Published Articles, Relationships

Where Do Busybodies Really Come From?

Children, especially when they are very young, don’t understand boundaries. They feel free to ask any and every question that comes to mind, and to give their opinion on whatever subject, regardless of who is involved. It is in the process of training a child that boundaries are taught. Thus, the child learns that it is not every question that should be asked, and that, unless you’re asked, you should generally keep your opinion about someone else’s business to yourself.

Apparently this only happens in ideal circumstances, and not everyone was trained or remembers what they were taught. How else do you explain the staggering number of adults who have no understanding of boundaries, and who cannot mind their business even if their lives depended on it?

Health, Published Articles

12 Interesting Things I’ve Learnt About Drinking Water

The first time I became conscious of my ridiculously poor water drinking habit was in 2005 when I was a corps member. I taught in a school and lived in the corpers’ lodge with other corps members, and every Saturday when the pure water company came by with their truck, we would go out to buy bags of water.

A few weeks after we started this, I noticed that the others bought more bags every week, while I would go weeks without needing to buy. It didn’t take long before my colleagues noticed, and, feeling self-conscious and a bit embarrassed, I decided to pay attention to my water drinking habits. What I found shocked me. One sachet of pure water for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Not one for each meal; one for three meals. Read more…

Family Life, Published Articles

Does Anyone Miss Being a New Mum?

I have wanted another baby since my son turned 2, but this year I have looked forward to it more than ever before. At a baby shower, we played a game where we had limited time to write down 20 things that go into a baby outing bag. I couldn’t believe how hard it was for me to remember, and how easy it was for the mothers who actually stepped out with diaper bags that day. It’s really been long. Read more

 

Family Life, Inspiration, Published Articles

7 Things Parenting A Preemie Has Taught Me

When I unexpectedly went into labour at 34 weeks plus, I didn’t know what to expect. I couldn’t listen to nurses who told me that as preterm births go, this was “not that bad.”

If caring for a newborn is daunting, caring for a baby born before term is downright scary. We were first-time parents and neither of us had ever taken care of a newborn before; now we would have to care for a baby who was supposed to still be inside the womb?

We survived, and we learnt a few things that may help anyone who has to deal with this. Continue reading…

Family Life, Published Articles

7 Things I Didn’t Know About Breastfeeding Before I Had A Baby

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

If you’re like me, you probably thought breastfeeding was as simple and straightforward as popping a nipple in the baby’s mouth and letting him do his thing. Boy was I in for a surprise! I learnt things that I could not have imagined would ever even concern me before. Continue reading…