One of my earliest and most enduring childhood memories is of my mum in the kitchen, cooking for all of us.
Now that I am all grown up, I realise that it was pretty symbolic of the way she devoted her whole life to her family, every single day.
I rang my mum a month after becoming a mother myself to say sorry for, well, everything. I suddenly understood everything she did for me, and I realised what I’d put her through over the years.
And now I’m 11 years into this parenting gig? There are a few more things I want my mum (and all mums, for that matter) to know.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this is an advertorial for BreastScreen NSW.
Here is my list of five things we should ALL tell our mums. Today.
1. Take care of yourself.
My mum goes to the doctor on a regular basis and it used to freak me out – I would automatically think something was wrong. But then I realised that mums taking care of themselves was a good thing.
We all need our mothers to respect their health and stay on top of any issues before they become huge – so please, mums, keep up the health checks, and especially breast screens.
There are trucks that travel the country, bringing the test straight to your door – so you really have no excuse. They target (and are free for) women over 50 and mum, they are absolutely essential. We need you to stick around, so look after your health okay? Don’t you know how much the kids all adore you?
2. Thanks for teaching us how to be good mothers ourselves.
If we were lucky enough to have a good mum ourselves, we’ve probably learned from them how to parent our own children well. It’s only natural that we would look at our own upbringing when we become parents. So if you had a devoted, supportive mother like I did? Say thanks.
3. Mums: You really are our BFFS.
I never expected that my mother and I would be BFFS. I’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve laughed so hard we’ve spat out coffee or whatever food we’d been eating. When did she get so funny? Oh, wait. She was funny the entire time, and I just didn’t notice.