OUTSOURCING PARENTING

  I recently met a young lady who I got talking with. During our Get-to-Know-Each-Other-Session; she further spoke about a pet project she was working on and from the description; she was planning to start some sort of an executive Home Economics School targeting the Northern girls. That piqued my curiosity. She explained that she had been besieged by mothers complaining that their daughters were not domestic at all and this had prompted the idea to start the school. I commented that I hoped it was the mothers that were going to be her students! How can the mothers be complaining?? As the lady mused, she added that that was a major reason for men divorcing the girls they married because they just were totally lacking. Really how ridiculous. I didn’t find...

A PROBLEM: HELPING OUR CHILDLESSNESS

I sometimes get random letters from readers with situations and a request for advice on the situation. From time to time I will pick letters I find interesting and post them. The reason for posting them is not for us to judge; that would be too easy but for us to ponder and give our views or even proffer solutions. Who knows if a wider a number of voices will jolt the person? Here this week’s one goes: Dear DSW, I am a silent ardent reader of your blog. Initially, I was a bit confused at the name of the site; but then I was being simple. Out of curiosity, I started reading; permit me to say that you are anything but ‘stupid’. I have a situation and wondering if you could give your angle on it. I got married to Mark* (not real name) about 8 years ago. Without...

WHAT’S WRONG WITH ONE?

When a child is born it is the happiest day in the lives of a number of people; the mum, father, grandparents on both sides, close friends etc. This is especially true if the child is the first born of that family. As a brand new mother, I was ecstatic; I had finally had my first child. It was a whole new experience and I couldn’t wait to dive into it. Now, just as life didn’t come with instructions, neither did raising a tiny, fragile, totally dependant human being!!! I have finally conceded defeat. I have been asking the same question to who ever cares to listen; how do women deal with having more than child?? The whole experience-direct and indirect-made me firmly decide I wanted one child. My initial dream had been to have eleven boys! Yep, seriously I...

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