Author: Nicole Arsiwala

Nicole is a freelance writer/blogger and a former journalist. After becoming a mum, she quit her job but couldn’t quite quit writing. So her blog Tales from Mamaville was born, where she chronicles her experiences and unarticulated thoughts about motherhood, toddlerhood and everything in between. Above all, her blog is about the adventures (and misadventures), insanity and ultimate contentment of being a mother. Nicole is also a contributing writer for pregnancy and motherhood website Momtricks (www.momtricks.com).

10 things every nursery-going mum should know…

You think your toddler will be the ONLY one doing all the learning once he/ she starts nursery? WRONG! You – nursery-going mum – will have a LOT of learning to do as well. Some lessons will be delightful, others not so much. But there WILL be new experiences so brace yourself. 1. Settling-in period […]

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Why is it STILL so hard? (How to effectively manage those tearful drop-offs)

I’ve spoken about Little Man’s tearful drop-offs when he started nursery almost two years ago. As with most children, the settling-in period was tough. Very tough. For him and for me. To see those tears every morning as I tried to smile and walk away, even as he screamed “Mummy” and hoped I would turn […]

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Why ‘Bad Moms’ made me feel good

Bad Moms – the chick-mom flick starring Mila Kunis as an over-tired, over-worked, over-stressed mom – was on my ‘must watch’ movie list since I first saw the trailer. Of course, movies in theatres post Little Man are as frequent as leap years, but being a mom and hearing so much about this one, I […]

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Doing Nothing, Yet Everything

Parenting is one of the most exhausting things I’ve ever experienced. It is non-stop, demanding and there’s no ‘day off’ or ‘break’. There’s a routine to follow (feed-burp-poo-play-nap for babies; eat-sleep-play for toddlers; school-class-homework for older kids) everyday; there’s always a to-do list stuck on the fridge and as soon as things get ticked off, new things […]

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7 Things That Are Pointless Doing After Having a Baby

1. Keeping a clean house Serious, why even bother? Because from the second your baby / toddler / threenager is awake till they are sound asleep, your house will continually look like a) a garbage dump b) a tornado-struck site or c) a warehouse of children’s toys and products. If you tidy up the legos, […]

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Back Off Mum Guilt!

Motherhood comes with strings attached. Strings and things like sleepless nights, nappies, spit-ups and guilt. Lots of it. A special kind of guilt I call Momguilt. Which instils itself as soon as you find out you’re pregnant, and continues right through your child’s growing-up years. Past babyhood, toddlerhood and adolescence. It’s just something we moms […]

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5 (Random) Must-Have Baby Buys

As I was doing my spring cleaning the other day (yes I know it’s already summer, but I’m a mum, I’m allowed to be a few minutes  / days / months late), I came across some of Little Man’s ‘baby’ stuff. For the first few minutes I oooh-ed and aaah-ed and went through all the emotional mush […]

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7 Things You Should Know about Co-Sleeping

Confession 1: Yes, we still co-sleep. Confession 2: No, I don’t always like it… Confession 3: But it works for us, and there are some things I do love about it. There. I said it. My son is 3.5 years old and yes, we still co-sleep. Well, to be honest, he was in his cot […]

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When Two Becomes Three

When you’re expecting, everyone and their best friend will tell you that your life will change. Forever. Of course for the better with that cute little chub, but there will also be a LOT that you will have to give up. Like your sleep. Your privacy. Your me-time. Your social life-before-baby. The television, when the […]

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5 Truths I Learnt as a New Mum

Alternative titles for this post could be… What I wish I knew before becoming a Mum… OR Nobody ever told me… 1. You know there will be sleepless nights. It’s understood. But you will never know how utterly earth-shatteringly horrible sleep deprivation feels till you experience it. As a mother. With a newborn baby. You […]

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