“But there's a story behind everything. How a picture got on a wall. How a scar got on your face. Sometimes the stories are simple, and sometimes they are hard and heartbreaking. But behind all your stories is always your mother's story, because hers is where yours begin.” ― Mitch Albom, For One More Day
Our theme for this week's Cognitive Stimulation Therapy session is 'Mothers Day', which is on Sunday 14th March. We asked members who had mothers or mothers-in-law who were still living and which female members were mothers and/or grandmothers.
We asked members to tell a story about their mother, or about being a mum.
Ask members if they were to be given a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates (or both, if you were lucky!), what would your favourite flowers and chocolates be?
(As I've mentioned previously, it's important to know a little about your members' lives in order to avoid provoking distressing memories and to have co-facilitators in case someone does become upset and is in need of one-to-one support. Also, people need to feel able not to participate in any given discussion. Bear in mind recent bereavements!)
The Radford family, who live in Morecombe Lancs, have 22 children. Sue is aged 48. Her eldest child is 33 (she had him when she was 14). She and her husband run a baking ("bun in the oven") company and live on £50k earnings a year. They take no benefits.
Ask the group for comments...
Do they have siblings?
What are the benefits of being an only child versus coming from a large family?
What about the financial aspects of parenting?
Teach Your Children - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQOaUnSmJr8 'Woodstock' was the other song on this double A sided single. What year was that festival?
AUG 15-18, 1969, HELD IN BETHEL, NEW YORK
IDIOMS Next we completed the following phrases about mothers and grandmothers. (Clues in brackets) Mothering - SUNDAY (Mother's Day) A face only a mother could - LOVE (A not very good looking child?) Mummy's - BOY (A boy over dependent on his mother) Mother - HEN (A mother who rules the roost) Learn something at your mother’s - KNEE (Mum's have a lot to teach us!) Be tied to (one’s) mother’s apron - STRINGS (A mother who doesn't easily let their child grow up)
Empty nest - SYNDROME (When the children have moved away from home) Expectant - MOTHER (A pregnant mother to be) Experience is the mother of - WISDOM (Life is full of valuable lessons) Necessity is the mother of all - INVENTION (We develop things we need, eventually!) Failure is the mother of - SUCCESS (Keep on trying) Mother - NATURE (Nature) Mother - TONGUE (First language) Keep - MUM (Keep quiet) Mum's the - WORD (Keep a secret) Shall I be - MOTHER? (People often say this when they pour a cup of tea for family or friends) Like mother, like - DAUGHTER (We are often more like our parents than we realise) A mother has eyes in the back of her - HEAD (She has to watch over the children!) Don't teach your grandmother to suck - EGGS (She is older and wiser)
MUSIC & PICTURE QUIZ Next ask members to identify these images and ask the associated questions.
ROUND 1. Famous Mothers & Children
1. Name the famous mother and daughter?
2. Name the famous mother and daughter?
3. Name the famous mother and son?
4. Name the famous father and the missing mother? What are their nicknames?
Name the children for extra points?
5. Name the famous mother and father?
Which rock group was he lead singer with?
6. Name the famous mother and father?
Where was he born?
7. Name the famous mother and father?
And their son?
8. Name the famous mother and grandmother?
What was the name of their other daughter/sister?
9. Name the famous mother and father?
Name the famous daughter (she went on to be married to Michael Jackson, for a short time!)?
10. Who played the mother and older son in 'The Partridge Family'?
11. SONG. 'We Are Family', Sister Sledge - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyGY2NfYpeE
True or False. The group was made up of 4 sisters?
ROUND 2. TV & Film
12. What Welsh valleys TV show is this?
What is the Welsh for Mother?
13. Name the TV show?
Name these two actors?
14. Name the TV show?
Who played the mother?
15. Name the TV show?
Who played the mother and her accident prone husband?
Ask members to do their best "Oo Betty!"
16. Name the TV show?
Who starred as the mother?