About

Meet the Munchkins team

Brought together by passion, our coaches undergo training and a carefully constructed mentorship programme so that you can experience peace in the home. Our courses are based on the research of contributing researcher, Dr JM Mostert, Professor of Community Psychology, Evangel University.

 

Andalene Salvesen

Andalene Salvesen

Founder of Munchkins, international speaker, author and parenting coach
Celeste Rushby

Celeste Rushby

Parenting Coach & Occupational Therapist, Cape Town
Dr Lené Janse van Rensburg

Dr Lené Janse van Rensburg

Parenting Coach, Dubai
Charmaine Brooks

Charmaine Brooks

Parenting Coach, Cape Town
Timann Esterhuizen

Timann Esterhuizen

Parenting Coach, Port Elizabeth
Annelie Fouché

Annelie Fouché

South Africa Client Relations and Bookings
Lyndall Jucker

Lyndall Jucker

Dubai Client Relations and Bookings
Esme Brink | EB Consulting

Esme Brink | EB Consulting

Munchkins Account Manager: Digital Marketing

 

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Andalene Salvesen

Andalene Salvesen

Andalene Salvesen

Founder of Munchkins, international speaker, author and parenting coach

Mother of four and proud grandmother of 10, Andalene Salvesen has fondly become known as Super Granny under the auspices of the Munchkins brand. Her extensive expertise, stemming from being a stay-at-home mom, with an unparalleled passion for children, and later owning and heading up a mother & child workshop for 12 years, and a nursery school in Cape Town for 8 years, inspired her to combine her practical knowledge and valuable experience to help desperate parents.

In conjunction with a Professor in Psychology and many qualified mentors, she proceeded to develop a parenting course, which she has now been presenting for the past 20 years. This course addresses a host of everyday parenting challenges.

Never expecting it to take to flight so successfully, her popular parenting talks, naturally proceeded to evolve into a personal service that includes private home visits to families with one-on-one attention given to their particular needs. For the past 11 years, she has helped families by coaching them through issues such as, but not limited to: tantrums; sleeping; eating and discipline problems; as well as healthy boundaries; understanding unique temperaments, and many more related parenting challenges.

Having a twin sister as well as a daughter who birthed three premmies (a singleton born at 32 weeks and twins born at 30 weeks), also gives her special insight and empathy into the unique challenges faced by parents with twins and premmies.

Andalene works extensively in the United Arab Emirates as a consultant to Big On Children and is known as Big on Children’s Super Granny whenever her feet touches ground. Andalene’s other credentials include:

                   

Celeste Rushby

Celeste Rushby

Celeste Rushby

Parenting Coach & Occupational Therapist – Cape Town

Celeste Rushby is an Occupational Therapist, a Munchkins Parenting Coach, and a mother to 3 premmies (singleton born at 32 weeks and twins born at 30 weeks). Says Celeste, “I understand. I’ve been there! I am using my experience, my specialised training, and my heart for parents of young babies – especially premmies – to support, guide and educate; and above all, to empower. There is light at the end of the tunnel. A bright and incredibly beautiful light. And I just love helping parents to find it.”

Celeste’s eldest daughter – now aged 7 – and 4-year old twins (boy and girl) have helped her learn to put the parenting theories into practice on a daily basis.

”Having 3 children in under 3 years comes with its challenges, but when you have the right parenting tools, there are a lot more fun times than challenging ones. With these practical tools, you can change your family status from “surviving” to “thriving”. The biggest lessons of my journey with my babies were in humility – learning to admit that I need help – and empathy!

I realised that you cannot compare your challenges to those of others, and you can never judge others until you’ve walked in their shoes. Things don’t always work out “by the book” because our precious babies aren’t robots. But there are very helpful tools that can help you to get through the challenges with confidence and a smile.

Your baby is only a baby for such a brief moment in life. I want you to help you enjoy every minute of it.”

