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Mother, father and son cooking

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By Vanessa Waithera

Why Toxic Relatives Must Be Kept Away: Protecting Kids When Family Disrespects Your Parenting

For moms struggling with relatives who do not respect their parenting, it may become necessary to cut off contact. Allowing disrespectful family members time with impressionable children can truly harm their development and self-worth. Though it feels guilt-ridden to restrict relatives’ involvement, a parent’s main job is to protect their child first. Loving parents might […]

Questioning the Double Standard - Why Men Are Praised, While Women Are Judged for Having Children with Different Partners?

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By Vanessa Waithera

Questioning the Double Standard – Why Men Are Praised, While Women Are Judged for Having Children with Different Partners?

When a woman has a child out of wedlock or if she happens to divorce with a child or two then she’s in for a life of trouble. She not only has to figure out her finances alone but she also has to figure out her love life where she will be harshly judged and […]

Are You Suing for Child Support for the Wrong Reasons?

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By Vanessa Waithera

Are You Suing for Child Support for the Wrong Reasons?

Before becoming a mother, I used to think that suing for child support was always as straightforward as men refusing to pay for upkeep and that women in such cases were almost always the victims. Fast forward to a wiser, older me and I’ve noted that people use kids for all the wrong reasons and […]

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By Kristin Henning and Tom Bartel

Love means hiking into the jungle with your partner

Many moons ago, Tom posted about little things he’d learned from traveling. His random observations prompted me to write a post about things I’ve learned traveling with him. That was in 2011. Since then, we’ve been asked frequently how we do it: how we stand so much togetherness and how we manage making travel decisions […]

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By Vanessa Waithera

Instead of teaching kids about ‘stranger danger’ you need to teach children to spot bad behaviour everywhere

The number one safety rule that we teach our kids is to not talk to strangers. This topic is usually a bit confusing for kids because who is a stranger anyway? Is it the person you’ve never seen before? Or is it a person you don’t know too well? As you get older you learn […]

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By Vanessa Waithera

The Unique Role of Fathers: Why Mothers Can’t Replace Them

I used to be one of those mums who would wish mothers a happy Father’s Day, as a matter of fact, I almost formed a committee of single mothers who doubled up as dads as well. People forget that for every single mother, there’s a man who either didn’t take responsibility, passed away, is ill, […]

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By Vanessa Waithera

The Challenges Single Mothers Face in Making Mum Friends

I was 23 when I found out I was pregnant, so you can imagine that a good number of my friends were not mothers yet, I belonged to a group of young adults and if you think about it, I had only been out of my teens for 4 years and now I was having […]

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By Vanessa Waithera

Breaking the Double Standard: Why Fathers Should be Held to Equal Standards as Mothers

When I became a mum, there was this weight placed on me from day 1, it felt like there was a stash of perfectionism and instincts that I had received as soon as I birthed my son. It’s all in the comments people make as they remind you that you were created for this moment, […]

Motherhood

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By Vanessa Waithera

The Truth About Motherhood: Why It’s Okay to Not Love Every Moment

I wasn’t one of those girls who played with dolls and thought, “Wow one day I want to do this all by myself” Instead, as a firstborn, I thought about how much I wanted a sister and thankfully, my little sister was born, she was such a blessing to my life despite our age gap. […]

San Diego vacation 1

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By Jim Jorgensen

Is San Diego Worth a Visit?

The easy answer to the title question is… Yes, of course. If you have ever seen any of the San Diego vacation ads, you have seen many of the fun things to do in and around San Diego. It’s a beautiful coastal setting, old stuff – new stuff, nightlife stuff – day stuff… The ads […]

Adorable Girl Playing with Wooden Blocks, Sitting on the Bed, While Her Mother Laptops on a Sunny Morning

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By Vanessa Waithera

The Unpaid Labour of Motherhood: Why Stay-at-Home Mums Should Receive a Salary

Before becoming a mum, I said things like “Why should stay-at-home mums get paid?” I spoke from a point of ignorance and many times I imagined that all they had to do was stay home and sleep. As girls are raised to become women, this dream is sold to them, the dream is that staying […]

Sad couple

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By Vanessa Waithera

Staying married for the kids is not the right thing to do

I had a friend who had two kids and a financially stable husband and she was a housewife. She was the kind of traditional wife who would do everything for her unloving husband and her loving children. The first time Brian laid his hands on her, she was heavily pregnant, she stumbled on the table […]