Social Media

back

Super Granny To The Rescue – Sassy Mama Restores Order In The Home

Family LifePost Category - Family LifeFamily Life
ExpertsPost Category - ExpertsExperts
ParentingPost Category - ParentingParenting - Post Category - Toddler & PreschoolerToddler & Preschooler - Post Category - Older KidsOlder Kids

One particularly bad day – you know, the kind where the kids are behaving horribly and a one-way ticket to Timbuktu is incredibly appealing – I decided that there was only one thing for it. I was calling in Super Granny (aka Andalene Salvesen) to fix our family and get things back on track.

Friends raved about her ability to whip (not literally) the kiddos into shape in just a couple of hours – and I needed results, fast. And as luck would have it, SG herself was in town on one of her regular stops in Dubai, helping mamas just like me to regain some kind of control over their wayward brood.

If you’re not sure who or what I’m talking about, Andalene is a South African mama – and grand-mama – with a particular talent for getting kids to listen and for restoring order in the home (Dubai’s version of super nanny if you’ve seen her on the tv). Tantrums, fussy-eating or bad sleeping habits, she promises to fix them all (and more!). So hubby and I made the call and put the date of her visit firmly in the diary  – and warned the kids that things were about to change…

IMG_6713

I imagined Andalene to be completely terrifying, but actually, she isn’t! Warm and funny, she’s just very efficient and takes no nonsense – but not in a grumpy or shouty kind of way – her tactics have come as a result of 8 years as head of a playschool in Cape Town, 12 years of running Baby/Toddler workshops and a genuine understanding of how little people think, act and respond. She now offers home-visits to help parents with all sorts of problems and has earned a very impressive reputation for her work.

We asked SG to come to our home at 5pm, the start of ‘the witching hour’ and the run up to supper and bedtime – both of which came with a fair amount of stress, shouting and general chaos that made the dreaded end of each day more exhausting than it should be. Andalene arrived promptly, while hubby was still in the supermarket (having been sent to get 2 things – what the hell was he doing?!), the kitchen cupboards were being spray painted so all of their contents were on the floor and the kids had found a jar of nutella to get stuck into. Not good. I had wanted us to come across as a ‘normal and sane’ family and things weren’t off to the best start – but SG took it all in her stride and got to work.

AB646973-2ED9-4A79-BF90-2552E964DE35

Step one – a chat with me and hubby about our concerns (shouting too much, nobody listening, constant meltdowns – ours and the kids – etc, etc). Andalene explained that we needed to be consistent in our approach, use a specific language and avoid  ‘labelling’ a child by telling them that they are ‘naughty’ which doesn’t help them understand that they are in control of their behaviour and choices. And then it was onto the nitty gritty. Time out. Yes I know what you’re all thinking, you’ve tried time-out and it doesn’t work – yes? Well I was the same until Andalene showed us how to do it the right way.

We asked each of the children to complete a task (Felix, tidy your toys. Arthur, go to your room and play. Violet, help mummy get the table ready for supper) – and when each of them didn’t comply – SG prompted us to tell them ‘you’re not listening’ and then repeat the instruction. After refusing again, each of the kids were put into ‘time out’ in specific areas (this bit’s important – a bedroom full of toys isn’t good and the kids must sit on the floor and wait for you to allow them out – after a designated time depending on their age). As you can imagine, this part went down like a lead-balloon and the whole house was filled with crying and screaming while hubby and I were encouraged to calmly check they were sitting down and leave them to it. When the time was over, the kids were asked to stand up, stop crying and complete whatever task it was they originally refused. And guess what mamas – it worked.

864ECB51-2909-4AA7-98C5-CF72B472BE93

The process was repeated a few times until the kids understood that ‘you’re not listening’ was their cue to stop their nonsense. Suppertime, bathtime, bedtime – Andalene helped us through them all without the need for raised voices. Her method was calm, consistent and completely effective – hooray!

2 hours later, 3 children were happily snoring away while SG, hubby and I concluded the session with a chat and a plan to go forward and I can honestly say that  – thanks to Andalene –  our household is now a much calmer and less stressed place and that the kids are happier and more confident (plus sleeping better – even if this is a coincidence we are obviously delighted). We occasionally have to resort to time-out (and it doesn’t have to be at home – on the beach, in the park, wherever you are if you follow Andalene’s steps then it works) but actually the kids now recognise the steps beforehand and have the choice to change their behaviour.

The 3 magic words in our house now? ‘You’re not listening’ (okay, closely followed by ‘I love you’).

To book an appointment with Super Granny please visit www.munchkins.me

92823AB9-EC88-4FBE-A321-74A61A4E7AF4

Featured image via Pinterest.

more sassy mama

What's New

We're social
Just ❤️this!! #neverfailing #motherhood #raisingtinyhumans via @honestmum
'To all the moms out there, I was playing for you, and I tried...I just feel like telling all the moms, I had such a long struggle to come back and it was really difficult, and honestly I feel like if I can do it, they can do it. I'm just that person, that vessel that's saying 'you can be whatever you want to be'...' well done Serena Williams 💕 #strongmother rg @theglowdotcom
Yup! Also husband packs about 5 mins before we have to leave 🙈 - anyone else?! #schoolholidays #momlife
⭐️*** COMPETITION CLOSED! ***⭐️
Win a voucher from VISA to spend in malls across Dubai during Dubai Summer Surprises!
It’s now in full swing until 4th August and we’re giving 4 lucky Sassy Mama Dubai winners the chance to win an AED 500 shopping voucher each to spend at ANY mall in Dubai. The 21st edition of the annual summer event is featuring an incredible line-up of spectacular sales, retail experiences, unmissable chances to win and performances to keep the whole family entertained this summer. Visit http://dubaisummersurprises.ae for more info and see the link in our bio for ideas on family fun over the hols! 
All you gotta do is tag a friend and tell us what you'd buy with your AED 500 if you win. Too easy! 2 winners will be announced on Instagram and 2 via our Facebook page on Wednesday July 18th. GOOD LUCK, MAMAS! 📷via @sweatshirtsanddresses
Such a gorgeous family snap of the very stylish Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their 3 little ones as they arrive for the christening of Prince Louis 💙📷via @kensingtonroyal
Just another Friday night, mama style! Can anyone make it through a movie without falling asleep?! 💤 #fridaynight #weresocool
The indoor tropical rainforest at @thegreenplanetdubai is just one of the ways to have fun indoors when it’s hot outside. Check out our A-Z of summer activities for 26 ways to keep the kids busy! Link in bio 🔝🔝🔝🔝🔝📷 @fatimamac

We're social

What we're up to and what inspires us