Did you know?? The South African Parliament has passed laws to protect the rights of individuals against abuse.
They are: • The Domestic Violence Act of 1998 • The Children’s Act of 2005 • The Maintenance Act of 2005 • The Promotion of Equity and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act of 2000 • The Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters Act) Act of 2005
For the last few weeks when I have spoken to a grandchild over the phone, he keeps telling me "𝙂𝙤𝙜𝙤, 𝙄 𝙘𝙖𝙣'𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙞𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙨𝙚, 𝙄'𝙢 𝙜𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤 𝙬𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙡𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙙𝙙𝙖𝙙 𝙤𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙙, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙄'𝙢 𝙜𝙤𝙞𝙣𝙜... " and so the list went on. It warms a granny's heart, but more than that it creates bonds.
Then two of them didn't arrive at the same time as the rest of the family because they both had music and sport functions to fulfil... but they pleaded with their mom, to tell me, please don't bake pepparkakor (Swedish ginger biscuits), and please don't put up the Christmas tree until we get there... etc.
Of course, as a grandmother I will try and move heaven and earth to accommodate my grandchildren. I immediately thought what is in a date (the traditional dates to do it)?? Is the connection not more important than the date that we do it, the time together, creating love and memories?
Memories are a way of passing down love. I did these things like baking pepparkakor and putting up the Christmas tree with my mother. My children put up the Christmas tree and the baking of the biscuits with me, and now the grandchildren are doing it and even begging us to wait to do it together - and of course, granddad is the DJ for the day... Ha, ha!!!
Yesterday my one daughter said, “Sjoe, that was hectic, but the Christmas tree is done!!!” She sent us a picture of her children posing in their little Christmas outfits, looking as cool as cucumber with the Christmas tree in the background. (She has a 5-year-old, 3-year-old and a 20-month-old who also wants to help.)
So much about a mother cannot be taught, it must be caught. That’s what being a role model is all about. Children do what they see, not what they’re told.
For the first 10 to 15 years of our children’s lives, and particularly the younger years, we as parents and grandparents, have the power to create memories for our children that will have an effect on the rest of their lives. It is an incredible thought and a huge responsibility, but it can also be a wonderful experience for us and for them.
Christmas, birthdays and school holidays are perfect times for creating memories, and that is often what we subconsciously set out to do as we make our plans. However, it isn’t just the big moments that create all-important memories, the small every day events are often the ones that have the biggest influence. (Like Nathan wanting to rumble on the bed with granddad, it’s the little things.)
Spend this holiday creating great memories with your children, grandchildren and see the love grow and pass it on.
Each year on December 3rd, the #InternationalDayofPersonswithDisabilities promotes the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. The day raises awareness of the political, economic, social and cultural aspects disability affects people around the world.
So, we wanted to share this joyful, miraculous memory with all of you! We could never even have imagined that he would one day be walking... but here he is, WALKING! This makes us so happy! All due to the wonderful and diligent work of our amazing staff and support staff (occupational therapists and volunteers).
GCF's Child and Youth Care Centre cares for several children with disabilities and various special needs, and there is nothing more we want than to see them thrive and develop, preferably in a family environment. If you are interested and able to foster a child with a disability, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 039 317 2761 to find out the processes.