Supervising meals, watching concerts together, tending the house, helping with homework—mothers do it all and even more. To pay tribute to all loving mothers for this month’s Hari Ibu, Indonesia Tatler talked to a handful of wonderful women who, despite their own busy schedules, still have time for their families.

 

Donna Latief and Nagara

Donna Latief - Wonder Woman

What activities with your children do you enjoy the most? I spend a few hours each day with Nagara, my son, after school to make sure that he is caught up on his schoolwork. After that, we spend time chatting to keep each other updated. At weekends, I take him to soccer practice and sometimes golf.
What are the most important lessons that you would like to impart to your children? I have a strong belief in my faith. I have begun teaching Nagara the ways of our faith in order to build a strong foundation. He is very inquisitive and often asks questions in order to better understand the teachings.
What is the biggest lesson that your children have taught you? It is often Nagara who advises me to slow down and take a step back so as to not get too stressed out. Even at his young age, he understands that time spent stressing out is time wasted on being happy.
How do you usually celebrate Mother’s Day? We love to travel as a family. There was a year when my husband just announced that we were going on a trip to Singapore in celebration of Mother’s Day. It was a very nice surprise.

Bradley, Marlene, Inneke Jiang and Clarissa

Inneke Jiang - Smart Supermum

What activities with your children do you enjoy the most? On weekends, we always go to church and then have lunch together. The kids love to watch movies and go to concerts. Once I went with Marlene, my eldest, to catch her favourite singer, Ariana Grande, in concert.
What are the most important lessons that you would like to impart to your children? I believe in letting my children carve out their own paths. While I aspire for them to be successful, no matter the path they choose, they must never forget their roots.
What are you most proud of about your children? Bradley loves Minecraft and he’s also pretty good at basketball; Marlene is an autodidact artist and quite the gifted one. The youngest, Clarissa, has her ballet—she looks cute in that pink tutu.
How do you usually celebrate Mother’s Day? Our family has a love for the food at Grand Café at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta. The food there is just so delicious. It has become our go-to destination for special occasions, including Mother’s Day.

 

Ayu Heni Rosan, Raisya, Razan and Ranisya

Ayu Heni Rosan - Fantastic Family

What activities with your children do you enjoy the most? We do many small things together, from dropping the kids off at school, doing projects and homework together, and so on. Raisya, Razan and Ranisya also often come with me to orphanages. They need to see reality and learn to be humble, grateful, and charitable.
What are the most important lessons that you would like to impart to your children? Be honest and open in communication. I’ve taught my children since they were young to share problems, for which we will together find the solutions. Though we have different opinions, all the members of a family need to understand each other.
What is the biggest lesson that your children have taught you? Each child is a gift from the Creator with different personalities. Sometimes I see myself in them and they see themselves in me; we learn from each other’s mistakes and successes.
How do you usually celebrate Mother’s Day? Honestly, sometimes I forgot that it’s Mother’s Day and treat it no differently to any other day. My children, however, butter me up the whole day and try to make me do something special.

Nia Ramadhani Bakrie, Mikhayla and Mainaka

Nia Ramadhani Bakrie - Star Trooper

What activities with your children do you enjoy the most? I enjoy and treasure each moment with them. Mikayla just started elementary school and her curiosity and behaviour to apply new knowledge are just so adorable. Mainakais still a cute baby who can’t do much, so I usually dance, try on make-up and put on dresses with Mikhayla.
What are the most important lessons that you would like to impart to your children? I always teach them to be polite and to respect and appreciate others. Sharing with the underprivileged as a way to be thankful to the Creator, who gives everything, is also important.
What is the biggest lesson that your children have taught you? They have taught me the meaning of unconditional love. The love I have for them is the purest that I have ever felt.
How do you usually celebrate Hari Ibu? We do nothing special yet, because they’re still too young. Their father would be the one sending thank-you flowers and Mikhayla would present handicrafts made in school.

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Asiwita Anak Agung Ayu Mirah Suardhana and Dyandra

Asiwita Anak Agung Ayu Mirah Suardhana - Incredible Influence

What activities with your children do you enjoy the most? Dyandra and I often get treatments at home, such as body scrubs and wraps, or go the salon for mani-pedis and a hair wash. At weekends, we swim together and afterwards go to the cinema. She also confides in me and shares stories—including current trends for me to follow.
What are the most important lessons that you would like to impart to your children? The most important lessons I’ve taught since Dyandra was young are religion and manners. She has to be kind, polite and smart. I hope she teaches her own children about piety, politeness to others and associating well.
What is the biggest lesson that your children have taught you? I have learned sincerity and compassion from Dyandra. For example, one time she specifically asked me to celebrate her birthday at an orphanage. As for compassion, she really takes good care of her beloved puppies.
How do you usually celebrate Mother’s Day? Dyandra usually paints and writes good wishes on a canvass and then together we go to visit an orphanage nearby the house to play and celebrate together.

 

Diana Ruhut, Owen and Alicia

Diana Ruhut - Marvellous Mum

What activities with your children do you enjoy the most? We love food, so Sarah, Owen and I often go on culinary adventures to try new cuisines either from different parts of Indonesia or from other countries. Another hobby we share is watching movies; afterwards, we discuss about what we liked, or didn’t like in the movie.
What are the most important lessons that you would like to impart to your children? I always share my life’s experiences so that Sarah and Owen understand and appreciate the meaning of hard work. In all life’s conditions, they have to stay humble and be charitable to others. The Creator blesses us so we could bless others, which, in turn, will open doors in our future.
What is the biggest lesson that your children have taught you? My children are actually my teachers. When I feel angry or annoyed in a situation, they remind me to stay calm and patient, and to forgive and forget. I’m so proud that they already understand these concepts despite their young age.
How do you usually celebrate Mother’s Day? Sarah and Owen always have so many creative ideas—Sarah is actually her nickname—that would make each Mother’s Day special. They love doing handicrafts and the results would be presented when I wake up in the morning.

(Text by Kevin Sjahrial and Edith Emeralda; Photo by Heri B. Heryanto) 

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