• Parenting & Paediatrics

    10 Reasons Why My Child Doesn’t Wear Flip Flops

    Flip flops are cute and affordable. However, there are reasons why my daughter doesn’t wear flip flops. I have learnt that developing my child’s feet properly is vitally important. Healthy feet development is just as it is important as it is for her to get sufficient sleep or to breathe through her nose instead of her mouth. Here are some of the reasons why my child doesn’t wear flip flops: My child’s nervous system is still developing. Therefore, she wears a sandal with a sole that supports sensory development for balance. My child’s feet make up the entire foundation of her posture. The big toe is vital for development of the arch…

  • Parenting & Paediatrics

    Your Child’s Healthy Feet Development

    Things I Didn’t Know About Developing My Child’s Feet Properly As my child was learning to walk I found myself standing in a shop one day not knowing what to consider when buying a pair of shoes. I picked up a very cute pair of shoes that were right on trend. I was looking at how cute the shoe was and how relatively affordable it was. But then I thought that perhaps there could be more to it? A Song Came To Mind: “The hip bone’s connected to the back bone… The back bone’s connected to the neck bone… The neck bone’s connected to the head bone… Now shake dem skeleton…

  • Parenting & Paediatrics

    It is Vital for Babies to breathe through their nose

    The topic of nose breathing and mouth breathing is very close to home for me. Breathing through our mouth is not natural and it can become a terrible habit. This was the case for me as I became a habitual mouth breather. It affected my life in ways I did not even realize. I never knew that it was because of the way I breathe that I became a lip balm addict. My lips were constantly dry, I always needed something to drink. I got sick regularly and took a long time to recover, often ending up with secondary infections. I felt claustrophobic in confined spaces and battled to sleep…

  • Parenting & Paediatrics

    Drowning really does happen quickly and quietly

    I have read so many times that drowning does not look like what we think it looks like and that it in fact happens quickly and quietly. I knew that a child who is busy drowning does not actually splash around and cry for help like the film industry makes us believe. It is however so different to experience this for yourself than to read about it. Before the incident The other day I was blessed with a huge gift from the Universe. I was in the right place at the right time. I was able to experience the feels about how drowning happens. I had the absolute privilege and…

  • Lifestyle & Travel,  Parenting & Paediatrics

    My kid is a bit “different”, in a good way.

    I understand this post is going to be a bit outlandish but, I feel I want to share it. I feel like it’s in the utmost interest of my child, maybe it’s even a little bit defensive.   Just so you know, this was one of those posts that I wasn’t going to share in public but it felt a bit uncanny when I just read that today is International Left Handers Day. That unsettling feeling was my final motivation to share.   This morning a Facebook memory came up where my daughter was building blocks, one year ago, ONE HUNDRED PERCENT ambidextrous, absolutely no favour to her right or…

  • Lifestyle & Travel,  Parenting & Paediatrics

    Our DIY 2nd Birthday Party

    This year I decided to do Poppet’s 2nd birthday party by myself, with my husband’s help. It was very different to last year in the sense that I wasn’t recovering from surgery at my child’s birthday party. I felt I could do a whole lot more by myself this year. I chose not to accept any “freebies” or sponsorship because I felt that I didn’t have the capacity to promote anything. We just wanted an ordinary but special birthday party and that is exactly what we created. The Theme Poppet has been besotted with Barney for some time now and there was no other theme more logical theme to go…

  • Lifestyle & Travel,  Parenting & Paediatrics

    A Letter to my Daughter on her 2nd Birthday

    My Dearest Sidney Grace,   You are the happiest little girl I know and have ever seen. You see all the beautiful things around you. You always hear the birds. You just love your own ability to kick and throw balls. You get so damn excited by your confidence in climbing trees and mastering playing equipment. When you hear the bikes in the traffic, you point them out with an excitement second to none. You are in awe of the abilities of something as simple as a bicycle. You see all the beauty and all the different colours and all the leaves in one single flower. Balloons are like little…

  • Parenting & Paediatrics

    How much Screen Time and Why Barney?

    Why I have chosen Barney as one of our friends Barney is super welcome in our home, now. Before I became a parent myself I said that this dinosaur would be banned in my house because his beautifully loving songs that were playing on repeat irritated me. You can read more about Stupid Things I said Before I became a Parent Once I actually had a child of my own I did a lot of research about which characters I would like to introduce my child to and when I would like to expose her to them. I only introduced Poppet to Barney when she was 21 months old. She has…

  • Lifestyle & Travel,  Parenting & Paediatrics

    Stupid Things I said Before I became a Parent…

    I probably said many other stupid things before I became a parent myself. I didn’t think that I would ever be a parent because I’ve suffered multiple brain injuries and a near death experience. So, I assumed it was “just not ever going to be possible”, you know. Read more: Baby Number 2 Before I Became A Parent I was a “Part-time young and care-fee, seriously keen party animal” and a “Part-time very responsible co-parent”. Here are some of the stupid things I said before I became a parent: 1.) Barney the purple dinosaur would be banned in my house. Him, along with many other popular characters. Nothing irritated me more…

  • Lifestyle & Travel,  Parenting & Paediatrics

    What does it mean to be a father these days?

      This will be the third Father’s Day without my own dad around to celebrate with. My father passed away in November 2015. I’ve never spoken about him, his death or the very special relationship I had with him. I celebrate my dad often and our memories live on forever. I would have liked to ask him to contribute to this post by telling us a little bit about what a father-daughter relationship is all about. My dad was so painfully private that when he eventually agreed for me to create a LinkedIn profile for him, he refused to make his profile public (eye rolling and laughing). It defeated the…

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