It’s International Missing Children’s Day and as much as you may want to avoid this subject and think of happier themes, we need to keep the momentum up and focus on how and why our children go missing and get killed in South Africa on a regular basis.
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Sharing is caring – this expression is well-known in the ‘mommy’ world and is something that many parents aim to teach their kids. But this concept, especially in the social media space, can be daunting. Some parents are not certain what is worth sharing, while other parents share every moment, from the piece of cake their little ones eats to their first day at school – gaining a high number of ‘likes’ and positive comments – because for many, these moments are often just too precious not to share! However, at what cost?
At first I thought this movement’s name (#Menaretrash) was a bit harsh. I immediately wanted to leap to men’s defense as I have two wonderful gorgeous boys and a great husband who treats me well and lots of male friends who I know would never dream of hurting a woman and who certainly wouldn’t deserve this label.
But the more I read about the #Menaretrash movement and the message it’s trying to convey I understand why it had to get such a name. Yes it’s sensational, it offends, it’s accusatory and it appears to tarnish all men with the same brush. But before you get defensive and declare yourself a knight in shining armour let me stop you right there and ask you the following:
This month Higgledy Piggeldy Farmyard issued an impromptu notice on Imhoff Farm’s website, saying: “After consultation with Imhoff Farm management we have decided to remove all petting access to the animals. No further picking-up or handling of animals will be allowed, under any circumstances for any child supervised or not.”
Today is International Star Wars Day (4th May)… ‘May the 4th be with you’ – get it? If you don’t, you’re clearly not a Star Wars fan. As a Star Wars geek and parent I thought I’d investigate the things this infamous series could teach your offspring. There’s lots of things it could teach them, but I’ve kept it to a compact ten. So here goes:
Today is World Maternal Mental Health Day and I want to dedicate this post to depression because all too often it doesn’t get dealt with early enough. Least of all in my home country, South Africa.