Win a Hi-Tec Lazy Lizzy 3-in-1 jacket worth R1 999!

May 3, 2018

As they say, winter is coming, and whether you’ll be cosying up indoors, or being active outdoors, Hi-Tec’s Lazy Lizzy 3-in-1 jacket (it’s available at Due South) will have you covered. This week I’m giving away one jacket worth R1 999 this week, which you’ll love because:

  • It is made of fleece to keep you warm
  • The outer shell is lined with a 3000m waterproof membrane
  • It’s not only functional, but looks good for comfy and casual everyday or weekend looks

 

To enter, you need to answer ALL the following questions (you can do so in the comments section below). Since it’s so close to Mother’s Day, we’re after your funny, serious and emotive mom moments, some of which I might include in a future blog post, and credit you. There’s no right or wrong answer, and every set of answers will be considered entries (ie you won’t be judged on what you write).

This giveaway closes on Wednesday 9 May 2018 at 9am, after which the winner will be announced on the Rattle and Mum Facebook page, and then emailed. Please note you need to answer all the questions. This giveaway is open to South African residents only, and the prize can’t be exchanged for cash or another prodict.

Below are the questions, which I’ve answered too.

What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?

There are so many! With my eight-year-old son, before he goes to sleep every night, we tell each other how much we love each other. For example, I’ll say “Max, I love you”. He’ll say “Mom, I love you more”. Then I’ll say “Max, that’s impossible. You simply couldn’t”. Then he’ll say “No mom, I love you the most”. To which I’ll reply “Max, I thought you were smart, but you’re not. There is NO WAY you could love me more than I love you, Seriously!!!!”. It’s a special dialogue, and we both laugh.

With my 19-month-old toddler, it’s her bringing my things to me when I don’t need them at the moment. For example, she’ll bring me my glasses, cellphone, watch or shoes. She does the same with my husband, and she always knows what belongs to whom.

What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?

Act a bit like a child too – jumping on beds, falling down to make them laugh, pulling faces etc.

What is the best part of being a mom and why?

It’s everything they give me: love and lots of lessons, which fuel me, expand my heart, and teach me, all crucial things even when you’re “grown up”.

What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?

It’s probably not being able to always fix their pains. Although they are fortunately seldom sick, it hurts me to see them in pain – I would take it on for them any day.

If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?

Being able to help them all their homework

What is the best advice you could give a new mom?

Your baby will pick up on your energy – if you’re calm (or pretend you are), I believe your child will be too. If you’re anxious and fearful, they’ll pick up on this and be needier. I think kids take on what we give them. I have two very chilled children, and I think it’s mostly because I’ve tried not to sweat the small stuff and been relatively chilled myself.

Watch a child fall – sometimes they’ll look at their parents’ reaction, and decide from there whether to start crying or not. I’m not saying that kids don’t cry in pain, but rather that they sometimes feed off and react to what we’re feeling, or how we’re reacting.

If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be?

Don’t lie to me – I’ll know (I was a naughty teenager once). Oh, and don’t drive drunk – please call me and I’ll fetch you, any time.

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62 Comments

  • natalie hutton

    Remember the life lessons your dad and i taught you when faced with difficult decisions

    May 3, 2018 at 6:12 am Reply
  • Kassandra Bindeman

    The advice that I wish I received from my parents growing up is That its okay to ask for help. There may come a time when the feelings and thoughts associated with being a teenager become too much when that happens know that It is okay to ask for help, to speak to people,have heartfelt conversations, express yourself. Never feel the need to bottle things up inside ,feel depressed or feel alone. There is always someone there to listen.

    May 3, 2018 at 6:17 am Reply
  • Kelly

    At anytime you need me I will be there, rather phone me at anytime you need me then get in the car with drunk drivers, no matter what happens we will always be there for you

    May 3, 2018 at 6:19 am Reply
  • Dawn

    A mother is the truest friend we have. My mother was there for me throughout my pregnancy, guiding me as I learnt to deal with constant nausea, holding my hand as I threatened to miscarry, never giving up on this miracle inside of me, easing me into motherhood and teaching me that unconditional love is the root of motherhood, crying with me as I lost one baby after another, looking after me as I went through hours of labour losing yet another baby. I have my miracle child, despite being told I never would and my Mother has been that special bond, that glue that holds me together and I can only hope and pray that I will one day be just half the woman she is, someone who is loving, kind, giving and never has a bad word to say about anyone, always seeing the good in every situation and never losing faith! That moment when my miracle baby was born and my Mom was there waiting with tears in her eyes is the moment I will treasure forever.

    May 3, 2018 at 6:21 am Reply
  • Chantal Keet

    No matter how bad today may seem, it will come to an end and tomorrow is a new day and a chance to start over again.

    May 3, 2018 at 6:22 am Reply
  • Chantal

    I am almost in my 40’s with 2 boy’s of my own. I remember my parents telling me. Never get into a car with someone who ha been drinking behind the wheel. No matter what time of night/morning, phone us and we will fetch you. Rather safe than sorry. I have told my boys the same thing

    May 3, 2018 at 6:28 am Reply
  • Liezel Thomas

    Love and take care of yourself, don’t let the world change who you are.

    May 3, 2018 at 6:34 am Reply
  • Siyabonga Nonoise

    Funniest
    My son always threatens to tell his granma when i do something wrong, its like granma knows everything LOL

    Silliest Things
    I drive toy cars til today, ive gotten used to it LOL, driving to the shops building cardboard garages etc. its the best but wouldnt want to be seen doing that hahhaha

    Best Part
    The unconditional love, having an individual run to you when they are happy or when they are sad, its priceless

    Challenges
    Having to take care of a whole human being, making sure they are happy at all times

    Super Power
    I would like to know whats happening in that little mind hahahaha, also prevent any falls or anything that could hurt him

    Advise for new moms:
    Enjoy the journey, take each day as it comes, keep that little human happy at all times. Take baby for regular check ups, they are sensitive, and all the best in you mamahood life

    May 3, 2018 at 6:35 am Reply
  • gloria

    My Mom always told us 3 sisters to pack a spare panty in our handbag in case we were in an accident and our panties had holes in – seriously this is something that I have always done and remembered and told my children to do. Luckily none of us have never needed the spare panty but it is good knowing there is one 🙂

