At Home With Lorraine Kelly 2017 - 265
FA M I L Y L I F E ▲
YOU WILL BE'
lesson I ever
"do as you
and to treat
day to be
bring the kids up and be there for me
to have dinner with in the evening.
'One day, she just turned around
to me and said: "be happy with your
lot; you never know what's just
around the corner."
'Those words have always stuck in
my head, particularly when my closest
friend was widowed recently. I may not
see my husband regularly but at least
I am grateful we are happily married
and a unit together. When I see the
grief my poor friend is going through
I feel ashamed to ever feel sorry for
myself again and have learned to
cherish each day rather than complain
about meaningless things.'
actor; president of
'The best bit of advice I was ever given
was never to assume adults always
know better than you do: as one myself
I can tell you, we're just pretending...'
media manager at
Carers Trust charity
UP A ROOM'
'My father always used to tell me there
is o en a reason why other eo e do
the things they do. You never know
what is going on in someone else's life
behind closed doors so he would tell
me to try to be at peace with everyone.
'The kinder you are, the happier
you will be. You can't pour from an
e ty cu
kee ooking a er
yourself and the kindness will pour
out to others.'
'I have always lived by my parents'
motto which is that a smile can light
up a room. I know we are taught not
to talk to strangers, but I try to smile
at everyone from the supermarket
check-out girl to the bus driver.
'They may not always smile back at
me but most of the time they do. I am
in my mid-50s and have good genes
- the only lines I have are my smile
lines around my mouth and I couldn't
be prouder of them.'
mother of twin boys
'As a child I was bullied and my
self-esteem was so badly knocked
anic attacks. hanks
to my parents, my school teachers and
a child psychologist, however, I was
taught how to beat the bullies and not
et the knock y con dence.
'I don't actually recall those days
but what I do remember, and what
sticks with me, was the advice my
mother gave me not to lower myself
to the bully's standards and to
always treat people in the same way
you would like to be treated.
'Fortunately, my nine-year-old
twin boys have never had bullying
issues and it s e with ride when
I see their kindness to others. That
message, now passed down to them,
is an obvious, yet hugely important
one. If only everybody lived by these
rules, the world would certainly be
a better place.'
www.athomemagazine.co.uk AUGUST 2017 | 265