Mothers are precious blessings whom we should cherish. They are the anchors in
the family, holding the members together. We owe them a great debt. Not only do
they bring us into the world, they are our household keepers and our moral and
emotional confidants when we face problems.
I have a small family. My elder brother and I have been dependent and close to
our mother. We love our Dad, but we seldom see him. When he is with us, he
advises us to study hard and to be good, useful people. However, he is very
strict. It is Mum who saw me through my childhood to where I am now. I was a
naughty hyperactive child who was prone to
illnesses. Mum looked after my health, advised me about my studies, friends,
money and so on. Now that I am a teenager, I see Mum less often and spend more
time with my friends. However, unlike some of my friends who drift further away
from their parents when they grow older, my relationship with Mum is still very
I am quite an over-achiever. This goes with my hyperactive nature. In primary
school, I took part in too many activities. However, nowadays I am more focused
in my studies. I am also a prefect and athlete. Consequently, Mum is a bit
concerned about my busy schedule. When I am feeling down, I seek Mum's consoling
words for she is always the one who asks me to slow down, rest more often, sleep
earlier and drink more water. There was a time when I skipped meals owing to my
heavy schedule. Consequently, I developed gastric problems. Mum read much about
this ailment and always give me advice when I experience discomfort.
Like typical teenagers, my friends and I are followers of fashion. However, I
am wise enough to consult Mum on what is wear sensible. She always advises me
not to set myself apart from my classmates as she knows how important it is for
us to look "cool". However, when I asked her if I could dye my hair or have
facials, she would put her foot down. She felt that the first request was not
decent and the second was unnecessary expense. However, as I grow older, my
tastes in fashion grow increasingly dissimilar
from Mum's. I have, on a number of occasions, not taken her advice regarding
fashion. There was once when I bought a dress although my mum did not think it
suited me. I had to admit later that I had bought it on impulse and the style
was indeed not quite suitable for me.
Like most teenagers, my friends are important to me. I always consult Mum
about my relationship problems with friends. I heed Mum's advice about boys too
- about understanding their nature and not developing any close relationship at
this stage. If I have any problems with the opposite sex, I will always consult
Mum unlike some of my friends who consult their friends on these. I tell my
friends that their mums are more mature and have experience so they can advise
them better than their young, immature friends.
Studies mean a lot to me. Currently, I am unsure about whether I should enrol
in the Arts or Science stream. Also, the holidays are looming ahead. Should I
take a part-time job? Guess who will I consult for advice? No prizes for
guessing the right answer !
I have found that Mum's advice is often well thought-out and fair. I really
believe that mothers know best.