Dr Lené Janse van Rensburg

Dr Lené Janse van Rensburg

Dr Lené Janse van Rensburg

Parenting Coach, Dubai

Dr Lené Janse van Rensburg is a registered counsellor specialising in Play Therapy. She has had the privilege of working with children and families for more than a decade. This has served as motivation for the completion of her Masters’ and PhD degrees in Psychology.

Lené has worked as therapist in the United Kingdom (where she also met her hubby), Taiwan and South Africa and is well-versed in working with families of all cultures and facets of life. She and her family currently reside in the UAE (Dubai).

Being a mother of two beautiful blue-eyed boys has taught me more than any of my studies ever did! Parenting is HARD. The struggle is real! We go on computer courses and cooking courses, but it is so hard to ask for help when we struggle with the most daunting task called parenting. Since my involvement with Munchkins and implementing the values and principles in my own house, my view on parenting completely changed. What an absolute JOY parenting can be!

Obtaining the title of “mom” or “dad” is SUCH a blessing and should therefore be enjoyed to the fullest. Life is so short! Hence, my passion to assist families to function optimally. For parents to ENJOY their time with their children, for marriages to be revived and for the GIFT of parenthood to be unwrapped. Yes, it can happen!”

Charmaine Brooks

Charmaine Brooks

Charmaine Brooks

Parenting Coach, Cape Town

Currently residing in Somerset West with her fun and nature-loving, outgoing family which includes her hubby and two beautiful children (a son, aged 9 and a daughter, aged 6), Charmaine Brooks has a passion for families, parenting and marriages.

After using Munchkins methods and advice to parent her own children, she could see how it resulted in an amazing relationship with her kids, and so her passion for the subject drove her to complete the relevant training to become a qualified Munchkins Parenting Coach.

Her personal experience includes running a moms group for several years and heading up her local congregation’s children’s church. It is her dream to equip parents in order to raise healthy, happy and Godly children in a very defective world (and to have FUN while doing it)! She lives for every day and one of her favourite sayings is to “stop counting the days, rather make every day count!”  

Timann Esterhuizen

Timann Esterhuizen

Timann Esterhuizen

Parenting Coach, Port Elizabeth

Timann Esterhuizen is a high-capacity, thriving business woman, entrepreneur, wife, friend and mother to two boys, aged 1 and 4. Having served the church in Sunday school for a few years, along with a natural gift for helping parents who struggle with discipline, Timann developed a passion to help parents understand their children. She joined Munchkins as a Parenting Coach to streamline her efforts to make a difference to families.

She is especially interested in guiding parents of young children and babies, and to help them balance the chaos of modern life.

‘As a full-time stay at home and working mom, I understand the countless demands of family life. My heart is to help empower parents to raise their children into selfless and independent grownups.’

Annelie Fouché

Annelie Fouché

Annelie Fouché

South Africa Client Relations and Bookings

Annelie has worked with the Munchkins brand since 2015, first in a marketing role, and now in an administrative and client relations capacity. She holds a BA in Marketing Communinications, backed by more than a decade of practical experience in account management and client liaison. At home she is wife to Francois and mother to three beautiful, busy toddler boys.

Contact Annelie for any queries or bookings in South Africa.

Email: info@munchkins.me
Mobile: +27 82 875 4818

Lyndall Jucker

Lyndall Jucker

Lyndall Jucker

Dubai Client Relations and Bookings

Lyndall is passionate about marketing & communications and we are very happy to have her as part of the Munchkins team. She is a South African National with a Honors Degree in Biokinetics and a Digital Marketing Diploma. Lyndall has a passion for sport especially surfing, Yoga and Pilates. She has 5 Years of Marketing experience within the GCC across the retail and Agency sectors. Please feel welcome to contact Lyndallregarding any Dubai related queries.

Esme Brink | EB Consulting

Esme Brink | EB Consulting

Esme Brink | EB Consulting

Digital Marketing

Esme Brink, Founder and Managing Director of www.ebconsulting.co.za has been with Munchkins since its inception. She and her team is responsible for the day to day management of the brand, social media, as well as digital and content marketing. At home she is wife to Charl and mom to her three children, Jandre (13) living with autism, Cherne (10) adopted and Liham (4) who they are fostering.