What motherhood taught me

What motherhood taught me

From A-list celebs to the girl next door, all these women have something in common: motherhood. Here’s what being a mum has taught them…

Victoria Beckham and daughter.Victoria Beckham

‘For me it’s no different than it is for a lot of women out there. It’s like juggling glass balls. I love it.’ (Vogue Magazine)

Alison Maloney, journalist and author of No. 1 Mum: A Celebration of Motherhood 

‘Becoming a mum is a transformation like no other. It’s a change that reaches into your heart, your soul, your home – and your handbag.’

Sophia Loren

‘When you are a mother, you are never alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice: once for herself and once for her child.’ *


‘Having children made me realise how making the world a better place starts at home.’ * 

Sarah Ockwell-Smith, parenting expert

‘Motherhood taught me to be patient, to live in the moment, and that life is about more than me.’

Kate Winslet

‘I balance work with motherhood with great precision. I plan everything in advance… We have charts, maps and lists on the fridge, all over the house. I sometimes feel like I’m with the CIA.’ *

Gillian Crawshaw, Mumsnet contributor and author of the blog ababyonboard.com

‘Motherhood has taught me that no matter what I do, I can’t freeze time. But there’s always a new and equally lovely development around the corner.’

Kate Figes, journalist, author and blog writer – spotsandcellulite

‘Motherhood unleashes a torrent of love we didn’t know we were capable of feeling… Love from our children is earned by the love we give to them.’

Karen Doherty, parenting expert who runs parenting and family wellbeing site karendoherty.com

‘Motherhood has taught me to appreciate and to be grateful for everything in every moment, and to stay calm.’

*No. 1 Mum: A Celebration of Motherhood by Alison Maloney, Virgin Books, £9.99

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