    May 3, 2018 at 6:37 am Reply
  • Philisiwe

    1.What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?
    When my boy appreciate the little things I do for them and his sister… Like he will just say, “thank u mom for the delicious meal u cooked” or “thank u mum for the gift u bought for us”…
    2.What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?
    Singing out loud when we do a morning drive to school.. Esp playing and old school music the kids are now used to the jams I play and they now sing along with me.
    3. What is the best part of being a mom and why?
    Unconditional love…. Selfless love… Being responsible. I am blessed to be a stay home mum. Be able to be there for my kids 24/7. to hear my son calling me all the time just for the love of it.
    4.What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?
    My hubby work outside of SA and he is away for 2weeks ..the time I’m alone I have to be mum and dad to my kids. Thank God for technology kids and I can call and do video calls just to see each other.
    5.If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?
    Be able to heal with just a hug
    6.What is the best advice you could give a new mom?
    Always follow your instinct… Be strong,be proud and just love your baby. It is a learning process.
    7.If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be?
    I will be there when u need me…
    Things happen for a reason

    May 3, 2018 at 6:41 am Reply
  • Tracy Jacobs

    Phone me at any time of day or night if u are in trouble, I will be there for u in whatever way u need…..also This too shall pass is a comforting saying to help them remember it’s not always going to a troubled time. Joy will come again.

    May 3, 2018 at 6:54 am Reply
  • kerri

    make wise decisions and remember all actions can have a positive or negative reaction. G-d bless, choose freely and always keep your integrity in tact.

    May 3, 2018 at 6:54 am Reply
  • Natalie Jodamus

    1.What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?
    When my twins tells me they want to love me which means hugs & kisses

    2.What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?
    Dancing with my children

    3. What is the best part of being a mom and why?
    Knowing these two little girls belong to me and all the love I get from them.

    4.What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?
    Dealing with the occasional tantrums/meltdowns. I feel there’s no proper/right way to deal with it.

    5.If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?
    That they never have to get sick. Will wish all the sickness away.

    6.What is the best advice you could give a new mom?
    Knowledge is power but follow your own path.

    7.If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be?
    I did what I could with what I have.

    May 3, 2018 at 6:57 am Reply
  • Eve Mackay

    1.the way she talks too & loves her pets. It’s a good thing.
    2. Silliest thing I’ve done is act my daughters age just to be “silly” which she loves.
    3.love being a mom because it fills me with so much love and an undescribable feeling that I love to feel.makes me smile.
    4.most challenging is trying to make sure your child is happy with life and home. Trying to set rules so they’ll understand it better as they grow &that you’re doing it because you love them.
    5.super power would be better at maths to help my daughter lol..I’m terrible!
    6.I know it’s scary,tiring and stressful but try take in the moments(they’re one of the best memories to have)…take a few deep breathes when stressful moments happen – call someone,I promise no one you love will judge you. Follow your mommy instincts!
    7.my advice would be to get her life sorted first…get that degree or that job,first car,have fun with your friends,see the world a bit….then worry about falling in love and settling down.live life!

    May 3, 2018 at 7:12 am Reply
  • Sharissa

    funny mum moments: when my 18 month old repeats everything we say (and do) and when my four year old gives me commentary in traffic on the way to school especially when people are doing silly things in traffic)
    serious mum moments: when we have a discussion about being vegetarian and explain that we don’t eat any of God’s creatures and he remembers the lesson. Or when we have a discussion about Sharing and what activities result in stars for rewards.
    emotive mum moments: when my micro preemie was born and it was just us two during the day in hospital. Me praying every minute and surrendering him to a higher power and when he was so brave recently after having stitches put in after a little fall and he didn’t cry. Or when my princess has her vaccinations and I cannot bear hearing those cries of pain from the injection or the middle of the night Waking with high fever because her teeth are popping (4 at once)

    Being a mum is one of the most special experiences ever. I’m so blessed to have these two precious rainbow babies and the experience of my first pregnancy (my Little angel baby). Life’s wonders and blessings ❤️❤️❤️

    May 3, 2018 at 7:21 am Reply
  • Ronnae Elliott

    What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?
    My 14 month old daughter waves and blows kisses to everyone she sees. She is super friendly!

    What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?
    Pulling funny faces, changing my voice, doing baby talk, tickling her while she laughs uncontrollably and watched YouTube videos while dancing along to the songs.

    What is the best part of being a mom and why?
    The feeling of knowing this tiny person looks up to you, loves you and relies on you for everything. I enjoy that feeling of knowing I am this tiny person’s world.

    What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?
    It would be not knowing if the decisions you make is the right one or if I should have chosen a other route. The emotional and financial part is also challenging, it was a huge adjustment becoming a first time mom, I am learning new things every day.

    If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?
    Being able to get her to eat all the meals I prepare for her without spitting it out and throwing tantrums. It takes a lot of time preparing these meals and I am heartbroken when she doesn’t want to eat it.

    What is the best advice you could give a new mom?
    Trust your instincts and don’t feel bad about not listening to others and their advice, you are on your own journey. Family and friends are quick to give their input, but not every child is the same. You do what feels right for you. I remember I battled with breastfeeding and eventually ended up using formula. I was harshly criticized by everyone and it made me anxious and I felt like a failure. I eventually realized I am the mother and make the decisions; I pay my bills, so nobody has the right to tell me what to do.

    If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be?
    Always know that I am here for you no matter what, if you are going through any problems you can always talk to me, I may not like certain things but I would prefer you to come to me first and we can figure it out together.

    May 3, 2018 at 7:21 am Reply
  • Sam Brown

    – my son would make up words out of similar words that made sense to me. My favourite was luniac to describe crazy people on stunt shows!
    – um, including have more than 1 child??? 😂 Must be trying to match them, chocolate for chocolate, in a sweet eating contest.
    – the most challenging part of being a mom is being a dad too. I’ve had to learn footballers names, the names of Parkour moves and to learn to get up early on Saturdays for soccer matches. I’m a single parent of 2 boys. Watching them grow up is pretty hard too.
    – my superpower would be lie detection. Having to go full CSI on my growing boys is a skill I’m slowly mastering. I’m trying hard to get them to understand that no matter how awful, the truth is always better than a lie!
    – the one piece of advice is treat all moments like they’re the last. You never know when will be the last time you breastfeed your baby or the last time you can pick them up (picking up a 12year old isn’t as easy as it looks!) Or the last sleepover. Treasure every moment!
    – advice to an 18year old? Tough one. Don’t ever lose sight of who you are, even when society is telling you what you should be.

