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It’s hard to avoid at this time of year, and is a timely reminder not to take our mum’s for granted.

For some, it is not a happy occasion, for others, it gives us the chance to reflect on our past or present relationships with the woman who brought us in to the world.

The mother-daughter relationship is the most powerful bond in the world, for better or for worse. It sets the stage for all other relationships.

Our columnist, Alanna, and her mother speak about their relationship:

Joyce: Unfortunately, while Alanna was at school in Cowes, she was bullied mercilessly for a time.
I have always encouraged her to tell me about problems, so when I saw the mental and physical effects of the bullying, I was distraught. I was, and still am, very protective towards her and her sister Jo and, like any mum, I hate to think of her suffering in any way.

I don’t think there is a closer mother and daughter but I would say that, wouldn’t I?

Alanna is a lovely person. She is honest and giving, loving and caring, and everything that I would hope to bring her up to be.

Alanna often tells me that how much she loves me. That is enough for me and all I really need to know.

Alanna: Mum has always been a big part of my life. As an adult, I feel lucky to have a good relationship with her. We’re best friends and mum and daughter.

I’ve now got my own two grown up children Alex and Charlie, she adores them both.

Mum is a loving and fun person. It’s brilliant going out with her as anything can happen.

I can’t have been particularly pleasant to live with as a teenager. As I was struggling with my inner demons mum bore the brunt of it. Mum’s support helped me get through the most challenging days.

When I came out as gay it was mum I turned to. She took it all in her stride and has only ever wanted me to be happy. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the love and support from mum.

Mother's Day
                             Alanna and Joyce


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