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What parents are saying about Munchkins
Please pass on my immense gratitude and thanks to Andalene. She is an angel on earth. I have my 7 year old daughter sleeping in her own bed, falling asleep on her own on the first try. I didn’t think I was capable – never mind her! I will certainly book more regularly. Thank you also for setting up the (Skype) appointment so seamlessly.
"I just want to say thank you. THANK YOU, so much for your help with Elizabeth! It is like she is a different child altogether. Before our session I was starting to dread leaving the house with her for fear of tantrums and her running away from me. She now knows exactly where the boundaries are and she and our family are much happier! Your guidance on breaking the thumb sucking habit has been fantastic. She has stopped sucking her thumb within a couple of days. Thank you for all the tools you equipped me with. Your passion for transforming lives are so evident in all that you do."
I could write a book!
THANK YOU! Your visit to our home a month ago has left a lasting impression. Brandon has made a drastic change. Finally I have a solid 3-4 weeks of no bad reports. In fact his teacher personally told me how proud she was of him. At home we are having the same experience with a great turn around. He has taken to the new “time out” wonderfully. He goes without complaint and remains on the toilet until time is up. We have made changes to his diet (all of ours actually) like you suggested and now it’s been easier to do consistently. No wheat, dairy and very limited sugar (We love using Honey as our sugar substitute!). Joshua is eating his food, overall, much better and loves asparagus! Time-outs can be a bit trying but are few and far between… he is pretty easy still.
Your hand signal to not interrupt has worked magic! They get it right away and it has worked since you used it. It has created a level of respect too. Also getting them ready for the day when they wake up instead of before we leave the house has also made my mornings much smoother and hectic free. Who knew such a simple change could make such a big impact?
Andalene, thank you for your visit which was genuinely from your heart. I will always be grateful and it will never be taken for granted. We have revamped our refrigerator and pantry with better options which has also led to me losing 7 pounds from the change!
Sincerely your fan!
We are seeing the benefits each day!
"Andalene was my last port of call when I needed help with my 10 year old, who after some problems at school had become angry and aggressive at home.
I so wish I had known about Andalene earlier, the three hours she spent with us were invaluable not only for my 10 year old but our other two children too, me and my husband felt like a weight had been lifted immediately. We regained calm in our home after just one visit. Andalene has also given me continued support via email and lots more information over the phone when she called to follow up after her visit.
While it has been quite hard work removing all of the bad habits we had slipped into and implementing new house rules, we are seeing the benefits each day now. All of our children seem calmer, happier. Long may it last! Thank you Andalene!"
A Blessing in the USA!
"Thanks again for sharing Super Granny while she was here in Arizona! She was a HUGE blessing to me and to our family. I know we will be reaping the fruits of her time here for a long time."
Super Granny shines again!
Just a big thank you from us – it was lovely meeting with Andalene. Her approach is extremely natural – as parents we tend to want to protect our kids from anything that is foreign and does not sit comfortable with us. But Andalene’s advice is practical, it is “soft” on the kids (whilst being hugely effective) and easy to accept (by parents and kids) and to implement. Looking forward to meeting with her again once we are faced with the challenges of a new age group!
What a life changer!
"Just wanted to say many thanks for your help the other day. From that day on wards Pixie (20 months) has never refused the high chair and has tried lots of new foods and eaten breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks with enthusiasm!!!! What a life changer. Pixie is notably happier/ less 'whingey' throughout the day and so am I for that matter! It feels like the first time I've actually enjoyed being a parent, if I'm honest. Thank you again."
"But it just keeps getting better"
"I felt like Super Granny had cast a spell on my house and it would eventually wear off. But it just keeps getting better. The boys are still themselves in every possible way – but better behaved, calmer, and actually a lot happier. And most notably, they have slept through the night for 4 nights since she visited. Incredible."
"It has made a huge impact with our son"
‘’We were pleased to welcome Super Granny into our home. She made us feel at ease and relaxed regarding the session with our son. Super Granny showed us how to effectively use tools which hadn't worked previously for us. She took into consideration the needs and dynamics of our family. We have put into practice what was recommended during the session and it has made a huge impact with our son.
He has the confidence to try a wide variety of foods, especially vegetables which we always struggled with, actively listens and has let go of his night pacifier. This has made a huge difference for us as a family and our little boy who is growing up to be both happier & healthier. Thank you!’’
“I felt empowered that I can do this ‘’mom thing’’
“I wanted you to know how much I appreciated Super Granny’s talk on Eating, Sleeping and Tantrum problems. I am a first-time mom and having heard her advice has reassured me that I am actually a good mom. I always have this thing in my head that I am a "bad mom" for clipping my son's nails the wrong way, to giving him rashes due to my love of yoghurt (yes, I am breastfeeding). With Super Granny, I felt empowered that I can do this ‘’mom thing’’ for sure! So I really hope to hear more from her!’’
“Our home is the most peaceful it has been EVER!"
“Our home is the most peaceful it has been EVER! Obviously we have to continue to be consistent and put in the hard work to ensure it lasts but so far it has changed our lives. Our boys are SO happy. I did a time-out with our 3-year old when Andalene left and when he sat down to eat and I told him he was listening too nicely, he beamed at me and said "mommy I am so happy!" I have NEVER heard that out of my little boy's mouth before. All I have to say now is "you aren't listening" and he quickly says "sorry mom!" and does what he was told or asked to do. He went to bed in his own bed last night and was asleep by 8pm. He got out of bed once before that but again I just said "you aren't listening, go back to your bed" and he did just that! Usually he is up 20 times and gets to sleep some time after 10pm!..