    May 3, 2018 at 7:25 am Reply
  • Carla VD Westy (@carlieshell)

    What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?

    Harvey is 22 months and is hilarious! He giggles like crazy when we tickle him. He laughs at Failarmy videos. He chases the cat around the house. His cutest thing is at night when I put him to bed, he blows me a kiss and says “byeeee mummy”

    What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?

    I am silly all the time – but the other day to get him to drink his medicine, I lined up all his furry animals and made them have some first. It worked coz he eventually gave in!

    What is the best part of being a mom and why?

    It is the happy moments – seeing him play so sweetly with his dad, him giving me kisses and hugs, when he runs to me with a huge smile on his face when I fetch him from school.

    What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?

    Definitely when he is sick. I do everything I can to prevent him getting sick and he still does! And when he is sick he is so miserable and nothing I do seems to help.

    If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?

    It would be to click my fingers like Mary Poppins and the house is instantly tidy. I waste way too much time packing away toys and cleaning up spills.

    What is the best advice you could give a new mom?

    Cook up a storm before baby is born and freeze loads of meals. In those early weeks there will be no time or energy to cook. If you are struggling with breastfeeding, get a lactation consultant to come help you! They are amazing! If you have a boy, put a little cloth over his willy when you are changing him. I had countless pees in my face before I did that. Get a nose frida.

    If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be?

    I will tell my son exactly how hard being a parent is and how much it costs so I scare the shit out of him and he makes sure to put a condom on! I will also tell him what losers drug addicts are and how they hardly ever become successful so don’t even bother. I will tell him that he should take a year between school and varsity to find out out he really wants to do or be.

    Thanks for this questionaire! I really enjoyed answering it!

    May 3, 2018 at 7:32 am Reply
  • lindalaing

    The cutest thing my child does is fell the wrinkles on my feet or wrist and he says he just loves my wrinkles. As a silly mom I have painted my face as spiderman/woman and worn the outfit with my son on dress up day! I love being a mom because it allows me to just relax at times and be silly and adventurous and never take anything too seriously because life is short. The challenging part for me is disciplining my kids in a way that they understand that I still love them even though I do not like what they are doing.It is very challenging when my 14 year old is crazy about rap and writes songs and tells me how famous he is going to be and wants to go to a studio to record, yet I realise that the rap is BAD, but I have to encourage him and keep his confidence up so he is never afraid to try things! It is especially difficult since I lost my husband 8 months ago but my kids have become my life line. I would love to be FLASH because those school mornings consist of shouting, screaming, kids hopping around with one sock or shoe and still trying to put the TV on after I have told them to get ready AND I would have a tidy house. I will advise new mums to just take it in their stride…enjoy every little thing, embrace the mess and noise and be part of the adventures like playing with your child in the tent or playing cops and robbers etc.. Advise for 18…live, laugh, love, appreciate, work hard and never take anything for granted.You have one life…LIVE IT!

    May 3, 2018 at 7:39 am Reply
  • Lyn

    What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?
    My 4 year old son, loves me to lie with him before he falls asleep. He snuggles up close and holds both my hands in his.
    Just melts the heart.

    May 3, 2018 at 7:52 am Reply
  • Nazeera

    What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?

    My oldest (daughter) : She sings, and dances, all day long, sometimes has all the words all mixed up but its the cutest!

    My Youngest (son): He randomly comes and gives me hugs and kisses. So I have to stop what im doing until he is done with his “loving mom” time

    What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?

    I have a separate scooter just for me (those black scooters) and we have scooter races in our yard. lol

    What is the best part of being a mom and why?

    Seeing them grow, watching them learn and knowing that YOU play such an important part in that and in their lives.

    What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?

    Patience. I wish i had bags full of patience, because sometimes it just gets too much.

    If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?

    The ability to keep them safe from any harm or disappointment in this scary world.

    What is the best advice you could give a new mom?

    Take each day as it comes, do the best for you and your kids according to what YOU think is best!
    Youre doing a great job, don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise! We learn something new everyday.

    If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be?

    Be my friend, I’ve probably been there and done that. I will listen. Don’t keep stuff from me.
    Look to the future,not just the moment! You have your whole life ahead of you. Plan. and please SAVE YOUR MONEY!

    May 3, 2018 at 7:57 am Reply
  • Yogana

    1. What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?
    – I’ll be sitting down and they will suddenly come and give me kisses on my cheek.
    – Also the wonderful bond they have as sisters, so cute watching them talk and play.

    2. What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?
    – Make weird noises when I am playing make-believe games with them.

    3. What is the best part of being a mom and why?
    – The unconditional love I get from both my girls. Even though I shout them when they are being naughty, they always say they won’t want any other Mummy but me 🙂

    4. What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?
    – Trying to balance working and being a mom, helping with school work etc.

    5. If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?
    – To be able to see the future and always protect my babies no matter what.

    6. What is the best advice you could give a new mom?
    – Enjoy every moment, they grow up so fast.

    7. If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be?
    – No matter what, I will always be there for you. Call me anytime of the day or night, I will always answer. Remember that you can always confide in me and I will do my best to listen, provide advise and let you make your own decisions.

    May 3, 2018 at 7:57 am Reply
  • Janet Watson Perry

    🙂 What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does? My son has a lisp and I just ADORE it when he says fithuthz (fizzers)!! He’s so cute.. when I repeat it that way, he says: “no mom, FITHUTHZ!! heheheh

    🙂 What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent? Got down on the floor and had a mock-tantrum complete with rolling, hair pulling, screaming and kicking!! hahahah boy was it quiet THEN!!

    🙂 What is the best part of being a mom and why? Seeing how much they love me… some days the fruits of my labour are evident when they display good manners and kindness. Knowing that they only have one mother and that it’s me, gives me a great sense of joy and grounding. To be needed and loved. That’s it. Unconditional love that goes both ways is hard to beat.

