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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!

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