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Allen & Unwin want to give you the chance to win 1 of 20 copies of Because I Love You by Barbara Toner.

What daughter doesn’t need advice? What mother can’t give it? Whether she’s 18 or 81 a daughter can always benefit from a second opinion on the condition of her soul, her heart, her head, her hair, her cleavage.

No second opinion will be more valuable than her mother’s because it will be offered with love tempered by wisdom and in the certain knowledge that, without it this daughter will end her days on the streets, in the gutter, with spoilt children, gum disease and bosom droop.

Ignoring the universal truth that advice should only be offered if sought, here is one mother’s funny, witty, wise guide to dealing with life’s eternal dilemmas.

For your chance to win a copy, use the comment form below and tell us the most valuble piece of advice you have recieved.

Please note this competition is open from 26th October until 25th November and is only available to members of Mouths Of Mums. We are unable to accept entries posted via facebook. The winners of this competition will be published on this page. Winners’ name and address will be provided to the promoter of this competition and prizes will be sent to the address you have in Your Profile.  Please ensure your details are up to date so that you receive your prize.

Winners for this competition

  1. V. AnagnosteasVIC
  2. B. HerbertWA
  3. K. WallisNSW
  4. K. ToftsVIC
  5. N. VirginSA
  6. L. CookVIC
  7. A. FrancisQLD
  8. Y. SayerTAS
  9. J. EmmettVIC
  10. K. XerriNSW
  11. A. QuinnNSW
  12. R. SmithVIC
  13. K. ReynoldsQLD
  14. K. RawlingsVIC
  15. S. GleaseNSW
  16. D. BurnsNSW
  17. C. MasonNSW
  18. L. Dal CastelloVIC
  19. E. PhillpottsQLD
  20. S. VenkatNSW
  • At the end of each day, always remember something simple that made you smile
    – do this every day and your life will be worthwhile.


  • My mother always taught me that ‘if you do what you’ve always done, you get what you’ve always gotten’.


  • measure twice cut once!!!


  • Ask for forgiveness not permission, it is better to make a mistake of ambition than to regret one of apathy.


  • Follow you heart.


  • Be true to yourself, your the one that has to live with the choices you make, be sure you do what you thinks right not what others tell you is right…


  • Always believe in yourself.


  • A problem shared is a problem halved- the more people you share it with – the less of a problem is the result


  • You don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be you


  • Better to be wrong and interesting than right and boring


  • You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.


  • I was always told to remember that every problem has a solution, so never give in or give up..


  • follow your heart and dream big because life is too short to live it unhappy working for the money and not the joy of what’s in your heart. You will end up working to go on living to go on doing things you don’t like doing.


  • Take the time to stop & smell the roses.


  • Better late than never.


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