Should you rent toys rather than buy?

We tend to spoil our kids with toys from the shops because we think that’s the right thing to do. Inevitably, our children get bored of them and they sit in the toy box collecting dust. But what if you could change the practice of kids tossing toys to one side that they no longer like?

Mombabbles chats to Lyneve Pieterse, one of the founders of the Smart Toy Club, which allows parents to rent toys to find out more about this concept.
Continue reading “Should you rent toys rather than buy?”

Win R200 breakfast voucher for the Bay Harbour Market

Mombabbles is offering one lucky parent a R200 breakfast voucher to use this Saturday, 16 September. To stand a chance of winning simply comment down below about why you’d like to win this prize or comment on the post about the market on our Facebook page.

Continue reading “Win R200 breakfast voucher for the Bay Harbour Market”

Kaspersky offers free advice on online safety for kids

In today’s connected and digital world, when it comes to keeping children safe online, this can be a very difficult task. As a result, parents often worry about how safe their kids are online. Many of us have questions about how we can go about protecting them.

If you have a number of brewing questions, the good news is that global cyber-security company, Kaspersky Lab, has embarked on a local campaign, offering the opportunity for any concerned parent/guardian, who has a question(s) related to kids’ safety online, from a technology perspective, to get access to the Kaspersky Lab experts – all of whom form part of the Kaspersky Lab Safe Kids’ team, for their feedback and advice*.

Continue reading “Kaspersky offers free advice on online safety for kids”

10 Ways Cape Town can make use of the Muizenberg beach huts

Open letter to councillor, Aimee Kuhl: Apparently there’s been a bit of a tussle over the future of the Muizenberg huts. It’s believed you (or the council as a whole) want to be rid of them as they are an eyesore and used by criminal elements to deal in drugs and who knows what else. But I see this is inaccurate and you’re not in favour of tearing them down.

As you so rightly point out the public are very passionate about these huts and want them to stay. They are iconic, deserve to be made use of and are a great asset to the photographic community.

Continue reading “10 Ways Cape Town can make use of the Muizenberg beach huts”

10 Jobs that moms can do to earn more money

Since I became a parent, I’ve kept a watchful eye on ‘mommy groups’ on social media for advice, guidance and also to glean how other moms cope with juggling work and parental responsibilities. Few are able to do both which, although concerning, puts me somewhat at ease as I know that I am not alone when it comes to this problem.

Another thing I’ve established is that, more often than not, moms in South Africa find it hard to get a job. Many of them are single moms too so they have to take on what they can get. However a post I saw recently on Homeworkingclub.com about how students can get online jobs got me to thinking that moms could do this too. After all, all you need is a laptop and/or phone with data and a bit of tech savvy.
Continue reading “10 Jobs that moms can do to earn more money”

Win double tickets to Clicks BabyMeetup in Cape Town and Joburg with Mombabbles

Four lucky Mombabbles Facebook and/or newsletter subscribers stand the chance to win a double ticket to the Clicks #BabyMeetup sessions. Two winners will be drawn for the Cape Town session and a further two will be drawn for the Johannesburg based session, (see competition details down below). Each winner will get a double ticket so that mom and dad (or whoever else they choose) can attend the talks.

Several high profile and well known experts are set to headline the event including author, speaker and pioneer of well-known Baby Sense Seminars, Meg Faure, fitness guru Lisa Raleigh, comedian Chris Forrest, celebrity mom Jo-Anne Strauss and parenting expert Niki Bush to name a few. 

Continue reading “Win double tickets to Clicks BabyMeetup in Cape Town and Joburg with Mombabbles”

Kaspersky internet security giveaway valued at R1,300

Our children spend just as much time (if not more) on the Internet as we do! Scary stuff if you consider what can be found on the web these days – not to mention the dangers, including cyber bullying.

In commemorating Youth Day and Youth Month 2017, Kaspersky Lab is offering readers a chance to win one of two Kaspersky Internet Security – multi-device 2017 products – which lets you take control with its parental control feature – giving you the opportunity to monitor and block access to websites, depending on their content, to keep your kids safe. The product can protect 3 devices for a 1-year period – covering you at home or even on the move.

Continue reading “Kaspersky internet security giveaway valued at R1,300”

#FeesMustFall at Early Childhood Development Centres

I’ve changed my mind about supporting the #FeesMustFall movement at tertiary level because in my view, that’s not where the energy is needed. I believe fees must first fall at ECD (Early Childhood Development) level before we turn our attention to universities.

Continue reading “#FeesMustFall at Early Childhood Development Centres”

Things to do with kids this winter in Cape Town and surrounds

If you’re stumped for ideas on how to entertain the kids this winter and for the school holidays, Mombabbles has created this handy roundup just for you. Keep coming back to this page as we’re bound to update it as we go!

Continue reading “Things to do with kids this winter in Cape Town and surrounds”

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.

Continue reading “866 Children go missing every year in SA – are we doing enough?”