Mothers set an example
Manizha (center) with her mother and father in Khorog, Tajikistan.
Children learn what they see and remember what they hear. The mother of Manizha, the finance officer for Central Asia Institute Tajikistan, modeled decency and intelligence for Manizha and her sister. “All the teaching in the world can be undone,” writes Manizha, “if your children watch you behave in ways that contradict what you’ve said.” Getting an education was compulsory in the family, especially for girls. Now adults, both daughters are educated and, says Manizha, “of course my mother is very proud of us.” Manizha is sharing her mother’s values by passing them along to her daughter and two sons.
On Mother’s Day, take a moment to reflect on the values you learned from your mother. Think about the ways you share those values with your children and grandchildren, and how sharing keeps the legacy alive. A special thanks to our friends for sharing their stories.