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Three's A'loud


Screening your parents

Outside the sun is shining, but inside the local Pick ‘n Pay, an all too familiar drama is playing out:

  • 7-year-old: “Mom, I want that pink jacket.”
  • Mom: “No my dear, you already have ten billion kazillion pink jackets. Anyway, we are actually here for groceries.”
  • 7-year-old: *tearing up* “I don’t have ten gilli-billion jackets. Janet has that jacket!”
  • *What happens next?*

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Spilling the beans on child nutrition

I am not a perfect mom.

With that confession out of the way, let me share something I overheard the other day in the line, while I was buying pizza for my kids’ dinner. I was waiting for my order and updating my Facebook status to “Preparing a delicious home cooked dinner for my little monkeys”, when I overheard another mom’s phone conversation. I didn’t mean to eavesdrop, but – we are moms: we are trained to listen much closer when others (usually naughty kids) are whispering…

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Give peas a chance

September 21th is International Day of peace. Such an important day to celebrate. World peace is something we all yearn for but to be honest with you I don’t even think that big – I am just happy if there is some semblance of peace in my own home. Getting 3 kids up, dressed, brushed, bashed and off to school is anything but peaceful. Getting them all home, fed, bathed, swathed and off to dreamland even less so. Which is why you can’t really judge me for having a very Afrikaans-blonde moment and Googling “International day of peas” one evening last week when I started researching this article…

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Playing it forward

We often complain that our kids are being raised to be unthankful, artificial and shallow. So what can be more important than instilling in our children a willingness to give back? As they say “No one can do everything but everyone can do something…”

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Should I stay or should I go

South Africa. Land of majestic mountains and rolling plateaus. A country with breathtaking beaches and scorching deserts. Birth place of Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Jock of the Bushveld. We should be proud and delighted to call ourselves South African citizens. Yet, if you read any paper or scroll down anyone’s Facebook newsfeed these days there seems to be an overwhelming sense of doom. We are bombarded by crime, xenophobia, corruption, Nkandla, E-tolls and yet another Afrikaans hit with the word “baby” repeated 79 times…

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Public, private or home school

A very wise man once said that education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school. Essentially proving his own theory, this same man left school at the age of 15 because he found it dull and rigid, and then grew up to become one of the most celebrated minds of the 20th century…

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