In an exclusive new interview with Closer Weekly, Jane Seymour shares a tradition that’s been handed down by the women in her family. “My mother said, ‘You have to accept whatever’s happened in your life, open your heart and reach out to help someone else,'” Jane recalled of her late mom, Mieke, who’d survived being held in an internment camp during World War II.

Now Jane’s daughter, Katherine Flynn, 36, is teaching her kids to do the same thing. “Giving back has always been a big part of our lives,” she says.

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Jane and Katherine.

Now both Jane and her daughter are working “to support one another in our journeys,” Jane says. “That’s what my mother taught me and what Katie got without me having to teach her. And her children are the same way! Even the two-year-old, she just loves to help out.”

“They’re amazing,” Jane tells Closer of her grandkids. “I love that they’re loving and sharing.”

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