TSHOLOFELO MODISE EDITOR
I have always said being the mother of two boys (Molemo Leano, five, and Mogau Letago, two) is like being part of a secret society no one knows about. I guess this feeling comes with the novelty of seeing firsthand what makes a man. But I know the moms in the “girls-only” club would say the same thing. And that is what makes this so amazing! We get to play the most important role in someone’s life. We have the incredible honour of shaping the lives of these precious beings. It was this realisation that had me hold my breath and make the most important decision of my life almost two years ago – to love my children intentionally. This was partly brought on by worrying about how I would love two children adequately and equally; but also by realising that love is the most valuable thing I could give my boys. So, I changed my first-time-mom parenting style to one that would raise the best men. Now, my parenting involves pausing and being in the moment when I’m with the boys: starting and maintaining an edible garden with them. Having them contribute to meals by helping pick the appropriate herbs from our garden then sitting down together at meals (away from technology). Tickles and hot chocolate at bedtime. Meaningful chats about their day before and after school. And generally watching them grow while their dad and I guide and steer. And honestly, it is so much FUN! You cannot be casual about parenting if you want to raise upstanding young people who will contribute positively to society. Always ask yourself this: “Am I giving my child the best of me?” That, I believe, is the only way to bring out the best in them. I look forward to a great relationship with you, the wonderful moms and dads who make this publication a success!