10 NEW definitions of the word “Mom”

Being a mom has so many different meanings that it actually is impossible to define it in the dictionary. It has different meanings to everyone. Here is what it means to me:

  1. A mom is one who can think out of the box with regards to keeping the kids busy during the holidays. I try to get them to play by themselves and use their own imagination, most of the time. But they’re still learning and because of that, I sometimes have to come up with a bright idea to push them in the right direction. Even if that means buying a roll of tape and sticking it on the carpet to make a race track for the cars, bear in mind they do have TWO carpets that is the same concept.
  2. A mom is one who has to think of new recipes for meal times. I’d be perfectly fine with french toast for every lunch and every other supper. But apparently, kids need a variety of things to eat. Although I’m positive they wouldn’t object to not having veggies twice a day, and rather stuffing their faces with crackers and chips, oh and the odd apple here and there.
  3. A mom has to be the bouncer as well as the nurse, to both kids, equally, at the same time. Bunny and Monkey play more and more together. But they often still collide into each other and that means double the tears and wailing at the same time.1502607418337
  4. A mom has to let go of all things related to having a good night’s rest. From the start of bed routine, to the next morning when they wake up at the crack of dawn; a mom must accept that she won’t sleep through (just yet, and hopefully soon). When the one is sorted and asleep, the other one will come and tell me a story in his sleep or come ask me to build Lego with him, while fast asleep. When he’s back in bed with the order of dreaming of all the things that need to be build the next day, the younger one will wake up as soon as you’ve finally drifted off yourself. Add being an insomniac to the whole mix and then you get an over-tired mom for the next day. Can’t someone just tell me I need a time-out and to just go have a nap to sleep off my grumpy mood?
  5. A mom has to remind herself that her actions and efforts are worth it, as her little brood don’t quite tell her that. How many times did they not want the food you’ve made for them? Or pulled up their noses and said “yuck” without even trying? Or asked for a fort and after you’ve hauled out all the linen to build said fort, decided they’d rather go for a swim in the blow-up pool that has been set up 2 days ago, without having been used once since?
  6. A mom has to be super strong. Guaranteed she’ll end up trying to carry the toddler while pushing the trolley filled with groceries, with the 5-year old sitting inside said trolley, while comparing prices and picking things off the shelves.
  7. A mom has to be able to do her yoga/home fitness routine with a child crawling either under her, next to her, or on top of her; OR one under her and one on top of her.
  8. A mom has to be willing to pick up things thrown on the floor… over and over and over each.and.every.single.day. Or toys that are strewn all over the house and instead of dodging them like smelly dog-land-mines, rather just pick them up and throw them back to where they came from.
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    My kitchen floor EVERY DAY
  9. A mom lies. Cause even after she’s warned you not to come crying to her after falling, she’ll still pick you up and comfort you. After telling you no other food apart from your supper, she’ll make you some scrambled eggs. After giving you your last warning, she’ll warn you a 4th and 5th time too. After telling you that you’re driving her nuts, she’ll forget about the wet washing that needs to be hung up or supper that needs to be made, and patiently and “sanely” sit and play with you.
  10. A mom is the one that the kids come to first; to heal a sore from a fall; give a cuddle when they’re feeling low; comfort after waking up from a nightmare; need a questioned answered like “why are humans on earth?”; and everything else in between. A mother is “Love“.

 

Don’t doubt yourself just because you had a rough day. Just do better the next time.

xxx

I’m my boys’ Super Hero!

Why?
Because despite the struggles, pain, discomfort, annoyance, comments from others, and general frowning upon looks by some, I have managed to single-handedly provide for them as babies and ensure their growing and nurture, by myself, using my natural ability to care for them using my breasts. (Yes, yes, daddy has helped with other things).

It is World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August), and I thought I’d write a short post on what this has meant to me, so far, and to thank those that have helped me get where we are today.

