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Name & age: Kgothatso, 29
Babies: Sizwe, 22 months & Selah, 6 months
What does being a woke mama mean to you?
Being a woke mama means not passing down my fears, trauma or pain to my children. Some of which I’ve gotten on my journey here so far and some inherited. I’m holding space for my children to be able to shine their light. Their God given light.
What made you choose gentle parenting? And what is your favourite aspect of it?
Because I have seen and experienced the opposite. I can still remember the feeling of some argument, getting yelled at, spanking or whatever I felt. Not so much this feeling of having learned a lesson, but more the feeling of hurt and some level of betrayal.
More importantly my children need to learn how to deal with anger, disagreements or hurt in a non violent way. I can help by giving them tools for both healthy communication and relationships.
Most awesome moment so far?
Seeing my babies bond and show pure joy and love. Me and their dad can’t get enough of that.
Biggest struggle so far? How do you cope with stressful moments?
Taking breaks. Sometimes I really need a moment — but there is no moment available.
If going back to/at work, how will/do you juggle with gentle parenting?
Give quality time and one-on-one. No matter what.
Any advice you would give to new mums?
Take it easy on yourself. Don’t judge yourself harshly. None of us have it perfect.
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