“Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I can’t believe they are mine,” Nora Al Suwaidi, director general of cancer patient care society Rahma, says of her three children. It is “baby” Yasmina, eight, in whom Nora sees herself, because “We both love adventure, nature and dance.”
Of her parenting style, she says, “I am a parent first and friend after, but at the end of the day, Yasmina is my best friend,” she smiles, describing her daughter as “Caring, compassionate and brave.” Nora believes in letting “kids be kids”, allowing Yasmina free rein to follow her passions of dance and music. “My mum taught me to be strong and to believe in myself,” Yasmina says, which goes hand-in-hand with the advice Nora is passing on to her daughter.
“My mother instilled in me to put my dreams into action. I hope that Yasmina will one day follow her dreams. Wherever they take Yasmina, I will support her.”