Crèche Selection: Choose the right one for your child

Crèche Selection: Choose the right one for your child

Most people think choosing a career or a lifetime partner are two of the hardest decisions they will ever make in life. While I don’t know for sure which one tops them all, I know that choosing the right crèche for your child is one of the most daunting exercises parents and caregivers will go […]

Mother’s Day – What You Didn’t Know

Mother’s Day – What You Didn’t Know

Mother’s Day is a holiday we celebrate in Zimbabwe every year to honor motherhood and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other forms of gifts. Have you ever wondered how this holiday came to be? For all you know you could be celebrating a holiday with a dark past… Things that make you […]

The Boy In The Special Class

The Boy In The Special Class

I attended a government school which was classified as a B school meaning that it was a sought after school by parents from middle to low income families. It was one of the rare cases when an affordable, actually, very affordable school still had good infrastructure and outstanding pass rates. I mean we had a […]

No to baby Dumping

No to baby Dumping

There has been a story going around on social media about a baby who was tied up in a plastic bag and flushed down the toilet only to be discovered after there was a blockage and plumbers came to sort it out. Now there has been a lot of cursing of the mother of this […]

My Angel Has An Extra Chromosome – Part 3

My Angel Has An Extra Chromosome – Part 3

On my page l once wrote that it takes a community to raise child and it takes the very same community to raise a child with special needs. Every parent in this position needs support and yet what they usually get is pity and weird looks and no one deserves that. It could be out […]

Weaning and Sleeping Through The Night

Weaning and Sleeping Through The Night

Mothers all over the world who have newborns have a common struggle and that is sleepless nights. Some opt for sleep training as early as 6 weeks to get babies to sleep through the night but experts advise against that as breast or bottle fed babies should not go more that 4 hours without a […]

Fussy Eaters

Fussy Eaters

When babies gradually transition from milk to solids, many parents have difficulties with getting them to eat or to try new foods. Here are a few tips on how to deal with fussy eaters to make meal times less of a headache for both you and baby. Persistence- Keep reintroducing the food that baby seems to […]

My Angel Has An Extra Chromosome- Part 1

My Angel Has An Extra Chromosome- Part 1

My boyfriend and I had been dating for two years when we decided to take the next step and get married customarily. He approached my family and the date for lobola was set for the 27th of September 2015. We were so in love and couldn’t wait to be formally joined together so we went […]

Grapes: A choking hazard

Grapes: A choking hazard

My 2 year old son loves grapes and because I always buy seedless grapes, I did not put any thought to the fact that the actual grapes not just seeds, can be a choking hazard. It was only after I saw a post on social media about a boy much younger than my son who […]

FAQs about Newborns

FAQs about Newborns

Q: Baby’s poo is dark green/black. Is that normal? A: Baby’s poo is dark green/blackish for the first day or two because they are getting rid of the build up in the bowels over 9 months. The sooner and more frequently you breastfeed the sooner this will clear up. After about 3 days baby’s poo should be […]

Mommy’s Dispensary

Mommy’s Dispensary

Here is a list of over the counter medicines every mother is encouraged to have for peace of mind when baby “common” illnesses. This is just a guideline and remember to check with your health care provider before administering any medication to your child. Pain Relief– This will help relieve baby from fever, teething pains, […]

Early Sex Education Can Prevent Child Abuse

Early Sex Education Can Prevent Child Abuse

Sex education… Wow, when is the right time to start? Will I not put ideas in my child’s mind? How much should I tell? How do I go about it? Will it be awkward? I know most parents have many concerns regarding sex education and hope their children don’t grow up too fast, just to […]

Fussy First Time Parent

Fussy First Time Parent

Have you ever set rules concerning your child that people rolled their eyes at, laughed at and went on to say something like this, “It’s ok, you’re just being fussy because this is your first child!” Here is a list of things commonly mistaken for first time parents being too fussy that I think we […]

Dealing With Tantrums- Ages 5-8

Dealing With Tantrums- Ages 5-8

From Tantrums in Toddlers we learnt that toddlers throw tantrums because their communication skills are still in the process of being developed. They therefore have a hard time dealing with feelings of frustration due to the fact that they cannot effectively communicate with you and you with them. This week we’ll be tackling the issue […]

Attributes Of A Potential Child Abuser

Attributes Of A Potential Child Abuser

Every child has the right to physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing and child abuse is usually a violation of these rights. There are different types of abuse which are sexual, physical, and emotional and neglect however this article will focus on sexual abuse. Sexual abuse refers to a sexual act imposed by an adult or […]

Part 6- The Beginning of the Rest of My Life!

Part 6- The Beginning of the Rest of My Life!

So, what is motherhood like 13 weeks post partum? You will hear everyone tell you it’s hard work but rewarding, but what exactly do they mean by that? The first month was an assault on my boobs and my sleep as she was up every 2 hours for milk and cried through every nappy change […]