Happy Mother's Day! All this week we’ve been speaking to some of the mums living with Anchor and asking them what advice they would give new parents.

In a series of daily blogs we’ve been sharing their favourite memories of motherhood so far, finding out the one thing that they wish other mums had told them before they had children, as well as tales of the best gifts they’ve ever received for Mother’s Day.

Today we share the thoughts of Joyce Connell, 78, who lives at Anchor's Holly Court in Poole. Joyce has three children and four grandchildren.

Joyce Connell

“My favourite memory of motherhood is that first feeling of holding them after giving birth. But the one thing I wish other mothers had told me is that raising children gets harder as they get older – not easier! 

“The one piece of advice I’d like to pass on to new mothers today is to treasure their babies – they grow up so fast. Spend time with them – that’s the thing that your children will remember. Children have far more material things today and I think that makes them more demanding. But mothers also have lots more mod-cons now than we ever did so it can’t be all bad!

“The best thing I have ever been given for Mother’s Day is a Charlie Bear called Ashley – I’m an avid collector! This year I’m just hoping to spend the day with my daughters, who live locally.”

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