    🙂 What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why? The constant noise – I am an outgoing bubbly person, but I still have to have my space and peace and quiet sometimes, and I miss that!!

    🙂 If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why? I’d call my superpower “bubblewrap” because I’d love to cover them in a bubble that is impenetrable to the evil and ugly things in this world and in some people (so I pray – that’s my REAL superpower)!

    🙂 What is the best advice you could give a new mom? Sift through the advice you get very carefully, always remembering that at the end of the day, you DO know what’s best for your child. Never allow negative words to be spoken over your child and when you don’t know what to do, pull your child into your arms and absorb the love between you. It covers a multitude of ‘sins’, fears and frustration.

    🙂 If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be? Let the truth be on your lips… even at the risk of your reputation or popularity, always tell the truth.

    I loved doing that, thank you!! 🙂 I’m off to hug my children !!!!!!!!

    May 3, 2018 at 7:58 am Reply
  • Chantelle van der bijl

    What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?

    Every day I go pick her up at daycare,she runs towards me and plants a huge kiss on my lips!

    What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?

    Going down slides with my little one,and most of the time being too big and getting stuck mid-way!

    What is the best part of being a mom and why?

    The unconditional love you receive from your child.

    What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?

    Being a working mommy and always feeling guilty about not spending enough time with my child.

    If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?

    Making time stand still!

    What is the best advice you could give a new mom?

    Take advice from other moms…they give you advice you don’t get in books!

    May 3, 2018 at 8:04 am Reply
  • Tidi

    1. I am a mommy of 4 and they have such different personalities and it’s a blessing to see how they each viewing the world despite growing under the same roof and sharing life. Our first daughter is feisty and stands her ground without retreating, I love that even if sometimes it leaves me feeling defeated. Our first son is so soft and shows his emotions, he is a hugger and kisser. Our second daughter is a talker and always has the funniest phrases, she is the princess of the house who love dressing up for anything even if to just catch a nap. Our second son, the smallest bunny of our home is discovering the world and he is so fascinated by insects so much so that if he catches one and we take it from him. he breaks out crying. He loves his food and unpacking everything in the house.
    2. The silliest thing I ever did was play in the garden and climb up trees, it was hard getting down after the managed to help mommy up. They dared me jump but I didn’t want to loose my life! So they jumped off and I had to call my hubby for help.
    3. The best part about being a mom is that I get to see champions grow up in front of me. I many times loose myself in my imagination as to what greatness are they going to achieve in this life and I cannot wait hey 🙂
    4. The most challenging part about being a mon is switching off and just being myself. At times if we manage to do a weekend getaway, I still call every few minutes to check if the list I left with granma is followed properly….oh well even the husband gets the calls if I haven’t left with him. I struggle to “un-mom” for even a few hours eish
    5. If I had super powers, I would be able to care for all kids in our community that need a mom ‘s touch, smile and meal daily. I am doing what I can for those that I can yet my heart is bigger than how deep our pockets can stretch and it hurts.
    6. Advice to new moms, just love and protect your little ones, and live by faith. Everything else falls into place At the right time.
    7. Live a purpose filled life, be careful, ask for help and love the human race.

    May 3, 2018 at 8:19 am Reply
  • Sara

    My kids make me laugh all the time. Once, my 5 year old son asked me how much money the tooth fairy gives for gold teeth! Another time , we were watching a show about American Indians on TV. Excited, my kids exclaimed -“There’s the Spur people”.

    May 3, 2018 at 8:33 am Reply
  • nasika baijnath

    Im a mom of 2 girls aged 2 and 6. my 6 year old is in the question phase where why why why is all she knows. we cant read a book or watch a tv show together because of all the whys. yesterday whilst driving home from school she asks me why are there signs on the trees. trees are living and nobody will want to live with a sign on them. as for my 2 year old she is at her stage when she wants to decide what to wear. here in Secunda, its winter already and every morning we have these fights and cries. as im typing she is sitting and watching a cartoon with her swimming costume over her clothes.

    May 3, 2018 at 8:36 am Reply
  • shaaista mahomed

    I have an almost 4 year old daughter, we have to like make her excited to get out of bed and get reay, we have to first start with pretending we can’t find her and then look for her and then remind her what new exciting thing she will tell her friends that day.

    I also have a 17 month old son and he is like my little copy cat, whatever i do or say he copies me and tries to do it and his most famous word is: “I go” he loves going in the car!

    What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?

    making animal sounds and faces with the animal actions to get my kids dressed.

    What is the best part of being a mom and why?

    my kids, I Learn so much from them and they teach me to have patience, compassion, be silly, let go and to love. You learn through their eyes and you keep on gaining knowledge and lets not forget all the fun!

    What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?

    Trying to juggle work and the home and being the best mom to my kids. Especially thrying to spend enough time with them and give them the love and patience they deserve.

    If you could have one mommy superpower what would it be and why?

    Time – so that I could have enough time with them

    What is the best advice you could give a new mom?

    Patience – Babies and kids just require love and patience and some understanding and things become easier.

    If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be?

    Be honest with me, I will always be there to help and guide you and always strive to be the best you can be!

    May 3, 2018 at 8:52 am Reply
  • Andrea

    What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?
    When she holds out her hands and runs to me and says “hugs” with her cute lisp. Actually it’s almost everything she does that’s my favourite except for the tantrums. I love how she randomly dances even when there’s no music, or pretends to have a serious conversation with her make believe phone i.e her hand. At 18 months, she’s just so adorable with every new word or activity she does.

    What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?
    What haven’t I done? The silliest so far has been dancing randomly in public with my daughter een when there’s no music playing. Or playing pretend games when we’re in public like pretending I’m a monster that’s going to catch her and eat her.

    What is the best part of being a mom and why?
    I love everything about being her mum, I love how she has given me purpose. She has given me a sense of self worth I never knew existed. I love how she depends on me,and how she looks up tp me, I have never seen this kind of love in anyone’s eyes when they looked at me. The best part of being a mum is that your child thinks you’re perfect no matter what the rest of the world thinks.

    What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?
    Trying to make the best decisions and still failing sometimes. Or making hard decisions that sometimes means you have to watch your child cry or struggle while you sit by and watch them try for themself. Or when your little one is sick and you’re helpless to help them.

