Although time is in short supply in our multitasking, digital lives, it’s all about being 100% present in the time that you do spend with your kids.
How can you tell if you’re taking your discipline techniques too far or not far enough? We've got some suggestions to help you ensure you parent positively
Social plans are just the thing to haul yourself out from under the covers! NOW is the time to think outside the box and make this winter the best one ever.
There’s no clever advice on how to avoid the charms of comfort food, but we’d like to pass on a few helpful tips to help you manage your weight during winter.
The 21st century dad is no longer satisfied with a supporting role in his kids’ lives, he’s stepping up and is proud to share the load with his baby mama.
Eagerly awaited by children but often dreaded by parents… yup, the winter school holidays are upon us! We share some ideas for fun things to do at home.
What to do when your mood is falling as fast as the thermometer? We have a few scientifically proven tricks to pull you through winter.
There are certainly ways to boost your child’s immune system which will result in a healthier child and fewer days off work for you.
As humans we crave, and desperately need physical touch. Studies show that touch has a profound effect on our health.
Going vegan or vegetarian may not be a new concept, but it is certainly gaining momentum. So, what is all the fuss about? Well, a quiet revolution has been
Childhood is typically viewed as a carefree, happy time. However, recent studies show that depression can affect even very young children.
Ayurveda literally means “knowledge of life” and is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on the balance between the mind, body, and spirit.
Going off the grid isn’t an option for most of us, but we can be more intentional with technology by using it for our benefit rather than being trapped by it.
Some healthcare professionals are prescribing walks in nature tas part of the “Nature Prescription” program aimed at improving patients’ health and happiness.
This is how the fairy tale goes, right? Grow up, get married, have babies. Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone.
If you’ve given up hope with fertility and life without kids is not an option, the fairy tale needn’t end here. When it becomes more about being a parent than getting pregnant – when you’ve crossed that bridge - you might consider becoming a parent to one of the more than 500 000 children in South Africa in desperate need of a loving family.
Where do you start? The only way to legally adopt a child in South Africa is by working through an accredited adoption agency, or with the assistance of an adoption social worker functioning within the statutory adoption system. Make sure to contact the National Adoption Coalition for a list of reputable social workers and agencies.
There will be a comprehensive screening process which involves interviews, medical examinations, marriage and psychological assessments, home visits and police clearances; to name but a few. Also, the cost of an adoption could vary between R12 000 to R28 000, or even up to R60 000 if the adoptive parents are paying for the medical expenses of the birth. Let’s face it, the process of adopting a child comes with its own unique challenges, but when your baby looks into your eyes and smiles for the first time, it will be all worth it!
So, as we get ready to celebrate moms everywhere this Mother’s Day, we would like to pay tribute to “the other mothers”; the brave, strong, selfless women who gave their babies up for adoption.
Giving up a baby comes with many emotions. Society gives a lot of credit to parents who choose to adopt children, and rightfully so. Parenting is a huge responsibility for adoptive parents – it is also a huge honour. However, it is so important to remember that birth moms have made one of the most selfless decisions; they have decided to give up the child they’ve carried for nine months so that he/she could have a better life.
So, to all birth moms out there, we know that your path was no doubt a painful and difficult one. Thank you for making the choice to give life. Because of you, a woman who longed to be a mother, was given the opportunity, despite the odds against her. We admire your strength and your courage to recognise that you were unable to raise your child and to make an adoption plan. Thank you for putting your child’s needs above your own.
Remember birth mom, adoption is not abandoning. Adoption is a choice. It was your choice and we are so thankful for that. Due to the magnitude of your gift, you’ve changed someone’s life profoundly.
Let’s all remember the women who have enabled so many to become mothers.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful moms out there!
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