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Bulwell Care Home Resident Tells New Mums to ‘Ditch the Housework and Make Memories Instead’ This Mother’s Day

Published: Friday 20th March 2020

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Staff and residents at  Fairway View  in Bulwell, Nottingham, have been sharing their advice and special memories about raising their children and Home Manager, Dorothy Mbulo, assures families that her residents will still enjoy a great Mother’s Day this year. 

Mavis Wood, aged 89, has two children and has lived at Fairway View since 2018. Mavis believes the most important advice she could offer new mums is to forget the cleaning and the idea of having a perfect house to concentrate instead on spending quality time with family. Mavis said,‘You can only pick one: a tidy house or a house full of children! New mums should just enjoy the quality time with their kids and worry about making memories with them instead’. 

Mavis thinks the most important thing she could teach her children as they grew up was the difference between right and wrong. She adds, ‘I am very proud of the people my children have become.  All I want for them is health and happiness. I am very blessed as I also have seven grandchildren and one great grandchild!’. 

Senior Care Assistant, Pat Hall said, ‘If I could offer new mums any advice it would be: keep going, it does get easier!’. With three boys of her own and an impressive fifteen grandchildren, Pat believes respect and good manners are two of the most important lessons a child should learn, continuing, ‘the earlier you teach them, the better!’.

 Donna Knights, Kitchen Manager at Fairway View, has two children and four grandchildren.  She believes the best thing about being a mum is watching children grow up to be their own person. She thinks new mums should accept help and not always try to do everything on their own, adding‘parenting isn’t easy but enjoy it while it lasts because they grow up so quickly’.

Pleased to share in the nostalgia, Home Manager, Dorothy Mbulo said,‘Mother’s Day is always such a special time at Fairway view and this year will be no different.  We will still make a big fuss of all our ladies and we have lots of ways to make sure that they are in contact with their loved ones’.