I get really unhappy when someone calls my children naughty. Even as a joke, or playing around. Because I can confidently say they’re not.

Yes, I say this boldly. And even when you point out how my youngest daughter is pinching her sister (again!), I will still adamantly disagree with you that my child is naughty. Why? Because naughty is a swear word in our house. Let me explain…

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Potty training is one of those eternal parenting challenges. Every time moms with babies or little kids get together, someone will bring it up. Someone will have had no trouble at all, while someone else will believe it’s never going to happen. So I’ve made a list of potty training tips I’ve learned this time around. (And hopefully, for the last time!)

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Recently I came upon an article about the high cost of raising children. I am a mom of four. I know a little about the costs of raising these tiny ones. But if I truly knew how much children would cost us before we had them, I might have just gotten a dog. Scrap that. Dogs are expensive too. I’d get a plant. A cheap, replaceable plant.

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Our eldest two children are finally old enough to budget. To understand, earn and save (and certainly ready to spend!!) their own money. Luckily, we have been trying to teach them about money and budgeting from a young age. But because we have never let them do it all themselves, we are now giving this a shot.

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This Father’s Day, I have something else in mind. And aside from the gifts/presents, I wanted my Dad to feel SEEN. To know that he matters. So I made a date with my dad, and asked him some questions I’ve always wanted to know. This was so special and connected us on another level, that I wanted to share it with you and perhaps allow you to get to know your dad a little better too.

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With Father’s Day right around the corner, you’re probably also looking for the perfect little gift to show your Dad how much he means to you. Well, the search is over! Read more

The Cape Town Science Centre has been around for 19 years (yes, makes me feel a little old too) – opened in 2000 in Canal Walk – and yet, this Mama right here has never been. My husband has taken his class there several times, and both he and the students always loved all the science experiments they could do. And when they moved to their current premises in Observatory (also, almost 10 years ago!), I swore I would go. But I never did… So I was absolutely delighted when we were invited to visit the Cape Town Science Centre!

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Last year, my husband and I started having Alone Time (quality time) with our kids when we noticed they were more whiney, aggitated with each other, and just generally more difficult for no reason. Because it was unlike our children (you know your kids and their normal irritability, and when something else is going on) we decided to spend one-on-one time with each of our children to get to the bottom.

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Kids are challenging. Each is unique, and has special needs that you must recognize and celebrate. It’s really hard to do that in the middle of the grind. Spending one-on-one quality time with our kids is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. Spending quality time with kids deepens relationships, creates memories, and makes them feel important and loved.

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