"He actually scoffed down 3 servings of broccoli and cauliflower"
...My 9-year old said to me last night while I was cooking "mom, I am SO happy Super Granny came here because now I can live a good life". Silly little nana haha! But the children are saying things that are so positive. AND for the first time last night he ate veggies on his plate that he would NEVER even have looked at before no matter how we tried. He actually scoffed down 3 servings of broccoli and cauliflower. We almost fell off our chairs in disbelief!..
"The most amazing experience ever"
...Yesterday morning was the first morning in a year that I dropped my 3-year old at crèche and he didn't even realise I had left when I put his bag down. Usually he holds on to me and it's such a drama saying goodbye, but I went to put his bag down and before I could even blink an eyelid he ran to his friends on the mat with a huge smile on his face and sat down to play. I said goodbye twice and he didn't even notice. I could just see he felt secure and so much happier so it was ok that mom left him at school. Usually we scream at each other all the way to school and it's so miserable and so he clings to me because he wants love from me.
The most amazing experience ever and we are so thankful for the help and guidance.”
“The few hours Andalene spent with us were actually life changing. Our main issue was getting the twins to stay in their beds at night. Now, 6 nights since her visit they have gone to bed, stayed in bed and slept for 12 hours, with the door just pulled too. It's truly is a miracle! I'm still waiting to wake up from this dream!"
"I am still speechless"
"Andalene came for a home visit today to our place and I can't put into words how happy and relieved I am now! So many things "clicked" and all of a sudden made sense. I have 2-year old twins and sometimes felt that in fact they are running the household rather than me and helplessness and frustration overwhelmed me. Although I am a psychologist myself and so know everything about conditioning (even teach this every semester to my students) I was unable to apply it to my own children. But today with. Andalene's help and expertise it really worked! Amazing! I am still speechless! Thank YOU Andalene! Sooo much!!!"
"She is absolutely correct!"
I wanted to thank you SO MUCH for allowing Super Granny to come to CAS and speak with our parents. Her presentation was short, sweet and straight to the point. I liked how she stated “relationship without rules causes confusion.” She is absolutely correct! I look forward to her coming again. Thank you for all you do!
"I could have listened to her for hours"
I loved meeting Super Granny at the Cambridge Nursery! She has a wonderful way of really making you THINK about and review your own parenting style! I could have listened to her for hours.
Thanks for the talk and the info! We will add info to our facebook page.
"The kids have been a bliss ever since"
“Super Granny came to our house as we were having "listening" issues with our three small sons. After a few hours Super Granny said her goodbye - and the kids have been a bliss ever since.
It's a very simple yet very effective way of dealing with things and everyone can be in - you don't need special skills or have to be a certain type of mom.
Order a home visit and the days of shouting at your kids are over.”
After attending several seminars of Super Granny and listening to the CD’s I bought from her, I was very excited to finally invite her to our house. We thought our kids did not really have problems, but I wanted her to have a look at them playing together and getting some tips for the youngest waking up at night 6 times. Its been 3 days since Super Granny visited us and we are pleasantly surprised: Our boy sleeps better, he wakes up 3 times at night but brings himself back to sleep again. Our girl is a good listener now and leaves her toy in the bed at all times. I hope that all parents will invest in inviting Super Granny over. You don’t need to have problems at home before asking her to help out. We are proof that she can spot bad behaviour and turn “good” kids into even better kids. If we spend time and money on cooking classes and tennis classes, why not also invest in parenting classes? Its all making life so much easier!
Grateful for excellent results
"We would like to say a big thank you to Andalene. The home session was extremely helpful and we are grateful for the excellent results. We look forward to seeing her soon during one of her talks."
Effective time outs
“I am eternally grateful for Andalene's help and wisdom. She has helped me to master effective time outs with my eldest son. The biggest gift she gave me with her most recent visit was showing my husband how to master effective time outs and showing us how to work as a team. My eldest is now without a dummy and my youngest without night feeds. The icing on the cake, is that we are back in control and the boys know and respect this. Thank you Andalene!”
“Thank you for the home visit, your expertise and support. You explained your methods to help us understand the reasons why we are trying to support our son for his benefit. We have continued to follow your guidance and it is working well for our family. We know we have to listen carefully and maintain it for prolonged progress!”
Andalene has so many years of wisdom and shares her expertise in a delightful way. I wish more parents would consider frequent parenting courses or at the very least just a handful. No one is born a qualified or competent parent but parenting certainly deserves a conscious effort and so do our children! Considering how many hours people spend in the gym, socialising or getting qualified for a job it's quite shocking to me that many people in Dubai don't take the job of properly raising human beings seriously.
I absolutely feel like I benefit greatly from these talks and very grateful for the practical advice.
The Super Granny session was full of parenting wisdom and practical tips. I already applied what I learned yesterday at home and am considering a home visit to bridge the gap between ‘understanding’ and ‘real practice’. I look forward to the sessions in the coming weeks!
Well worth a listen to!
“Munchkins' refreshingly practical and logical approach to parenting, while radical for some, rings true with many parents. Well worth a listen to! Don't pass up the opportunity to hear Andalene speak or attend her courses!”
A massive thanks again
“I just want to send an email again of massive THANKS, I cannot believe the environment at home after Andalene visited, it is truly amazing, even the adults are behaving and waiting their turn to talk ;)
Please let me know when she is back in the Eastern Cape! Wish we had her living close by! I feel like I am preaching the gospel to all the parents when they ask me about “Super Granny”
Super duper cool
Thanks for the tips yesterday at Willow Academy. I think I needed the training because my 4-year old fell straight into it. She even initiates chill time. Super duper cool! God bless you!
