One of my dear friends (who is a budding Momzilla, but not quite there yet) started skating about a year ago, at the same time as her daughter. Since that time, she has progressed from wearing a helmet in group lessons to having a private coach, to adding weekly edge classes to her repertoire. There are a few of us Momzillas who are actually crazy enough to live vicariously alongside our children and do this.
One of the other Momzillas who skates also attends the weekly edge class with my friend. Momzilla has been skating longer than my friend. Consequently, she is more advanced and more comfortable on the ice. At last week's edge class, my friend was grousing a bit that she couldn't do the prescribed exercises.
Momzilla said, "Don't worry. I used to be as bad as you. Do you think I got like this overnight?"
Now, when we are all done laughing out loud (as I do every time I tell or hear this story), let us consider. Momzilla really did mean well, and she tried to be encouraging. But it just came out wrong. This Momzilla tends to do that. She is always full of advice (almost always unsolicited), and most often, it comes out terribly wrong.
So for future reference, the phrase, "I used to be as bad as you," just isn't a good idea. No matter how noble your intentions.