Entries by Laura Markovitz

Today is day 1 of lockdown in South Africa. Worries are plentiful. The ripple effect of Covid-19 is being felt in a myriad of ways that impact us physically, financially, mentally, emotionally and socially. Some parents and caregivers are heartbreakingly being forced to be away from their children in this lockdown period  For those of […]

Parenting in the time of Corona

We are in crazy, unprecedented times. As adults we are feeling our way, struggling to reconcile Corona virus with some kind of weird new normal. We have to change our behaviour now. Anxiety amongst children and teenagers is already at such high levels. Now we add into the mix a virulent virus that causes a […]

Thinking About Puberty

Despite going through it ourselves and our children inevitably going through it, talk of puberty is often greeted with a sense of dread by parents. That realisation that our deliciously cute and cuddly kid (Ok ok not always but stay with this just for the sake of contrasts) is heading towards the potentially prickly realms […]

WhatsApp(ropriate)

A WhatsApp group seems to have become an integral part of parenting. Not a party, extra mural or class fart goes by without having to engage with at least 20 other parents and our thumb-picked emojis.   I’m all up for a sense of community, support, a laugh, ease and efficiency on this parenting journey but […]

To Bubble Wrap the Kids or Not?

As I go longer and deeper into motherhood and through the clients I see, I become increasingly aware of the protection spectrum we must navigate as parents. We should protect our kids (I mean that would be up there near the top of the parenting manual if they were giving those out) but then we […]

Do You Ever Lose It With Your Kids?

The other day a friend of mine asked me this question, “Do you ever lose it with your kids? “As an initial response, I had a quick sarcastic internal dialogue that went something like this. “Um you mean with those two boys who can make an instruction like ‘go brush your teeth’ seem like the […]

When The Holiday is Over

‘They’ say that change is as good as a holiday. But when the holiday is over and change is going back to work, school and routine, ‘They’ don’t really say much. So here we go into the beginning of another year. Whether we are the parents who are breathing a collective sigh of relief in […]

Talking Tragedy

My children’s school community has been left reeling. It’s been a particularly hard year in terms of grief and loss at this school. Of course, the cycle of life is inevitable and loss of any kind is hard to bare and grief is a long and painful journey.   But in this year alone,  there have […]

Doing Battle on the Homework Front

“I love homework” said no child ever. Ok maybe there are a couple of exceptions, like that brief period where a younger sibling strives to emulate their older sibling and actually hankers after a homework assignment or when a child has just started school and is all gung ho. But in reality this enthusiasm wanes […]