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PARENTING

I was born in the middle-East to a father from Mauritania and an English mother in the mid-1980s. Early on I referred to myself as being ‘noos-noos’, Arabic for half-half, an identity that I accepted happily and readily although it was often met with...

27 Feb 2018

Pennie Brownlee has been studying the work of Dr. Emmi Pikler since 2004. Inspired by Dr. Pikler’s work on truly respectful caregiving for infants, toddlers and young children, and with a deep yearning to share what she has learnt, she designed “Danc...

11 Apr 2016

Somewhere along your parenting journey, you may have come across the term "babywearing". This refers to carrying your baby using wraps or carriers. An online search will provide information regarding the types of carriers available, as well as guidel...

10 Apr 2016

Over the past year, I have been observing my one-year-old triplets and three-year-old toddler play together. Most people assume that four siblings under the age of three would squabble frequently and refuse to share their toys. My observations, howev...

As soon as I became a homeschooling mum, I started to conscientiously think of strategies to foster all areas of my child’s development: physical, cognitive, emotional and social. Even so, it took me close to a year to realise that the area of emotio...

It’s the first day of Chinese New Year. You and your brood are at your great grand-aunt-in-law’s for the customary open house. The mood is festive, the house is heaving with relatives, and “Cai Shen Dao” is blaring at maximum volume, on loop. The tod...

4 Jan 2016

As parents, we all want the best for our children, but that in itself can make us go mad. What is "best" for our young ones then? Times have moved on from when meeting the physical needs of a child was sufficient. New parents are now bombarded (and q...

4 Jan 2016

When we look at babies, we often just think of them as being cute and cuddly, but we should also give them credit for figuring out a lot about the world before they can even speak.  Researchers in developmental psychology are discovering many natural...

4 Jan 2016

If you are a parent of a toddler between 18 months and 4 years old, chances are you are heading towards or are already in over your head in their world of testing boundaries. Wherever you are on the spectrum, your child is likely already relentless i...

4 Jan 2016

In the first two years of a child’s life, there is a lot of routine care involved. There is the feeding of milk (breast/bottle), feeding of solids, diaper changing, naptime and bedtime routines and schedules. It's easy to string our babies along whil...

4 Jan 2016

Life with two young children? There are good days and bad days. What makes bad days? Days when my patience runs thin and I get set off by the children even for the slightest things; days when despite myself I say things I regret, in a manner I regret...

4 Jan 2016

Sibling rivalry typically begins even before the arrival of the new baby. The prospect of welcoming a younger sibling into the household can be a traumatizing event for an older child. As the family prepares for the arrival of the next child, toddler...

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