In light of the new phase I am in presently,I decided to share parenting-related articles
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So exactly four weeks ago I had a baby girl and I am currently enjoying the quiet mornings and getting to know her a bit better.
Our Little Miss (OLM)
Our hearts are warm and we and our families feel mightily blessed and this reminds me again of my memory verse for 2019: The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance (Psalm 16:6).
I may be a bit scarce on this here blog but will pop in every so often with posts.
I recently pinned this picture below:
- I love the fact that the work area is set up against the window, I love to work facing windows so if my mind wanders I can look at something pretty or unexpected.
- I love the storage on the left and on the top.
- It doesn’t hurt that the Mr and I could work side-by-side.
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…. although I would change the fact that she had to transform into the mainstream to get a seat at the table. What if the mainstream changed to accommodate her and she did not morph into a gatekeeper for the new “other”.
See the full list below.
Key: *** Highly Recommend ** Yeah, why not read it *Nah, only read if you have nothing else (No star) I have no feelings on the book
- Wizard of the Crow – Ngugi wa Thiong’o ***
- A Column of Fire – Ken Follet ***
- Her Body and Other Parties – Carmen Maria Machado
- Dear Ijeawele – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie **
- So Long A Letter – Mariam Bä ***
- Silver Sparrow – Tayari Jones *
- The Mystery of Mercy Close – Marian Keyes
- All the Single Ladies – Rebecca Traister ***
- The Buddha in the Attic – Julie Otsuka **
- The Black Path – Åsa Larsson
- The Break – Marian Keyes
- The Bridge to Brilliance – Nadia Lopez with Rebecca Paley **
- Whatever it takes – Adele Parks
- Fate and Furies – Lauren Groff ***
- Still Me – Jojo Moyes ***
- An American Marriage – Tayari Jones *
- Free Food For Millionaires – Min Jin Lee *
- The Spider King’s Daughter – Chibundu Onuzo **
- Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine – Gail Honeyman *
- The Radiance of Tomorrow – Ishmael Beah
- The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas **
- The Wangs Vs The World – Jade Chang
- Feminism Is – edited by Jen Thorpe ***
- Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan
- Bad Feminist – Roxanne Gay ***
- China Rich Girlfriend – Kevin Kwan
- Rich People Problems – Kevin Kwan
- The Ones with purpose – Cynthia Jele **
- The Blessed Girl – Angela Makholwa **
- Gold Diggers: A novel – Sue Nyathi ***
- What it means when a man falls from the sky – Lesley Nneka Arimah **
- An Image in the Mirror – Ijangolet S Ogwang *
- Flame and Song – Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa *
- A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara ***
- Educated – Tara Westover **
- Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng *
- Nine Perfect Strangers – Liane Moriarty ***
- A Spark of Light – Jodi Picoult ***
My book of the year was A Little Life. This book gave me all the feels and I loved that it was about male friendships. Please do yourself a favour and also read it.
Notable mentions were: Gold Diggers: A Novel and Fates and Furies.
Books I wanted to like but just.did.not: An American Marriage, Flame and Song, An Image in the Mirror and Everything I Never Told you.
How many books did you get through last year?
Enthusiastic recommendations for reads that will provide you with abundant reasons to rejoice, reflect or recharge, as suggested by TED speakers and TED-Ed educators. If you’re searching for some calm The Peace of Wild Things: And Other Poems by Wendell Berry This little book of poetry is my current morning dose of calm, and I use…
via TED’s winter reading list: 78 feel-good books — ideas.ted.com
In case you are looking for some great reading recommendations and some great TED talks to listen to.
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A condition in which someone feels compelled to constantly bring things that make them look good in casual conversation. It can be the same thing every time or a variety of things; as long as the subtle or obvious aim is to make themselves sound or look cool, it’s a flex, and if it happens all the time, it’s chronic. It’s most obvious when a detail is tossed in that is really unnecessary for any other purpose than flexing.
A variation of ghosting, in which the ghoster continues indirect contact with the ghosted by liking and faveing his or her social media content.
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Please read this post on cute things that kids say and then look at the comments as well. Below are some stand-out gems:
- Setting the scene: peaceful Saturday morning. Cup of coffee, book, couch, blanket, fireplace, spouse taking care of the baby, bliss.
Suddenly the 4-year-old pipes up: “Mama. When are you and daddy going to die?”
- I got in a 30 minute heated argument with my 4 year old once over who took care of her when I was a baby. (I had shown her a newborn picture of myself and it blew her mind to pieces.) She shrieked… “BUT MOM!!!!!! When you were a baby, and I was a baby, who was taking care of me??!! You couldn’t take care of me if you were a baby. Gasp! Oh no, was I all alone?” No matter how much I explained, the more upset she became. We finally settled on… Grandma. Grandma took care of all of us. And with that, the argument was over haha.
- “Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.“
- Sometimes I overhear a kid say something funny at a store and start laughing. And then one of my kids screams, ‘why are you laughing? Tell me Tell me!’ And then it gets awkward.
- My son was at about 2 years old when he saw me coming out of the shower and said “mumma, I love your bajina.” I could not have laughed harder.
- The other day, my 5-year-old daughter looked at me sweetly and said, “Mama, when you get old and die, can I have your phone?”
All this reminds me of a conversation with my 2.75 year old niece at the time who in a public bathroom asked me rather loudly whether I have a vagina and how I wanted to eat her up whole because I was not sure what would follow my answer! Urrrghs kids 🙂
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Today, I want to focus on my parents and the values they have imparted in me that I admire and hope to replicate with my children.
- Their work ethic. My parents inspired my sisters and I to work hard, to be our best and not to be limited by gender, our circumstances or other life setbacks. They themselves came from such humble beginnings and accomplished so much that by their actions and choices, you were inspired to try your best.
- Their relationship with money. As far as I know, my parents never bought anything on credit. If they couldn’t save and get it, they did not get it. Also, to save all your money, save even if you have no immediate plans, just save.
- Family first. My sisters and I always knew (know) that we were important and that we mattered to them, that they gave us their best and withheld nothing from us. They loved and even, liked us, and we never doubted this. We are our parents best investment and choice and there is something comforting in that.
- I love that their parenting style did not require them to compare any of us. To them, we are unique, we are individuals and each success was celebrated on its own and each failure dealt with separately. As a result, all five of us are friends and continue to do the same thing with each other to date.
- Faith and the role of God. He is over and above all things, always has and always has been.
- Choice. Marry when you want, there is no pressure to marry or in fact conform because we are women. Study what you want at school – whether Physics or Home science. Learn how to slaughter a chicken or change a tyre, just because you are only girls, you still need to know.
- A love for books. Yes!!!
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