Sunday, July 22, 2018


Jamaican Mommies in collaboration with its sisterhood of Jamaican Moms at home and in the diaspora are on a mission to be our sister's keeper by providing needy moms with clothing, toys and other back to school items. 

The drive is a collaborative action between Jamaican Moms in the diaspora and the local Jamaican Mommies Network. 

According to Jamaican Mommies Founder, Shanoy Coombs, the Jamaican Mommies network is grateful for the collaborative action to positively support mothers in need.  "There is so much good in this world and we are truly grateful for the members of the Jamaican Mommies diaspora who have reached out and will be putting together new and gently used items to help some of the neediest moms just ahead of the new school year" she said. 

To ensure items are available in a timely fashion, members of the public are encouraged to start sorting their new and gently used items and arrange for these to be collected by Friday, August 10, 2018 by the Jamaican Mommies team. The list of diaspora contacts will be announced in short order. 

Later on in August, items will be laundered and needy moms can visit the Jamaican Mommies "boutique" and select items for their family. 

The Mommies in Need charitable drive is one of many initiatives being rolled out by Jamaican Mommies as it prepares to celebrate 10 years of existence in 2019. 

For queries related to this charity drive, persons can contact Jamaican Mommies at or 8764276021.

Want to be a volunteer with the Jamaican Mommies network?  sign up today!!!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018


If you're like me, you likely only knew about the world cup when you noticed too many unfamiliar flags waving about in your country. If you're worse than me, you are probably still asking what sport we're referring to and if you're somewhere between "what is a world cup?" and "ughhh world cup again" rest assured you are not alone. So for every woman who either doesn't know or doesn't care to know, enjoy the uninterested woman's guide to surviving the world cup.

Step 1: Acknowledge that there are other females who actually love the world cup: 
Frankly one report notes that more women are watching the world Cup to the point that it annoys their spouse,  so beware, you may or may not be alone in your immediate "uninterested zone".  It's somewhat hilarious, somewhat disheartening as my die hard footballzilla female colleague calls me everyday complaining  "Ugghhhhh I want to dicuss the matches with you BUT YOU don't watch the games"! Acknowledging that some females actually LOVE the world cup and embracing this difference takes every uninterested woman one step closer to surviving the world cup. 

Step 2: It's just  weeks! Come on, sucker it up, I know looking at the calendar it seems like forever!But what about that pile of laundry that has run beyond the 4 week course, suddenly, the time seems "too short" right? Here's a good start, think of all the things you've been meaning to do and get going on them.  For me, it's finishing quite a few books that I've started, but got interested in another mid way and have ended up with a pile of unfinished books. So give your self a "Get it done" challenge and use the world cup as your gauge... You have to get things going and score on your GOALS by the time the World Cup hits the finals!

Step 3: Get Transactions done faster: No lies, no jokes! I stood in the bank and watched as tellers (male and females) and customers got so engrossed in the match between Germany and South Korea. Not once did any customer complain about the lines moving too slow or being too long.  In fact, the emotions rang high and there was a uniformed "joy and pain" match-up as the game progressed.  I, the uninterested woman was kindly sent forward by 3 persons in the line because moving forward in the line meant they would be out of the Television's line of sight.  You just can't argue with this perk of being an uninterested woman in the World Cup crazed zone. 

P.S. My sister also shared a hilarious story about the dental surgeons in her office and patients who are so caught up in their world cup discussions that the procedures never get started on time!

Step 4: Strategically map Traffic Avoidance: Locally, matches are aired three (3) times per day (I learnt this from people who insist on discussing the world cup with me) with most people (my footballzilla friends included) leaving home way earlier to be out of traffic once the early matches air or leaving home way later AFTER the match ends. So key to making the best of this pattern is to know when to venture out as most persons are already at a location of choice watching the match or haven't ventured out yet while they watch same.  Plan around this fact and enjoy this perk my uninterested friend. After all, traffic breaks aren't always so easy to come by. 

Step 5: Enjoy the discounts: Marketers love to align their brands with hot ticket items and often, you aren't required to prove that you are a fan to enjoy the discount.  Stroll through your supermarket's aisles, restaurants, your favourite clothing, household or service vendor and chances are they'll be offering a "World Cup Special".  Is this something you wanted to bag for a minute? Is the price a great one? then grab the deal! Yet another way the uninterested woman can survive the world cup!

Step 6: Celebrate the season: Sooo this may rank kinda, sorta hypocritical BUT you didn't ask for all this "world cup stuff" to be thrown in your face, so incorporate and then celebrate.  Invite your fellow uninterested female friends and have a foodie fest while discussing how you all don't watch the world cup over wine.  Trust and believe, it's almost like therapy! You can also be inclusive by being the doting spouse to those in your life who are emotionally invested in the World Cup. Layer on some extra food, beers, whatever his drink of choice and serve up a platter so he doesn't have to take his almost peeled eyes from the TV screen.  Sure enough you may be the uninterested world cup woman, but you still want to be an interested and invested partner. 

