You've got her eyes, her prepared-for-anything instincts and maybe even her sense of style. But how much of your parenting chops come from your own mom?
Yesterday, Gayle King, cohost of “CBS This Morning” and editor at large of O, The Oprah Magazine; Nina Garcia, fashion director of Marie Claire and “Project Runway” judge; Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s Daughter; Karen Hoguet, chief financial officer of Macy’s Inc.; and Jessica Alba, actress and co-founder of The Honest Company, were honored for their success in balancing accomplished careers and the demands of motherhood at the National Mother’s Day Committee's 34th Annual “Outstanding Mother Awards.”
The Huffington Post asked King, Garcia, Price and Hoguet how their approach to motherhood is shaped by their own moms. Here, they tell us what they've learned.
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"I knew I wanted to be a mother since I was in the 7th grade, and as I got older, I realized I didn't want to be a stay-at-home mom. I love that we live in a country where you can make the choice, and there is no wrong decision or a one size fits all -- which is also true about balancing. The truth is, working mothers do a lot of juggling, and from time to time we'll drop a ball. But all you can do is pick up the ball, don't beat yourself up, and keep it moving. I was always guided by the belief that if your children don't think you care, they won't care what you think -- so, I made it a point of always making sure Kirby and Will knew I cared."
"My late mother, Nancy Meisel, is my role model and inspiration. She raised me to be strong and to be intellectually curious. My mom was a very compassionate person who instilled in me a deep sense of family and the value in observing traditions that make us stronger as individuals and a community."
"The most important lesson that I learned from my mom about being a mother is that you can't say "I love you" to your children too often and no matter how old you are, hugs, kisses and tickles are always okay. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt how much my mother loved me. She told me and she showed me and that was all the more important when she passed. I tell my children everyday that I love them. And when my teenage boys are at home, away from their friends, all bets are off on hugs and kisses."
"Patience. To always remember that this too shall pass."