I really enjoyed the workshop
I was really sad I missed the first talk. I really enjoyed the workshop, very informative and fun. I hope you'll visit Grahamstown again soon, because I would love a home visit when you're back in the area
Andalene’s advice was practical and very helpful
Andalene did a fundraising talk at our school and her reputation certainly preceded her – it was sold out faster than any other talk we have held! And we were not disappointed! Andalene has a wealth of knowledge and a fantastic sense of humour, which makes everyone feel more comfortable when dealing with this scary journey of parenting. Her methods may not all be for everyone but like anything in life, you take bits and pieces and apply them to your way of doing things. I am a mom of 2 boys, aged 6 and 9 and really took home some good tips which I implemented and with a little persistence and consistency, they really really worked! Andalene’s advice was practical and very helpful and we thoroughly recommend her talks.
Super Granny stole all our bad manners yesterday
This is such a testimony for booking a home visit by Andalene (Super Granny):
The morning after our visit from Super Granny, all the kids were sitting at the table quietly eating. Abby (7 years old) pipes up: "You know what Aunty Leanne? I think Super Granny stole all our bad manners yesterday!”
it was incredibly helpful
The session was absolutely brilliant - we found it incredibly insightful and informative.
Please relay the message to Andalene (and I am sure she will not be surprised in the least) but Sophie went to sleep last night for the first time on time, in about a year, in her own bed with no bottle and no parent and fell fast asleep on her own!! She woke up at 6h30 this morning - absolutely astounding!!
Thanks for the session - it was incredibly helpful.
Riley is eating lots of veggies
Riley is eating lots of veggies….actually ate a small tub full of peppers on the way to a birthday party on Friday! We have taken a lot of wheat out of his diet too and his bowel movement does seem better. Other than one small accident a few weeks ago things have improved drastically…..and this is with the reward chart too (he just got back from the skate park with my husband as that was the big prize!).
the kids are doing great
All has been well, the kids are doing great the bed routine is working like a charm.
I think it has been harder on me to sustain the new style, but I have seen what the results look like and would like to keep that up.
The reward charts have been very popular and help us bond even more, my little one finally reached to the first rewards this weekend so i took her out on a Kirsty and mumy day out, she told everyone about it:)
happy little girl
The past 13 days have been like a different home. Especially with 7 year old Tracey. After struggling with her fear of the dark and sleeping alone for years, she has gone to bed every night a happy little girl and slept all soundly all night. It's so nice to see her thriving on the praise on being a good listener and not constantly being told off. I've not raised my voice once since your visit.
I am very happy and thankful
I really want to thank you for visiting us yesterday evening. I truly appreciate it and I am very happy and thankful for what both Teya and I have learnt.
Teya slept through the whole night in her bed and woke up at 6am by herself.
We had breakfast together (eggs) at the table and she tried a radish for the first time:). She got dressed, she put her shoes on and brushed her teeth all alone.
Looking forward to see you in a couple of month
I can't thank you enough
Dads testimonials (talk for dads) "All of us guys are friends – it’s like Desperate Housewives here - we were all very sceptical about coming, but you have really taught us so much in one evening. It was a real eye opener. I think you should make it compulsory for the dads to join in. It was amazing"
After a home visit from a dad: "I can't believe you just walked into our lives and changed everything in 3 hours! I can't thank you enough."
I'm sure the words "you're not listening" have hypnotic power!
Hi Andalene, I have stuck with the time outs, the incentive chart and it's like MAGIC! We had our first time out at 645am. Everything inside me was saying no! I didn't want to start the day like that but i'm so glad i stuck to my guns. The boys ate lunch beautifully at the table, nap time happened without a fight. Dummies were willingly left in their beds (aside from a brief time out), all 3 the kids played nicely alone while I had time alone with each one of them, bedrooms and playroom were tidied, 2 of the 3 tried red capsicums and gobbled the lot down!!! I could go on, but basically it was a fab afternoon. My mother came over and commented on the change. Ayahs made it to her first treat on her incentive chart already (need to slow it down a bit now!) but so proud of her because I've seen her visibly seek positive attention as opposed to negative attention. Sitting around the dinner table having a chat and a giggle whilst gobbling up tomatoes (TOMATOES!!!) was amazing! No yelling, no bribing, no caving in. I'm sure the words "you're not listening" have hypnotic power hahaha! Thank you so so much! Onwards and upwards! Best wishes
order is restored!
Thank you so much for checking in. We are all doing wonderfully thanks. We have really embraced the principles and they have worked wonders. We have ‘Good Attitude’ jars, ‘Big Girl’ jars and the Princess Chart(Tammah heard you talking about the Big Girl jar, so she requested that one). Currently we have many days without even 1 timeout….and when we do have them, they are quick and calm and the order is restored! I am calmer, Tammah is calmer and we have reclaimed our happy, peaceful environment.
Our lives changed
Words fail us when trying to attempt to thank you for your assistance in helping us to sleep train our little one. Our lives changed!!
Thanks once again for your precious time!
The transformation is amazing!
I want to say THANK YOU!!! It was the best christmas present I could ever have wished for my family!!!
The transformation is amazing! I really cannot thank her enough. We are still in shock ... We cannot believe how different our little girl is. A whole 360 deg change, its like she is a different child, and such an absolute pleasure!
I would recommend this to every family, it really is life changing and worth every penny!
I thought the talk was fantastic
I was at your talk on Saturday afternoon.
I thought the talk was fantastic! I'm all inspired and ready to start us all on a new eating plan and disciplinary rules!
What was that quick and easy sweet recipe for kids - sorry I should've written it down at the talk!!
It sounds like you are a very busy lady, so I will be extremely grateful if you could answer my questions. I would love you to come visit us on the farm one day!! And perhaps convert all the farmers eating habits - there is so much cancer around!!!
