This is the saddest story of the day: The British mom, who had terminal cancer, wrote a how-to manual to make sure her kids wouldn’t miss her loving care after she died.
Despite battling breast cancer, Gemma Hogg was always thinking of her three children — even leaving her hospital bed to take her son to his first day of school. On her deathbed, Gemma,31 penned a heartfelt instruction manual for her heartbroken husband, Simon, covering every detail of how to raise her three children, Isabelle, 6, Thomas, 4, and James, 2. “Gemma always put the children first, even when she was very sick,” Simon said. “Gemma was a fantastic woman and a wonderful mum — she knew just the best way to raise our children. She was determined they’d have a healthy and happy life with a good schooling.”
In her legacy of love, Gemma wrote down instructions for her husband on everything from recipes for the kids’ favorite meals to where to buy their shoes. These are her top 10 tips for raising her children right.
1. Give them healthy school lunchboxes.
2. Don’t buy them cheap shoes.
3. Do Isabelle’s hair in ponytail for school.
4. Don’t shout at them.
5. Get in touch with your feminine side for Isabelle.
6. Take them to the dentist and look after their teeth.
7. No chocolate bars!
8. Tell them every day that you love them.
9. Don’t let them watch too much TV or play too many computer games.
10. Always sit down as a family to eat dinner.
Simon says he fully intends to follow Gemma’s detailed instructions. “I will do as she’s told me because I know she knows best. Doing as she says will be like having her here with us.”
Even though she won’t be with them, Gemma wrote each of her children birthday cards up until they turn 21 and even made each of her children a cushion with an image of her hugging each child on it with the message, “For when you want to cuddle me, love Mummy.”
Wow! What a devoted mom.
What instructions would you leave on raising your kids?