To celebrate Mother's Day, we talked to inspirational mums from different walks of life. Discussing the challenges and rewards of motherhood... Read on for words of wisdom from one of our favourite parenting bloggers, to a post-natal yoga expert.

 

Anna Whitehouse aka Mother Pukka, motherpukka.co.uk/

A journalist, editor and mother in search of pukka things for her kid, Anna Whitehouse created Mother Pukka as a portal for news, events, reviews and honest comment for people who happen to be parents.
Mother Pukka
What's the best piece of advice you would give new mothers?

To realise that one day something works, the next it might not. It's about going with the flow, rolling with the punches and doing it your way. If your way is dancing around the kitchen to 90s hip hop by the dishwasher to keep your kid entertained, then so be it.

 

What's the most important piece of advice your Mother gave you?

My mother is a woman who never had brakes on her bike and always encouraged me to madly jump into things and splash around - even if things get messy. That spirit is weaved into everything I do and is something I want my daughter Mae to feel, too. I want her to know that I'm the hug/ cuppa tea/ biscuit/ ear if things get tough but that it's her day, her way and she's going to ace it. Whatever it is.

 

Jane Grogan, Yoga and Pilates teacher

Jane is a Brighton based mother of one, originally from Liverpool. She specialises in pre and post natal yoga and pilates, teaching at venues around East Sussex.

Yoga Mum

What's the best piece of advice you would give new mothers?

The best piece of advice I would give to new mothers is to do whatever works for you, listen to your intuition and be kind to yourself. Build a support network and don't be afraid to ask for help, motherhood can be overwhelming to say the least, it's a huge change, but remember you are amazing. Huge amounts of love and respect for all the mums out there.

 

What's the most important piece of advice your Mother gave you?

Best advice my mum gave me was probably just that! It's your baby do things your way! And she's been so supportive.

 

Karen Long, Rhyme and Reason Nursery, rhymeandreasonnursery.co.uk/

Mother of two, Karen is the Director of Rhyme and Reason, a family-run children's nursery located in Derbyshire. From Baby Buntings (ages 0-2) to Humpty Dumptys (ages 2-3) and Yankee Doodles (ages 3-5), the nursery provides a home away from home for little ones in the heart of Buxton.

Karen Long

 

What's the best piece of advice you would give new mothers?

Trust in your judgement, and tell your child they're wonderful to strengthen their sense of self belief.

 

What's the most important piece of advice your Mother gave you?

You're entitled to time off as well, so be strict about your child's bedtime routine. She also always turned up to every school event, which we never stopped appreciating.