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Tell Baileys what you’ve learnt from your Mum that has made you the woman you are today – 10 MNers to win Baileys and glasses. NOW CLOSED

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AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 11-Mar-14 11:45:31

The team at Baileys HQ say "Here at Baileys, ahead of Mother's Day on the 30th March, we would love to hear from you as to what makes you your mother's daughter?"

So what have you learnt from your Mum*? Did she encourage you to be independent-minded? Or maybe she taught you to laugh at life? What (perhaps quirky) personality or particular physical traits do you share? Do you try to live by the lessons your mother taught you?

Everyone who adds their comments on this thread will be entered into a prize draw where ten MNers will win a bottle of Baileys and pair of exclusive Baileys glasses.

Please note your comments may be included (anonymously) on Baileys' social media channels, and possibly elsewhere, so please only post if you agree to this.

Thanks and good luck,


PLUS - For a chance to win an exclusive patisserie masterclass for you and your mum, submit your recipe featuring Baileys here.

* by Mum we mean any Mum-like figure you may have had when you were growing up

Stujobohm Thu 13-Mar-14 19:10:33

If you put your mind to it you can do anything..... My mum has achieved so much and has made me realise I can do the same.... Amazing lady x

ShebaQueen Thu 13-Mar-14 19:17:07

My Mum is the kindest person I've ever met and she always told me to treat others as I'd like to be treated myself. Best role model ever.

wonkylegs Thu 13-Mar-14 19:21:26

I doubt it's what you are looking for but .... My mum taught me to be nothing like her. She was/is quite unsuited to having children. I swore if I ever had children I would do everything to be a better parent.
I encourage my child, have time for them and show & tell them that I love them. I am proud of their achievements & support them when needed.

Bubbles85 Fri 14-Mar-14 08:00:29

My mum taught me to be kind above all else. I like to think that is how I am and I would like to install the same in my children.

ladymalfoy Fri 14-Mar-14 08:08:17

The list is endless.
Talk to your animals and listen when they 'speak'.
Sing to babies.
Cleanse tone and moisturise.
Question medical professionals .

Mmmmnotquitesure Fri 14-Mar-14 08:10:00

To take each day as it comes and make the most of it.

starlight36 Fri 14-Mar-14 12:17:46

To accept that everyone needs to lead their own life. Be there to encourage and offer advice but let your children make their own choices even if you are convinced they are the wrong ones.

Redoubtable Fri 14-Mar-14 12:31:05

She taught me to understand that people all over the world and of every background are very similar to me; that we are all more alike than we may think.

She taught me a love of reading and learning and inquisitiveness.

Above all, she taught me the importance of the chain that links the generations.....the sacrifices that she made for me reflect the investment of her parents in her.
So I try to pay it forward to my own children who are my greatest gift.
They deserve my very best and every sacrifice I make for them is worthwhile.

I am a strong mother because that's what I had.

IPokedABadgerWithASpoon Fri 14-Mar-14 12:54:57

In a relationship, sometimes "just once" is enough. And no matter how hard it is being a single parent, its easier than parenting with the wrong person

InMySpareTime Fri 14-Mar-14 13:04:21

To look around properly, and see the things other people miss, such as architectural gems above high street shop fronts, or poetry on benches.
Recipe-wise, baileys makes lovely buttercream icinggrin.

dannydyerismydad Fri 14-Mar-14 13:05:23

My mum taught me to accept and go with situations. If I phoned her concerned that my baby wasn't sleeping well, or was unsettled, rather than telling me to do or change anything, she simply said "of course, he's a baby, it's normal". I am forever grateful for her lack of interference.

dannydyerismydad Fri 14-Mar-14 13:06:11

Favourite use for Baileys - pancakes, filled with vanilla ice cream, with Baileys drizzled over.

NurseyWursey Fri 14-Mar-14 13:22:48

My mum gave birth to me when she was 18, my dad died 6 weeks later and left her a teen mum, living in a caravan. I can't even begin to imagine how hard this was for her, so young, new baby, grieving and without a proper home or money.

She taught me strength. She taught me to keep going despite how bad a hand life deals you. She taught me that no matter how bad it gets we can get through it together and things will be okay.

I have such a strong relationship with my mum and I can't thank her enough.

GobbySadcase Fri 14-Mar-14 13:26:07

That people aren't mind readers. Don't expect them to know and act upon what you are thinking, tell them.

Leads to much less frustration and disappointment all round.

BornToFolk Fri 14-Mar-14 13:32:38

My mum taught me that what I have to say is important. She also taught me that you can go through hell, and come out with your head held high. She (and my Granny before her) taught me that you can raise happy, healthy children on your own and that if you need something doing, do it yourself - from fixing the loo seat to campaigning for change.

She also taught me the sheer pleasure of power tools! grin

MummyBtothree Fri 14-Mar-14 13:43:04

My mum was always telling me 'Mums know best'. It used to go in one ear and out of the other when I was younger, thinking I knew it all. Now I find myself saying it to my boys and it is so very true.

pussycatdoll Fri 14-Mar-14 14:04:25

My mum taught me that women are amazing in their capacity to juggle multiple tasks and jobs all at once
She was amazing in that she could hold down a career, look after ill, elderly parents, look after us and also be a friend to us , always there, always listening

CMOTDibbler Fri 14-Mar-14 14:21:58

Growing up, my mum taught me that I could be strong and achieve whatever I wanted to, no matter what stood in my way. Just as her mother had taught her.

Now, my wonderful, gentle, intelligent, inquisitive mum has dementia, and is much like a rather angry toddler most of the time. What she was is gone, but her life in the present reminds me to not look back

Guitargirl Fri 14-Mar-14 14:39:05

My mum taught me to retain financial independence and not to rely on any partner for financial support as not all relationships last.

And to floss my teeth.

FabBakerGirl Fri 14-Mar-14 14:42:51

My Mum taught me that to leave your child is never the right thing to do. She taught me that to put a man before your child is never the right thing to do. That having a child is the best thing you will ever do in your life. My mother left me, chose men over me and made it clear I ruined her life.

Not sure that is what you meant but it is my experience.

MaddAddam Fri 14-Mar-14 14:51:18

I learned not to accept any crap from a man. By watching my mother contort her life to keep my father happy, and then doing the opposite!

My sister and I owe our feminism to this.

Baileys is very good as sauce on chocolate ice cream.

coalscuttle Fri 14-Mar-14 15:00:19

My mum taught me not to trust men, and sadly life has shown me she was probably right.

WhyIRayLiotta Fri 14-Mar-14 15:03:52

My mums advice came in the form of everyday conversations. She is much too modest to think she had any wisdom to impart.
Live with a man before you marry him. (We are strict Catholics!)
Make an independent home for yourself (don't end up living with a Mother-in-Law like she did)
Be kind to everyone and everything.

But the biggest thing I learned from my mum was to be non judgemental. I live by the mantra 'each to their own -God for us all'. Even my friends talked about how lucky I was to have a mum who was never phased by anything. I have since learned that she is like that as she has her own skeletons and fears the judgement she'd receive should they ever appear. I don't have any skeletons - and would never judge anyone who does.

TheHoneyBadger Fri 14-Mar-14 15:49:20

i have learnt how NOT to parent from my mother.

also handy demonstrations in everything i never want to be smile

suspect that's not hallmark enough to win a prize?

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