"I learned that being a mother means teaching by example. When I was a kid, I'd listen to everything my mum said on the phone and repeat it at school. I'll never forget her face when my teacher called home to discuss my language. I've been extra cautious with what I say around my own kids ever since!"
– Jaya M.
"We didn’t have loads of money growing up, but my mum always went out of her way to make Christmas feel totally magical. We’d spend Christmas Eve baking together, and then she’d wake up in the middle of the night and leave presents at the end of our bed. It’s a tradition I’ve carried on with my own kids. She did such a good job that I definitely believed in Father Christmas for much longer than anyone else I know!"
– Shana K.
“One afternoon when I was about 11, my mum was ironing while I was telling her every detail of my day at school. Suddenly she interrupted me with some completely unrelated thought, and I realized with great surprise that mum’s mind had wandered off from my golden words. Now I know first hand that mums do have other things on their minds besides the tiny details of their kids’ every moment. I always remember that day way back when, and, because of it, I’ve spent my mothering years trying a little harder to pay attention when my kids are talking to me!”
– Jana P.
"Being a mother is basically like being a superhero, BUT I learned from my own mum that you can’t be good at everything. My mum used to insist on cutting our fringes herself, and it was always a disaster. I learned the hard way to leave some things to the experts!"
– Bijay M.
"My mum devoted all of her time and energy to running around after us, but once in a while she'd get dressed up and go out with friends for an evening. We used to beg her to take us along, but in hindsight I think it was really important for us to see her make time for herself. She'd let us play with her makeup while she got ready, and, once she left, we'd run rings around our dad – so it was win-win really!" – Sarah R.
"My mum always says that you need to lose a few fights in order to win the bigger battles. It’s perfectly okay to let some things slide because you simply don’t have the time and energy to focus on everything. Constant nitpicking is never worth it! Kids will be kids, and, if they insist on collecting worms and snails for pets, sometimes you just have to smile and go with it."
– Jeevan K.
"My mum might not have a medical degree, but she has an explanation and a solution for every illness under the sun. She taught me the importance of taking care of your body by eating healthily, exercising, and getting enough sleep. Now I find myself reciting her same remedies and insisting on an early night to my own kids."
– Purva D.
"I learned that mothers actually don't know the answer to everything. I'm definitely still figuring it out as I go along. There are days when I'm sure I look like the smartest woman in the world to my kids, and other days when I struggle to help them with their homework! Now I know why my mum would always say 'I'll explain when you're older' every time I pestered her with 'but whyyyy?'"
– Susan P.