Maye Musk, the 72-year-old mom of Elon Musk and a social media sensation of her own recently wrote an article for CNBC about how she raised three very successful kids. Elon Musk, the well-known businessman, has two siblings: his brother Kimbal, who owns multiple restaurants, and his sister Tosca, who is producing and directing films through her own entertainment company.
Maye loves to share how proud she is of her children, but what many people were interested in is what their childhood was like. Well, it turns out that these three very successful people were brought up by a real power-woman.
Maye reflected back on her life and her role as a mother in her book A Woman Makes a Plan: Advice for a Lifetime of Adventure, Beauty, and Success.
It all started off for her when she was left to raise 3 children as a single mother at the age of 31. She worked as a dietitian to provide for her family, but she says that she never felt guilty about working full-time because she didn’t have a choice. Her top priority was taking care of her children, and it turns out that her kids benefited from her work ethic, because they learned from a very young age how important it is to work hard and be determined to what you do.
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Maybe brought up all of her children to be hard workers, but besides that, she grew up three independent, kind, and honest human beings.
According to her, doing good for others is the trick, and her kids saw her doing it as their mom and as a dietitian.
“From a young age, the kids helped me with my nutrition business. […] As they got older, they continued to take responsibility for their own futures through the decisions they made. My kids benefited because they saw me work hard just to put a roof over our heads.”
Maye believes that the most important thing of all is to let your children go their own way.
Her message to fellow parents is to tell your children that it is all about hard work, and let them follow their interests. The most important thing of all is that your children are happy and not stressed out because they’re working on a subject that their parents want them to do.
“I would love for my 3 children to be dietitians and open offices with me and live next door to me. But that’s not going to happen,” she said.