    If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?
    Being able to know what my child is thinking and feeling. It will help me through a lot of tantrums.

    What is the best advice you could give a new mom?
    Always trust your gut feeling. Go with your basic instinct. Usually, whatever you are feeling is a step in the right direction.

    If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be?
    Never be afraid to paint this world with all the colours of your rainbow. You are magical and magnificent and God created you with a purpose to make this world a better place. Always be yourself, reach for your dreams and never stop chasing the stars because in your pursuit of happiness, you will find yourself. Wherever you go, whatever you do, I will love you and support you and you must never forget, when you need to find rest and solace, my arms will always be outstretched to welcome you home. You have everything within you to make your life everything you want it to be.

    May 3, 2018 at 9:08 am Reply
  • BethN

    The world our kids are growing up in, is so different to the one we grew up in. One thing is social media. a tip on what pictures to post – never post anything your grandmother or mother wouldn’t approve. What I want my kids to know most, they are always loved and mom is always there for them with open arms. I may not solve their problems, but I can support and help mend the hurt.

    May 3, 2018 at 9:17 am Reply
  • Andrea bester

    1:Fav/cutest : One day I was saying bye to my toddler when she was going to nursery school and I said I’m going to kiss your pretty face bye. KissEd her chin-nose-cheeks-forehead-then her lips & said I love you.Now every time she says bye or goodnight to me she does the same -it’s so cute!

    2:Silliest : Lol everyday when we have play time with her toys-have to make up a silly story line. Last night the floor was hot lava and the paw patrol had to rescue the mermaid.lol my husband always says I get way in to it.

    3:Best part: When she looks at me like I am her world. Never thought that it was possible to love someone that much and be loved back just as much.Makes the crazy days worth it.

    4:Most Challenging :The complete lifestyle change &change as a person and having to be the most reasonable person in the room is hard lol.

    5:SuperPower : Seriously up my multi -tasking power.

    6:Advice New mom: Sleeeep when they sleep -you can’t function on no sleep.

    7:Advice to my 18: I know I’m your mom but please rather tell me – if you having sex , drinking , going out. I might not be happy about it but I will support you, help you, pick you up. Don’t sneak, you could get hurt ,crazy world out there.

    May 3, 2018 at 10:12 am Reply
  • Leonie Willcock.

    1) My daughter always called water – yoter 2) Dressed my son up in a cowboy outfit & dropped him off at school – the costume party was just a reminder that they had to bring their costume to school for a pool party 3) Loved them so much, but they grew up too fast 4) Wanting to solve their problems, which is’nt always possible 5) To protect them forever 6) Have alot of patience & cherish the moments with your children 7) Always explain & tell people how you feel, they cannot read your mind.

    May 3, 2018 at 10:23 am Reply
  • Janel Sunderlall

    Be confident and believe in yourself

    May 3, 2018 at 11:43 am Reply
  • nadene reignier

    What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?
    It’s hard to choose just one thing but when she wraps her arms around me super tight and then tells me I love you mommy it fills me with such joy I can barely breathe.

    What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?
    She is the perfect excuse to do all the silly things I would never dream of doing as a ‘grown-up’. I love it 😀

    What is the best part of being a mom and why?
    Watching my daughter grow, loving her and being loved by her. Nothing compares.

    What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?
    For me it has been her food allergies, we have changed our whole lives and learned so much but it’s still a daily challenge to feed a kiddle who reacts to so many foods. Seeing her suffer or feeling not normal is very, very tough.

    If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?
    To heal my baby so she doesn’t have any more food allergies or reflux.

    What is the best advice you could give a new mom?
    Just breathe, enjoy this moment it will pass all too soon. Let your child be a child for as long as you can. Your child is a tiny human with a will and character all their own, treat them as such.

    If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be?
    Be brave, see the joy in every moment and seize it with both hands. I hope to be teaching her this on a daily basis.

    May 3, 2018 at 12:43 pm Reply
  • Grace Madigoe

    Education is the key of life my child. Please live the legacy of your father. He was always saying think for your future. Be the best child ever and never do the things that you don’t want to do to impress your peers.

    May 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm Reply
  • Yolande Murphy

    My advice to new parents would be to follow your gut. By nature, you will make the best decision for your child in that point in time. Different advice from different people may be confusing, but trust yourself. Mother instinct is there for a reason.

    May 3, 2018 at 5:40 pm Reply
  • Gabi

    The cutest thing both my girls do every night we say To each other I love you forever and ever after like we live in a fairytale world , If I forget to say the whole sentence they are sure to remind me.

    I’m at my silliest when I let them do my hair and make up , I look like the walking dead 🙈

    Best part of been a mom is watching my girls become individuals with they own opinions and goals , and all though they are identical twins , it never seize to amaze me how wonderful and different they can be .

    Most challenging is trying to be the referee all the time , man they can fight .

    I wish my superpower was to be able to be in more then one place at once , maybe then I could keep up with my demanding kids 😂

    For all the new moms , take people up on babysitting offers , we all need a break from the kids to keep sane , and an occasional glass of wine .

    My advice to my daughters when they 18 would be for them to always be best friends and have each other’s backs ❤️

    May 3, 2018 at 5:53 pm Reply
  • Chantal

    One thing I would hope to tell my kids
    How do I only pick one thing

    1. Never forget please and thank you, these words are still magic
    2. Always stand when you greet a person, look them in the eyes and do your best to remember their name
    3. Guard your heart, and always consider the consequences your actions may have on others, these things have lifelong effects on the other person
    4. Don’t drink excessively, moderation is key, you don’t want to regret something tomorrow
    5. The one rule I always teach them even now

    I may not always like you, you may not always like me. But I will always love you and be there for you. No matter what.

    May 3, 2018 at 6:29 pm Reply
    • Chantal le Roux

      Need to answer the other questions too, got a bit carried away

      What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?

      When they hug and kiss me extra hard. To show the love. Like the harder they do it the more it means.

      What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?

      There are so many many things. Dancing like no body else is around is my favorite. My kids love dancing with me and who cares what anyone thinks. We’re having fun.

      What is the best part of being a mom and why?

