Friso Gold believes “Everyday is Mother’s Day“, and they encapsulated that saying with the “Share the Joys of Motherhood” Facebook contest. Friso Gold wants Malaysian mothers to share their beautiful stories about the joys of motherhood and at the same time stand a chance to win great prizes. 12 mothers have already emerged as winners in the contest.
Check out the three parts of the Joys of Motherhood with Friso Gold series as six of these mothers share their parenting tips with us:
PART I – It all begins with you. Celebrate yourself as the mother, the woman and the individual that you truly are.
“Don’t try to be anyone else’s version of what a good mother should be,” said Suharyani Binti Supriady. “Be the best version of who you are, and your children will recognize that and learn from it.”
Think about your own strengths and work them into your everyday life as a mom. When you play up your strengths as a parent, you are bound to have more fun and be happier. That’s when you discover the joy of motherhood.
Little Moments of Mommy Me-Time
“Being a mother now does not mean losing the very essence of me. I still grab the latest issue of Vogue & treat myself to new set of wardrobe,” exclaimed Grace Teoh Wooi Kheng.
Go ahead, Mom, spoil yourself. Sometimes just buying yourself a new lipstick or sexy new heels can give you the little oomph you need to recharge your fuel. So treat yourself to a fun new nail color and take a few minutes to give yourself a manicure. You may just feel like royalty!
PART II -Life seems to just begin when you become a mother. Revisit the core of your being and you’ll discover it’s more than just making carrot puree.
Put Your Girlfriends Back on the Schedule
So often we put our friends on the back burner when we become mothers, forgetting that friendships are also one essential source of joy. “Friends act as a tremendous support, but they also contribute to a mother’s happiness by acting as a release valve,” said Siti Noorfarawahidatun Lela. Exercise with a friend, organize a play date with another mother, offer to drive a mom to the toddler-and-me class or invite a single girlfriend over for Sunday brunch.
Share Your Passion with Your Children
“When you share the activities you like and enjoy with your children, you will most likely be laughing, smiling and showing what happiness looks like to the people you care about the most. Think about simple ways you can enjoy your passions with your children,” shared Lem Sheau Leei.
Are you a music lover? Break out your CDs or old LPs and play DJ. Love to paint? Sit down with your children and make art with them. By doing what we enjoy, we model our joy of motherhood and show them who we are.
PART III – “Spread your wings and prepare to fly… for you have become a butterfly.” In our final part of Joys of Motherhood with Friso Gold series, two mothers distill the need to go with the flow.
To Grow is to Let Go
Good mothers give their children roots and wings—roots to know where home is and wings to fly off and experience new thing in life. “As much as you love to dress your children to the nines, it does their self-esteem a lot of good to pick out their own clothes,” said Siew Lai Ching.
Cherish your Child’s Individuality
“Support your child’s interests and talents,” Jessica Ng Chiew Yung advised. Spend time with your child and let them see that you enjoy being with them. Then you will find the meaning of true love and ultimately, the joy of motherhood.