Testimonial for the Online Parenting Course
Hi Andalene. I am loving it! It is so interesting and I am now applying a lot of what I'm learning at my DayCare and its working!! After only 2 weeks into the course!
only half way through it and what a difference
In my desperation I got Andalene's latest book. Wow, only half way through it and what a difference!
I will definitely be attending her talk @ Lorraine, can't wait. In the meantime we've made such good progress with the book we're actually coping for the first time in forever!
transforming our lives
I just wanted to say thank you for transforming our lives! I was really at the end of my tether with Ethan’s bad sleep and Jess’ bad attitude but since you came we are in a much better space.
Ethan has gone from being in our bed and attached to me all night to pretty much sleeping through. Yesterday he slept from 6.30 till 5.45 without a peep! Today he woke at 4.30 and refused to go back to sleep but at least I got sleep till then. I’m sure he will settle into a routine soon, after you came he had an ear infection for 3 weeks so it has taken time to get the mornings right. I have also just given up breastfeeding (finally!) so we’ve had a lot of change.
Jess has been amazing, she is now daddy’s little girl! From not allowing him to do anything, she now asks for him to put her to bed and do stuff for her :) Their relationship has changed completely and they now have a true bond which I thought would never be possible. We still get some bad attitude occasionally but we rarely need to put her in timeout anymore.
Your guidance gave us the confidence to be parents who our children respect and love and this will stay with us forever
Thank you again!
completely express my gratitude
I can never completely express my gratitude to Andalene for the change she’s brought about in me and in my house. But I’m pretty sure she understands when I say that I simply LOVE being with my kids these days.
I have not had to raise my voice once
Since that evening, now a week ago, I have not had to raise my voice once (!) in trying to communicate something – whether it be an instruction or just something that I wanted to share – with them. Sara’s attitude has changed so much – in the way she communicates with me and with her little brothers (she now refers to them as her ‘my darling brothers’ – too precious). I am given more hugs and kisses each day, and less lip.
George still remains the challenge but will come around soon. Possibly, the biggest change has been mommy’s attitude … Before, the kids were in charge and determined how the day would go. Now, I feel a strange empowerment – almost as if it’s always been there, just hidden under lots of insecurity.
As if this whole episode wasn’t enough, Andalene shared an even bigger jewel with me that evening – she taught Sara to drink water. To some, this may seem like a small and insignificant thing, but for us, it was huge. Sara was a poor drinker from birth – drinking only when she felt like it, never conforming to anything I read (and I read extensively!!). I introduced water to her at a very young age, but she simply never wanted to drink it. I tried a hard-lined approach when she was about nine months old – refusing to give her anything else unless she drinks the water. But she won – as she simply didn’t drink. In the following months and year, and due to her poor drinking habits, she easily dehydrated when she had high fever, resulting in frequent hospital visits.
After teaching Sara in 30 minutes to drink half a glass of water, she has since taken up the habit, and now asks me at times for her water (!). She’s still not drinking buckets full, but to me, this is pretty close and I’m really proud of her. We’ve decided to use Andalene’s reward chart as a water-chart this first time and the little princess is swiftly on her way to a visit to Butterfly World (Sara’s favourite place). As a rule we have taken all juice out of the equation and are only giving the kids water to drink – for school and at lunch/dinner time. The boys have already forgotten the juice and heartily drink the water out of very special panda cups.
instruction was to be heard and obeyed
I’m the lucky mom of three toddlers – my daughter, Sara, is three- and-a-half years old; while my twin boys, George and Steven, turned two years in June.
Life’s been unexpected, hectic, crazy, frustrating and the most happiness I have ever known to experience.
With the boys turning two, everyday life however, started spinning out of control. In general all three kids are pretty well-behaved (considering …), but dealing with the dynamics of three kids under four years was exhausting. My husband and I tried every trick we heard of, but nothing seemed to work.
Some (most) days I fell asleep crying, because I had simply screamed at them all day long. At some stage I kind of gave up, and left my husband to deal with them.
The biggest concern was that the boys have ‘discovered’ tantrums, and that my big girl, halfway to four years, regressed and modelled her own behaviour accordingly! Furthermore, George, was such a ‘tough little guy’ that he wouldn’t budge … never giving in, not wanting to say he’s sorry, and finally resorting to biting his brother! As he didn’t even flinch under my discipline, I was left to wait for my husband to come home and dole out the discipline.
I had heard of Andalene and her seminars at our church (DFC), but I think a part of me didn’t think it possible that one person could change such a ‘out of control’ situation in one evening!
How wrong I was …
Andalene came for a home visit on the 17th of August, and our lives have not been the same since.
After about a 30-minute assessment of our situation, she calmly explained how she was going to teach us and the kids that one
instruction was to be heard and obeyed. Both my husband and I were sceptical, but had nothing to lose by trying.
She left our house that evening after spending three-and-a-half hours with us. During that time, at least Sara and Steven quickly learned to react immediately to the instruction given – George, well, I always said he was the challenge! – he took a bit longer, but did grasp it.
Thanks again! I had a parent meeting last night to find out how things have been the past week. The teacher said she did not have to remove her from any group this past week so far and that she listens when she talks once and there is definitely improvement. She also said that because Megan’s birthday is so late in the year, some of the stuff they do should be more difficult for her, but not in Megan’s case, she is very bright especially with the maths part of the work. So yes I am very glad I had you there and I am very happy with the way Megan has improved in the past week.Ryan’s teacher said he is doing very very well with his ‘school work’ and that everyone wants to be friends with him.