      All of it. That love, like your heart is living outside your body. It’s the most gratifying and challenging thing I have ever done.

      What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?

      Trying to mould self sufficient, strong, motivated, independent people who are respectful, responsible and completely comfortable as themselves. And hoping we don’t mess them up in the process.

      If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?
      Instant Cleaning, wish I could click my fingers and everything could be clean and organized. Especially laundry.

      What is the best advice you could give a new mom?

      None of us actually know what we are doing. We’re all just winging it, learning as we go, you’re doing a great job.

      May 3, 2018 at 7:29 pm Reply
  • Anisha Singh

    1. We are a Siberian Husky loving family and my daughter has a nick name for me ever since she was three… you guessed…husky! It was off when her preschool teacher thought I shared the same name as a dog breed or when she whispers Husky can you buy me that! I find it totally cute & real especially when she says to me, “ you are pretty like a Husky”.
    2. The silliest thing I ever done as a parent was to dance with my daughter in the afternoons. The neighbors complained so now I wear my slippers. But it’s insane to see a grown woman misbehaving.
    3. The best part of being a mom is cuddling next to your child in the evenings. I had my daughter when I was young so we literally best friends. We share so much in common and we even are the same shoe size! The best part is knowing that you are making such a difference in her life! And that she is your biggest fan.
    4. The most challenging thing about being a mom is time management! Being a mom, wife, student, pet owner & full time employed woman is no easy task! I can get frustrated especially when I have to come home to cook. I wish I had more time to spend with my daughter. That’s why Sunday’s is our day off. The hubby can watch his boring flicks whilst we spend quality time together!
    5. I would be SuperWoman… I would help all the kids who are suffering in the world including those rescued huskies too!
    6. My best advice to a new mom… you carried a little human inside your womb for 9 months. That is the bravest and most courageous part of life so give yourself a pat on the shoulder girlfriend! Now, put up those feet and delegate those chores. Spend time with your baby but never neglect yourself and your sanity. And toss those old wives tales to the curb as you are truly special!
    7. My advice to my 18 year old kid… well honey.. you know the drill. Dress up & show up… stay away from alcohol and drugs… you are high on life. And while you are at it don’t forget those dancing shoes. Actually, do you mind if I help you paint the town red?

    May 3, 2018 at 8:19 pm Reply
  • Judy Padayachee

    Always treat others the way you wish to be treated.

    May 4, 2018 at 2:18 am Reply
  • Sharleen

    Don’t do anything that your parents won’t be proud of.

    May 4, 2018 at 4:49 am Reply
  • Liesel Bouwer

    Once, years ago, my mom and I were in a store looking at microwaves. I smelt a funky smell and walked away. Catching up with my mom a few minutes later, I said I had to move away from the smell, perhaps the lady standing near us had farted, to which my mom started giggling and said ‘it was me!’ ;D ;D 😀

    May 4, 2018 at 9:46 am Reply
  • Denise Simons

    If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours; if they don’t they never were.

    May 4, 2018 at 2:43 pm Reply
  • Melanie Moorhouse

    1. What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?
    My daughter always says to me “I love you!”
    The she waits for my response which she expects always to be “I love you TOO!
    Then she says “Ooooh, Mama loooves meeee!”
    It never gets old.

    2. What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?
    Dancing up a storm on the dance floor with my kids.

    3.What is the best part of being a mom and why?
    Watching my kids grow and evolve.

    4. What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?
    There is no manual for being a mom, and every year you step into unknown challenges which you and your child have to traverse. Also realizing you can’t always make it easier for them, sometimes they need their own challenges to be able to cope in this big wide world.

    5. If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?
    Knowing your kids are ok 24/7, especially when they are not with you.

    6.What is the best advice you could give a new mom?
    Remember YOU, take time for yourself, so that you can be a better Mom for your kids. Took me many years to realize this.

    7. If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be?
    Enjoy your youth and don’t rush things, enjoy every moment. Travel, experience, explore!

    May 5, 2018 at 6:28 am Reply
  • Eleanor Hutchings

    1. Whenever his father and I disagree (no matter how insignificantly), he always sidles up to his dad and reminds him softly “Daaa-aaad, remember that Mom’s the boss!”

    2. Long jump competitions on the beach. I do not bend/jump/flex like I used to and I feel it for days!

    3. When you realise that somehow you’re managing to raise a pretty amazing person who is going to make the world just that much better by being in it. And all the love!!

    4. The fact that you just can’t let it all fall apart, no matter what’s going on and how badly you want to retreat from the world for a bit.

    5. Being able to know their worries and insecurities, even the ones they don’t tell you about, and being able to help them get through and deal with them effectively.

    6. You’re still a person, not “just a mom”. And don’t believe in the Pinterest Mom… she’s just there to pressure you even more!

    7. Be kind. You don’t know what other people are facing. And phone me rather than drink and drive… I will probably be grumpy about it but I will always come and fetch you.

    May 5, 2018 at 12:45 pm Reply
  • Tania

    1. My son aged 16 will still hug and kiss me goodbye in the morning when I drop him off at school just like he did when he started pre-school at age 5. And he says he will do it no matter who sees him and although boys are teasing him.
    2. Acting like a child – playing in the sand making sand cookies, playing at fun park diving into all the hundreds of plastic balls and climbing through all the little passages. But we had great laughs!
    3.Watching my child develop – also his emotional intelligence. It’s amazing and sometimes overwhelming.
    4. Challenging for me to let go as children need to learn to make decisions on their own. Important to support them all the way.
    5. To be there when my son is writing exams. Although he gets good marks he is always so nervous before he starts writing.
    6. Structure and discipline are so important in development of your child.
    7. Trust your gut. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation move away and you can call me any time day or night.

    May 5, 2018 at 3:23 pm Reply
  • Rumbarani Naidoo

    Cherish your family Family comes first. Don’t put down the people who supported you from the beginning and will continue to do so. Spend time with them and enjoy their presence as family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

    May 5, 2018 at 7:37 pm Reply
  • Delia

    What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?
    My son is 15 months, there are so many….the way he kisses us on the cheek, the way he says “mamma”, he sometimes run toward us, arms wide open and when he is almost right in front of us he turns another way and laughs.

    What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?
    Singing songs although there are other people around to calm my son.

