I’ve been posting
the wildly entertaining, yet immensely profound, conversations I have with my second child, Maddy, on my Facebook page. She may be just five, but her observations about people and life give me much food for thought.
Here’s a favourite of mine: Maddy: “You must be kind and generous to the people you love.” Me: “What about the people you don’t love?” Maddy: “You must be kind and generous to them, too. Otherwise, they will do bad things.”
Her observations come out of the blue, and occasionally, in unexpected places – like the time we were in a public washroom together. Just before I unlocked our cubicle door, she reached into the toilet roll dispenser and rolled out a section of paper, leaving it hanging. Seeing my questioning look, she explained: “It will be easier for the next person to take the toilet paper.”
In that one small act of thoughtfulness, my little girl taught me about consideration, kindness and loving one’s neighbour. I’ve rolled out sections of toilet paper ever since.
My daughter’s observations about the world humble me. As a mum, I always thought I was the one raising my kids. But little by little, my children are raising me, too – in their reminders of what’s right and wrong, what’s funny and funnier, and how problems can be solved in simple ways.
So I’ve decided to stop thinking that I know more about life than my kids. I may have more experience, but I may not always know better. Turn to page 54 to see what your kids can teach you every day – they’re our personal life coaches! – from how to say no, to how to love wholeheartedly, and more.
Other stories you shouldn’t miss this month: Choose the right foundation to look different every day (pg 28). If you’ve been letting your financial fears keep you from making better money decisions, our experts have tips to help you (pg 64). And, don’t forget your mum this Mother’s Day – turn to page 36 for our pick of pampering treatments you can do with her. A happy Mother’s Day to all mums!
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a high-tea treat – just me and a good book. Pg 108
Decorbombed in my office on my birthday by
PENELOPE CHAN, EDITOR