• BORN TO SHINE0

    These past weeks, no make that months I have been thinking a lot about image! Say what? Yes you heard me, Image! Image is everything I believe, especially if you take into consideration that God created us all in His awesome image as the holy book tells us. Now before you get me wrong, by

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  • KIDS TANTRUMS0

    You are in a supermarket  with your two-year-old and suddenly  he/she throws a tantrum,kicking and screaming uncontrollably. What do you do as a  parent? First it is good to know why kids throw tantrums. Kids temperaments vary dramatically, so some kids may experience regular tantrums whereas others have them rarely.  Tantrums are a normal part

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  • WATER SAFETY IN CHILDREN: WHAT EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW0

    Imagine this: It is the morning after your best friend’s house warming party and you leave your child in the care of a baby sitter at the new house, with the friend’s child to drive your friend to the airport. The baby sitter leaves the two children playing in the garden unattended  and when you

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  • MOMMY SHINE WITH MAVIS PROCTOR0

    Mommy Shine with Mavis ProctMy favourite trivial TV of all times is Kimora: Life on the fab Lane simply because I find a fabulous mom who takes their role as a mother seriously and seems to be getting the balance between motherhood and her career right totally fascinating. This week in celebration of motherhood, we

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  • OBESITY IN CHILDREN0

    WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW Parents born in village setup will agree with me that eating healthy is by “default”. By this I mean that there are no fast foods outlets at their door step.  So whether you like it or not you will have to prepare a meal for the family from what is available

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  • WORK TRAVEL: THE DILEMMA AND GUILT0

    Ahhh the glamorous life of an editor! This past week it had me mixing business with pleasure at a luxurious boutique hotel in Jo’burg for an awesome three days of  conferencing on the rights of children which simply affirmed my choice of a career as a journalist . I am totally convinced that it is

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  • PARENTING AND UNDERAGE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION0

    Gone are the days when alcohol was consumed for celebrations on important occasions like marriages and child birth. These days basically 90 percent of alcohol consumption is for fun. It has come to an extent that holding a party without alcohol is something unheard of. But what many parents should consider is what the effects

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  • DIFFERENT FOLKS DIFFERENT STROKES0

    Dreams do come true! For some reason I have been hearing that statement a lot these days, especially from my friends who seem to have suddenly been hit by The Secret bug. For those who haven’t caught the bug yet, The Secret is a book which teaches that we create our lives with every thought

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  • HOW TO BULL-PROOF YOUR CHILD0

    Many parents are at loss as to how to deal with their children who are being bullied at school.  It pains a parent to learn that their child has undergone some form of bullying or the other at school. What parents should know however is that kids, especially teens that are bullied at school have

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  • IN THE NAME OF LOVE0

    Last week Mom@ Large asked these critical questions concerning raising teenagers: 1.Should a parent draw their line in the sand about issues they believe are right and those they believe are wrong such as Curfew Time and Dress code for example? 2. Is it right to snoop on your children, read their emails or hack

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  • PARENTING TEENAGERS0

    My children are still small, lower primary and kindergarten, so when I met up with a fellow church mate who told me that his are in their teenage years and early 20’s I envied him. As I told him about how I long for  the freedom that him and his wife enjoy as the children

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  • WOMEN LOSE SOME,GAIN MORE TO BE MOMS0

    To raise a little special someone or someones is no doubt a challenge, but what I find absolutely fascinating is the extra energy  that God  seem to have reserved specially for mothers, which many women with no children just do not have. A typical example is myself but I also see it in younger mates

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  • BOY TO MEN1

    Last week Caroline Minju of The Birds and The Bees, a youth programme which empowers young people and parents on issues of spirituality and socially enlightened us on how to deal with the onset of puberty in girls. This week in the name of fairness, we give her yet another chance to assit young boys

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  • WHAT PARENTS AND GIRLS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MENSTURATION4

    Most parents get stranded when it comes to talking to their girls about sex and sexuality issues, which include body and mental preparedness on tackling onset of menstruation and changes that come with it. Caroline Minju of  ‘The Birds and Bees’ youth programme which empowers young people and parents on issues of spirituality and socially

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  • HOLIDAYING WITH KIDS BAD FOR HEALTH0

    Before I had kids of my own I was 30 looking like a fresh faced 20- year- old  woman while friends my age who had children looked, I am sorry to say  tattered and torn. I chalked it up all to bad genes because I didn’t know better. I didn’t get it back then.  But

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  • MOTHERS-IN-LAW AND DAUGHTERS- IN- LAW0

    I want to believe that the way I have lived my life has been  to go with the flow and let the current of God’s love carry me where He wants me to go. Well most of the time anyhow!   I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wasn’t

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  • BEING A MOTHER0

    This week as the gravity of being a working mother weighed down on me heavily I share with  you this beautiful prose simply tittled: ‘Being a Mother” which was sent to my inbox with the hope that it will inspire someone, especially daughters in-law and mothers in-law who just don’t seem to get along. BEING

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  • KIDS’ PERCEPTIONS OF COLOUR AND CULTURE0

    My kids often crack me up. They are indeed a constant source of belly laughs for me, which I am grateful for because it definitely makes the difficult task of raising them up interesting and of course less stressful! Some time back when my pre scholar saw a mixed race child with big hair for

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  • THE BIRDS AND THE BEES0

      Talking to kids about sex and spirituality Tomorrow, Saturday the 7th a Gaborone based youth organisation will bring together children aged between 8-12 years old to talk about sex and spirituality among other issues. Speakers at the one day Seminar organised by ‘The Birds and the Bees’ Youth Programme aim to equip young children

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  • HOW TO RAISE A FIRST BORN LIKE THE THIRD0

    Last weekend I heard one of SA small screen celebrity dad talk about how he wished he had read a book on  how to raise a first child like a third born before he became a father. I could relate and I bet a whole lot of other parents out there who like me couldn’t

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