Your Baby & Toddler - - Contents - Jenny Collins, Editor

My ba­bies are now nine and five. I can’t quite be­lieve it and I can say to all of you still in the trenches that this par­ent­ing stuff gets harder, eas­ier, more com­pli­cated, less stress­ful, more won­der­ful and more re­ward­ing as the years go on. And I am sure those with teenagers think I am still in the trenches so that’s the truth about this par­ent­ing thing – there’s al­ways an­other chal­lenge around the cor­ner. Many peo­ple have asked me why I don’t have an Ed’s pic on this page. The rea­son is that I be­lieve this mag­a­zine is about all of us, for all of us, com­piled by all of us. It’s borne out of the sa­cred space that all par­ents share. That 3am des­per­a­tion, the over­whelm­ing joy, the fierce pro­tec­tive in­stinct, the knowl­edge that your life will never be the same again. We all need un­der­stand­ing and sup­port and in­for­ma­tion on this jour­ney and I hope that the mag­a­zine does pro­vide all of that for all you. It’s not about me and my ex­pe­ri­ence of moth­er­hood be­cause that’s only rel­e­vant to my ba­bies. We are all ex­perts on our own kids, we hold the in­stinct that will guide our own chil­dren to be­come the best adults. The time has come for me to hand over this won­der­ful pub­li­ca­tion to some­body else but I know that be­cause of the com­mit­ment that we all share, the mag­a­zine and its ex­tra­or­di­nary con­tent and con­tri­bu­tion to South African par­ent­ing will en­dure. Thank you to ev­ery one of you for be­ing such great par­ents.

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