Freckleface Strawberry: The Musical is currently showing at the National Children’s Theatre. Based on actress Julianne Moore’s New York Times best-selling book, it’s a fun, funny and fast-moving show – with a valuable lesson about self-esteem and self-image.Read more
If, like me, you can’t face another game of Pretend, why not try some of these? (As you’ll see, the theme of these activities is, loosely, circles, and specifically doughnuts, and I’m a big fan of crafting with waste materials.)Read more
I hate public holidays and long weekends. As a self-employed working mom, they mean I have a preschooler who’s out of routine, complaining of boredom, asking for snacks every 15 minutes and driving me mad… The only way to survive it is to have a concrete plan.Read more
How many ways can you say, ‘This is a gorgeous book’? How many ways can you say, ‘It couldn’t have come a moment too soon for South Africa’ and ‘I want to read it to my daughter every day, forever’? I wonder if you know?
In case you haven’t gathered from my enthusiasm, I absolutely love Refiloe Moahloli’s debut children’s book How many ways can you say Hello?Read more
I almost said No. Write an article on ‘how to keep romance alive with kids around’? Goodness. Me? I asked my husband (vaguely hoping he’d agree to write the article), and he had no idea. But, with the topic germinating in my mind in the intervening week, I had a revelation, which I’ll share with you.Read more
Imagine for a moment that you’re five years old.
Can you think of anything better than: a singing puppet named Webster the Spider, the goddess Athena and her rival Arachne, a set of gorgeous shadow puppets to show off the Labours of Hercules, and live guitar music?Read more
Goodness, did my two love this show!
Seussical The Musical Jr. is the Peoples’ Theatre version of the fabulous and fantastical Broadway show, in which the Cat in the Hat narrates a special storyRead more
If your child loves his/her devices and often has to be nagged to just *move*, you need to read this article. It’s about actualising more of the brain-and-body-potential that’s inside our children, using easy brain-boosting activities. Plus, research shows that stimulating both sides of the brain enables children to learn better, become more creative, deal more effectively with challenges and emotions, and build enhanced confidence, self-esteem and understanding of their environment.Read more
What’s the up side to letting our kids loose in the garden? What does it do for their brains, bodies, social consciousness, eating and just plain joy? I consulted an expert – Caro Tapson, former pro landscaper, mom, and owner of Seedling Stokvel – and learned some awesome things.Read more
Happy South African birthday Disney Channel, and thanks for introducing our tween to shows like, among others, Jessie, Mako Mermaids, and Violetta. Now onto a review of the flagship film of Disney’s birthday month: Adventures in Babysitting.Read more
Supreme Divas is diva-ine. Expect a glorious mix of the big and loud, the sweet and slow, and even the gentle growl, divided into two acts: ‘then’ (80s/90s hits) and ‘now’ (big songs of the 2000s). Expect inter-generational entertainment, perfect for younger audiences (aged 8+) from musical or theatrical families, and pretty much anyone else who’s enjoyed strong female voices from 1980 to date. Expect a fun, festive, charming night out.Read more
You know those feel-good shows that leave you humming as you drive home? That you think about while putting your little ones to bed? That you’re chatting about over dinner, and remembering in the morning? Shrek The Musical is one of those.Read more