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Even superheroes need a break
When you get a group of people together to talk about their mothers, you’ll hear about a whole lot of different parenting styles and childhood memories. But one thing that’s universal is mum wisdom.
My mum had a knack for pointing out how easy life was for me compared to what growing up was like for her. She’s from the I-had-to-walk-barefoot-in-the-snow-for-10-miles-every-day school of parenting.
Amanda has a very different style to my own mother, but I love the way one of her stock phrases always riles our kids. Whenever someone complains about being hungry, she’ll tell them to have an apple. It’s amazing the way it stops the hunger pangs immediately.
As well as their favourite phrases, Mums tend to have their very own superpowers. They cook, create, soothe and fix. But I reckon Mother’s Day on May 12 should be one day when we let the mothers in our lives take off their capes for the day and let others do the work.
There’s no manual for being a supermum - but our book of the month comes close. Simply Wonderwoman is a survival guide for women with too much to do. But it’s as much about celebrating the special moments, as it is about powering through a to-do list.
Here’s to celebrating mothers everywhere.
Bruce and the team at The Parenting Place