Little girls need strong female figures in their lives—not because a woman’s “role” is to take care of the children, we’re all past that bit of hogwash—but simply because there are certain things that only women in the family know, experience, and can consequently pass on from generation to generation. Just as heirloom pieces are bestowed from grandmother to mother to daughter, so are nuggets of wisdom over the years.

You might be surprised at how much you can learn from your own family. Your lola, for example, has seen it all and heard it all. Ask her about finances. She's been through enough economy shake-ups to know what to do. And since grandmothers have a soft spot for their grandchildren, don't be surprised if she calls you every now and then to remind you of the simplest things. How are you doing? How much are you earning? Remember to always set money aside for yourself.

Oprah Winfrey--and we all know how successful she has become--credits her grandmother for everything she is today. "I am where I am today because my grandmother gave me the foundation for success," she says, according to

Your mother, on the other hand, is your real-life role model. You've known her since you were young, so it will be easy for you to pick up few life lessons growing up. Ask her about what it was like to start her own family, or how she was able to plan out her career. If you and your mom are especially close, then you can talk to her about your relationships. You never know how one conversation could change your future.

Charlize Theron, as quoted in an article on, recalls her mother saying, "'If you get yourself in trouble, you've got to get yourself out of trouble.' There was always this awareness that you have to be responsible for yourself in order to have what you want." Now, you don't necessarily have to live your life the way she did, but it helps to have a bit of motherly advice on hand, doesn't it?

What about you? Have you received any good advice from your mother or grandmother? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

(Screencap from Georgia Rule courtesy of Universal Pictures)

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