Talk about life issues with your kids

How much time do you think parents spend talking to their children in a day?  It’s less than you think.  Some statistics indicate that many parents spend less than 7 minutes per day engaging in meaningful conversation with their children. It’s not about how many hours […]

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Discipline can be discipleship

“My seven-year old is struggling with anger and is fighting with everyone, even at school.”  My teenager keeps on telling me:  “‘You doesn’t like me, you only like my baby brother’ and then she uses that to manipulate me into doing what she wants.”  “My […]

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Mothers of our world

In ancient times, mothers in the East were looked upon with great respect, especially the mothers of kings. Proverbs 1:8–9 (NLT) says: “My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace […]

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The art of paying attention

Being a parent is sometimes a bit like being a DJ.  Think about it for a moment.  If you have more than one child, chances are that once they hit school going age, you will find yourself juggling so many things at the same time.  […]

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Trust your instincts when it comes to your kids

Trust your instincts when it comes to parenting your children – it’s called ‘momstincts’. A while back, I wrote a blog post about their being no perfect parents and in my book, Parenting with Courage, I explored what it looks like to be the mother […]

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Sport, parenting and 5 life-lessons

Smelly socks, hungry kids, sweaty bodies and a car full of sports clothes and school books will hold fond memories for me for years to come.  Sport is wonderful.  It is a something that our family really enjoys.  At any given time, one of the […]

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Power of a mother’s love

A mother’s love is goes deeper than even she could ever have imagined. I know, because I am a mom. Today is World Down Syndrome Day around the world and I would like to salute these moms today!  A Down syndrome child is one who is […]

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Pick your battles with care

If you try to fight all the little battles in your home, you won’t have the strength to fight the ones that really matter. In my book, Parenting With Courage, I expand on this in the chapter called “My personal parenting toolkit”.  Every parent should […]

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Water is the new gold

Water has become as precious as gold in Cape Town, South Africa, recently.  We are currently in a dramatic time in our history with Capetonians saving water everywhere they turn.  Did you know that climate trends over the past 40 years gave no sign of […]

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Blooming kids

Allow your children the freedom to bloom, when they are ready and when you’ve given them all they need to flourish right where they are. I have started running again after a 2 month break due to illness.  So, yesterday, I donned my shoes and […]

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