#theviewfromhere: Mothers Day special feat our Mums!

by - Thursday, May 11, 2017



Maggy (Emma's Mum)

What's your story?


I am a French mother of 6 , grand-mother of 9 , retired from Air-France airline , My principal occupation now is baking and cooking for my family and friends, and restaure an old 18 century house in the middle of Cognac vineyards.

What have your children taught you?


As the eldest of 7 to have a big family made sense to me, each baby I had was a gift , I was 20 years old for the 1st and 40 for the last , so learning was my topic ! learning patience, surrender, confidence specially when you have a baby covered in eczema and which treatment meant hours in the bath. ..!

What is your parenting advice?

I had learnt from my mistakes, and my conclusion is never try to be THE perfect mother, My love and my instinct lead me, no sophisticated book or new method about parenting ! I took from my mother and grand-mother and made it my own.


What's on your mind?

Now I think how to help my children and great children as well as I can ! children are for life !

What's your favourite thing to do or place to go with your children?

We loved each winter to go to the Pyrénées to ski or just having fun, now with my grand-children we love to go to the rope park and baking


What is your favourite child related item all parents should rush out and buy 20 of?

I recommend instead of pacifier Petite music box CD ...20 of them !! at home, in the car , for a nap or calm an evening sorrow .

What are you listening to at the moment?

At the moment church bells, horns and children shouts from the avenue of my son's flat in Paris ! 18 century classic and baroque music when I bake or cook Christian songs , Jazz and Didier Squiban a Breton composer in my car....





Vicki (Michal's Mum)


What's your story?

I have been married to the love of my Life Tony for 34 years. We have two children, our daughter Michal and son Andrew. We have a wonderful son-in-law Matthew whom we love having in our lives and Andrews partner Eva who is a ray of sunshine. Michal and Matthew have given us the wonderful gift of two Granddaughters Harper and Sadie and an eagerly awaited wee baby in a few weeks who already has a place in our hearts.

My Mother has Alzheimer’s who I am slowly losing week by week as I become a stranger to her, so daily visits to her have become precious as every goodbye maybe her last to me knowing I’m her daughter. My hope is that she will still allow me to hug and cuddle her and tell her I love her.
As 60 approaches I count my blessings which is Family

What have your children taught you?


My children have taught me over the years from when they were babies to now as adults. They have taught me patience and forgiveness and trust. How to be grateful and how to negotiate, how to love unconditionally and how to feel loved. How to smile when all you want to do is cry. I think we can always continue to learn from and respect each other.
What is your parenting mantra?

Bed, bath, tea (not me, the children) always routine.

What's on your mind?

My Mother and My daughter. 


What's your favourite thing to do or place to go with your children?

Sounds a bit ‘All about me’ but coffee and Fluffys with Harper and Sadie. They are so well behaved and a joy to hang with. Harper and I go to ‘Ballantynes for morning tea and we make it a very girly outing, raising pinkie fingers and calling each other ‘Darling”. We love it. Ask Harper. She even curtseys when we walk in the Ballantynes doors. I don’t!

Also one on one time with my children, always special.

What is your favourite child related item all parents should rush out and buy 20 of?

photo frames and albums ( not usb sticks) to hold all your memories because your babies will grow up in a heartbeat and if you are blessed with grandchildren you get to fill more frames and do it all over again.

What are you listening to at the moment?

I’ve discovered Spotify so I play whatever my mood feels like and I listen to late night talk back’ ( don’t mock) when I can’t sleep because I am thinking about  Family.


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