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Bond with your little one through baby massage

For some first-time parents, the words “baby massage” make their heads turn. It might sound strange at first, but babies love massage just like the rest of us! It also has many benefits. Not only is it a proven way to soothe a crying baby, but it can also help your baby sleep more soundly. […]

Fun home-made pizzas for children

It has happened to most of us working mums. After a long day at the office, one of the last things we want to do is slave over a hot cooker preparing dinner, so we phone our favourite pizza place and order one for delivery. The kids love pizza, and mum gets a break. It’s a […]

Why children need recreation time at home and at school

School recreation time is vital for our children to give their exhausted brains a rest and enjoy some exercise in the playground. But I have also found that it’s important to set aside time for fun activities at home. I encourage my kids Tom and Mary to run around for a while in the garden or play a board […]

Helping your children deal with bullying

Many children have to endure teasing from friends or acquaintances at some point. Sometimes it is all in good fun, but other times it is more frequent and hurtful and turns into bullying. It is important that we as parents teach our children how to handle these situations. But how? And how do we know when to step in […]

Soothing a crying baby

As a first-time parent, one of the first things you will have to learn is how to soothe your baby when he or she is crying. The first step to soothing a crying baby is to find out why he or she is crying. It can be a challenge, like learning another language! For new parents, […]

Making sure a working mum’s children don’t feel neglected

Time flies when you are a busy working mum. We begin the week making promises to spend more time with family, but before we know it, the entire week has slipped by, and we’ve spent most of our time not with your children, but with work. Whether you are working out of financial necessity or […]

Beating the bedtime blues: How to get your children to sleep

Beating the bedtime blues is a challenge for many parents. I should know! My kids Tom and Mary have given me many headaches at bedtime, particularly in their first year at school. It’s common sense that a newborn needs a consistent sleep schedule, but toddlers and school-age children also need a regular bedtime routine if tears and tantrums are […]

Effective and humane ways to discipline your children

Parenting, while a joy most days, can be challenging for first-time parents faced with a naughty child. Your patience may wear thin and you may feel overwhelmed or frustrated, especially if your child continues on with his or her bad behaviour. It is important to humanely discipline your children, but it is just as important for parents […]

Staying positive as a working mum

With everything that we working mums must juggle, staying positive can be difficult. When you’re tired, stressed, and haven’t had any me time in ages, of course it’s hard to maintain a good attitude! But it’s important to fight negativity because negative thinking can easily grow into negative situations, which can translate into unnecessary problems for […]

Finding a reliable baby-sitter

It had been a long couple of weeks. Being a working mum to two young boys is exhausting! Thank goodness that the weekend was finally here, and I had some long-awaited me time planned for my husband and I – dinner and a movie – and a baby-sitter booked to look our sons at home. […]

A first-time parents’ guide to cleaning the nursery

As many first-time parents soon find out, little babies are particularly good at making big messes. This means your nursery can harbour all kinds of germs in its nooks and crevices, which can make cleaning the nursery a daunting task for worried new parents. Parents shouldn’t work themselves into a tizzy over sanitizing anything and […]

Should working mums feel guilty?

As a working mum, you trade hours with your children for hours at the office. Whether we are working for financial reasons, for the love of the job, or both, we working mums feel guilty from time to time for our choice. I know I do! As long as we remain loving, hands-on mothers to […]

Guiding your children through the first school years

When our children reach school-age, it can be wrenching for parents. Waving goodbye as the little ones disappear behind the school gates on their first day is harder than you would think! The separation is difficult for children, too. But as our kids begin to navigate their brave new world, good parenting is just as important as […]

How to prevent your baby from choking

It’s one of new parents‘ worst fears and a very real hazard for babies – choking. As babies learn to chew and swallow food, it is common for them to explore their environment and put new foods or objects into their mouth. But young children have small airways, so it is not always easy for them to […]

Tips for working mums who have trouble falling asleep

I often used to have trouble falling asleep come bedtime. It’s not that I wasn’t tired. In fact, as a married working mum with two sons who wakes up at 6.30 every morning, I was (and still am) exhausted! But when you are busy and engaged all day, it can be hard to turn off your brain […]