Being a mother is one of the most rewarding yet challenging things that we have to go though. And as they grow we have to prepare ourselves for the day they finally leave the nest, something that mum-of-three Goldie Hawn has gone through.

 

Opening up at Oprah’s Master Class, the 69-year-old, who is mum to two sons and a daughter, admitted that she found it hard to step back and let her daughter, Kate Hudson, go.

 

But it seems she was inspired by an outside influence - a Greek Mythological tale about Demeter and Persephone.

 

"One of my favourite stories is Demeter and Persephone. It's a story of a mother and daughter, and how the mother was everything to that daughter. The daughter looked at her, and the sun rose and set on her. And they had so much fun together," she started by saying. 

 

"She had to become a woman, and she had to leave the clutches of her mother, in order to define who she is. She had to become a woman, and she had to leave the clutches of her mother, in order to define who she is."

 

 

Talking about how this tale influenced her mothering, she said: "What this is, is an example of how we as mothers have to be able to not just pass the baton, but to be able to give free reign for your daughter to grow, to make mistakes, doesn't mean they're not watched. But it means that they're honoured. You watch them [become individuals], you watch them fight you."

 

She finished by saying: "That's what being a mother is also, is witnessing. Just be there. You don't always have to power over. I believe that this is one of the most important things as a parent you can do... to let go, in times, so these children can formulate their own identity."

 

What do you think of her advice? 

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