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Estée Cockcroft is the founder of Sassy Llama. As a mother of three daughters she felt it imperative to start a company that equips young girls with tools to navigate their online and offline worlds.
She holds a B.A. (Hons) Marketing Communication from the University of Johannesburg and a Diploma in Creative Writing from UCT. She has 9 years’ experience working in advertising, branding, reputation management and PR. She has worked with teenagers locally and abroad through developing strategies for big brands such as Guess, Comfitex, Sweaty Betty and First Choice.
In 2016, Estée published her first novel: The Eye in the yellow bow tie, a coming-of-age tale with bullying as a central theme. Estée is an avid public speaker and an enthusiastic trail runner.
Naomi Holdt is a mom of two inspirational little humans. She holds a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of KwaZulu Natal.
She also holds a Bachelors degree in Primary Education, and prior to studying her Masters, she was an educator for seven years, teaching children in various contexts. For the past 12 years she has been in full-time private practice and has a special focus on Parenting Consultations. She also conducts therapy with young adults, teens and children. Naomi is a passionate writer and a dynamic speaker, and regularly speaks at events for parents, educators and corporate sectors.
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Yolandi Allen is a social media expert and consultant with over 8 years of experience in the industry. During this time, she has helped a number of people and businesses build strong, authentic brands online.
She is passionate about training young graduates on the principles of social media best practices to help them navigate the digital landscape with thought and integrity. Her passion is fuelled by her assertive, 8 year-old daughter.
Dr. Nadia Jooste is a medical doctor and a mother of three with a special interest and additional qualifications in psychiatry. She has been working as a medical officer in mental health at Elizabeth Donkin psychiatric hospital for the past 7 years.
Nadia loves camping and heads up her own party planning business in her spare time.
Elzabé Olivier holds a Masters Degree in counselling psychology from the University of Port Elizabeth and completed her internship at Hunters Craig Psychiatric hospital.
For the past 9 years she has been operating in a full-time private practice capacity consisting of an adult and child client base in Port Elizabeth. She has been involved in numerous programs including Employee Assistance, empowerment of unemployed youth as well as social and emotional skills training for children in group format.
Louis Zietsman has been working as a Registered Counsellor in private practice since 2017, and completed his training at the Nelson Mandela University where he qualified with a 4 year BPsych (Counselling) Degree in 2014, that included a 6 month internship at the Nelson Mandela University Psychology Clinic (Uclin) working with children of all ages. He also recently completed his Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology at the Nelson Mandela University, which included a 6 month internship at Life Hunters Craig Psychiatric hospital as well as 6 months at Nelson Mandela University Student Counselling Centre.
Louis has a particular interest in childhood/adolescent development as well as enhancing the learning potential of children from Grade R onwards and has been involved in life and study skills programmes in schools across Port Elizabeth for several years. He has alsobeen published in the SA Journal of Industrial Psychology in the field of career psychology. He is currently working at St. George’s Preparatory School, as part of their Learning Support team as well as the Child Wellness Centre, which is a multidisciplinary child therapy centre focusing on childhood/adolescent assessments and therapeutic interventions developed and implemented by a multidisciplinary team of health professionals in Port Elizabeth
My name is Natalie Macleod and mother to two beautiful busy boys.
My biggest moment to remove myself from social media was when I was pregnant and all I did was scroll Facebook. What example are we showing our children?
It was then that we decided to live life as present as possible, without having the need to show the world what we or our children are doing, to live in the moment for the moment, not for the comments or likes.
I never wanted my children to place their value of themselves on screens.
We believe in as much outdoor activity as possible, we spend money on experiences not things. We believe that by exposing them to real life as much as we can we are creating happy healthy minds.
I do see the difference immediately when my boys have too much screen time, they are frustrated and agitated.
Dinner time, we sit at a table, no tv, no phones, we are strict with that as this is precious family time. We believe this enables stronger family bond.
We as parents try limit our screen time ourselves so that the boys do not stare at two parents stuck behind a screen , as it’s all very well if you not letting your child on a screen but if you not setting the example, our actions speak louder than words.