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The Skinny on Mommy Guilt
Everyone loves Roosevelt's motivational mantra: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”. It adorns fridge magnets and keychains the world over. But it seems, there is one group of people who don’t appreciate this sentiment. In fact, they argue exemption from it. Yup, I’m talking about mothers. For a group of people who celebrate so passionately their...
Timeline of Childhood Illness
All children suffer from illness at some stage. As a parent, I understand the anxiety and fear that you can feel when your child is unwell. When you are left with a child and a range of life-threatening illnesses your mind can start to play tricks. Also, during the early years in particular, the same symptoms can mean different...
100 Things To Do With Just A Pipe Cleaner
Did you know can educate, entertain and exercise your child using just a single pipe cleaner? Oh yes you can! A pipe cleaner is the perfect toy for children of all ages! Don't believe me? Here's 100 reasons why.. Jump to age... 0-2 Years: 1. Tickle Stick: Use your pipe cleaner as a 'tickle stick' to tickle your baby's feet. For toddlers you can introduce...
Optimum Family Size – The Facts
How many children should I have? It’s the question that plagues many of us breeders. Some never fully resolve the budding uncertainty of the “What If…” conundrum. What if I have just one more? What if I stop at the traditional two? What if I don’t give my child any siblings at all? This article will help to alleviate those...
Mother Nature is a hypocritical sod. Check this out: The raison d'etre of your existence is reproduction. So why then, does good ol’ Mother Nature muzzle our fertility while we’re lactating? And is there anything we can do to get pregnant without pulling the plug on breastfeeding? In this post I will answer both questions in turn. What gives...
The Daily Mail suggested it was 'horrifying'. The BBC called it 'extreme'. Yet no health agency puts a formal upper limit on the age beyond which it is appropriate or desirable to breastfeed. With the natural spacing between children being 3 years, if we followed our biological imperative, we would all be tandem nursing! But what are the downsides? It can...
It sucks being a parent sometimes. Negotiating the minefield of toy-choices is a responsibility that lasts your child's entire childhood; and if you have several kids, well, you're pretty much destined to screw up along the way. The vast majority of toys on the market today are big on bells and whistles but small on creativity. Modern toys can...
Nipple shields – friend or foe? They are often touted as a ‘necessary purchase’, but perhaps we should be paying more attention to just who is doing the suggesting. Nipple shields are artificial nipples worn over the mother’s nipple during breastfeeding. Modern nipple shields are made of soft, thin, flexible silicone and have holes at the end of the nipple section to...
Whilst indulging my inner bookworm at the local city library, I unwittingly stumbled upon a book written by a man called Geert Hofstede. Hofstede is an influential Dutch researcher well-known (in the social-psychology clique at least) for his research of cross-cultural groups and organizations. He played a major role in developing a framework for assessing and differentiating national cultures....
Cosleeping has a bad rap. It’s been falsely linked to SIDS, postnatal depression, behavioural issues and marital problems. Yet one fact remains: co-sleeping is the biological norm. Parenting isn’t a part-time position, it’s a 24/7 responsibility. Engaging in night-time parenting not only creates a secure parent-child attachment, it's also an invaluable tool for breastfeeding mothers. For working mothers in particular,...