I was fortunate enough to breastfeed Bunny up to 16 months, at which point he then weaned himself. I was so heartsore. We had a very bumpy ride at first, but we made it and once we got used to each other, feeding him and nursing him to sleep was effortless. Don’t get me wrong. It was a few weeks of intense pain, cracked and bleeding nipples, and the often onset of thrush. I had the most amazing LLL leader that would be available at all hours of the day, helping me through it, giving me advice, supporting me, or just being there to tell me it was okay to feel the way I was. I remember grinding on my teeth when Bunny latched due to the extreme pain at some point in time. I even broke my one cell phone cause I bit it so hard. But we tackled each obstacle one by one and after a few weeks, we had the best breastfeeding journey ever.

Now with Monkey, we’ve just hit exactly 17 months of breastfeeding. This time it has been just as hard, yet different. What Bunny and I had not experienced, Monkey and I were going through. Wrong latch, severe mastitis (twice), a bubble palate and overall discomfort. It has been a very different experience and one we still struggle with regularly due to the palate. One that I will admit, I don’t enjoy nearly as much as what I did with Bunny. But regardless of my struggles, it is still one that we’re not giving up on and one that I will be heartbroken when it does come to an end. Like last night when he fell asleep in the car on the way home and didn’t nurse when we got him into bed.

For me, breastfeeding is just the natural way and thing to do. I have no clue about formulas. I couldn’t even tell you what is available. For me, it is those few minutes, and sometimes hours where it is just you and your little one. Where it is only you that can do the consoling or the making asleep. It is those memories that I will forever hold dear to me and which I will miss greatly once our journey ends.

I could not have done this and gotten so far if it wasn’t for my LLL leader N.M; my midwife KvdM; my doula L.B; my friend S.B; the mommy Facebook forums and all the advice and tips given on there; and then of course Mr. Bear for sitting up at night with me, while the tears roll down my face as we take on another struggle in the beginning, or him making sure I have enough chocolate to get me through the next day.

I know we are getting closer to the end. And I am treasuring these stolen moments more and more. I don’t want it to end just yet.

Click here for more info on the Art of breastfeeding.

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Newborn Monkey

 

Learning the Art of Breastfeeding

No matter at what stage you are between thinking of falling pregnant or having a squishy newborn in your arms, you might feel overwhelmed by the breastfeeding subject. Most people (women) don’t realize that it is an art. An art that anyone can be highly successful in, with determination, patience, and support.

Over my 5-odd years as part of various mommy forums on Facebook, I’ve seen countess questions regarding this subject. And if it wasn’t for my go-to people at that stage, I probably would have given up too very early on. The questions, the concerns, the pain, the exhaustion, they can ALL be overcome; some more easily than others. The trick is just to find the right trick/change to do exactly that.

I have decided to write a short summary of what to do or where to get the answer should you start or already be on this beautiful road. By no means am I giving you all the information, as there is just too much. But I’ll add links of websites you could have a look at too, that has helped me over the time. I’m not going to go into why you should breastfeed and why it is the best, as that will take a whole post by itself. Thus I am going to assume you’ve already decided to make the decision to breastfeed and are just looking for some more answers/help.

Here are some of the most asked questions I’ve seen and/or heard, and their answers:

