Being a parent comes with a whole control panel of stress buttons.
And there’s a whole bunch of people who get to push them.

You can bet your kids are in the front row seats with a whack-a-mole hammer. …


It’s a phrase that will strike terror into the heart of any parent:

“Mommy, Daddy, I’m booooored!”

Why the panic? Well, apart from horrifying visions of yet another mind-numbing game of tic-tac-toe, most of us instinctively feel that boredom is a symptom of lack. …


Becoming a mom is basically signing up for a pretty daring human experiment.

While there’s a set of broad guidelines, some basic “do’s and dont’s,” and a vague promise of life-changing rewards somewhere along the way, every iteration of this particular experiment is completely unique. …


Another morning.
Another day on the hamster wheel from hell.
Another day running on empty while you fill everyone else’s tank.
Another day trying to jump the high bar to be the perfect wife and mom you promised yourself you’d be.

Another day to try, and fail. …


Little kids have very little control over external circumstances. They depend on us to create the best conditions for their ‘flow state’: solo play.

If you’re reading this, I’ll wager the idea of seeing your toddler or pre-schooler playing on their own, totally immersed in their own little world for…


If you knew there was one thing you could do that would lead to your child’s ultimate physical, intellectual, social and emotional wellbeing and success, you’d jump on it, right?

What if that one thing was simply leaving them alone?

That is, leaving them to just play. Not 24–7, of…


Sometimes kids need a little help and encouragement kicking their solo play mode into gear — especially if their default setting has been ‘screen mode’ for a while.

Independent play has so many vital benefits for our kids’ development (not to mention the major upside for moms!), …


Because, toddlers…

As a stay-at-home mom a few years into the joyride of parenting, one of your biggest gripes, of course, is how much you miss the gym.

I hear fellow moms all the time talking about how they’d just kill for a good sweat fest on the elliptical or a deep…


Johannesburg, South Africa — New niche restaurant, Hoovers, has seen disappointing turnouts on its highly anticipated opening weekend. This following the lifting of strict Covid-19 Lockdown measures, which once more allows the public to patronise eat-in establishments.

The brain-child of entrepreneur couple, Wendy and Arby MacDonald, Hoovers is the first…

Andrea Kay

Nap deprived semi-working writer mom. Out to help parents embrace the struggle, find the joy and reclaim some sanity.

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