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Little girl having make-up session with mom
Tiger, crunchy or chilled? You've no doubt heard of the different mothering styles and might be wondering what type of mom you are. Here’s a fun quiz to help you see if you’re more helicopter or if you are balanced.     Tick which answers you think most apply to you What kind...
Stepmom looking into rainbow sky
When my husband and I married, he already had two children. Many people worried that I was going to treat the children differently as they weren’t biologically mine. Some friends said to me that I wouldn’t be able to be fair with them; that they would want their dad’s...
Mother walking in Johannesburg with her daughter
Portia* lives in Diepsloot, a poor settlement composed largely of informal dwellings in Johannesburg, South Africa and works in upmarket Sandton as a domestic worker. She lives with her two daughters; one is 27 and the other, Dineo, has just turned 18. Portia’s eldest daughter has a seven-year-old son...
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With a chuckle, an old school friend of mine confessed that when he was a teenager he would try to destroy his best mate’s chances with the chicks by casually slipping this statement into conversation as soon as his friend was out of earshot. "Um … you know he was...
broken-heart-of-daughter-after-mother-death-strongest-woman
My mother was a force to be reckoned with. She was tough and energetic, and the perfectionist in her meant there was only one right way of doing something: her way. While I always felt safe with her when I was young, I longed for a mother who had...
parents-comforting-each-other-parenthood-after-miscarriage
I was 30 at the time. I had a great career, was newly married and life was just perfect. My husband and I decided a year into our marriage that it was time to start a family and I was excited. I really wanted to be a mom. In August I found...
smiling-lady-dating-herself
When people asked me what I did for my birthday last year, I told them I spent it alone. They were a bit taken aback and one or two even responded with “oh, shame”, their voices filled with pity and confusion. On the surface, I guess my statement does sound...
mom
Since this is Mother’s Month, I wanted to write something that was really encouraging, insightful and helpful for moms. While this is a completely worthwhile pursuit, I immediately hit an obvious roadblock: I’m not a mom. So how was I going to emphatically write edifying words that would strike...
good-enough-mother-kissing-daughter-on-forehead
We have all heard the term “good-enough mother”. We explore the meaning behind these emotionally provocative words. Recently, on a girls’ night out, the topic turned to motherhood. Several of the mothers were rather vociferous about not feeling they were good enough. In fact, a few explained that “good enough”...
mom-walking-in-a-park
I took a deep breath. “You will be fine,” I told myself firmly. “This will not be like last time. You can do this.” My fingers trembled slightly but other than that, I was proud of how calm I was – and so, I started my consult with the...
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