Step 7: Embrace the Quality Time: I believe in and wholeheartedly support quality time and the world cup provides a perfect time to enjoy some quality time.  This can be had alone, with your kids, parents and generally persons who deserve your active presence in their life.  And here's the extra perk, this is the one time your world cup crazed roommate, partner and friend will not miss your boring uninterested .... so get on out the house already and every one gets to SCORE!

Step 8: Watch an actual Match: Ok so this is quite the about turn and I am not entirely sure even as I type this one but EVERYONE swears, I am only an uninterested "world cup woman" because I haven't watched the matches. Such conversations always end with "Just watch ONE MATCH" and you'll see.  I've often deflected this by saying I'll go to the football viewing parties, more for the vibe than the football and even would have picked up the fever had I been off in Russia, but to date, I don't want to invest energy in the matches.  But if you are uninterested, yet even slightly curious, you can cure the blues by watching an actual match! Worse case scenario, you can reaffirm that this isn't for you and best case scenario, you may unleash your hidden passion and catch a few matches before the world cup ends! 

As for me, Please please please stop discussing the world cup with or around me! I've been minding my business way too often but still managed to know Germany is out, Neymar plays like a dancer, Messi rebounded from a "messy" situation", Brazil has a love hate relationship going and teams such as Belgium are worth watching! See! I'm almost corrupted! 

Are you an uninterested woman who has mastered the art of surviving the world cup? Were you an uninterested woman who has been converted? Let us know! We are likely more interested in reading your comment than watching an actual match :) #BahHumbug 


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Wednesday, April 25, 2018


When was the last time you truly played? with your child? or the family?

This Mother's Day, local parenting network Jamaican Mommies is on a mission to remind and re-encourage families to play together via its Mother's Day Picnic.

Set for Sunday, May 13, 2018 (Mother's Day), the event is being labelled an authentic day of play and sets out to share fun family activities that can be used throughout the year to bring families closer together.

According to Shanoy Coombs, founder-editor of the Jamaican Mommies network and picnic conceptualizer, the concept was informed by parents who complain of always being "too busy".

"When you ask the average parent in the Jamaican Mommies network what their biggest challenge is, many will say it is limited time, or being too tired, too hurried, too busy" she said.

"The reality is that with changing dynamics in the labour force and more single parent households "too busy" continues to be a cry. However, while parents have supposedly forgotten how to play, children have not. Our aim for this picnic then is to help families achieve the balance of work and play time by reminding them of the joys of playing together". Coombs noted.

To achieve this goal, the Jamaican Mommies Picnic will feature fun family challenges which require team work and some coordination, other activities will test endurance and still others will touch on how much adults remember about childhood games. Essentially, the day will feature a fun lineup of activities for every member of the family. No age limits!

For those who just want to enjoy a relaxing Mothers Day, there will also be a relaxation lounge with soothing music from the Whole Note Mento Band, massage stations mommy and me makeovers, mini facials, a Toddler Care Lounge and so much more.

"It's Mother's Day after all, we want everyone who comes to have fun. Men are being encouraged to take their moms, spouse and child's mother along for a treat.. Take a Picnic blanket and some cash, there will be lots of interesting vendors so you can get food and even the perfect mother's day gift right on location" Coombs said.

The Jamaican Mommies Mother's Day Picnic runs 12 noon to 6:00 p.m and is sponsored by Hope Gardens, Mother's: The Great Jamaican Patty Company and a host of partners.

Tickets go on sale as of Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the following Mother's Locations:
  • Liguanea
  • Cross Roads
  • York Plaza (Half Way Tree)
  • Portmore 
  • Spanish Town
Enjoy our flashback album from the  first Mother's Day Event below:

Jamaican Mommies Picnic Year 1

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


If you're like me, after a long day of work, digital devices and then some, you want to get home, curl into a ball and just relax. That however seems to be more of an ongoing dream once you venture along the parental journey. The reality is, with school preparations, work, pick ups and drop offs, dinner, homework and everything in between, parents are often flat out tired. Still, while our energy levels seem to be running towards E, our children's energy is often at the peak, operating on a full tank.

Since Jamaican Mommies has so actively been encouraging parents to #JustTry to PLAY, we reached out to several moms across the Jamaican Mommies network at home and in the diaspora to find out some of their favorite family games. We collate the responses and share these, categorized by required energy levels.

Low Energy aka Super Tired Mom Mode

1. Spa Time: My absolute fave because it requires little to no energy on my part, but allows the kids to still have fun. Spa time can range from having your hair, nails or a mini massage done.

Required: One or a few excited children, a super tired mom or dad, a comb, brush and other spa items.

Method: Relax, close your eyes even and give your children free reign over your hair, nails, shoulders etc.

