Mother and daughter Minister Naledi Pandor and Dr Aisha Pandor on raising successful children
One of the toughest jobs in the world is being a mother and providing kids with the right tools to find their own success. One woman who achieved this is Minister Naledi Pandor, who has raised four successful kids, including SweepSouth CEO and Co-Founder, Dr Naledi Pandor. The mother-daughter duo sat in conversation at the Forbes Leading Women Africa and shared their formula.
Every parent is concerned about the right path for their child, but ultimately the best you can do is provide the tools and the environment for them to forge their own path. “As a mother, what I tried to do is nurture her (Dr Aisha Pandor) where she wished to grow, but also, to encourage her to have as much experience in a range of areas as possible. We would encourage academic work. We also encouraged sport, creativity; all my kids had to do Speech and Drama at school, it was very clear”.
“Our parents brought us up to have the right moral compass. Education and the idea of learning and knowledge have been very important. My parents gave us freedom in the decisions we made based on the fact that they knew they had given us that grounding,” says Dr. Pandor. What is evident is that a solid education played a pivotal role in the Pandor family traditions, and those same traditions are now in place for Dr Pandors children.
The dynamic duo have the following tips for the parents of today:
- Education is critical for all children
- Always encourage children to be independent and teach them to rely on themselves
- Talk and engage your children in conversations that will encourage them to think about the world more broadly, this will teach them about leadership
- Teach them the value of family and respect
- Train them to be financially savvy
- Teach them how to take care of themselves, physical and mental health is important
- Support the decisions they make, even from a young age
- Let them follow their own path
- Teach them about the importance of a measured life, success is not only about money.
- Teach them the importance of service, charity and giving.