MALINDA GARDINER

SOUTH AFRICA

'My parents had 5 children, of whom three had one child each and the other two none. My parents taught us to be frugal. They were farmers and we had to help with various tasks. This made us realise what it takes to put food on the table and clothes on our backs. We were taught the value of nature.

I taught my daughter many of the skills I was taught - gardening, cooking, baking, livestock husbandry. She got her degree in communication and is completely comfortable with the digital world. She is a completely modern human. But she can also make soap, milk a goat, make cheese, kill a chicken, chop wood, stomp cob and handle power tools.

What we taught her, which my parents taught us, is that you can do anything you set your mind to. She's my only child. Environmental and socio-economic matters are high on her agenda. She wants two children one day. Her value set combines her grandparents' influence, what we taught her, what she saw in the media and the influence of her friends. She's her very own person.