Caution: Don't be alarmed that your hairdo isn't road worthy or you have mismatched painted toes.

Friday, March 2, 2018

#JustTry 10 Actionable Tips for being a better Parent

Parenting, as we know, can be the most complex, yet rewarding path in this life.  Unfortunately, with all the other high stress factors in our daily lives, as parents we do get overwhelmed, we do ignore our kids, our spouses and even the things we once loved.  Some days the gravity of it all may even cause us to explode in non stop trail of tears.  As a mother, I know this.  I also know that parenting isn't always cushy-feely.  The reality is that for every parenting reward, there are equally stressful moments. 

Recognizing this, Jamaican Mommies rolled out a Mini #Just Try Campaign over January and February.  Essentially, compact parenting tips, all with the aim of helping us to be better parents. 

If you were connected with us via @JamaicanMommies on Instagram@JamaicanMommies on Twitter or Jamaican Mommies on Facebook you would have been seeing these messages.  This post therefore summarizes these 10 simple tips to help you be a better parent.  These tips have been so well received.  Our next mission may well be to start a #JustTry Challenge. 

1. JUST TRY: As a parent, one of the most important things you could ever do is TRY. It may seem overwhelming at times but find at least one activity that you can do together weekly or every other week. Let us give our children beautiful childhood memories. Quality TIME is way more important than you know.

2. JUST BOND: Here's a fun challenge for this weekend into the upcoming week. Set aside some special time for family. It can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose. FOCUS on using POSITIVE words and actions this week and consider it a real INVESTMENT in your home. 

3. JUST PLAY: Weekends are meant to be fun and this week's #JustTry challenge is for you to #JustPlay I know #ThatMomLife and #Parenting has it's challenges but even 30 minutes set aside for #ActivePlay creates a lasting memory for your children and also has benefits for you as it helps you to see life through the eyes of your child. Let them lead the way. Ask about their favourite outdoor game for example or share one of your childhood fave then go on out and #JustDoIt

4. JUST TALK: It’s important that your children feel comfortable talking to you about issues happening in their daily lives! Build a comfortable talking culture! Allow them to speak!

5. JUST BE THERE: As parents it’s important to be active and present in our children’s lives. Get involved in every way possible! As a guide remember, PRESENCE over PRESENTS.

See other 5 tips below

What are some of the ways you TRY to be a better parent? Share with us!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The right attitude to rain: making the most of the "not so ideal"

A few weeks ago, it all seemed set to be a perfect beach day. The sun was out (in too full a force actually), the lemonade was icy, the beach and bikini were getting whatever body I chose to give it , then voila, without warning, there came the rain.  As my mood sank, I realized I was more saddened for my little miss because she was over the moon excited for her beach outing. 

Think. Think. Think I chided myself and in a few minutes I had an aha moment. If you can't go to the beach, take the beach to you. (not literally of course,  especially since an entire beach once went missing right in Jamaica) :D But indeed I immediately started to think of creative ways to ensure the rain didn't literally or figuratively rain on our parade. From what started off as an indoor activity for a child, emerged several important lessons about the right attitude to the literal and figurative rains in our lives.  Here are a few:

Lesson 1: There is always an Opportunity: In my example, there was the option to call it a day and forget about going to the beach or use the opportunity to turn the disappointment into another fun activity.  Equipped with an umbrella, beach mat and our lemonade, indoor beach time was magical and we didn't even miss the sand.

Lesson 2: Don't Waste time being Upset: Life is all about options and as parents, we can either choose to spend way too much time fuming or using the time to focus on a more positive alternative.

Lesson 3: Perspective is everything: As adults, sometimes we place so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect in every way and when things do not go our way, we often cannot move beyond that.  I was noticeably upset, but my daughter wanted to have fun in the rain. Perspective is everything.

Lesson 4: Give Yourself a Break: This transcends my rainy day example and extends to the many rainy days we all will experience in our lifetimes. work issues? relationship problems? parenting woes? Often we are so focused on all the negatives that we forget to give our selves credit for the things that we have done right, excelled at or even just kept our heads above waters.

Lesson 5: See life from a Child's view: This has been a personal favorite.  Truly, sometimes the best approach is to stop for a minute and see the problem/situation/world from a Child's point of view.  I recall for example a hot summer's day when my daughter wanted to play around in a water fountain.  I told her yes and watched as her eyes opened in amusement each time the water flew forward.  Minutes later, I looked around and she was drenched in the water's droplets.  My first response was to be upset but then I paused, shook my head and cheered her along with a reminder that sometimes we just need to live a little.

Bonus Lesson: Just Try: Of course, before you can take the credit, you need to put in the work.  Parenting and life can often be overwhelming but for us to be the very best versions of ourselves, we have to Just Try.

P.S. Have you been seeing our #JUSTTRY Messages on our Instagram Page? Pop on by sometime

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