In the run up to Mother’s Day 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’ll be 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 Mrs Wynifred Lilian Hudson who lives at Anchor's Rathbone House in Wimbledon. At 99 years of age Mrs Hudson has a family of four children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs Wynifred Lilian Hudson

“When I was born I weighed just 2lb 4oz. My mother reared us without all the technology they have today. She was strict, a wonderful mother who cooked nourishing food. She was, in my view an ideal mother and she also worked as a cook to pay for my sister’s hospital bills. The one thing I do wish is that she had told me about having children - you just didn’t talk about those things at that time.

“I worked at Peter Jones (part of the John Lewis Partnership) for 28 years. When I first started it was war time and we only sold second hand things. They were a wonderful company to work for; they still keep in touch on my birthday and at Christmas every year.

“The best Mother’s Day gift I ever had from my children was when they came home from church with a little bunch of daffodils. Their faces were beaming with pride and joy at giving me these flowers.

“My advice to mothers? Be regular with your children - get their eating and sleeping into a routine as early as possible. Be firm with them. I think children have far too much today and they have no sense of value. My children used to get pocket money and each birthday got a few coppers extra. When my son was 8 years old he bought his own bike after saving money he earned from his paper round and from helping an elderly lady in the neighbourhood. It taught him to work for his money, and he always worked until he took an apprenticeship to become an electrician, which he did until his retirement.”

What's the best gift you have ever received for Mother’s Day? Share your thoughts with other mums on Anchor's Facebook page.

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