Blog es­pe­cially for baby talk from par­ents

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - CITY - Thami Kwazi

Be­ing so pas­sion­ate about be­com­ing a mother mo­ti­vated Karabo Mot­siri to start a blog to share her jour­ney with other moth­ers on so­cial me­dia.

“Black Mom Chron­i­cles started while I was do­ing my daily nine to five job, tak­ing care of my fam­ily, run­ning a flower de­liv­ery ser­vice, Ros­abela Gar­dens, and plan­ning a wed­ding.

“I found out that I was ex­pect­ing the un­ex­pected. It was a big shock, but I’ve loved ev­ery part of be­ing a mother. The mag­i­cal ups and downs of par­ent­hood – the sleep de­pri­va­tion, the adorable re­flex smiles, the yel­low poop, the deadly farts, the list is end­less,” she said.

She started the blog around her third month of moth­er­hood and says she’s still learn­ing a lot, like that par­ent­ing is a self­less ex­pe­ri­ence. “I’ve sur­prised my­self by suc­cess­fully rais­ing a healthy three-month-old baby girl. I never knew I had it in me, I ab­so­lutely doubted that I could care for an­other hu­man be­ing.”

The blog also pro­motes con­ver­sa­tions with other par­ents. Fa­thers aren’t ex­cluded and she en­cour­ages all par­ents to join in.

The ti­tle of “black mom” is not just about race for Mot­siri, it’s about blend­ing the mod­ern ex­pe­ri­ence with the cul­tural dy­nam­ics. Previous taboos like breast­feed­ing in pub­lic; the role black men play in child rear­ing and even birth are not ig­nored on her blog. The site had done so well that Mot­siri has ex­tended her con­ver­sa­tions to YouTube with birth videos and other baby ex­pe­ri­ences and her In­sta­gram fol­low­ing of just over 1 300 par­ents is grow­ing daily.

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