Mommy only speaks once
After our home visit, the children were so well behaved I actually become bored because for the first time they played alone in their rooms. There was also no fighting. It has been a week since our home visit with you. Karin (3) is doing very well. This morning her dad said to Keagan (5) he must not touch Karin’s hat because she was going to moan and then she told him ‘Daddy, I don’t moan anymore.’ So there he got it from her own mouth.
She still has her moments, but I am very strict on the time-out and she knows also that I only talk once. Even tells Keagan that he must listen because, ‘Mommy only speaks once.’
We met Andalene some two years ago when we booked a home visit - we needed help with disciplining our (then) four-year-old. It was a valuable experience to have Andalene in our house and to actually see how she makes it happen – giving control (back) to the parents who somewhere down the line lost it (or who never had it). We also purchased her book ‘Raising Happy Healthy Children’. I would strongly recommend that parents (and grandparents!) buy this book!!
Andalene’s methods work! But as a parent you need to be consistent and that is where we sometimes fail. Being able to revert back to her book is wonderful – almost like having her in our house again.
It is easy to understand with lots of practical examples. I have read it more than once – especially Part 3: 2-4 Years. The book lies next to my bed – ready when I need it! It is two years later and my six-year- old will still pick up the book, look at Andalene’s picture and say to me: ‘That’s the lady that makes me be good.’
Thank you Andalene for helping so many parents! The next step will be to follow some of Sally Ann’s recipes. I guess we could all do with some healthy eating habits!
touched my heart
I finished reading your book for the first time two weeks ago, 13th June. It has been an amazing journey!
How could I ever express my gratitude to you and Sally-Ann Creed for sacrificing your time to write such an invaluable book? The information in your book is so important for people to know, and we, as parents, fail to realize the value of such information and how parents affect/impact future generations.
All I can say is ‘THANK YOU’ from the bottom of my heart!!
The conclusion of the book really touched my heart and I am forever thankful to God for leading me to someone who is willing to help people like me (growing up ‘ill-informed’ as you stated in the conclusion and having limited tools and/or resorting to repeat what was demonstrated to us as children). I am now better equipped, through God’s abundant grace, to be a better parent and I finally understand what it means to have permission to parent.
I’m calm and in control
Thank you Andalene, you have changed our lives forever. My children are so happy now and I’m calm and in control. You are amazing!
my kiddies are awesome!
All I know is that Super Granny is really a SUPER Granny! It has been a year since she visited us, and to this day, my kiddies are awesome! The thing that I appreciate the most, is that you as parent continually grow. Her input is an asset into the parenting-bank and I am drawing the dividends every single day! Thank you for all you have done for us, Andalene! Especially for me and my sanity.
atom bomb exploded in our house
Dear Super Granny, 18 August 2011
A month ago you paid us a home visit in Port Elizabeth. On that evening it felt like an atom bomb exploded in our house, and in my heart!!! About 10 minutes into your visit, it was like a light that went on in my heart and mind: I’ve realized that my husband and I have allowed our kids to control us. We have not been strict enough (although we thought we were!). We did not have enough boundaries in place and could not understand why the kids were running over us with their gumboots. Thank you so much for opening our eyes and establishing it so clearly that we DO have the permission to parent our children.
In short, my husband and I enjoy our kids more now, because they are more controlled. The rules in the house are clearly set out and all know what is expected. We have more boundaries in place and found that it makes us all more relaxed and happy!!
Thanks again, Andalene. You were an answer to my prayers. We are far from perfect, but you have put us on the right track. I recommend a home-visit to all parents that feel that They’re just not in control of their kids.
You’ve unleashed our little angel
I just wanted to thank you again for our session on Saturday; I have had two full nights’ sleep since then which in itself has literally been a life saver, I feel like I can take on the world!!!!!! You’ve unleashed our little angel!!!!
Thank you again – we’ll see you in six months. Travel safe and take care.
Super Granny rocks!
I cannot recommend Super Granny highly enough. I have three children, aged 9, 7 and 4 years old with two boys either side and my daughter in the middle. Life was hectic and crazy for us … I would get home from work and be on the ceiling within five minutes of getting home. The children constantly interrupted us and they shouted, bickered and argued ALL THE TIME!
Super Granny come and did a home visit and the instant transformation in my kids was unbelievable. She only came to us on a Wednesday afternoon and by Thursday, the change in the children was already evident. It’s amazing. I have stopped shouting which in turn means so have they, The are calmer, happier, more loving – I could go on and on and on as I am astounded at how harmonious our household is – I love it, love it, love it. It is the best money I have EVER invested in my children, she’s given me my kids back and every day that goes by, I am grateful for the change. She seems to work miracles with the children and the parents and it’s the most liberating experience I have ever had. We now have wonderful happy family time with our children.
She truly does give you permission to parent but in such an effective way that the children understand and respect. It’s sheer heaven! Super Granny rocks!
peaceful and happy home
Thank you so much for helping us achieve such a wonderful, peaceful and happy home. Sylvia has been a dream child and we have had only three time-outs since you left!!! Even her teachers at school have said what a superstar she has been. On Sunday we celebrated her second birthday. Not a single tear or tantrum, just a very happy and content child, loving being the centre of attention. We love you for this … thank you. Hope to see you again soon and please keep me updated on your next visit to the UK. Lots of love
exceptional advice and amazing support
Thanks to Andalene’s exceptional advice and amazing support, I was able to finally create a daytime routine with my son that worked. He has always struggled with his daytime sleep and I have struggled to get a routine with him that worked. Andalene helped me work through the best possible routine for him and offered plenty of advice and support along the way. Thank you once again. You provided wonderful support. He is such a treasure, it’s wonderful to be able to completely enjoy him without any struggles in the day.
Life is just so, so much better now
How Super Granny (Andalene) changed our lives!!!
