Recently I attended yet another webinar about parenting. I hate to admit it, but every time I do I find myself wondering: why am I here?And why are parenting woes never ending? Also, why are the questions parents ask at such gatherings almost always the same? Like endless loops acrobats leap through? Or the cycles … Continue reading Parenting Woes #1 — A new mini-series
It's been a month now, yet this Russian-Ukraine war is still going on. And dare I say, going "strong"! Is the world surprised? Not really. Can the world do anything to end it? Not much. Just ask Myanmar and Afghanistan. I mean seriously, let's face it. Given his track record of self-preservation and opposition-bullying since … Continue reading War lesson #2 (of 2) for my sons: In a war, there are NO winners, only losers
The winds have been kinda weird this past week. Blowing beautifully one morning, then disappearing altogether the next. Leaving the air dead still, and me sweltering in this island nation's unrelenting year-round humidity. In a way, it mirrors the world we now live in; news constantly swinging between good and bad, true and false, hope … Continue reading War lesson #1 (of 2) for my sons: Ground convictions in proper research
Ever get this niggling feeling at the back of your mind? Like there's something you need to do or ponder? Maybe it's a message you keep putting off writing cos you don't know what to say or what it's all about? Or you feel it's still too soon to say it, yet it keeps bugging … Continue reading Parenting in reverse #1: my “discomfort” with mom
When it comes to all things parenting, there's just no side-stepping that dreaded word: SCHOOLING! Which formed the core of a podcast discussion I was involved in two days ago. I had been invited back to record an episode for the local parenting podcast series Hey Mama. I was previously on their podcast in October … Continue reading Parenting motivations #9: Parents’ Schooling Stress
In the blink of an eye, my boys (and I) survived the first month of 2022. And what a month it's been! New books, uniforms, teachers and friends. Most of all, new routines and happenings. Looking back, this first month was pretty much all about these things, these adjustments. Some of them I saw coming. … Continue reading “Boys will be boys, don’t ask why.” Really?
[An edited version of this post first appeared here] "No Lord! Not again! This can't be happening..." These words blazed across my brain like a lightning bolt out of the blue. Last Friday, the bodies of twin boys were recovered in a canal not far from a park and playground. (At the time of this … Continue reading A plea for caregiving fathers of special needs kids
One of my deepest wishes as a parent was to some day share with my boys about the Holocaust. 2022 looks set to be the year I get to do just that! You see, recently I had declared that one of my secret loves for a new year were new textbooks. But since I'd left … Continue reading Fiction Book Review #2 – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (YA fiction on the Holocaust)
Hey Sons! Happy New Year! Hopefully 2022 is going to be the year we see Covid become an endemic disease everywhere. More like the common cold rather than the never-ending pandemic it is now. But more importantly, this will be one major milestone year for you both. Not only are you approaching "teen-dom" , you're … Continue reading Parenting Motivations #8 — New school, new beginnings
Happy New Year! Here's hoping you're looking forward to the next 12 months of 2022. I know I am. But not for the usual reasons. Like a new birth, job, wedding or anniversary. For me, it's about...new textbooks! YES siree...I geek on textbooks! Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Ever since I was a kid, I've … Continue reading Parenting Motivations #7: Best part of a new year? New textbooks!