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Mothers with Years of Experience Share Nuggets of Wisdom for Mother’s Day


Tucson, Ariz. -- For the second consecutive year, mothers with years and years of experience are offering sage advice to young mothers just in time for Mother’s Day. Residents of Watermark retirement communities coast to coast were asked to share their words of wisdom this spring. Here’s what some of them had to say.

Lola Laubheim of The Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods in Sarasota, Florida said “Set a good example and laugh a lot. I have three children, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and I enjoy them all.”

Beverly Raines of The Fountains at the Carlotta in Palm Desert, California said, “My mother always said ‘Can’t never did anything.’ It worked for me and for my kids, then we would laugh and do whatever was required.”

Pauline Jett of Rockland Place in Wilmington, Delaware said “Give them all the love and attention they deserve and they will be good children.”

Charla Wardell of The Fountains at Franklin, in Southfield, Michigan said “You can love your kids without giving them a lot of material things.”

Esther Palisca of Rose Tree Place in Media, Pennsylvania said, “Stop and listen to what your child or children are saying before giving your own opinion.”

Joy Young of The Watermark at Logan Square in Philadelphia said “Turn off your TV, read to your children, give them praises, cuddle a lot and take time out of your day for yourself--even if it is only 30 minutes.”

Joan Humphries of East Village Place in East Long Meadow, Massachusetts said, “Be patient. Remember the importance of discipline and manners, your children will be thankful in the future.”

Norma Cunnington of The Fountains at RiverVue in Tuckahoe, New York said, “My advice to young mothers of today is to give [your children] your time and firmness with love.”

Betty Frazer of Immanuel Campus of Care in Glendale, Arizona said, “Be very open minded with your children. Let them know never be afraid with any problem. Be patient and understanding.”

Hely Moore of The Watermark at 3030 Park in Bridgeport, Connecticut said, “Be consistent, follow through. Relax and enjoy.”

Edith Krogstie of The Fountains at Crystal Lake in Crystal Lake, Illinois said, “Take it a day at a time.”

Lena Calvert of The Fountains at The Albemarle in Tarboro, North Carolina said, “Be nice to your mother because one day you will ‘become’ your mother. As you look back you will be doing the same things your mother did.”

Connie Olin of The Fountains at La Cholla in Tucson, Arizona said, “Do the three L’s: Like, Love and Leave them alone.”

Mary June Duskin of The Fountains at Canterbury, in Oklahoma City said, “Have fun with your children. Laughter is a way to express love.”

Ruth Schurr of The Fountains at Bronson Place in Kalamazoo, Michigan said “Enjoy every minute with your children because they grow up too fast.”

Berni Walter of The Watermark at East Hill in Southbury, Connecticut said, “Pray for patience and enjoy each stage of your children’s development.”

Bernice Allen of The Fountains at Greenbriar in Independence, Missouri said “Always be open for communication and be interested when they are talking to you. Show that you care.”

Norma Holmes, 102, of The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida, perhaps said it best: “Always let your children know they are loved and wanted. Be honest with them. Children bring a lot of joy and make your life complete. ‘Sometimes you don’t like them, but you will always love them.’”

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