Tracey Hawthorne

 

Tracey Hawthorne

The gift of giving

Teach your children the pleasure of giving, and avoid an embarrassing abundance, says this mom of two.

Tracey Hawthorne

Boy chores, girl chores

Is helping with housework just not a boy thing, wonders Tracey Hawthorne.

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Is junk food abuse?

I agree with Jamie Oliver, there’s something very wrong when a child is only offered unhealthy food.

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‘I love your toddler but... ’

If you visit with your child, please avoid these pitfalls of parenting, pleads Tracey Hawthorne.

Tracey Hawthorne

Do you dislike your teen?

Wishing you’d never had kids is a natural landmark on the way to getting the parenting job done, says this mom of two.

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The question parents fear the most

There are some unanswerable questions that even the most experienced parent would rather not face. Add yours.

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Child of a village

Tracey Hawthorne is grateful for her 'family of choice" who've helped raise her kids.

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‘Get off the phone!’

The gadgets might have changed, but the politics of family phones is much the same as when Tracey was a teen.

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Teen with a car key

An independent teen lets Mom’s Taxi off the hook at last. So why is she still worried?

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Caught in a lie

Is lying just another sign that my teen is learning? Tracey Hawthorne has hope.

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Quick quiz: is your child a teen?

Think you might have become the parent of teen overnight? Look out for these tell-tale signs.

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Non-wicked stepmothers

Not all step mothers are from hell. Tracey finds her ex's new partner actually helps the situation.

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Is being late rude?

Mom of twoTracey fervently hopes her teens will somehow grow into punctual people.

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Parenting an adult

At what age is my child no longer my problem? It’s hard to kick the mothering habit.

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Co-ed schools versus single sex

Should the sexes be separated for high school, or is mixing a social necessity?

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Are second children neglected?

From hand-steamed veggies to first days at school, it’s all so much more traumatic with the first child, says Tracey Hawthorne.

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‘I knnnnooow, Mom!’

There’s nothing you can tell a teen know-it-all.

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Are your kids pondscum?

Teens are really just giant toddlers, says Tracey Hawthorne.

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Failing first year

Passing matric is only the beginning of finding a path to adulthood.

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Teens at work

Are my teens the only ones doing holiday jobs? Tracey Hawthorne wonders.

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Siblings beyond compare

‘Why can’t you be more like your sister?’ Tracey Hawthorne remembers not to expect the same from both children.

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Fridge is where heart is

Feeding teens can give your chequebook a headache, says Tracey Hawthorne.

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40 years at school

All these years and school hasn’t improved, Tracey says.

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In my daughter’s bed

A boy in the bedroom? Some milestones are harder to swallow, says Tracey.

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Hey, that’s private!

What rights do we have to invade our children’s space?

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Friends with piercings

Gulp. My daughter’s new friend was not to my taste.

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Hail the non-nuclear family!

Being raised by a single parent has helped her children grow, says Tracey.

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Student gone solo

Helping your child live away from home isn’t as simple as it seems, Tracey discovers.

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Train your teen

If your kids know this, they’ll be okay to unleash on other housemates.

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Too bored to board?

Playing board games bridges the family gap.

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Teeny teen brains

With brains not yet fully formed, my teens will just have to swallow my rules, says Tracey.

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Secret family signals

Can you tell the subtext of your children’s requests?

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Duvet days for kids

There’s nothing wrong with the occasional day off, even for kids, says Tracey Hawthorne.

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Nasty girls

Tracey Hawthorne is amazed by the unutterable meanness of teenage girls.

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Country mouse, city mouse

Are country teens lucky or left behind?

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Lawyer Mom snaps!

Which of us hasn’t felt like parking the kids on the pavement and driving away, asks Tracey Hawthorne.

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Mom’s zoo

When the vet started greeting me by name, I knew I was in trouble, says Tracey.

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Let sleeping teens lie

A tired teen is a scary thing - but how to get them to bed?

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Subject to choice

How can teens see into the future?

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Boomerang kids

When your teen leaves home he might come back, warns Tracey’s dad.

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Kids: an expensive hobby

Does your child cost R100 000 a year? Tracey Hawthorne considers her choices.

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Who’s the teen?

Tracey Hawthorne’s children are not impressed by her wild ways.

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There’s none so queer as folk

To be mom to a gay teenager just means a slightly different set of worries.

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Driving Miss Disdainful

Tracey freaks out in her role as teen transport manager.

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I talk teen

Tracey Hawthorne tries to understand her teen. Lol!

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Meet the in-laws of the week

Tracey’s sorry, but she’s not meeting any more boyfriends’ parent for now.

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Clean teen

What do they do in there?

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Scared witless

Age restrictions sometimes get it spectacularly wrong.
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