    What is the best part of being a mom and why?
    That unconditional love I can give and get in return.

    What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?
    Working while being a mom…not spending that much time with your child like you would want to.
    Not knowing whats wrong when baby is crying.
    Cant make him better immediately if he’s I’ll.

    If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?
    Making him better immediately if he’s I’ll or having a rubble to do all the work. 🙂

    What is the best advice you could give a new mom?
    Don’t compare, be the best mom you can be.

    If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be?
    Live life to the fullest, time flies. Trust God in all you do.

    May 5, 2018 at 8:47 pm Reply
  • Lynnith Andreou

    I would tell them to do the things they love, not the things that expected x

    May 6, 2018 at 3:58 am Reply
  • Sarah

    Favourite/cutest thing: My boy has the cutest way of saying “you’re welcome” when you say thank you to him. My daughter loves to bring me flowers.

    Silliest thing: Probably dancing and singing with my kids like no-one is watching even though everyone is definitely watching this crazy mom in the middle of Pick ‘n Pay.

    Best part of being a mom: Sharing your life – the joys, the pains, the bonds – with this little person who lives life fiercely and with innocent eyes.

    Challenging part of being a mom: Saying NO even when your children and people around you don’t want to hear it. Saying YES to living in the moment and letting go of fears.

    Mommy superpower: I would want a superpower of helping children (and daddy/mommy) to sleep quickly and peacefully after a long and exciting day.

    Advice for a new mom: Listen to your baby, your partner, and yourself. We all communicate our needs in our own way and will give the answers if someone is listening. As a mom, you will have to learn to understand and interpret those needs. Actually, that should be my superpower – to read minds!

    Advice to your 18 yr child: Always call me if you are in trouble, if you need help or if you just need to talk. I promise I won’t be cross and I will always answer the phone.

    May 6, 2018 at 8:58 am Reply
  • Tanya

    1.What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?
    When my 12 year old man-child asks me to come lie with him at night while we both read for 10 minutes in bed.

    2.What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?
    Shown up at school in a halloween costume.

    3. What is the best part of being a mom and why?
    Watching their personalities unfurl and being grateful they are in my life.

    4.What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?
    Finding patience and choosing your battles. Not everything is worth arguing over. There is a fine balance between harmony and discipline.

    5.If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?
    To make their pain go away but to be able to teach them the lesson that pain often contains anyway.

    6.What is the best advice you could give a new mom?
    This too shall pass – the good and the bad. Every irritating habit and obsession will eventually pass. And these precious moments too are fleeting. Make the best of all of it.

    7.If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be?
    I am always here for you, no matter what.

    May 6, 2018 at 10:13 am Reply
  • Losh Don Kisten

    Every single day, get better at meeting people and developing relationships – A new person in your life can open a new chapter. They can lead to new lines of work, new passions, new insight about the world and a broader, more colorful identity for you.

    May 7, 2018 at 9:00 am Reply
  • Dawn

    1.What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?
    Waking me up with butterfly kisses

    2.What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?
    Telling my daughter it is ok to miss a days school to go to a sale

    3. What is the best part of being a mom and why?
    Being called Mommy, that is something that means so much to me because I was told I could never have children.

    4.What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?
    Not knowing if the advice you gave your child was the correct advice because there are so many uncertainties in this World

    5.If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?
    To be able to take their pain as my own because I never want to see my child in pain

    6.What is the best advice you could give a new mom?
    Don’t take advice from other people, use your instincts

    7.If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be?
    Study hard, get a degree and travel the World

    May 7, 2018 at 9:30 am Reply
  • Susann

    What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?
    I try not to laugh, but when I say NO she rebels and her middle and index fingers go into a nostril each. Plus she smiles when she does it because she knows it grosses me out.
    Oh and she can never leave a pair of shoes unworn. If she sees shoes, it has to be on her feet… even if it is an adult size 8.

    What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?
    Going for a walk and putting the Kid on a leash while the cats follow freely.

    What is the best part of being a mom and why?
    I now have someone to play with and to give all my toys to. Plus I’m hoping I won’t have to make my own coffee in future.

    What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?
    The whole sleeping situation – or lack thereof. I also don’t deal well with tantrums…

    If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?
    Be able to teleport so I don’t have to walk over creaky floors, carry a child and shopping and, and and…

    What is the best advice you could give a new mom?
    Learn to not hear, pretend to not see, listen when needed and relax more.

    If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be?
    It doesn’t matter where you end up, I have a passport and will follow you around the world. Use your passports wisely.

    May 7, 2018 at 10:57 am Reply
  • stephanie videira

    1. What is your favorite/cutest thing that your child does? my 5 year old loves long frilly dresses and its the cutest watching her wearing them and admiring them in the mirror and with my 15 month old has a knack for hearing us open the front door and if we not fast enough she out there as quick as can be ( defiantly an outdoors kid so )

    2. What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent? trying to change my daughters diaper in Woolworths dressing room and she went running out naked before i could put her nappy on.

    3.What is the best part of being a mom and why? all those amazing hugs i get from my girls makes me feel so loved and also shopping buddies ( sad to admit they have a better wardrobe then me )

    4.What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why? Lack of sleep my 15 month old is not the best sleeper and not much sleep makes me a grumpy mommy and also just to be patience with them little people need time to learn

    5.If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why? to magical make my 15 month old sleep threw the night ( the 5 year old is a dream sleeper 5 minutes in bed shes out )

    6.What is the best advice you could give a new mom? Just do whats right for you and your baby,baby books and peoples advice are only a guideline only take what works for you.

    7.If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be? i will always be a phone call away never forget that, and find your passion in life and remember you are always loved don’t change yourself for another person, just be you

    May 7, 2018 at 7:32 pm Reply
  • Dhesh

    What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?

    My almost two years old girl loves wearings her older brother’s clothing and especially his shoes. Since I am picking my battles, she often ends up going out looking like she is wearing clown shoes.

    What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?
    Jumped in puddles with my son.

    What is the best part of being a mom and why?
    The love – being the number one person for little ones is amazing.

    What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?

    Sometimes being that number one person for little ones is super exhausting.

    If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?

    To be able to protect my children from harm and danger always.

