Parenting

Smug Girl Parents

Smug Girl Parents

I used to be one of these, so I can speak from both sides of the parenting gender fence. I’d had my gorgeous baby girl and got through the difficult first few months and then she started to reach all the expected milestones exactly as she was supposed to. Is she rolling yet? Of course? Sitting? Yes! She(…)

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Rachel is four so she certainly doesn’t have a cell phone and she doesn’t ever sit on the computer (except to Skype her grandparents). The closest she comes to the Internet is when she’s playing on the iPad but we limit her time there to a few games, movies and taking photos (her favourite) and she(…)

Look Who’s (Not) Talking

Look Who’s (Not) Talking

By the time Rachel was 18 months old she could say approximately 13 words and identify many more. Ben has two: HA-WO! (hello) and ta-ta (thank you). He babbles in baby language all day long and has proper conversations with his parents, his sister, his nanny and strangers on the street, all in a mixture(…)

That Age When Parenting Gets Easier

That Age When Parenting Gets Easier

Let me start with a bit of a caveat: I don’t think parenting ever gets really breezy and easy. As your kids get older, you are faced with more difficult, complex issues as they deal with the world and the people around them. And this continues the older your kids get, so that even when they’re 40(…)

Why You Need to Discover Korango (+15% off!)

Why You Need to Discover Korango (+15% off!)

Who or what is Korango? I had never heard of this incredible children’s clothing brand either, until they sent me the most exquisite outfits for Rachel and Ben (lucky us!). Make no mistake, these clothes have been created with love. The attention to detail and amazingly high quality is what really made me sit up and take notice(…)

Tuesday

Tuesday

Hello Tuesday, you were busy. Today I made a little guy porridge, got dressed, went to work, read with my learners from Help2Read, rushed home for lunch, went back to work, popped to the shops for groceries, went to a meeting until 5:30pm and then battled traffic to get home. Then I fed Ben supper,(…)

We Need to Talk About Parenting

We Need to Talk About Parenting

A friend sent me this article: How American parenting is killing the American marriage. It’s got a pretty inflammatory title but the content is, in my opinion, completely true and it’s something I want to talk about today. I may create a few enemies but that’s okay, it’s clear that this topic is a sensitive one(…)

Laughing at Warthogs: Our Trip to Mabula

Laughing at Warthogs: Our Trip to Mabula

This past weekend we were lucky enough to be invited by lovely friends of ours who have timeshare at Mabula Game Lodge to share the accommodation with them (in exchange for our very entertaining company;). Although we live in Joburg, we haven’t taken advantage of being so close to the game farms and parks, but(…)

Let Time Stand Still Please

Let Time Stand Still Please

Let time stand still please. Let it fade away while you clutch those chubby arms around my neck and hide your head between my skirts. Let there be no growing up. Remain my baby, do not become a boy. Because as a baby you are mine and I do not have to share you with the(…)

The Sunflower Fund: Why you need to register

The Sunflower Fund: Why you need to register

This is James Read. He is two years old and lives in Joburg with his parents, Chris and Lee. As parents, they are probably very similar to you and me. They cried with wonder when they first held their baby boy. They felt overwhelmed with love, exhausted during those early weeks, proud of every little thing he did.(…)