Saturday, May 8, 2010


HAPPY MUM'S DAY!!!!!!!!!!

In acknowledgement of MOTHER'S DAY this weekend here are some quote FROM mothers. I have enjoyed finding these - they have given me a prod to remember things I've slackened on or something to laugh about in myself. Have a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY.

"Wicked waste brings woeful want"
I heard this saying from my Mum. As kids we laughed, rolled our eyes and thought her totally out of touch with reality when she came out with this one. Now, I see these words through different eyes, both because I am interested in conserving our resources and I now understand a little of what Mum grew up through in the Great Depression of 1929 - 1933 when she was a girl.
They are words we need to hear today!

"There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one."
: Jill Churchhill
Some people feel defeated, incompetent and overwhelmed before they get going on their way in anything in life. Sometimes they are labelled as "perfectionists". This quote reminds us mums that we are all human, and that there are no perfect mums in existence. I think the quote is encouraging us to relax in our approach, realizing there are many ways, styles and methods of happy, successful mothering. It's ok to make mistakes, we all do. Mothering is not a test we need to pass - it's to be enjoyed.

"Who is getting more pleasure from this rocking, the baby or me?" : Nancy Thayer
This is a great quote reminding us mums to find, feel and experience for ourselves, the pleasure and comfort we give our children as we care for them. There's that idea of enjoying being a mum, again.

"When motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning, not the result of ignorance or accident, its children will become the foundation of a new race."
"A free race cannot be borne of slave mothers" : Margaret Sanger
This one caused me to really think about my attitude and what I was 'saying' to my kids about mothering.

"The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant - and let the air out of the tires." :Dorothy Parker
The whole idea of home 'atmosphere' is a topic my hero, Charlotte Mason, talks about in her writings. It is important to all children especially teenagers. I am not keen on the idea of 'keeping the children home' rather I think that home needs to be a place they long to return to, come home to... Maybe it's the food at home that draws them, or they look forward to the happy shouts of welcome received on arrival or that someone is there waiting to share a drink and a chat with them. No one wants to stay long in an unhappy, lonely environment.

"Women do not have to sacrifice personhood if they are mothers. They do not have to sacrifice motherhood in order to be persons. Liberation was meant to expand women's opportunities, not to limit them. The self-esteem that has been found in new pursuits can also be found in mothering." Elaine Heffner
I am standing and clapping!!! Both to this wonderful woman, and to urge you, along with me to keep going as a mum.

THISWEEKWITHTHEKIDS get them to give you a massage, paint your toenails, brush your hair, and let you drift off in thought thinking of new inspirational ideas on being a great mum.



  1. Hi Cathy, I love the idea of these quotes, but the font you have used makes it quite unreadable. Would it be possible for you to write it a little smaller and not so large and blocky? - I really want to read them. Thank you. Sarah

  2. Sorry Sarah, I tried to correct it when I published it - don't know what went wrong as my post copy is all fine - normal sized as I typed it. I'll try again - may need to take it all off and put it up again tomorrow.