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A mother's love...
“Not always eye to eye, but always heart to heart.”
With Mother's Day next month we thought we should celebrate the amazing women in our lives - our mums. Where would we be without them? Every mum is different, there is no right or wrong way to be a mum and that perhaps is the most challenging part of it all. Yet at the end of it all, the love a mother has is utterly unconditional and that deserves to be celebrated.
Emilia, daughter Belinda and granddaughter Arabella (3)
Emilia, what is your most memorable moment as a Mother?
The birth of my first child. I couldn’t believe it was real, that she was finally here. I had wonderful births. I still remember that first cup of tea after I had the baby- it was the best cup of tea I have ever had!
Belinda, what is the most valuable gift your Mother has taught you?
To always be kind and the value of time.
Eliza and daughter Gypsy (3)
Eliza, what is your hope as a Mother?
As a firefighter I want my children to look up to me and know that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. I want my daughter especially to be proud of me and grow up believing that women can do anything- because we can.
Rosetta, daughters Natalia, Alexandra & Monique owners of Mana Hair Avalon, granddaughter Coco (9 months) and girls sister Scarlett.
Rosetta, as a Mother to four girls what has been one of your most treasured memories?
The births of my children were the happiest days of my whole life. Getting to relive that magic all over again through my beautiful granddaughter is very special. I have great friendships with all of my daughters…the trouble starts when I “mother” them!
Monique, how has your mother shaped the way you have become a Mum to daughter Coco?
My Mum is always there for me; she’s always one step ahead. She is an amazing support and is always guiding me in the right direction. I would not be able to do half the things I do if I didn’t have her around. She allows me to make my own decisions yet I know she’s always there regardless of how I do things.
Emma and daughter Estella (4 months)
Emma, what advice would you give to your younger self prior to becoming a Mum?
Trust your maternal instinct…no one knows your child better than you and do not let anyone tell you otherwise.
Irene, daughter Claudine owner of Claudine & Ash & granddaughter Havana (3)
Irene, what is one of your fondest memories as a mother?
When Claude was little she used to say ‘basghetti’ instead of ‘spaghetti’ and she loved to use the hose reel as a microphone to perform Whitney Houston’s “Greatest love of all.”
Claude, what does motherhood mean to you?
It means creating a friendship and love with my kids that will last a lifetime and hoping that I'm doing a good enough job that they will be good people when they grow up.
Karen, daughter Sarah and granddaughter Willow (16 months)
Karen, what does being a Mother mean to you?
Before my children were born I never really felt like I had family. The births of my children were the first real family I ever had, so they are a huge part of who I am.
Sarah, what is the greatest thing about being a Mum?
I guess knowing that right now, at this point in time, I am their whole world, all they need is me and my love. Eventually that love, although always there will shift, so I try and enjoy every moment with them knowing that one-day I won’t always be this needed. This wanted. Yet they will always be my babies. I cannot wait to watch them grow knowing how much love and time I have invested in them. I know they are going to have a wonderful life and be kind people. I’m so excited to watch it unfold.
Sue, daughters Lou (Bonel PR), Kelly, Jo and granddaughters Scarlett and Maliya
Sue, as a Mother to three girls what is the best parenting advice you could give?
Be cool, calm and collected! Nothing lasts forever so try and enjoy the time you have.
Jo, what is the greatest challenge you have faced as Mum?
Letting go of my independence and having to invest so much of myself into my daughter. Before I had her I was pretty free-spirited but she has made me more grounded and my priorities have changed. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Kelly, what has been one of your proudest moments since becoming a Mum?
My daughter Kiara (6) is a real tomboy and I am proud of the fact that we have encouraged her to be the unique child that she is. I believe children should be allowed to be whatever they want to be.