Well before Andalene came to our house for a home visit, it was hectic in our house. I have two children; my boy Liam is 1 ½ and my daughter Ankia 3 ½. Both very strong-willed children. My daughter has a mind of her own, eats, sleeps, baths on her time, not ours. She threw such bad tantrums that emotionally stressed me out, and come bedtime no one sleeps where they should …
The 17th of January 2012, Andalene came to our house, we did not know what to expect …
She came in and sat down, then it was time for dinner, and Anna refused to eat her rice … so it started … time-out time! And before we knew it she actually sat down and ate all her food!!
Sleeping time came, and by just the next night we were well on track …
My husband and myself did not know what to do when both children were in bed before 20:00, we are not used to it, it is a dream. The children are now much more relaxed in the night, no more fighting to
do anything I tell them to do. Life is just so, so much better now that we are the parents again in the house and they are the children, and that they respect older people (especially their grandparents). Thank you Andalene, you changed our lives, you mean the world to us, and I will recommend you to all my friends with children.
I finished the whole book
I read Andalene’s book until midnight last night and then I read most of today and I finished the whole book.
My copy is now full of highlighted sections as well as stickers and stars at the most pertinent points (for me).
Kind regards Lisa Wittstock (psychologist)
Your visit has changed our lives
Your visit has changed our lives! I am so grateful to you!!! I misjudged Lester (4) and what he was capable of, and it was all because of my lack of understanding how he needed boundaries to be set for him. We had heard it said many times over, but never knew what we were actually doing wrong – so your hands-on approach was the key. Thank you so much!!!! Thanks again! Warm regards
I can recommend this phenomenal coach to every parent
Andalene, I thought you would enjoy this: last night there was drama at bedtime and I lost it. (Yes, I know I shouldn’t.) It ended with me saying, ‘This weekend we are going to Kleinmond and next week when we are back, EVERYTHING is going to change!’
This morning (two years since you were here) five-year-old Milla said, ‘I think you should get that lady again to make us be good.’
My beautiful Andalene is called a super-granny, no one would know as she looks younger then the most 30-year-olds I know! What I do know is that she is truly a wonder woman of sorts. My reason as follows:
My husband and I struggled for two months to get our toddler, who used to go to bed without any troubles, back to her room. If she is not afraid of ‘the black bird’ (which we later found out is our neighbours’ chimney that she can see from her window) she refuses that we leave her room before she falls asleep. If she does fall asleep, sleeping in her room will only last a few hours. At 01:00 almost every morning you will hear the pitter-patter of small feet coming into the room.
Then in comes super Andalene. After only one home visit of two hours my child’s overall listening skills and sleeping pattern increased dramatically. Andalene’s technique actually just reminded me what I have forgotten so fast: If the child is disciplined in a balanced and rational fashion during the day, night time will be no problem. Bedtime is a joy for all of us. Now she can’t wait to sleep in her own bed after story time. And she sleeps there all night, from 20:00 to 06:30 sometimes 07:00.
I can recommend this phenomenal coach to every parent!
Our lives were just way out of control
Our lives were just way out of control. I’ve been crying out silently to the Almighty for some peace and stability. And I’m finally starting to feel it.
I had no idea what to expect from your visit. All I know is that I was extremely desperate and the testimonials sounded so convincing. I wondered whether you could turn my monster into a munchkin
… amazing how God unfolds HIS plans …
Everyone wanted to give their (sometimes unwelcome) opinion, ‘Oh, he’ll grow out of it,’ ‘Don’t worry, when the baby comes, he’ll grow up,’ ‘Maybe you’re shouting too much,’ ‘Maybe he needs a GOOD hiding,’ ‘Ag, that’s boys,’ ‘Don’t worry, you’re not the only one,’ ‘Let him spend one weekend with me, I’ll bring him right.’
But nobody knew the extent to which it was affecting me … physically and emotionally … and my ability to live a ‘normal’ life.
I knew there was so much to be rectified.
However, since your visit on the 1st Feb … everyone is much calmer and happier. It has brought us closer as a family. It is such a great feeling to be one step ahead instead of feeling ‘out of control’. Hubby and I actually have the time to focus on our marriage now. I am thoroughly enjoying my young boy’s company. I always knew he had such a great spirited personality but I was too busy shouting at him to appreciate it. I feel as if I am only NOW beginning to get to know him, I mean REALLY know him.
Nobody said parenting would be easy. But I don’t feel as over-whelmed as before and I tackle each problem as it arises. I’m much more aware and conscientious as I go about my job of parenting. It’s hard work, but hubby and I saw instant results so we are motivated to maintain those results.
May the Almighty reward & bless you abundantly.
We have a beautiful healthy relationship now
Having an extremely tiring job all I wanted on my days off was a peaceful and quiet day at home and I never got that with the constant whining and nagging and indiscipline. A single day at home was more tiring than an entire week at work. I knew I loved my four-year- old girl but I just could not enjoy our little time together. I was always angry with her not listening, and also felt like a bad mom for losing my temper and hitting her all the time for silly things. Well, you came like an answer to my prayer for a better relationship. Ever since you have visited us, which was a month ago, I have not raised my hand on my girl, or my voice. We have a beautiful healthy relationship now and we look forward to spending time every day. We have our own play dates and every moment is bliss. Friends and family members have seen how well-mannered she is now and are amazed.
Thank you so much for transforming me into a munchkin.
We love you
Complete power shift
Andalene: In one three-hour ‘family visit’, you succeeded in generating a complete power shift in the household from my three-year-old being in charge, to mom being in charge, with lasting results!
Your pragmatic approach of observing the interaction between mother/daughter, and your honest feedback was invaluable. Please come back and visit us again soon!
