I’m Okay – Appropriate Alternative Ways to Respond to an Apology

I have this awesome friend who gives each parenting decision such thought and she recently ask me what I would be teaching my child is the appropriate way to accept an apology. Honestly I had not given it much thought yet despite the numerous playdate situates where one kid does something they shouldn’t and the mother tells the child to apologise. I had automatically always said, “It’s okay” as I imagine most people would. But this is definately not what I want to teach my child. Continue reading “I’m Okay – Appropriate Alternative Ways to Respond to an Apology”

Time Saver: Umatie

I am not a chef but before having children I used to love baking and throwing tea parties and dinner parties but I just do not have the time anymore. Our general strategy is to live off of as many marked down prepared meals from Pick n Pay as possible and when there aren’t any available in store or in the deep freeze we split the cooking duties. Not the most wholesome strategy I know, but it  is a survival tactic at this point. I do however stress that my little one needs to eat healthily even on the nights when we don’t and this is where Umatie comes to the rescue.  Continue reading “Time Saver: Umatie”

6 Things to do when you find out that you are pregnant

I remember when we found out we were pregnant, it was such a joyful experience but also one filled with, “What now?” We found out at 5am in the morning just before I was about to board a flight to Johannesburg for a week. We were so excited and shocked (even though baba was planned) and then we had to be apart for the whole week while we processed the news. We had been trying for a few months though so I very much had a plan of action for what to do should that little plus sign appear on the pregnancy test. This list is based on my plan of action:  Continue reading “6 Things to do when you find out that you are pregnant”

10 Ways to Fight Colds in Toddlers

 

This Winter season has been a rough one in our household. All three of us have been sick but our toddler has particularly struggled. He has caught one illness after the other, most of which have been colds and flu, with seldom a break before the next illness hits. After a few numerous doctors visits I now have compiled a comprehensive list of over the counter treatments that you can use for your little one. Please note that I am NOT a medical professional and that I still recommend that you chat to your pediatrician before administering any sort of medicine.   Continue reading “10 Ways to Fight Colds in Toddlers”

My Top Breastfeeding Resources

Who knew that something that is seemingly so natural has so much misinformation, prejudice and mystery around it?

Here are some links that I have found invaluable in my breastfeeding journey so far:

  1. Le Leche League South Africa’s Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lalecheleaguesouthafrica/ as well as their website
  2. http://kellymom.com/

The World Health Organization’s Global strategy for infant and young child feeding says:

“As a global public health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health. Thereafter, to meet their evolving nutritional requirements, infants should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond.”

What are your favourite breastfeeding resources?

Mother’s Day Wish List

Being a mom can be hard work and I totally feel like Mother’s Day is a justified time to get spoilt. Here are some tips for a great Mother’s Day – Love, I hope that you are reading this!  Continue reading “Mother’s Day Wish List”

A Pep Talk

 

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Some days are harder than others. For a great number of reasons. Today is hard because there is enough work to completely overwhelm me on a normal day never mind after a night with a sick toddler. Today I feel scared that there is so much to do that I will not be able to do it all at the level of perfection I hold myself to. So I gave myself a little pep talk for the day. The gist of it is that I need to live my life as a role model for my child. I need to live out the lessons I want him to learn.

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