The Shredding Advice Mom Would Have Given

Our mothers were our first care givers, our first teachers, our first defenders, and the first person who loved us unconditionally. We turned to them the first time we skinned our knee and the first time our heart was broken. They will always be our most ardent champions.

Moms were also prone to giving us lots of advice to help us along the way. Simple things like, “Brush your teeth,” “Say your prayers,” “Put on a jacket,” and “Don’t play in the street.”

But, more importantly, they gave us the advice that helped us become good and successful people. “Be kind, and fair, and polite, and honest,” “Stand up for yourself,” “Follow through with what you start,” and that, “It’s never wrong to do the right thing.”

And so, as we approach the day set aside to celebrate one of the most important people in our lives, we here at Shred America got to thinking about what advice our moms would have given us about secure destruction.

The first thing they would have told us is that we should do it in the first place. When we were kids, moms were big about things like “not airing our dirty laundry,” and “minding our own business (or bee’s wax).” There’s little doubt in our minds that they would have reminded us that personal or private information should not be tossed out for anyone to see.

We’re also pretty sure moms would have also told us to be careful about the secure shredding company we chose to help us, since our moms were generally pretty concerned with the people we hung out with. “Bad influences,” they sometimes called them. "You are known by the company you keep," comes to mind. They also warned us to be careful about who we trusted with advice like, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t," "Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing,” and "Not everyone who smiles at you is your friend."

And finally, as kids, our moms were also pretty big on neatness. Sometimes they used tried and true sayings like “Cleanliness is next to Godliness,” or "A place for everything, and everything in its place." More often, however, it was just “clean your room,” or “pick up the dirty towels.” Either way, there is no disputing the fact that moms would have warned us against holding onto decades of old records and closets full of old electronics that should have been destroyed years ago.

As we all have come to learn, our mom’s advice proved to be spot on. It came from the heart and they’re only motivation was steering us in the right direction.

While we’re pretty sure about what they would have said about secure shredding and picking the right service provider, we are even more sure that none of us would be the people we have become without their love and guidance.

Happy Mother’s Day, mom!