When brave leaves the house

...and you have to find the courage to get it back again

I’m in the middle of preparing for my talks at the Baby Sense Seminars this coming August. It’s titled: Toolkit for Brave Moms. But to be honest, this brave mama doesn’t feel that brave at the moment. It’s been almost a year since our big move from the UK to South Africa, and while we […]


Two Super Easy Ways to Strengthen Family Relationships

Push away the awkwardness and deepen the connection

My husband travels a lot. When he’s away we speak daily through Skype or FaceTime. He’s part of our dinner conversations, although through a screen. It’s great when he gets back and we’re delighted that he’s safe and back at our nest. But there’s no shying away from it. There’s always that slight tension between […]

Two Super Easy Ways to Strengthen Family Relationships. Blog post Lizanne du Plessis. Intentional parenting.

I did it!

I took baby steps towards hosting fuss-free children parties.

Last weekend I did something I haven’t done before. Although I’ve wanted to do it for years. I gave up the idea to have a perfect children’s party. I managed to let go! I’m so chuffed with myself! But I’m also quite sad. Because I knew years ago that all kids really want on their […]

Fuss free birthday parties. Lizanne du Plessis. Intentional parenting.

When Three Becomes Four (or Five or Six…)

6 Ways to Nurture Sibling Relationships 

It’s been an exciting few weeks with the arrival of the eighth cousin in our family – my sister’s second child. God has been all over this pregnancy and it is with a deep sense of gratitude and great joy that we welcome little Stephen Louis! If you’d like to meet this gorgeous little boy,  […]


Uit Baba & Kleuter se Vraag & Antwoord…

VRAAG: My babatjie is nou agt maande en het pas begin kruip. Ek wou ’n loopring koop, maar is deur ’n familielid afgeraai. Sal ’n loopring my baba nie help om te leer loop nie? Is loopringe dan sleg vir babas? Watter ander oefeninge kan ek met haar doen om loop aan te moedig?

V&A Baba&Kleuter artikel Feb 2015

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Appearance: Loopring of nie?
Outlet: Baba & Kleuter Tydskrif
Location: South Africa
Format: Magazine

Uit Baba & Kleuter se Vraag & Antwoord…

VRAAG: My elf maande oue seuntjie stel glad nie in sy speelgoed belang nie. Hy pak al wat ’n kas is uit, maar bly ook nie lank by een kas nie. Hoe kry ek hom om te speel en sy aandag by een ding te bepaal? 

V&A Baba&Kleuter artikel April 2015

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Appearance: Baba & Kleuter V&A. Speelgoed trek nie aandag.
Outlet: Baba & Kleuter Tydskrif
Location: South Africa
Format: Magazine

The seasons of a mother’s life

Say ‘no’ to exhaustion and ‘yes’ to a balanced life.

From my new article on BabySense BLOG: … I saw that I wasn’t the only one suffering from this illness called exhaustion. I saw nothing of the world that I see on Facebook – a world where everything is perfect, filled with beautiful scenery and postcard smiles… The reality was hundreds, if not thousands, of […]

The Power of Appreciation

Teaching our kids to show love, gratitude and appreciation.

I hear the clatter of a tea cup and the toast popping. I’m writing this post from my bed where I was summoned to stay.  It’s Mother’s Day! I take a deep breath. Am I really a mother? Some days I have to stop and remind myself that I’m not 20 anymore. I can sort […]

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