  • Baby is just born but I have no milk, should I give supplement?
    Your milk might take a few days to come in, usually 2 to 3. But for now, you have colostrum, which is exceptionally good for newborns. Just keep baby at the breast, for as long as possible and as often as possible.
  • My newborn is drinking the whole time, is he hungry? Is my milk not enough/not good enough?
    Your milk is exactly what he needs. Due to his tummy being so small (see pic) and the fact that breast milk digests within 90 min, it will make you feel like all you do is nurse. But also remember that for him, being close to you and nursing, not only satisfies the hunger and thirst, but also provides him with the security, love, comfort, and bond he needs/wants.
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  • How long should I nurse baby for, per breast?
    You should nurse until he is finished. Yes, it can be 10 minutes or even an hour at a time. Don’t time the feeds. This is comforting for him too and it helps to establish your supply (meaning to get in sync with your baby as how much to make etc.)
  • Left, right or both breasts?
    Offer the one side, let him finish. When finished and he wants more, offer the other side. Alternate between the 2 and get him to finish or empty the one first before going on to the next. You can use an elastic band (hair band) around your wrist or an app on your phone to remind you which side to feed from next. This will ensure he gets both fore-milk as well as hind-milk.
  • When should I feed baby?
    Short answer, on demand. Thus when baby demands it. And not in the sense of demanding it at the top of his lungs, that’s too late. There are earlier cues such as rooting for breast, making coo-ing sounds, hands to the mouth. What I did, is offer at each and every chance I got. Once I knew that the tummy was full and still not settled, then I’d look into other possible things, such as nappies etc.
  • My breasts feel empty and soft, has my milk dried up?
    Not at all. As long as baby is happy, feeding on demand, has enough wet and soiled nappies and gaining weight; then all is good. Your supply might just have established by now.
  • It hurts!
    Breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt. If it hurts, then most likely your latch is incorrect. Even if this is not your first baby, doesn’t mean you won’t have an incorrect latch; baby needs to learn too. Get the latch corrected. The best and fastest way is to find either a La Leche League Leader or a Lactation Consultant that can come to you. They will most likely be able to spot the reason why or how it hurts and then help you to get it fixed. The good thing is that it does get easier.
    See this link of a very useful latching trick you can try out too.
  • They’re about to pop!
    This sounds like engorgement. And yes, it can make it difficult for baby to feed. The quickest solution is to express some, either by baby drinking more often or expressing yourself (hand or pump). Within the first 6 weeks or so, I’d suggest just hand expressions until you are comfy. Some swear by putting frozen cabbage leaves on or running some water over it to help alleviate the pressure, while hand expressing.
  • How often should baby poo?
    This differs from baby to baby. The general rule is that with an exclusively breastfed baby, they can either give you 12 poo nappies in one day, or 1 poo nappy in 12 or so days. As long as he doesn’t seem strained, then all is as it should be.
  • Is my baby gaining enough weight?
    In the first few weeks, baby will gain a lot of weight, it then starts to gradually decrease and by roughly 6 months it will decrease even more, per week.
  • Can or should I give him any other food or drinks before he is 6 months old?
    No. Read here why not.
  • I’m not getting anything else done as baby just wants to nurse. Is this normal?
    Yes, it’s totally normal. The baby helps to establish the supply. Sometimes they go through a growth spurt at which point your supply “gets changes”. Sometimes they just want to be close. Remember that the first few months, it is absolutely normal for baby to just want to be held and close to you. Even if that means that you can’t put baby down. Read more about it here. As well as here.
  • It burns/itches/hurts when baby latches.
    It would be posssible that you have thrush. This needs to be treated for both mom and baby as otherwise it will just be transferred back and forth between the 2 of you. There are ointments that both mom and baby can use and that does not need to be washed off before baby latches. Most ointments can be gotten over the counter. Make sure to keep using it for at least 2 weeks, even if all feels better. And try to cut out sugar and starch as thrush feeds off it.
  • It’s swollen, red and extremely sore.
    This sounds like mastitis. I seriously wouldn’t wish it upon anyone. Had it twice and I felt rotten. Mastitis can happen due to 3 things.
    1. Not feeding baby enough and regularly allowing baby to drain the breast.
    2. Infection gotten into the breast (make sure you wash hands before feeding).
    3. You haven’t rested enough and/or properly. Yes, this can cause it too.
    The quickest relief is to get the milk out – express and especially let baby feed as much and as often as possible from the affected breast. In worst case scenarios, you might need antibiotics when it’s caused by an infection. And rest!! A home remedy I’ve found that works is to make a paste of turmeric powder with lemon juice and apply all over, except the areola.

As the amount of info regarding breastfeeding is so vast, I’ve only listed the top Q&A’s. But I hope this has helped a bit at least.

I wish you success in the most beautiful and natural experience between you and your baby.

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What would you like to add on to the above questions? Tell us in the comments.

 

 

Trading the heat for the cold – is it worth it?

To most expats living in the Middle East, summer school holidays mean various things. 

Things like bored children for 3 months, extortionate heat, high humidity, dusty winds, and a mom that’s going crazy trying to keep the kids indoors and hydrated. One just cannot imagine what the heat is like until you’ve experienced it. 