    What is the best advice you could give a new mom?
    I found adjusting to no me time difficult so make use of Gran’s, aunt’s, trusted friends offers to watch baby and then use that time to do something for you.

    If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be?

    Be a person of integrity.

    May 8, 2018 at 4:40 am Reply
  • Deshnee

    What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?
    The cutest thing my son does is when he sleep. He looks like the world’s sweetest angel. I could carry on just looking at him when he is fast asleep. he is my adorable lil mischief maker

    What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent
    Playing imaginary games with my son when he was younger

    What is the best part of being a mom and why
    When I get the hugs and kisses , nothing can compare to the feeling of love and happiness in those moments . the love is given without any conditions and its the best feeling

    What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?
    Most challenging is allowing him to make his own mistakes and decisions. wanting to protect him but knowing he has to grow

    What is the best advice you could give a new mom
    Ask for help, you don’t have to do everything on your own

    If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be?
    do not be a sheep and follow others blindly. you are your own person and must be strong enough to listen to your own mind

    If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?
    To always be my sons homing beacon if and when he needs me , so he always know s that he can turn to me in time of need

    May 8, 2018 at 5:58 am Reply
  • Zasha De Lange

    What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?

    My son is 5 and has some really cute (naughty) moments – one time we went swimming in a cold mountain river – I told him the water was ice cold, he said thats his favorite kind of cold. After jumping in and right out again, he said thats not his favorite kind of cold anymore.

    What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?

    Build a tent in the lounge for indoor camping, was such fun!

    What is the best part of being a mom and why?

    The best part about being a mom for me is the love I feel for them. I never realized how big my heart would get.

    What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?

    The hardest thing about being a mom is all the stress that falls with the title. You never go to bed not worrying about whats going to happen while your sleeping or for the next day.

    If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?

    Being in 2 places at the same time. I’m sure we can all relate to this – having to work but wanting to be with the kids or trying to have some time to relax while still getting through the daily to do list.

    What is the best advice you could give a new mom?

    Follow your gut instinct–no matter what.

    If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be?

    THINK for yourself – To live a fulfilling life, you have to think independently. This is how you can create a world of limitless possibility. Question everything! It’s OK to listen to “conventional wisdom” and advice that people give you, but YOU have to ultimately form your own opinions. This is what the best LEADERS do, whether they are leading a company, a family, or their own lives.

    May 8, 2018 at 7:35 am Reply
  • Nadia Williams

    What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does?
    1. My absolute best is when my two boys “love” one another – when they hug/cuddle/kiss one another. Something my toddler (2 years old) does for comfort is he plays with my hair <3 So he’ll wrap his arms around my neck and twist my hair into great knots! LOL It hurts like hell but it SO cute because he’s essentially giving me a big hug. My older one is like a movie character and does SO many adorable things it’s hard to choose a favourite. At the moment the cutest thing is his reaction to babies. ANY baby we see he gets all excited and tries to give the baby a hug or kiss.

    What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent?
    2. I have been the “horse” and “galloped” around the house on all fours with a kid (or two) on my back.
    What is the best part of being a mom and why?
    It’s hard to pinpoint one thing but the love I have for my kids and the love they have for me is out of this world. Their hugs, love, kisses, smiles, etc.

    What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why?
    3. The constant worry of whether you are doing enough – of wanting to be the very best mom to my kids but also accepting that I am a human and I have limits. I constantly aspire to me the type of mom I thought I would be pre-kids, and I always feel as though I fall short ☹

    If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why?
    4. Endless energy… Because I feel as though if I had more energy I’d be able to do more, and be more.

    What is the best advice you could give a new mom?
    5. So maybe this is just because I had a really tough time in the beginning, but what I tell all new moms is “this too shall pass”. In those early days you wonder if your life will ever be “normal” again – whether this overwhelming sensation of being needed ALL.THE.TIME will ever pass, and whether you will ever sleep again… You will. It gets better, and better, and better. Those first few weeks (months) are hard, but they will pass, and when you look back you’ll realise how fast they actually went by. One of the things said to me as a first time mom that made a huge impact was “the days are long but the years are short”. I don’t know whether it will help anyone else, but it really made me feel better, so I continue to pass on that message.

    If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be?
    9.It’s okay not to know what you want to do, or where you want to be. Your life is just beginning.

    May 8, 2018 at 9:36 am Reply
    • Nadia Williams

      I didn’t number correctly – LOL – there are 10 answers above.

      May 8, 2018 at 9:38 am Reply
  • Judi Steel

    1. What is your favourite/cutest thing that your child does? When my daughter was little she was allowed one question after story time, prayers and saying goodnight. One evening she asked me why some bricks in her room look like lego, but have holes in them, what are they for? Air vent bricks – but I told her it was so the house could breathe.

    2. What is the silliest thing you have ever done as a parent? Waltz around the kitchen with her or do “long arm” dancing just so that she knows I can be crazy too.

    3. What is the best part of being a mom and why? The best part of being a Mom is understanding just how much my Mom loved her children. As a parent you can you fully appreciate the extent of that love and that you would literally do anything to save your child if the circumstance arose.

    4. What is the most challenging part of being a mom, and why? The most challenging part of being a Mom is trying to balance and work and home life, but also making your child/ren appreciate the sacrifices you are making for them. Teaching them correctly and trying not to always say “no” even when you really, really want to. You have to trust that you have taught them correctly as they make their own way in the world.

    5. If you could have one mommy superpower (besides the one you have), what would it be and why? It would be to take away any hurt or pain a child causes a parent or vice versa. Some people struggle through life because of their children and others because of their parents.

    6. What is the best advice you could give a new mom? I would tell her that she must sleep when her baby sleeps in the first few weeks. Trust your instincts even first time around and if you want advice, listen to the closest person to you. In this way you won’t get advice from all and sundry and not know who to believe eventually. Love with your whole heart, your baby doesn’t stay small for long, but they will appreciate you as they grow.

    7. If you could give only one piece of advice to your child when they are 18, what would it be? Life is made up of choices. When you choose correctly for yourself, your will reap the benefits, a wrong choice and you will have to face the consequence. No matter what, you can phone us anytime, anywhere, we are ALWAYS here for you.

    May 8, 2018 at 10:31 am Reply
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