Lessons From My Mother

I’m about to celebrate my first Mothers Day and I am very excited!

I’m not sure why I’m feeling this excited about Mothers Day. It’s a day when motherhood is celebrated and when mothers are treated to the finest things. It’s about appreciating our mothers and everything they do for us.

I don’t think one day is enough and I believe that we should celebrate motherhood everyday and show  appreciation for our mothers on a daily basis.

With this being my first Mothers Day and to show appreciation for my mom and every other mother, starting today and for the rest of May, MOMentsbydjzinhle will be celebrating Mothers Month with you. We want to make it a very special time for Moms!

I was raised by a strong and beautiful woman. My mother’s name is Jabu and she has 4 children. She is the one who taught me everything I know about being a woman, a grounded and hard working woman.

I work hard because that is what I watched my mother do. She was a teacher who instilled in me the discipline to work hard and not to expect anything from anyone. She taught me that the person responsible for me is myself.

I remember very clearly how she discouraged the idea of us accepting money as a gift from people. This is how I was raised. There is nothing wrong with accepting gifts but this lesson from my mother protected me from many things. My relationships have never been shaped by how much money the other person has to offer but rather about mutual respect. I respect people equally regardless of what they have or don’t have.

My mother does not like anything to be half done and she taught me to always see something through once I started it. I had certain house chores that were allocated to me and if I did not finish them, I was not allowed to leave the house. I hated it but now I treasure the lessons. I see things to the finish line.

I was running late for school one day and my mom left without me, I was so sad to have missed school that day and my mom was not happy with me when she got back home. That ensured that I was never late for school again and it taught me that it is not okay to inconvenience people. I am extremely professional and this is because I understand that I have a responsibility towards other people and that I have to respect their time.

My mom came to visit me recently and hearing her say how proud she was of me really made me happy. As a mom, I understand how good it feels when your child is someone to be proud of. She taught me a lot and watching me implement those things in my adult life really makes her proud.

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She raised me to be a strong, principled and hard working woman. I am who I am because of my mother. I can only wish that I will able to teach Kairo the same lessons so she can grow up to be a successful and happy person.

We lost my dad in 2010 and my mother has been a rock for our family. She is strong willed and goes for what she wants.

I am lucky to have been raised by her. She also taught me to laugh at myself and that has been a great lesson for when things really got tough. Remembering my dad, she always tells us about the things that made them laugh. Most of the time we can’t make out what she is saying because she would be laughing so much.

I decided to kick off our MOMentsbydjzinhle Mothers Month celebrations by telling you about my beautiful mother and the lessons she taught me.

In the comments below, please share the lessons that your mother taught you and what your mom means to you.

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    Sithabile Mlipha May 6, 2016 @ 10:43 am

    Great read.

    My mom’s name is Thembekile. She is exactly that. Not once has she ever let my siblings and I down. From a very tender age my father decided to abandon his responsibility towards us, and as the eldest daughter, I have watched her do all she can to make our life better. We had and still have a great life, thanks to the strong woman my mother is. She took me through varsity without any sponsorship, for that I am forever grateful to her. She loves people and is ever joyful, that has helped with my friendliness towards people too. She means the world to me. I love her beyond the reason why.

    Happy mothers day to you too Zinhle!!

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    Mumu May 6, 2016 @ 11:18 am

    I was raised by a woman who had to do everything on her own.my father never chipped in so she raised all three of us on her own.we are a family of 3 girls and my mum alway taught us to never allow anyone to look down upon us because we are women.she taught us to love each other as siblings and to always look out for each other.she taught us that what a man can do a woman can also do.my mum taught me about independence and not depending on others.my mother taught me hard work and resilience.she taught me to dream and to aspire.i am what i am today because of a woman who has never given up on me

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    Mbali Ntuli May 6, 2016 @ 1:27 pm

    I’m also a first time mom,my baby became 9 months old 4 may.I’m so excited about being a mom but i’m also scared if i teach her all the right thngs.I pray everday for good health for my baby girl and i hope that i always strive to do the best for her.DJ ZINHLE HAPPY MOTHERS DAY in advance i hope you and Kairo have a wonderful day!

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    Khanya May 6, 2016 @ 1:45 pm

    Of all the things my mom has taught me throughout my life what stands out is, when the lights switch off and the curtains close in the theatre stage called life all I have is God and family.

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    Nicky Mahlatsi May 6, 2016 @ 1:58 pm

    I can’t even begin to describe my mother. Her name is Lizzy. She is all I need. I have most things I want but she is all I needs. Only God knows where I would be without her. She has taught me not to ever give up on myself… from a domestic worker to running her own business. She has taught me something I am a bit reactant to follow because I have seen her been abused by many she is trying to save…. that is welcoming everyone to her home and taking care of everyone?. She has taught me generosity. She has taught me to be strong and supportive. And she also gave birth to me and what she had taught me without trying is to see the world for what it is through seing her experience a lot of things. I love her very much?.

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