There’s something amazingly innocent and sweet when your little child falls for the Santa lie, which I like to refer to as #SantaGate. They listen wide-eyed as you explain how Santa will arrive on his sleigh transport magically by flying reindeers so that he can deliver zillions of presents globally. It’s thrilling to see the huge smiles when they wake up in the morningRead the rest of this post.
Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Spa. Yup, on the Vaal. I’d been before, three years ago, but this time I liked the sound of Murphy’s Clubhouse, the choice of jungle gyms and trampolines, the bike path, the kiddie waffle buffet (complete with plastic plates) and the baby pool. Things I’d never seen on previous visits.
So off we went. My mom, my toddler and I. For a gals’ weekend. And we had a blast. To illustrate, here’s the list of things that occupied my little one:Read the rest of this post.
It’s not often that a movie comes along that I think it’s important to take your children to, but one has arrived. And your children need to see it.
Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom is the most excellent South African Film we’ve ever produced. Now people may argue that the film isn’t South African…Read the rest of this post.
My kids love to help make this rice – measuring, chopping, stirring – but the best part is in the presentation as we use a tea/coffee cup to shape the rice and turn it out on each plate.
I like to serve this rice with a substantial fresh salad, avocado slices and some creamy fried mushrooms as well as carrot sticks, olives and baby tomatoes or sundried tomatoes and roasted nuts.Read the rest of this post.
I guess I was lucky at school to be one of those straight A students, as I can still remember the absolute dread with which many of my friends received their report cards at the end of the year. Not that they cared too much about the marks themselves – it was the fear of facing their disappointed parents that caused the term-end blues. So heading towards that dreaded day, what can we do as parents to help our kids to address any problem areas without damaging their self-esteem or love of learning?Read the rest of this post.
I was recently approached by a family member whose daughter is finishing school this year. She thought it would be a good idea for me to give her some career guidance…. Beeeg mistake! Not because I’m not qualified to give such advice, in my infinite wisdom, but because what I had to say was not entirely what she wanted her daughter to hear.Read the rest of this post.
As the year draws to a close, life tends to get busier and busier. Most parents I speak to are overwhelmed with work and social functions as well as helping kids to prepare for exams or new years and new schools. Our lives tend to be so busy anyway, that this added year-end pressure can get a bit much and we need to be careful that our kids are not bearing the brunt of this.Read the rest of this post.
In an uncertain world, there is little as satisfying as a sure thing. For me, a sure thing is a guaranteed good read. And this year, a guaranteed good read is – once again – the ageless, timeless, taboo-less Guinness World Records 2014.Read the rest of this post.
Arabella lives with her mom and dad in Parkview, Johannesburg. She has a happy, stable life, with all the love anyone could imagine from her parents and (four!) grandparents. Her eleventh birthday is the turning point in her life. She receives some unusual gifts, which change Arabella’s life forever. But then things go horribly wrong.Read the rest of this post.
Obesity… It’s an ugly word, but as we head into the ‘eating season’ take this time to take ownership of it and make a change! A healthy weight is not only vital for your child’s health and wellbeing, but as any woman will attest to, it can also be a great source of anguish. Overeating, lack of exercise and increased inactivity are the usual suspects but to ensure your child reaps the benefits of a healthy weight we need to understand the drivers of childhood obesity.Read the rest of this post.