse to her insistence on teaching children to clean up after themselves, Betty is full of practical wisdom. And it turns out she’s not the only mom with profound insights to share.

In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked everyone on the Draper James staff to share the best advice their mothers ever gave them. Here’s what some of them had to say…

The best advice my mother ever gave me was. . .

“My mom always reminds me: ‘I think I can, I think I can’—it’s the perfect quote from The Little Engine That Could. ”

Amanda, Senior Merchant

“Never lose your sense of humor.”

Andrea, CEO

“Always respect yourself, or else no one else will.”

Arbra, Production Assistant

“Stop worrying, laugh at yourself, and sleep. If it were up to my mom, I would never get out of bed.”

Christine, VP, Head of Marketing & Communications

“Always be kind to everyone, no matter if they’re the garbage man or the CEO.”

Ashley, Digital Brand Marketing Manager

“My mom has this incredible way of showing unrestrained kindness wherever she goes. At times, I’ve asked why she’s gone so far out of her way to do something for someone else and she’s always said ‘because I’m able to.’ I can’t say I’ve picked this up quite yet, but I’m trying!”

Hanna, Customer Care Specialist

“‘Don’t leave the house without putting on mascara. It makes you look alive!’ To this day you may catch me without makeup, but never without mascara.”

Kerry, Director of Wholesale

“‘The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.’ Well, I actually learned that from Clairee in Steel Magnolias. However, my Nana had a strong affinity toward shoes, which she passed down to me!”

Laura, RTW Design

“There’s nothing homemade fried chicken and fresh biscuits can’t fix.”

Lydia, Social Media Manager

“My mom taught me to own my own strength. She always said that women that put themselves in a position of reliance on a man end up disappointed and men that like that kind of thing are never worth it. She also says to never wear flip-flops on a plane in case of a crash. I’m still figuring that one out, since at that point, flip-flops would be the lest of my problems. . . But I’m sure she’s right.”

Melissa, VP Systems & Procedures

“‘Marry someone with a good sense of humor.’ Luckily, I listened and we have a lot of laughter in our house, just like the one I grew up in.”

Pam, Graphic Design Director

“Love yourself, be true to yourself, believe in yourself, and make sure you keep your own money.”

Telicia, Manager of Technical Design

“You’ll never regret taking the high road.”

Whitney, Assistant to the CEO

“When I’m stressing over stuff, she says: ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff, and remember—most of it is small stuff.’ When I’m fighting with my husband, she says: ‘It’s better to be loved than to be right!’ And as a mother of three boys myself, my advice to them is: ‘Always be kind!’ Gotta keep it short and simple for my littles!”

Trish, VP, Brand and Business Development