Mums: Our Source of Wisdom in Child-rearing

Whether it’s a philosophy in life, some knowledge or skill, very often what we teach our children are important lessons we personally learnt from our own mothers.

One survey done in the UK on 2,000 adults revealed that mothers pass on around 41 ‘pearls of wisdom’ to their children. Moreover, among those surveyes, many also catch themselves sounding like their mums after they’ve grown up.

Three young mothers share with KiasuParents on what they have learnt from their own mums.

“The best tip I learnt from my mum is to ensure that family time is quality time. Since young, I’ve had a close bond with my mother and she was always the one I could confide in when I was growing up! Mum cooks well too and always
saved the best for our family. Now that I have my own family, I enjoy preparing a home cooked dinner for my husband and children every day, even though I work full time. I’m currently in confinement now for my second child and when I return to work after my maternity leave, my mum will be the main caregiver for my newborn.”

– Angelia Goh

 

“My mother has always taught me to be honest, humble, forgiving, polite and to be myself. She also taught me to be resilient and to keep trying until I succeed. Most of all, I learnt from her that how much success one achieves depends on the effort put in. Mother, thank you for teaching me these.”

– Jess Koh

 

“Mothers’ Day is around the corner and I would like to express my love and thanks to my dearest Mummy!

She’s just like my Chef, Teacher and Friend! She taught me life skills, cooking, responsibility, relationship management and many more.

I’m a working mom with 1 boy who’s aged 13 this year. It’s never easy being a mom trying to juggle a full-time job with a family life. But I’m glad that I managed to nurture a happy and healthy family.

Here are 5 most important things I learned from my mom:

  • Preparing even a simple meal for family creates a chance to gather our little tribe around the table and reconnect with one other.
  • Don’t always doubt our children; be confident in them. Respect and trust should be shown not only to our spouse but our children also.
  • Learn to forgive. Blaming will hurt your love, so think positively!
  • Communication within the family is important. Spend at least a few minutes with spouse and children daily. Accompanying kids to bed is a good opportunity for bonding.
  • Make an effort for QUALITY bonding time such as family outings, whether to catch a movie or an overseas vacation. Make it a practice to visit grandparents at least once a week.

These are what I learned and apply to my life to maintain loving relationships with the people I love. Hope my son will learn from us and practice the same for his family too.”

– Sharon Low

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