Mar 14, 2019

Lovin' Life 14/3/2019: Just the Right Thing At Just the Right Time.

I know the internet needs another parenting advice post like another hole in its metaphorical head but I came across this quote from Goldie Hawn the other day that I just had to share because they were such wise and reassuring words.  The quote came from this interview that Goldie gave after her daughter Kate became a mother for the third time.

Earlier this week, Kate Hudson welcomed her third child (and first daughter!), and Goldie Hawn officially became a grandmother to six beautiful grandchildren. While the loving Hollywood family has been making us swoon over their bond for decades, it's Goldie's recent parenting advice that is hitting close to home. During an event celebrating a collaboration with her daughter's Fabletics brand, Goldie sat down with People to discuss all things parenting and shared some of her greatest familial wisdom.
"We do the best we can as mothers," Goldie said. "Certainly, as a mother, I've made mistakes. We all do, we all will. But the most important thing is to stay authentic and true to yourself and hope that you show by example, not by what you say but by what you do."
Goldie and Kate's close relationship is one that so many mothers and daughters have idolized, and we're pretty much convinced that compassion, optimism, and warmth just runs in their blood, but Goldie explained she leads by example. "We hope our children will amplify the best part of us," she said. "I'm proud of my daughter. She has become a spokesperson herself for children's wellness, for happiness, all the things that she grew up with."
She added, "I'm not conscious of going, 'I need to be a role model.' Heck no. I am my own role model. I live by my own ethics and my own standards and my own sense of love. That's who I am. I think every one of my children, I can say wholeheartedly, has this wonderful attribute."
Her final advice to Kate and to all parents is to live in the moment and savor it all. "Each stage brings you a different kind of happiness, so focus on that," Goldie shared. "Sometimes they'll drive you crazy, but just focus on the joy of being able to do this at all." Now that is right! Read on to see recent photos of Kate and Goldie's adorable bond.

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"We do the best we can as mothers," Goldie said. "Certainly, as a mother, I've made mistakes. We all do, we all will. But the most important thing is to stay authentic and true to yourself and hope that you show by example, not by what you say but by what you do."

Thank you, Goldie and the countless mothers and other wise women in my life who know just the right thing to say at just the right time.  For those words that encourage, support and give hope rather than those that preach and induce guilt.

What have you heard or read lately that was just the right thing at just the right time?


6 comments:

  1. That is a fabulous quote from Goldie (I've always loved her) SSG! None of us are perfect and nor should we be expected to be. Motherhood is a tough gig - a wonderful gig but tough and demanding and relentless and we are bound to get tired and grumpy and stuff up a bit at times. However, the unconditional love is always there and that is pretty special in itself ... and yes hopefully we can lead by example. #TeamLovinLife

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  2. It's so true and something I've taken on board over the years. We're imperfect human beings and there will be times when we look back at our parenting and wince a little (speaking from experience). But when we look at the big picture and our intentions and our baseline values that we model, we're doing a pretty great job! There are a lot of kids growing up in appalling family environments and I'm so grateful mine never had to experience that (and neither will yours) xx

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  3. A great quote from Goldie and so true. I find SSG that I am enjoying my time as a grandmother looking after my grandsons, because I have the time. I worked full time and missed many of my children's milestones but I'm so fortunate to be making up for it with my daughter's two boys.

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  4. That's a fabulous quote - and it's right on the money. Guilt and motherhood sadly seem to go together. My now almost 21 year old told me years ago when I couldn't make it to a swimming carnival because of work 'don't get hung up on it Mum. I'm sure there's lots more material I can use if I ever end up in counselling. Like how you never took me to Hugry Jacks.' Hmmmm.

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  5. I think that is so true and thanks for sharing. I have actually sent both of my adult kids letters of apology for some of my less than amazing mothering times. They were both understanding and kind.

    Denyse x

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  6. That is a great quote and such good advice! I think while we might mess up, if we do the best we can at the time with the choices we have and we strive to do everything in love, we are on the right track :)

    Hope that your week is going well :)

    Away From The Blue

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