In celebration of Mother's Day, we have been chatting with women we admire, who inspire and empower.
Our founder, Karen Gee is a mother to five children she shares with her husband Andrew. We spoke with Karen about the importance of kindness, support, hugs and catch ups and the non-negotiables that go into maintaining a tight family unit. Read more on the Geenies blog...
1. What does being a mum, or a mother figure, mean to you?
To Love Unconditionally, No Judgement, and to encourage my children to be who they are and be proud of it. Having five children is an absolute honour and joy, and nothing compares. My heart is always full, and my favourite times with them are simple. Weekly catchups, calls, hugs, kindness, and support – all things money cannot buy.
2. What advice do you pass on to your children?
Many things kindness, consideration – but most of all leading by example. Our children notice everything we do, how we see ourselves, how we treat others, and the importance of working hard. I also place priority on family and the great rewards of being consistent with communication and support.
3. What advice would you give to other mother figures out there?
I truly believe that everyone is different, and believe that we all have different ways of being a mother and how this should be done. We all however, have the same goal – we want our children to be happy and healthy, and whatever works for your family to create this – means you are doing it right.
4. What is an important lesson you have learnt from your children?
Everyday I learn from each of them. We are all on a learning journey in life.
5. How do you instil confidence and positivity within your family?
To speak it, to show it. I always see their strengths, and ensure I voice this to them consistently. Tell them on a regular basis how proud I am of them and what they do (no matter how small). I don’t judge, rather, try and understand each of their individual perspectives.
6. What are some important values you try to uphold as a family?
Love, priority on close family unit and weekly no negotiable family breakfast of a Sunday at 9am. As my children have grown into adults they have taken on partners and job responsibilities and some have moved out of home, however, it is part of everyone’s timetable to be present at our breakfast dates. We laugh, love and savour this time.