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The new school year comes with many stresses for parents (especially the newbies): lunchboxes to pack, school fees to pay, carpools to organise, school uniforms to launder, homework to help with…. and on top of that extra-curricular activities to choose and manage.

The latter troubles many parents due to the pressure these ventures place on our time, finances and sometimes even on the relationship with our children. We may ask, “What is enough or too much? Which activities are essential?”, and this uncertainty only adds to the tension.

Maybe we could simplify the matter. Let’s start by asking why we let our children participate in such activities in the first place?

Timann Esterhuizen

I am so grateful to Timann. She has brought sanity to my household all the way in Dubai via technology-based consults, and just in time before our second baby is born in 6 weeks!

My 2.5-year-old was sleeping in the bed with my husband and me, and none of us could get a proper night’s rest no matter what we tried. Timann’s sleep training and discipline techniques for constant tantrums have made such a huge difference and contributed to a much happier household! I feel equipped to handle difficult situations with my toddler now.

Our little girl is now a different person now that she’s getting a solid nights rest and I even have to wake her in the mornings!!

I definitely recommend getting in touch with Timann no matter where you are in the world, she will be able to help you and your family!

Amy Heath

“Grandparents” and “grandchildren” are two well-coined terms, as few relationships in life are so “grand” than the one between these two parties. However, for the parents sandwiched in the middle, this connection can sometimes pose “grand” challenges that may even result in conflict between the senior and junior adults.

Yet, if everyone involved is respectful, willing to compromise and able to focus on the privileges of the situation, the grandparent-grandchild bond could greatly enrich all three generations. To help with this, consider following the ABC for grandparents and parents below.

Timann Esterhuizen

Home Visit: Coach Timann Esterhuizen (Port Elizabeth)

Dearest Timann,

Where to begin:

I can’t believe I have taken so long to contact you and request a home visit.

Munchkins / Celeste – there are no words to explain how grateful our family is for having met you. You have honestly changed our lives.

Yes, I was one of those moms that had a 1-year old that needed rocking to sleep and he would wake up throughout the night, sometimes as bad as every hour! I just always put it down to my son being a terrible sleeper. With an entire year of not sleeping, we hit rock bottom. Then my friend introduced me to Munchkins and we met Celeste, this amazing, calm, reassuring, supportive and knowledgeable women (who I basically want to raise my children). She told me there were no such thing as a bad sleeper and she was right. Celeste came in and spent over 3 hours with us and gave us all the tools we needed to implement good sleeping habits as well as discipline techniques for my very independent child. She did the first nap with us and supported me throughout. I was very nervous about sleep training and the idea of my child crying but I promise you, he cried for maybe a total of 4 minutes (and clearly just angry about the whole thing) and he realised things had shifted. It’s now night 3, I’ve just put my baby in his cot, kissed him goodnight and walked out the room and NOT ONE SINGLE PEEP out of him. My child is happier, more patient, calmer, sleeping in later, loving his cot and bedtime. He is like a totally different child. I honestly can’t believe it. Seriously, don’t wait! Get Munchkins in immediately. They are my sleep angels.

– Taryn Lambert 

“Thank you for your incredible wealth of knowledge – you are amazing! Best thing you can do is give Celeste a call to help establish health in your family while raising children! Thank you for helping Juliette go to sleep easily, listen to our instruction and enjoy the daily “must do’s.” Her love tank is full, and her frustration is limited as we have been equipped with tools to make us a happy family!” – Crystal Dörr

Dear Andalene,

Thank you so much for your visit today. You have turned our lives around in just 3 hours which my husband and I were a little sceptical about at first to be honest.

We are very very grateful we came across your contacts and people like you truly change families lives.

Kind regards,
Diana Latti

It was a great pleasure to have Andalene in our home. I was touched by her knowledge and desire to help us as a couple and a family. With a very caring and sensitive approach she managed to helped us find a new happier place as a couple and therefore a family.

“Things have been going really well… thanks to you! Honestly though, I am amazed at the improvement Cleo has made in listening since we have implemented the tools you provided. When Cleo began listening and completing our requests the first time it created space… space for fun, laughter, play, learning and affection.

Dear Andalene, We want to thank you, wholeheartedly, for helping Noah and Lia to learn about discipline and listening. Thank you for giving our freedom and confidence back, for making spending time with our children enjoyable! It is incredible how your single session has transformed both our children.

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