Friday, May 9, 2014

Keep Calm & Mother On

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by your responsibilities as a mother? Especially on days when your sleep was interrupted multiple times at night, you get woken up at 6am, when all you wanted was to sleep for just an hour more... The toddler spills milk all over the sofa, and the baby made a poopy mess on the bedsheets that you've just changed yesterday... and it's just 10am. Well, Keep Calm and Mother On! You're doing an amazing job raising the children that you've been blessed with.

Pauline Loh, an award winning writer with over 25 years of writing experience has put together an encouraging and hilarious book filled with over 300 things ever said about motherhood. From sacrificial things a Mum does, to how noble, loving and wise she is, this little handbook is meant to illuminate the strength and beauty of a mother and all that she unconditionally encompasses.

I picked out some of my favourite quotes from the book...

On love

The truth is, when our mothers held us, rocked us, stroked our heads – none of us ever got enough of that. WE all yearn in some way to return to those days when we were completely taken care of – unconditional love, unconditional attention. Most of us didn’t get enough. 
- Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie 

On sacrifice

She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.
- Margaret Culkin Banning, author 

On bravery

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.
- Washington Irving, historian 

On wisdom

Before becoming a mother I had a hundred theories on how to birn gup children. Now I have seven children and only one theory: love them, especially when they least deserve to be loved.
- Kate Samperi, author of Silken Cords 

On power

No influence is so powerful as that of the mother.
– Sarah Josepha Hale, author of Mary Had a Little Lamb

On encouragement

[Mama] kept the first school prize that I ever won, for
doing well in kindergarten—a pencil sharpener in the
shape of a tiny trophy, which is still today in the display
cabinet at home.
– Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, from his eulogy for his mother, Madam Kwa Geok Choo

On beauty

There is no velvet so soft as a mother’s lap, no rose as lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps.
- Archibald Thompson, conductor and composer

A book filled with quotes that any mom would be able to identify with, and one that will fill you with so much gratitude and joy as you recall the special woman in your life you call mom.

Armour Publishing is giving away two copies of Keep Calm and Mother On by Pauline Loh. To take part, follow the directions below. 

Keep Calm and Mother On can be purchased from Armour Publishing through their online store. Alternatively you can drop by their showroom:
Block 1003 Bukit Merah Central #02-07
Singapore 159836
Showroom hours: Monday to Friday (10am to 6pm)

P.S. Dads, if you haven’t gotten anything for your children’s mommy this Mother's Day (pssst... it's this Sunday), round up your kids, and bring them to the store to pick something up for her… then get them to draw or write a card for mommy... something handmade will surely bring tears to her eyes, and make all the sleepless nights worthwhile. Your kind gesture will mean the world to her.

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  1. Motherhood is never a bed of roses.

  2. Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love. -Mildred B. Vermont

  3. What a great book to celebrate the beauty of motherhood.

  4. "Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws"

  5. “Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else's happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you're not sure what the right thing is...and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.”

    ― Donna Ball, At Home on Ladybug Farm

  6. Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love.

    - Mildred B. Vermont