Mamma Mia ! Theatre Review

Mamma Mia Montecasino
Reviewed by Tiffany Markman

The Mamma Mia movie of 2008 sucked, right? Right.

Pierce Brosnan should never be allowed to sing in public and even Meryl Streep couldn’t save him. But last night’s performance of Mamma Mia at Montecasino’s Teatro was so incredibly good that I want to watch the movie again.

It’s perfectly slick

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Alternatives to TV time for toddlers

arty tots sunninghill bathtime
By Khatija Suliman

I plead guilty to using the television as a distraction tactic. Out of desperation trying to get just 5 min to get done whatever it is I need to do like cooking, packing my handbag clearing the kitchen, I pop the little ones in front of the TV in hope it will numb their brain and deactivate them.

Thankfully I have found much more creative, stimulating ideas to keep them busy while I get on with my chores. I would like to share with you my secret to success.

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Our teen’s hit disco party

By Merle Dieterich

When my daughter asked for a disco party for her 13th, my heart sank. I had visions of lights, music, darkness and who knows what. So the search began for disco party organiser that could satisfy my daugher and myself. We found Jayson from Beat Parties with the perfect party package.

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Super Mom or Scary Mom?

By Mia Von Scha

I am an amazing mother. I’m also a pretty damn shocking one. I am calm and patient and understanding. I’m also short tempered and irritable and impatient. I do things that build my kids up… and I do things that break them down.

Sound familiar? Or are you still seeing yourself through the lens of super mom or scary mom? Do you have yourself on a pedestal or in a pit? Are you tooting your own horn or dragging yourself though the mud?

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Why do some kids hurt other kids?

By Fatima Kazee

I get terribly stressed out when I hear stories about children getting hurt and tend to adopt an “ignorance is bliss”attitude to protect myself and my children from these horrific events. At times this shield evaporates, like when a friend’s son at a special needs school was raped by a fellow student then everything else that is happening comes into focus. I’m talking about the rape of a school boy by 4 fellow students, the allegation that the killing of a family with an axe could in fact be by their own son, who may have a tik addiction.

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My son, the gadget guru

By Lebogang Xolo

My son is turning 4 years old. Time flew by so fast, I’m actually counting fingers as I write this, double checking if it’s really 4. I can tell you one thing ‘boys are very different from girls!’ Unlike the sister, he has always been physically active. In class he’s been allowed to swap a couple of music lessons for the trampoline.

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3 Schools in 3 years

By #GabKe_

My eldest daughter wasn’t planned, but to this day she is the happiest surprise I have ever had. I was younger than most moms of my generation and extremely naïve. I didn’t really have anyone guiding me in the right direction and hoped like hell I wasn’t gonna mess up my kids for good! I chose my daughter’s first formal school based on location, (yes, emphasis on naïve).

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Menlyn Park – Fun Company Review

Reviewed by Sholain Govender-Bateman

What a fun experience going to the newly opened Menlyn Park fun centre! As a rule, hubby and I avoid busy shopping malls with the girls and rather go to parks and restaurants that have open air playgrounds and jungle gyms. However, we decided to give the new play area a go and it was a hit!

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6 tips for raising strong daughters

My mom told me I was Wonderwoman. I believed her.
by Tiffany Markman

Recent research about women and business isn’t pretty. We’re comparatively worse than men at negotiations and navigating the challenges of the workplace. We’re less able to ask for what we’re worth and therefore less likely to succeed professionally. So what do we do, as moms (and dads) to raise strong daughters? Here are 6 tips.

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Top trends for children’s books in 2015

Meet Timmy Failure.
By Tiffany Markman

From touchy-feely toddler deliciousness to beautiful creatures for tweens and scary-sassy-heartbreak for teens, plus everything you can think of in between, including science, there are some exciting trends coming to children’s publishing* in 2015.

I’ve grouped them by (approximate) age, so you know what to look for:

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