Since there’s only so much one can do each day to keep the kids entertained and occupied, I had to make the decision – stay for 3 months, mainly cooped up indoors, while friends either worked daily, and others exit the country OR leave to go stay by my mom. 

Bunny bored 30 min into his holiday – got himself stuck in Monkey’s chair

The answer seemed simple. We’d take the kids to go visit their gran and some other family members, meet up with some old friends, be away from the heat in the very chilling and wet, winter Western Cape climate, and allow the kids to run outside in the garden, play on the beach or just go for a walk. 

Mr Bear came with us for the first week during Eid and then make his return to the sandpit to continue work; leaving us behind at my moms, knowing I had an extra pair of hands to help with the kids. 

But was this the best decision?

Friends would ask me if I’d be ok to be without Mr Bear for 2 months. I’d give them the quick, well recited response that at least I’ll be with my mom, I’ll have help, and of course some company. 

Looking back on my decision now, I’m not so sure anymore…

My pillar of strength, partner in crime, sounding board and love of my life is not just a few kilometers away from me. I can’t just count the hours down until I know he’ll be walking through the doors to help out during the Murder Hour. My extra hour of snoozing in bed in the morning has left with him, as he used to get up with Monkey at the crack of dawn. My time that I used to catch my 2nd wind and get ready for bedtime routine is no more as now it’s just a continuation until my animals are all in La La Land. 

Monkey having an afternoon snooze

And then I’ve also got my routine of even the smaller things like running the house that is no more. Simple things like watering the plants and popping in to a friends house for a cold one, or coffee in the mornings has all been put on hold. 

So was this the best decision? For me? The kids? My life?

I don’t know. 

It’s like half of your being is missing. Half of your personality. Your life. Just not here. Yes, there’s social media and WhatsApp and skype. But that’s just not the same as a pair of hands to actually be there. Someone who also knows what each cry, moan or whine means. Just your someone. 

Mr Bear showing Monkey the rocks and sea

On the other hand, the kids are happier. Yes, they do miss their daddy, don’t get me wrong. But they see their gran, who adores them. They can play, get dirty, and do boy stuff like get dirty and wet. They are not grounded inside the house while their friends are off on their own exodus from the heat. 

Little explorer

And with that, I suppose sometimes your kids happiness comes first, even when you temporarily feel hollow. 

Only 62 days to go… 

I should have listened to mommy when she said the water is cold – now we’re both wet!

What’s it like to live in a house full of testosterone?

With Monkey’s personality really starting to shine through, Bunny’s personality being in full swing and Mr. Bear’s being pretty much set in stone; I can now give you a real glimpse of what it’s like to live in a house full of testosterone.

  1. All the boys want to hold the remote, at all times. So much so that Monkey has an old TV remote (sans batteries) that he walks around with. What is it with boys wanting to hold the remote? Power?
  2. There is always an aroma of stale wee around at least 1 bathroom. Bunny swears he knows how to aim, yet he admits that it’s his pee stains in the bidet. Like WTF? Why would you pee in there?
  3. There is often a “Let’s-see-who-can-have-the-last-say” with each instruction, order, comment, request, question, and opinion. Throwing self down on floor counts as one too.
  4. They eat the.whole.time, non-stop! It never ends. Like a bottomless pit. And the two worst ones, are the tiny humans. *Note to self! Start food savings account for when boys are teens.
  5. Competition is inevitable. Brushing teeth, bathing/showering, getting dressed, finishing their meal, getting into the car, talking the loudest, farting…
  6. They really don’t know where the washing basket is at all times. Bunny will get home and his school socks will lie in front of the TV until I have to remind him where to put them. Monkey might not know how to put it in the basket, but he certainly knows how to take it out of the basket and throw it all over the floor, all over the house. Mr. Bear…. well, most of the time he gets it right, even if it just hangs over the basket.
  7. Speaking of washing basket, can we just pause for a moment and really let it sink in HOW MUCH WASHING they are responsible for!!! 2 to 3 outfits per day, depending on the person!
  8. Although not one of them are late sleepers in the morning (I still have slight hope, but it’s running low), they all sleep like the dead. I swear you could bang on pots right next to their bed and they wouldn’t even flinch.
  9. They love giving cuddles and smooches. No matter their age, I get showered in them throughout the day. Yes, sometimes it’s from Bunny while I’m trying to correct his behavior, or from Monkey while I really just want to have 1 minute to myself in the bathroom, or Mr. Bear while I’m rushing to get supper done. But I love them and so, I stop and soak it in.
  10. Silly laughter happens throughout the day. From blowing kisses on a tummy; to tickling; to their own farting noises; and jokes that don’t make sense. There is aways someone laughing at something.