Much love to you both
I am eternally grateful
Andalene, you have worked a miracle in our lives and for that, I am eternally grateful!
Kind regards and a peaceful household!
SA’s very own Supergranny
For two years I have been battling to get my daughter, Cathy, to sleep through the night. Some nights I’ll be up with her anywhere up to 21 times! My husband has taken to sleeping in our guest room just so that he can function at work during the day and I am a complete wreck!
Enter SA’s very own Supergranny!!! Andalene, I cannot believe how you have changed our (especially my) lives around in just three days!!! My two year-old terror was running the household and everyone was doing just as she wanted in order to keep the peace! She was dictating how the rest of the family lived.
The very next night I had my first full night’s sleep in years! Cathy went to bed at 19:30 and woke only at 05:00 the following morning… after just following a few simple steps.
He changed overnight
After the session my strong-willed Samson listened when Mommy spoke. He changed overnight. He became more confident and se- cure because he now knew that my yes meant yes and no meant no. He still tests the boundaries every day but at least now I know when and how to pull in the reins of my lovely strong-willed child.
I feel so empowered
I was tempted to look for a full-time job because I dreaded having my children at home. But now I feel so empowered and I can finally enjoy my children!
Immediate return on an investment
I am a financial advisor and I have to advise people how to invest their money. But I could never guarantee an immediate return on an investment like you can.
Andalene came and worked her magic and left us with an angel.
The sun is shining again
It feels like we’ve been on holiday and can’t stop smiling, like the sun is shining again. Colleagues want to know what our secret is. It wasn’t fairy dust or a magic wand, just some firm guidance and support. We feel empowered, we are a Team.
I wanted to let you know how well we are doing and how thankful I am to have direction and your calm voice in my ear that says, ‘OK, put her in time-out.’
We have friends staying who very much need a ‘Super Granny’ intervention! And they might think I’m a meanie, but my two-year-olds stop when I say stop and say ‘please’ and ‘thank you mommy’.
I desperately want to say GIVE YOUR BOYS A TIME-OUT FOR GOODNESS SAKE, they are DYING for some discipline, but let’s see, maybe they’ll ask what we do and why.
So again, thanks, you are a quiet presence in my life every day.
The one that says, ‘you’re the parent, you’re the one in control and you should expect great things from your little ones, now put them in time-out!’
Answer to my prayer
Hi Andalene …
I apologize for taking this long to write to you about the wonderful experiences but I have truly been sitting back and enjoying every bit of my daughter.
I remember, all I wanted was a peaceful home but all I got was whining and nagging. A single day at home was more tiring than an entire week at work. I love my four-year-old girl but I just could not enjoy our little time together.
Well, you came like an answer to my prayer for a better relationship.
Ever since you visited us it feels like every moment is bliss. Thank you so much for transforming me into a munchkin.
We love you
I followed the advice like a drill sergeant
I am a young mom and had this idea of being a super-natural chilled-out earth mother – wow was I surprised – I didn’t get a super-natural chilled out package!
My difficult little baby grew into a strong-willed little girl – and at two wasn’t communicating properly – which made her a frustrated handful and me a wreck – and then we added a new baby to the mix, turning our worlds upside down. For six months it felt like I had my head deep under the water … pretty much drowning most days.
(Sleep deprivation – terrible two’s – and a new baby is not for the faint hearted.)
At two-and-a-half she had her first set of grommets – I thought she would miraculously turn into a good girl now that she could hear us … well, well, well …
It got to a point where I wouldn’t go out in public with my two- year-old … I was actually scared of her, she was so uncontrollable!!! I heard of super-granny coming to town for a talk and desperately wanted to go – but one parent didn’t like the idea of needing help … So I bought ‘Raising Happy Healthy Children’ – I took a week off
to go stay with my mom (handed the kicking, screaming two-year- old over to her so I could figure things out). I studied the book like a bible, even taking notes and going back over it … we would be in the middle of a terrible tantrum and I’d run to get my notes so I could make sure I was doing time-out right – what a dork – but it worked!!! When I first read the advice I thought it was impossible … but as
I got more desperate I slowly started making all the necessary changes. (The hardest part was me having to change and become more disciplined!!!) From sleep training to taking dummies away, I followed the advice like a drill sergeant. I had my mom and hubby both shouting, ‘Just give her the damn dummy back’ … and I’d replied
– this lady said it only takes three nights!!! It took two!
It’s up to us to make the changes – it’s up to us to stand up and be the grown up’s – stay consistent – Andalene gave me a backbone when it came to parenting!!!!
I am now shoulder height out of the water and enjoying my two little girls – thanks – but I must be off as my little baby has now hit her Terrible Two’s and I need to go dig out my notes again – and re- read your book … wish me luck!
Informative and useful
‘Informative and useful’ cannot begin to describe our experience with Andalene … Both my husband and I were WOWED by what we saw in front of our very own eyes tonight. I now fully understand where the name ‘Monsters to Munchkins’ comes from … I never thought there was anyone who knew my kids better than me, until I met Andalene. She sketched the picture of what the boys’ next move would be and time and again it played out exactly as she said!
I’ve never won anything before and I’ll be okay if I never win anything ever again after the enormous reward our family received for entering this competition. THANKS to Andalene and Roy and the rest of the team for the great difference you make in so many homes.
You have to be in control, calm and firm
My daughter, Milah (5) and I had literally been fighting, verbally and physically, up to the day Andalene came to help me. My discipline had been in anger, to no effect, leaving Milah feeling rejected and unloved because she felt that ‘I didn’t like her’. Children need to show respect and accept authority, then discipline becomes easier.
