Veronika Winkels

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Can Highly Sensitive People Succeed in Parenting?

Do you struggle with loud noises? Startle easily? Get immediately overwhelmed by certain environments or find it incredibly difficult to switch off? Chances are you have a High Sensitivity Personality (HSP), or, in scientific terms, you may have...

Delayed Motherhood and the Body Beautiful

There are some who say children rob you of your youth. Perhaps this belief is even influencing the trend of Western women putting off having kids till later in life. Though the delaying of motherhood is explained by demographers in various other...

Motherhood: Why Society is Making it the Most Stress-Ridden Career

An op-ed published last week in the New York Times has confirmed that motherhood is the most controversial and stress-ridden career of the 21st century. Author Kim Brooks knows this better than most. For her, it all started with a knock on the door...

Why Men Are Being Told to ‘Be Careful’ About Holding a Door Open for a Woman

Recently my workplace instigated new measures to ensure a safer, more equitable environment. This included learning what constitutes sexual harassment. As part of this exercise, I was asked to rate the acceptability of a man holding a door open for...

Do Your Child a Favour - Give Them a Mission in Life

Generation Y– my generation– and those since, (Millenials, iGen, Dot-Commers or whatever you want to call anyone younger than 30), have received at least one message from Western culture loud and clear: “Have a good time.” This principle holds...

Why Sleeping Beauty is Now Facing a Book Ban

A British mum of a six-year old has asked his school to withdraw the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty from its curriculum because it conveys inappropriate sexual messages. Whaat? Well, if you have been listening to the post-Weinstein #metoo...

Pricing Babies Out of the Market

Entering into parenthood and family life is a joy… and a massive anxiety attack these days. Why? Ask the market strategists. Babies have become a massive industry. With many couples choosing to cap their family at two children, or even just one...

Confessions of a Millennial Mom With a Smartphone Addiction

We might not even be aware we are holding it, waiting for a call, a text, an email. Or perhaps we’ve fallen even deeper into the trap: we’re poised to make our minute-by-minute check on Facebook or Instragram. Just to see if another person has liked...

Regret Nothing, Especially Not Motherhood

Apparently, when you are a mother, and finding the role incredibly challenging, you have two options. You can either regret motherhood, as an article published in the Sydney Morning Herald suggests some women do. Or you can seek solidarity with...