866 Children go missing every year in SA – are we doing enough?

It’s International Missing Children’s Day and as much as you may want to avoid this subject and think of happier themes, we need to keep the momentum up and focus on how and why our children go missing and get killed in South Africa on a regular basis.

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Social media and motherhood – a tricky balance

Important tips from cyber security specialists Kaspersky Lab 

Sharing is caring – this expression is well-known in the ‘mommy’ world and is something that many parents aim to teach their kids. But this concept, especially in the social media space, can be daunting. Some parents are not certain what is worth sharing, while other parents share every moment, from the piece of cake their little ones eats to their first day at school – gaining a high number of ‘likes’ and positive comments – because for many, these moments are often just too precious not to share! However, at what cost?

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Menaretrash – why you may be missing the point

At first I thought this movement’s name (#Menaretrash) was a bit harsh. I immediately wanted to leap to men’s defense as I have two wonderful gorgeous boys and a great husband who treats me well and lots of male friends who I know would never dream of hurting a woman and who certainly wouldn’t deserve this label.

But the more I read about the #Menaretrash movement and the message it’s trying to convey I understand why it had to get such a name. Yes it’s sensational, it offends, it’s accusatory and it appears to tarnish all men with the same brush. But before you get defensive and declare yourself a knight in shining armour let me stop you right there and ask you the following:

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Is it time we did away with petting zoos?

This month Higgledy Piggeldy Farmyard issued an impromptu notice on Imhoff Farm’s website, saying: “After consultation with Imhoff Farm management we have decided to remove all petting access to the animals. No further picking-up or handling of animals will be allowed, under any circumstances for any child supervised or not.”

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10 Things Star Wars can teach your kids

Today is International Star Wars Day (4th May)… ‘May the 4th be with you’ – get it? If you don’t, you’re clearly not a Star Wars fan. As a Star Wars geek and parent I thought I’d investigate the things this infamous series could teach your offspring. There’s lots of things it could teach them, but I’ve kept it to a compact ten. So here goes:

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Moms with depression: don’t be afraid to speak up

Today is World Maternal Mental Health Day and I want to dedicate this post to depression because all too often it doesn’t get dealt with early enough. Least of all in my home country, South Africa.

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New sleep gym classes for parents

David Lloyd Health clubs in the United Kingdom are offering ‘napercise classes’ or 40 winks classes aimed at exhausted parents. So instead of doing an aerobics workout, step or spin class you get into a comfortable bed and sleep for 45 minutes.

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Easter specials, delights and events for the family

If you’ve been too busy dealing with the kids, work, bus strikes, taxi strikes and marching to parliament to get rid of President Zuma then you may have forgotten to organise some time out for the family for Easter. But fret not, Mombabbles has come up with an A-Z list of deals to take advantage of, outings, and delights to treat the family with this Easter weekend and even beyond. The hard part will be deciding what to do and when!
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Family outing at Bugz Playpark

Outdoor theme parks aimed at families sometimes worry me as I stress about their cleanliness, their maintenance, the crowds and losing my children in them as well as the difficulty in finding the venue.

However, when it comes to Bugz Playpark* based out in Kraaifontein in Cape Town, I needn’t have worried. Unlike some venues I’ve attended the staff at the playpark ensure that the place is neat and tidy. Either that or they secretly programme attendants to clean up after themselves as they enter through their gates, however, I’d imagine it’s all down to the efficiency of the staff.

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End of the road for Babaderm in South Africa?

Yesterday (29 March, 2017) well-known baby products provider, Babaderm, issued a post on its Facebook page that it’s closing down its business. There was no mention of the closure on its Twitter feeds. The business, which was founded in August 2011, will have all its remaining stock sold on Takealot.com.

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