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Category Archive: Blog, Diaries of the young parent

Letters to my Daughter: Rise…Fall…Then Rise Again

This was a letter I wrote to my daughter in August of 2014. Janaa, I am not sure if I mentioned this to you, but the reason I write to you while you are learning to walk, talk and all the other...

The Importance of Self-Directed Play in Toddlers

This blog post has been reposted, with permission, from Bril’s Blog. Consider the following things and how important they are in your life. Successfully finishing a meeting and coming closer to...

Kids and Sexuality: Let’s ‘Talk’ About it

Q1: “Mum, where do babies come from?” A: “Babies are dropped by a stork in mommy’s tummy.”   Q2: Do you use cutesy nicknames for genitals? Like dinky, cookie, ding-ding, wee-wee, etc.?...

Papa Scheherazade

This blog is an excerpt from Ramen’s parenting book,“Effective Parenting: A New Paradigm”. Fatherhood often brings you up-front with your own foolishness, fallibility and frailty. When my...

5 Tips to Teach your Child Time Management

Us busy parents sometimes think – “Teach my child to manage his time? I can’t even manage my own!” There is no better time to start than the present. And while teaching your child...

Answering a Child’s Questions on Skin Colour

“Mum, I wish to have a white skin colour.” It didn’t exactly pull the rug out from under my feet, but it definitely amused me. She is just 5! And I didn’t expect it to biff me like greased...

5 Strategies to Reduce your Child’s Night Time Fears

Night time fears and nightmares are extremely common in children, especially during the preschool years. They are part of normal development, as children’s imaginations develop and children begin...

Letters to my Daughter: Don’t Ever Let Go!

I wrote this letter to my daughter a year ago and posted it on my personal blog recently as well. I felt a compelling need to speak to my daughter about the importance of never giving up..never...

True Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mother

This blog post has been reposted, with permission, from Bril’s Blog. Every stay at home mother has a few confessions that she would rather keep to herself. But bring in anonymity and there are some...

5 Strategies to prepare your first child for the arrival of the newborn

The arrival of a new baby can bring many changes to a family. Parents spend a lot of energy on preparations, and after the baby arrives, much of the family’s attention is focused on caring for...