    BONUS:
    The fascination never ends regarding certain body extremities. Luckily the older you get, the less public these fascinations become, but still. Why as soon as the nappy comes off, the hand goes there? What! Did you think it’s fallen off from the last time your nappy had been cleaned?

Do I sometimes really feel like I’m the only one that makes sense? ABSOLUTELY!
Do I sometimes wonder how it would have been if the house was balanced between testosterone and estrogen? DEFINITELY!
Would I change any of this, even for 1 day? NOT IN A MILLION YEARS!

Boys are awesome. Yes, they can have emotional eruptions similar to that of a volcano. BUT once done, they don’t really linger on it. They get over it and move on. Boys are easy. No bitchiness. No cat fights. Just mostly easy, apart from some of the things above.

What’s it like in your house? Tell us in the comments.

Haters Gonna Hate… So here’s what we’ve been up to!

So I know some of you have been wondering why you haven’t seen anything from us lately, and I’m here to tell you why.

Because; haters! That’s the short answer.

This isn’t an invite for a pity party or whatnot. So if you’re going to see it like that, then best to unfollow.

I had received some hate mail; nasty comments; unfollowing of the blog, yet still like the blog’s Facebook page; and even some “unfriends”; critic on what I should and shouldn’t write; and yeah, I took it personally. Decided well eff it!! I won’t share anything anymore and I was just about to delete the whole blog and social media accounts for Bunny, Monkey” & Me.

After a few people have inquired about when they’d get a new blog post and others asking what had happened, I realized that I can’t give in to the few rotten apples that enjoy pushing other people down. I love writing. I love sharing things that others might relate to. I love expressing myself. I’m artistic and writing is part of art. It’s my form of a let out, as well as a “digital” way to capture our lives so that I can look back on it whenever I want, and so the boys can do so too. Yes, not everyone might like my style of Art, but you know what, I don’t have to change, adapt or fade away just because someone doesn’t like it. They can simply click on the “un-” button, whether unlike, unfollow, unsubscribe. Hey! They can even block it. So really? Why must I stop doing something I enjoy just for those few who don’t like it?

Well, here I am after my epiphany, which I think might have happened over a glass of wine or a slab of chocolate. Anyways…..

If you’re still following us, thank you. Hope you’ll still enjoy it and know that somewhere, someone is going through something similar.

Here’s a short rundown of what has happened in the lives of myself and my zoo?

If you missed the last couple of posts, before I went into stealth mode, you can read it here. I looked at how I was rocking motherhood, even when it doesn’t always feel that way. And before that, we had just celebrated Monkey’s first birthday and I had reflected on reasons why I love him.

Since Monkey’s first birthday, we have:

  • Celebrated Bunny’s “Student of the Week” reward. He’d really worked hard in order to be acknowledged for his constant hard work.wp-image-1339854548
  • We’d recuperated from Bunny’s triple-whammy of measles, mumps, AND tonsillitis. Monkey’s bacterial eye infection. And my upper airway something or other. Poor Mr. Bear had his hands full.20170404_193150
  • Had our first Doha Friday Brunch with just the family, at Santa Monica Breakfast Club, Grand Hyatt. Good grief, never again. Mr. Bear and I didn’t get to have one conversation as one of us always had to run off with one of the boys. Next time we’re doing it either without kids or in a group so we’ll have help. At least we all enjoyed the beach.IMG_20170414_130800_126
  • Moved into a bigger place. I used to love moving, but after this exercise…. not so much anymore. It used to be fun, but then I didn’t have tiny humans interrupting me. The new place is also closer to Bunny’s new school, that he’ll start the new school year – he’s so excited.
  • Speaking of school and Bunny; we also had our first bullying at school incident where Bunny was being bullied by a fellow classmate. The shocking part of it all, the teacher denying that it could ever happen. And then, suddenly no more incidents when you start threatening to come into the school to see the principal.IMG-20170531-WA0024
  • Monkey starting to do typical toddler things, like climbing on absolutely everything, having no fear, almost needing stitches by knocking his eye socket; redecorating the entire house with a marker (including walls, chairs, couches, tiles and himself). Oh, that personality is just something beautiful…. and comical at times.
  • Family and guests staying over for a few days. Apart from experiencing the heat, they got to do some shopping in 3 different malls, experience the Souq, get stuck in the desert on the way to Inland Sea and overall get a glimpse of the place we now call Home. Their feedback: Completely different to what we expected, in an overall good way.
  • Bunny’s Annual Year End Show where not only did he produce the best school report ever (average of 95%), but he also overcame his fear of public speaking by being a lead speaker in one of the productions. Mommy and Daddy’s hearts are still bursting with pride.
  • Oh, and lastly, I just made my next level in the part-time venture I’m in. Super stoked about that too! Not many places where you can get 2 promotions within 7-months, work from home, as well as whenever you want.

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    You can too. Ask me how…

 

So, as you can see, we’ve been busy. And that was just for the past 2-months. Here is what you can look out for coming next:

  • Our self-eviction out of Qatar, running away as far as possible from Summer here.
  • Days spent in the much cooler Cape, South Africa by my mom as well as seeing old friends.
  • And then coming back, to get ready for the new school year.

I’ll post other topics and funnies in between again too, whenever I get a chance.

I’ll leave you with this funny video of Monkey dancing:

 

So for all those sticking around cause you want to, not out of purely sticking around to see what’s happening in our lives, but sticking around cause you genuinely want to, much love to you all.

To those sticking around for not one good reason, well, whatever floats your boat.

Until later

Xxx

 

I am rocking Motherhood!

With social media and more virtual mommy-groups than real life motherhood tribes, one is often thrown into a guilt trip over something petty. Usually, something that was done differently than others but due to the “anonymity” of the internet, people come out guns blazing and will ridicule and judge you over what you think is right. One then is left questioning yourself, your parenting style and and and…

This initiative is different, as it forces you to look at yourself and point out things to validate YOURSELF! And when you’re like me, it’s not an easy thing to do. So thank you Dilraz, from Mommy Dil for adding me to the Rocking Motherhood Tag Chain.

Here I take some time and reflect on how I am rocking motherhood by sharing the things I am good at, with regard to my 2 busy animals:

*Insert extended period of time, trying to think of something*
*Insert questioning whether I am rocking it after all*
*Insert wondering why the hell did I agree to this*
*Insert smacking my head, motivating myself and repeating “I am not a failure” over and over like a mantra.

Ok, here we go:

  1. I am rocking ensuring my boys have manners.
    I often question myself of what I am doing wrong when Bunny has forgotten his manners under a rock. We enforce “please” and “thank you’s” and looking into the person’s eyes you’re talking to, not talking with a mouth full of food, and all the other “supposed to’s”. But all this enforcing at home, also makes me wonder how the 5-year-old behaves when I’m not there to enforce it. The great thing though is that I’ve received many messages and praise on what a well-mannered boy he is. Something that still leaves me wondering if they’re talking about my Bunny.

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    Bunny patiently waiting his turn to get treats – Halloween 2016
  2. I am rocking their health.
    Typical I know. But with long, stressful days and constant up and downs and taking care of, and cleaning, and organizing, and homework and and and; frying chicken nuggets and chips is sometimes the only bit of sanity and quick-fix that I have strength for. Sometimes dinner doesn’t have a veg on the side, or a snack might just be a processed vienna (sausage) and cut up grapes. Sometimes the only exercise for the day is only the-running-mother’s-patience-thin, but thank the pope that both boys are rarely sick. So I must be doing something right; like letting them eat sand and walking barefoot. (Shock-horror to a lot of people that have seen us out and about).

