Nicolette Writes

Professional Freelance Writer and Stay-at-Home Mom

My son’s dress…


The past year my husband and I have been challenged with my little boy of three years old wearing dresses. I say ‘challenged’, because even though many might say it is nothing and just a phase, we have had to face the disapproval of loved ones. Despite this disapproval, it is understandably also hard for my husband (a real farm boy!) to come to terms with, as he really wants to love and accept Alex as he is (and encourage what makes that little heart happy), but we live in a society entrenched in gender divisions of male-blue-strong and female-pink-weak.

I have turned to my Lighthouse and I have been trying to find an answer – I have been yes/no, yes/no on this matter too much. God has showed me Jesus – who was Jesus? What does the Bible show us about Jesus? Well, everything that the Word teaches me about the kind of person Jesus is just confirmed to me that there is nothing wrong with Alex wearing a dress…

Try to imagine Jesus on earth, and a little boy running up to him with the biggest biggest smile and showing him with great pride his beautiful (sister’s!) dress that he is wearing. The little boy’s eyes are so bright. His smile is so big. He wants Jesus to look at his dress and give him a smile so full of love before he will run off again and play. I can only imagine Jesus rubbing this little boy’s head and laughing with him. I cannot imagine the Jesus I have come to know in the New Testament breaking this little boy’s heart. And that is what happens when we take away Alex’s dress… his little world falls apart. I have never seen my little boy so sad, so inconsolable, as when his dress gets taken away. He doesn’t understand. And quite frankly, it doesn’t really make sense that little girls are allowed to play with whatever they like and wear whatever they want, but little boys are not.

We have decided to ‘let Alex be’ – the less fuss we make of it, the smaller the chance that he will one day feel he will have to wear dresses (or do anything he thinks we might disapprove of) in secret. And if he turns out to be a dress-wearing adult (which I doubt), he will know that his mom and dad love him unconditionally and that he can share anything with us.

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Lots of love,

Nicolette

I’m back! I think…


Wow… I haven’t blogged in over a year… that is almost the time that Rebecca has been with us. In this year I have also stopped working for magazines and taking on any professional writing. I have made a decision – for now I am a stay-at-home-mom, and my main focus is my children, although I do plan to return to my writing and career again one day… For now, maybe I can start again slowly, blogging for my own delight!

So watch this space!

Love,

Nicolette

My focus at the moment!

My focus at the moment!

C-section by Calendar – You can say NO!


The February issue of Mamas&Papas is out now, with my cover article ‘C-section by Calendar’.

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Look out for next month’s copy with an interesting article on Neonatal JaundicešŸ™‚

The EXPECTANT MOTHER’S GUIDE 2014 is out!


Check out page 8-9 and 18-19 of the dad’s section for two of my articles.
Here is a link to the digital version: http://emgonline.co.za/2014f/

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Yes! You Can Labour Less!


Have a look at my latest cover article for Mamas&Papas in the December/January issue.

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Check out my latest articles…


Check out my latest articles on VAGINAL STEAMING (Yes, you heard right!!) and the post-baby body in the November 2013 issue of Mamas&Papas.Ā 

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From Cot to Big Bed!


Check out my latest research on how to get your little one from cot… to big bed!Ā http://expectantmothersguide.co.za/articles/cot-big-bed/

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