Learning lessons from your mum

Our readers tell us what important lessons they learned from their own mothers

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  • Liz Neale, 35, from Brighton, 8 months pregnant and mum to Catherine, 2

    Liz says of her mum, Sue Todd: “Maybe the most important thing she taught me was how to have fun together. We built sandcastles, baked cakes, had picnics and swung on swings - and we're still doing it after three decades!

    She taught me that if I worked hard, I could achieve and be what I wanted to be, and she taught me to seize adventures that she could only have dreamed of.

    She also taught me more common sense than I could use up in a lifetime and I know I can face the world equipped with her wisdom. Now she's a granny, she's teaching me how to pass all that on to my own daughter. I love you Mum!”

  • Katherine Connor, 32, from Caerphilly, South Wales, mum to Mollie, 1

    Katherine says of her mum, Sue Fisher: “I feel really lucky that she lives around the corner. She is such a support, offers fantastic advice and is a good friend. When we got married, she looked after Mollie all day and for three nights when I went off on my honeymoon.

    Mollie loves her Nonna as much as I do! Mum knits her cosy jumpers for the winter, spoils her with summer clothes, and knows what to do when we're both ill.

    I have learned nearly everything I know about raising a little baby from my mum, and it's so nice to hear stories about my past that mirror the experiences that I'm having with Mollie.”

  • Louise Britton, 29, from Leeds, mum to Oliver Harrison, 1

    Louise says of her mum Heather Britton: “She gave me lots of amazing tips when I was pregnant with my little boy, but the one main piece of advice was that time goes so quickly and that I should make the most of my maternity leave.

    Do as much as you can and enjoy every moment! That piece of advice from my mum was very crucial - had I gone back to work I would have missed out on all the important parts of his development and time spent with him that I now really cherish!”

  • Naz Lewis, 43, from Cobham, Surrey, mum to Jasmine, 16, and Rhiannon, 5

    Naz says of her mum, Yasmin Duggan: “She always reassures me and says not to fret about the small stuff. Don’t worry if your kids are making a mess or watching too much TV.  

    Concentrate on the bigger bits, such as eating properly, sleeping well and cleaning their teeth. Only things that have a long-term effect are worth troubling yourself over.”

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  • Stacey Hutchins, 24, from Worcestershire, is mum to Jack, 1

    Stacey says of her mum, Julie Williams: “She taught me two things that have always stuck with me – ‘Do unto others as they do unto you’, and ‘Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves’.”