As this is a blog about motherhood and family life, I thought it would be really interesting to get a different perspective on motherhood, so I posed ten questions to my own mother, to see if a whole generation makes a difference when it comes to values and priorities. I’m hoping that all of my readers will pick up the thread and go ahead and ask their own Mums ten questions. It’s really important that we know our relatives, so that we can pass on all of their wisdom and memories to our kids, and this is just my little way of doing it.
Here’s the result!
1. What do you think, so far, has been your happiest moment as a parent (aside from the birth of your kids)?
When you passed your 11 + and was accepted into a grammar school, and when Emily [my younger sister] played piano on stage, in a school performance, three years ago. On both occasions, I felt unbelievably proud.
2. And what has been your worst?
When you were hospitalised with Meningitis, aged 6.
3. If you could go back and do anything differently, would you, and what would you do?
Yes, I would try to be more patient.
4. When your kids were growing up, what did you think they would be when they were older?
I thought you would be a doctor and your sister would do something with animals. [Cue much sniggering from me when I ask if my Mum means something along the lines of the ringleader in a circus!]
5. What’s better, being a grandparent, or being a parent?
Parent, because you don’t see grandchildren every day.
6. What one piece of advice would you give to your kids about being a parent?
Read between the lines. You don’t always hear what your kids are trying to tell you.
7. If you hadn’t had your kids when you did, where do you think your life would be now?
I’d probably be living in another country as I would have taken the opportunity to be more reckless!
8. Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
Pretty much the same as now, but maybe with a bit more money, and freedom from the stresses of life.
9. Which part of your own personality do you see the most in each of your kids?
I would say that your musical taste is very similar to mine, you’re a good mum, and are a total softy with Sausage! Emily is far too much of a pushover with certain people.
10. What has being a parent taught you?
That parenthood is the hardest job in the world!
There you have it. I dare you all to ask your Mums the same questions (or your own), you may learn some things that you never knew about them!