I see a lot of parents agonizing about how to tell their kids that Santa isn’t real. I get it. You want your little darlings to know that it’s YOU who’s gone the extra mile and not some fat, judgmental man living in the North-Pole with a penchant for making his elves and reindeer work too hard. But the truth is that you’d be dead wrong about the fact that Santa never existed. You need only go back in history to know that Santa, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, Fat Man with Bad Fashion sense – whatever you want to call him, walked this Earth.
There are plenty of write ups about how we can teach children about money. About saving. About the value of money. But the truth is, they can actually teach us a lot about money too.
Take my 3 year old for instance. Once he learned that you can exchange money for things that you really want (like toys, chocolates) he couldn’t get enough of it. But we encouraged him to save it. And save it he did – for an entire year. And today I get to count it and find out how much he saved in what he calls his ‘Money Mickey’ (effectively a Mickey Mouse money box – see picture). Here I share his money saving tips and tricks which you can use in your own adult life too.
Gone are the days where wine farms simply cater to tourists and wine connoisseurs. Going out to a wine farm, especially in the Western Cape, can be a fun day out for the entire family to enjoy. This is because wine farms are realising that catering for the children (regardless of age) is a big draw for parents who are of course the spenders! Here, Mombabbles does a roundup of some of the most child friendly wine farms and wine cellars in and around Cape Town.
If you are visiting the Cape Town Stadium this weekend for the Sevens games there’s plenty of entertainment for the kids! Soak up the atmosphere in your festive outfits and have fun!
There’s an abundance of things that will keep families entertained at Lourensford wine estate this summer. Here Mombabbles lists all the treats that are in store for the adults as well as the children from Christmas markets, to play areas, to wine and grape juice tasting, hiking and joining a fun run – there’s plenty of things to do for all the family this December and beyond.