Motherhood - the sacred role of being a mother figure - is about love, safety, comfort and protection. But it's also about the passing on of treasured family values to empower and instil confidence.
In the lead-up to Mother's Day, a moment when we celebrate the important women in our lives that take on this unique role, we speak with some friends of Geenies about shaping their families and empowering their children.
Meet Brenda Douglas, mother of three children (including our founder Karen!) and now seven beautiful grandchildren. We spoke with Brenda about confidence and positivity within her tight family unit as, for her, family is everything. Read more...
What does being a mum, or a mother figure, mean to you?
Setting an example, loving unconditionally, being patient, listening, forever learning, truly caring, guiding and being supportive.
Family is everything.
What advice do you pass on to your children?
Do your best, learn from mistakes, treat others the way you would like to be treated, be fair, always be honest and respectful.
What advice would you give to other mother figures out there?
Listen first and think before you speak, stay calm and be honest with children and yourself, most of all…. remember you are the hub in the wheel.
Make a family habit to sit down at meal time to share the days experiences and feelings.
Let children walk their own paths, and express their own ideas.
What is an important lesson you have learnt from your children?
Be fearless, live in the moment, try new things, listen, have fun and laugh.
How do you instil confidence and positivity within your family?
I model confidence in myself wherever possible.
Focus on strengths, praise, and being the best example by listening and staying calm in challenging situations.
Suggesting, not telling and banishing harsh criticism.
What are some important values you try to uphold as a family?
Honesty, family time /meals together, trust, love, respect and care - provide a foundation as a source of protection, guidance and support.