Let’s face it, you get a wide range of children. I like to compare them to Labradors and pit-bulls! Labradors accept leaders and authority with ease. Pit-bulls don’t. If you have a Labrador child, with loving guidance you can calmly get them to do what you want with minimal resistance. With pit-bull children it’s an endless struggle to establish authority.
Now imagine a Labrador parent with a pit-bull child, and you have my daughter and me! When we feel powerless and out of control because we have no respect from the child or authority over the child, it just isn’t possible to discipline the child effectively. You cannot bring to submission a raging pit-bull with anger and aggression. You have to be in control, calm and firm.
Andalene literally trained me to do this and I now feel in control of my child! She came into my home and enabled me to establish authority with the time-out method. No anger or shouting, just calm and firm authority. We literally broke in my child like a horse. It took two-and-a-half hours of raging and screaming in the bathroom at five-minute intervals.
When Milah finally walked out she did as she was told with the correct attitude. Since this ‘event’ she has been in time-out again, but never for more than four repetitions, and she accepts that I am in charge. The change in her attitude is phenomenal! A wonderful mountain off my shoulders! The teachers have also reported that there is no more aggression at school. Thank you, Andalene!
Ek kan nie uitgepraat raak oor haar besoek nie!
Ons wil net baie dankie sê vir Andalene - sy het ons regtig baie gehelp!! Na haar besoek Dinsdagaand is die kinders (Liam en Luca) sommer meer gehoorsaam. Luister as ons praat en eet eers hul groente/slaai en slaap ook in eie bed (die hele nag). Ek is sooo beindruk!
Ek kan nie uitgepraat raak oor haar besoek nie en vertel vir al my vriendinne en familie.
Mooi naweek vir julle!
No more tantrums!
Our munchkin is a different child! It's so amazing that even her teacher noticed it the first day already.
She went to bed by herself this evening - was very happy to do so - and no tantrums since Monday!
She's more pleasant and content. Thanks again!
Sleep training - how lucky can you get?
I was very discouraged and felt heart broken for my 8 month old baby who wasn't sleeping and was constantly crying.
When you walked in this afternoon and used your technique on Mika, she slept from 13h40-16h30. I thought to myself, this is probably just luck and when you leave I will be left with a crying baby once again, on my own.
When she woke from her sleep, she was well rested and happy. She was not at all miserable, whiny or grumpy. From then on I followed the techniques, schedules and advice that you had given me. Since then things have really been looking up. By 18h50, I put Mika down to sleep and followed the technique you taught me. It wasn't even a full 30 minutes later and she was fast asleep.
You have given my husband and I new hope and something to look forward to again ... a life. Thank you Professor Fourie for referring us to Andalene!! You are both life savers!
Go to sleep - via email!
My family and I live in Brisbane Australia and we have 3 children. Andalene has been just wonderful with helping us to sleep train our boys. Just by a couple of e-mails back and forth she put my children to sleep! Children that sleep results in happy and rested parents and that's what she has given us, a happy home.
No fairy dust or magic wand!
We have had sleepless nights for 8 and a half months. I still breastfeed my baby, but it was so draining. It was not only her dummy, but also her teddy, and it became a downward spiral, with all 3 of us sleep deprived.
It wasn't fairy dust or a magic wand (Oh I wish!), just some firm guidance and support.We now feel far more empowered as parents..and it feels like we're a team again...like we were for the 10 years of marriage before we were blessed with our darling baby girl.
My child eats just about anything!
Andalene helped us out with Kayden’s routine from birth and we saw nothing but excellent results. He slept through for the 1st time at 6 weeks of age (10pm- 6am).
We have subsequently asked advice concerning his discipline and his diet. Andalene suggested he tastes everything at least once before he eats what he likes. He now eats just about anything, sourcrout, celery, pickled onions, fish or spinach. I believe Andalene’s advice has given him and us a head start in life.
Confident and happy twins
Andalene came to our home when our twins were about 19 months old. I was exhausted and they were terrors. They wouldn't stay in bed, they wouldn't sleep in the night, they wouldn't listen to me, they bit each other, the pulled all the keys off my laptop (to list a few things...)
Not only did Andalene give us the tools to put us back in the driver's seat, she showed us how much MORE we could expect from our children. How much more capable they were then we had realised and how much they thrive on boundaries, consistency and discipline done in a calm and controlled environment.
They are now confident, happy children that listen to me, eat and sleep well, play alone, play together and are a pleasure to be with. They have their moments still, but I know what to do and I KNOW we have peace in our home because of Super Granny.
Super Granny totally transformed our family!
My husband and I were at our wits end. We were just exhausted. We both work and our baby was waking up countless times a night.
Andalene came in and totally transformed our family
She gave us advice on everything from schedule to food. She demonstrated to us exactly how to sleep train our girl, exactly what to listen for and when to do what! After that we felt in control and were able to implement this method with confidence.
In 3 days we had a baby that slept for 11 hours at night!
Thank you so, so much Andalene, I really don't have words to express my gratitude for what you've done for our family!
She was like a magician!
When I contacted Andalene I was in a state of desperation. Arran was 2 years old and we were exhausted. Being first time parents hadn't quite worked out as simple and easy as all the books or movies showed. Sleepless nights, anxiety, constant battles...We had tried everything... or so we thought. Until we met Andalene.
She arrived at our home and was like a magician... She had our and Arrans full attention from the minute she walked in. Arran was oppositional, difficult and extremely emotional most of the time. Our time out methods had been unsuccessful until Andalene guided us and showed us how to handle the discipline methods.
Our biggest lesson that we learnt was to be consistent. It was tough, but it worked! My hubby calls Andalene the "kiddy whisperer" We are truly grateful for everything that Andalene taught us.
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