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A couple of years ago when I was knee deep in Kiara’s toddler tantrums, I was convinced I had done irreparable damage to our relationship. Like her younger sister, she never slept, she stood her…

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Things I love about my 16 year old son

Things I love about my 16 year old …

Nothing really prepares you for motherhood. Those first few months with a new baby are absolutely terrifying and overwhelming. When I had my oldest I spent months believing I had broken him. He cried non-stop,…

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Rashes, allergies, spots and everything in between

Rashes, allergies, spots and everything in between

I have spent the entire day thinking it was the 5 June. Actually if I am really honest I thought it was the 4th July. I shall not get into the why I thought that…

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Tips to keep your teen talking

Tips to keep your teen talking

A few weeks ago my 15 year old dropped a bombshell: He wants to start dating. Yep, you guessed it; I pretty much had an aneurism as I tried to make sense of it all.…

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Motivating your teen

Motivating your teen

Suddenly having a teen in the house, and I say suddenly because the teens hits very suddenly, out of the blue, changed the whole parenting game because you can’t threaten with the naughty corner or…

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Let’s just chat for a moment

Let’s just chat for a moment

Just when you think you have this parenting gig under control it reminds you that actually you don’t. We had a pretty emotional start to the week with the older two kids. It wasn’t expected,…

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School does matter, unfortunately

School does matter, unfortunately

I often tell my kids that school doesn’t matter in the bigger picture of life. I tell them to work hard but really, it is not something that they need to take too seriously. I never…

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Five For Friday – SPRING is here!

Five For Friday – SPRING is here!

On Wednesday I was driving back from Joburg and I literally had to, out loud, repeat ‘Today is Wednesday, Today is Wednesday.’ Guys I looked like a nutcase in my car, using my hand to…

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What are you discussing?

What are you discussing?

I was in Matric in 1995. It was an incredibly exciting time in South Africa. Mandela was out, our government was changing, the Springboks were the world champions. The world was discussing us! I was…

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Raising a confident, not arrogant teenager

Raising a confident, not arrogant teenager

I read this article that Belinda posted recently. So much of what the writer said resonated with me. This quote in particular stuck with me “Seriously? You micro-manage the literal crap out of every thing your…

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