Education and training are central to the modern, Western world. We go to school, invest in vocational equipping, and attend workshops to perfect our crocheting or to learn the art of home brewing. Within this culture of knowledge and skill accumulation, parenting is also increasingly deemed a worthy enough subject in which to receive training – hence the overwhelming ocean of parenting resources: from articles and books to DVDs and TV shows to workshops and courses! Ever heard people complain, “Kids don’t come with a manual!”? They lie. Kindly point them to the Internet or any given bookshop. 

So, should parents “go to school”? There are many good reasons why we should consider it!

I recently had the privilege of attending two of Andalene’s talks in one week. I still find myself marveling at her wisdom and the practical, no nonsense way of imparting it. And I found myself thinking, this lady has definitely been set apart for a time such as this.

Raising Happy Healthy Children

Book: Raising Happy, Healthy Children

Raising children today can be a daunting task – the responsibility is enormous; the challenge is one few parents are ready for, and knowing the right thing to do is often learned by trial and error, rather than having someone take us through the steps to empowered parenting.

A Brand-New Child in 5 Easy Steps

Book: A Brand-New Child in 5 Easy Steps

South Africa’s Super Granny shares her parenting secrets

Parenting book by South Africa’s own Super Granny, Andalene Salvesen, an international parenting coach and speaker with more than 20 years’ practical experience.

The book, A Brand-New Child in 5 Easy Steps, is inspired by the amazing child-transforming results which Salvesen has gained from her home visits to families all around the world and shows that children’s behaviour will only change when parents become empowered.

Inspired by Professor Johan Mostert’s (PhD, AOG Seminary, Springfield Missouri) book, Kinders, Tieners en Soortgelyke Rampe (which can roughly be translated as Children, Teenagers and Similar Disasters), the purpose of this ‘Peace in the Home’ diagram is to encourage you to stand back and see your situation in perspective. It depicts the different aspects of parenting to consider when you are confronted with a situation.

Dads play such a significant role in the family unit, even though sometimes it feels like the family would do just fine without him – as long as they have his credit card!

It is not an easy task to be a father; juggling work pressures, financial stress, being a good husband and a role model for your children. It is quite ironic that just as a father is climbing the corporate ladder, his children are reaching adolescence and maybe his wife, menopause! No wonder there is chaos in the home.

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