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    A good day’s play and learn for Monkey
  3. I am/was rocking their 1st year the way I wanted it.
    Both boys I delivered the way I wanted to, naturally. Both boys I had in my bed and in my room, until we were ready to do the transition (Monkey is still in our room). Both boys I had breastfed (and still for Monkey) until Bunny weaned himself at 18 months. Both boys have never cried it out in any way, shape or form to get themselves to sleep. Both boys have never tasted formula in their lives, which was MY goal. Both boys have received these things from me, as I believe they are the best for my children. Some might call me a tree-hugger, but it’s what I wanted for them. And I am thankful that I had and still have the support in doing just so.

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    Monkey snoozing on our bed
  4. I am rocking the way they learn about other cultures and the bigger world.
    Being an expat has allowed us to give them that. Not every person will have the opportunity to learn about other cultures and traditions while living it, but our boys are. They don’t have blinkers over their eyes. They learn, take part and can appreciate ways that people different than them live. They don’t blindly follow the masses and instead, they get a deeper feeling for differences across race, culture, and religion. Even if it means they might not be able to give a straight answer to “Where are you from?”

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    Bunny celebrating Qatar National Day at school
  5. I am rocking as a role model.
    Yes, I have a few less than desirable things that my children are picking up from me and exhibiting themselves, like lack of patience. But the good and appropriate behavior and traits I have, they are picking up too and they do follow it. One of the important ones is “Not giving up – having perseverance”. Bunny struggles sometimes with it and often will say “I can’t”, but with a little pep-talk and motivation, he’ll try again. Monkey has no stopping. He’ll fall down and get right up and try again. I hope this will help them for the rest of their lives where they’ll persist and come out on top.

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    After not giving up, Bunny got his Top Student badge
  6. I rock at loving them unconditionally.
    One is supposed to, right. But sometimes you really don’t want to. Sometimes you understand why the animal mother eats her young. Luckily I love them too much, even when I’m at the tipping point. And I tell them I love them, so they know. I even tell them that while I’m upset or cross with them…. “Yes, Mommy is angry with you right now. YES! I still love you. Yes, I can be angry and still love you at the same time.”

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    Brothers getting along for a bit
  7. I rock at not raising spoilt brats.
    How? I don’t buy them treats and loads of toys every other day. I don’t give in to every single request. Want to have a full-on meltdown in the shop aisle because I refuse to buy you a whistle? Go ahead. Why? Because I believe you need to earn things. I believe there needs to be an exchange, either a good behavior or a task done or a well-deserved report. You don’t get things handed to you on a silver platter, not now as a child and most definitely not when you’re an adult.

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    Monkey having most fun playing with ordinary things
  8. I rock at not taming the fire, all the time.
    Although I have to constantly remind myself that they’re just tiny humans with their own personalities and that one day these spirited, self-assured little a-holes sweehearts will be great at being a leader, it does come with hard work for now. Mr. Bear calls it “not being consistent enough”, I call it “choosing my battles”. Sometimes it just makes more sense to let something slide. I don’t want my children to be anyone’s doormats. I want them to be strong leaders.
     

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    Hear my leadership traits being shouted

     

  9. I rock at showing them how to treat a woman (with the help of hubby, of course).
    I refuse to one day be known as the mother who didn’t raise a gentleman. Our boys are taught from a young age, things like “ladies first”, respect for women, never raising your hand for a woman and that if you want to live in a castle, you need to treat a lady like a queen. Mr. Bear shows them how and I show them by accepting it.

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    My King
  10. And now I rock at seeing my good points and not just the flaws.
    Well, rocking it might be pushing it. But it’s a step in the direction. And something that I actually have shown my kids by constantly praising them for things achieved or done. Surely it will be even better when I now voice, to them, things that I am proud of, of myself.
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As part of this Tag-post, and the 4 people I’ll be tagging, I’m also tagging you, all mothers, women, girls, cousins, friends, and family to search within you at least 10 things you are rocking at.

I now tag fellow mommy-bloggers:
Simone from biscuits, blooms & banter
Laura from Life with Baby Kicks
Chastin from Crazy Momma of Three
Lize Botha, to look inwards and acknowledge your powers as mothers!

Learn more about the Rocking Motherhood Tag here