• The rollercoaster ride of teaching during Covid-19

    Tough times don’t last, tough people do. Staying positive does not mean that things will turn out perfectly. Rather, it is knowing that YOU will be okay no matter how things turn out. Possibly the most spoken about occupation during Covid-19 in South Africa = teaching! Close the schools, open the schools, postpone grades returning, pass all the learners, scrap the school year. Those were some of the lines being thrown around since lockdown has hit. The most uncertain sector during this whole lockdown is definitely the education sector. Closing schools for lockdown The schools officially closed around the 18th of March, right before our national lockdown was announced. Many…

  • Big emotions & little people

    When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it’s our job to share our calm instead of joining their chaos. Imagine being a small child & having to deal with all these emotions around them, when us as adults often battle to make sense of the world? You put some of her favourite snacks in a bowl for her, yet she screams as if the world is ending. You walk into her room when she has just woken up & you would swear it’s a monster that just walked in. You pick her up from school where one day she will run into your arms & the next she runs…

  • Birth expectations vs Reality: No one is a failure!

    Dear mom who wanted to breastfeed but couldn’t – you are NOT a failure. Dear mom who wanted to give natural birth but couldn’t – you are NOT a failure. We all come up with a plan of how we would like the birth to go. Whether it happens like that or not is a different story. And worst of all, moms are often riddled with guilt for not following the socially accepted norm of breastfeeding and natural birth. Well, I couldn’t do either & I am here to share my story. My gynae never pushed me towards a certain manner of birth. He asked us what we wanted. We…

  • Your new journey – Mom!

    Becoming a mom for the first time can be scary and daunting, as well as overwhelming. “What do I need? What do I do? Will I know how to parent?” All these things running through your mind can get the best of you but the best advice I can give is: Calm down, follow your gut and learn as you go along. There are various things that can help your motherhood journey. Some mom’s deem these essentials, others think they are nice to have while others found no need for them. You will know what works for you only when you try it out. Baby wrap – I used the…

  • Pressure & Planned Parenting

    “The more YOU love your decisions, the less you need others to love them”. Selfish. Inconsiderate. Unfair. Some of the many words used by society when you don’t live up to their expectation of the perfect family size. Shame on you if you don’t want children. So terrible to only have one child. How could you have such a big age gap between your two children? Some of the many phrases others lay on you about your family. When did it become acceptable to tell others how bad they are for their choice in family size? Specially in the world we live in today. Many years ago, when our parents…