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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Ever just had your kids get out of the bath, washed their hair…and while you’re getting the last one dressed, you hear them playing outside…In the sandpit? It’s those moments we hear our own mother’s words repeat themselves through our own mouths and we just want to shout, “You were clean literally 5 minutes ago!!! Look at you now!!!!” (Ok, maybe my mom added a couple other things to that sentence…)

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We constantly giving each other advice on how to be the best parents to our little kids. But have you ever thought about asking them for advice? The thought crossed my mind, and I was curious to know what my children would say if I asked them what they thought great parenting looked like.

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Before I was a mom, I would hear parents say these weird, ridiculous things to their children, and quietly laughed, thinking, “I’d never have kids that would do weird stuff like that!” Oh, how naive I was…

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Parenting is a journey you’re never really prepared for. No matter how much you prepare to be said parent. Even now, after being married more than a decade and four kids later, I still wonder what the hell I’m doing, almost on a daily basis. Because the thing about parenting rules is, there aren’t any!

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Just during this last week, I’ve spoken to two moms expecting their fourth baby. And felt judged. Or overwhelmed. Just like I was. For being pregnant. And I felt the need to write this letter.

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I’ll admit it; I’m a bit of a wet wipe snob. I need the perfect wipe. Every time.

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This has been coming for a few months. Dropping a ball every now and then. At first I could blame it on the end of the year approaching, but then the balls that has been up in the air since forever, started dropping more often. And yet I couldn’t admit I needed help.

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