Moms: Let’s encourage rather than scare each other

This week a pregnant mom with a child in tow, lamented on a parent group on Facebook that instead of an encouraging word, hug or smile, women tend to tell her how busy she’ll be, how it’s going to be so difficult, how her son will suffer because he won’t get her undivided attention and how expensive two kids are, etc.

This got me thinking about why we tend to put the fear of God into parents-to-be, especially when they decide to have more than one.

Comparing the cost of kids’ electric toothbrushes

A recent trip to the dentist for my three year old, Hayden, came back with a recommendation to buy an electric toothbrush. Keen on following doctor’s orders I went to the local pharmacy. The Oral B Kids Mickey Mouse electric toothbrush seemed like a funky and friendly enough option. It was the only option there.

But it was the price that made me quickly stack it back on the shelf. It was at an eye watering price of R645.95 ($47.96). The visit to the dentist was an unexpected one as was the price of this simple gadget, so I gingerly put the item back, smiled at the assistant who showed me where it was and scurried out of there like a fox that had been caught in the henhouse. I vowed to do a comparison though to see if I could get it for cheaper electric toothbrush elsewhere and I thought I’d share my online exercise right here.

10 Tips for a better beach day with children in Cape Town

Going to the beach is not as simple as walking out the door if you have children. There are so many factors to take into account like avoiding the midday heat, the traffic, the tourists and the costs, to mention a few. Also, how can you ensure that you’ve got everything you need? Cause let’s face it, there’s always something essential that gets left behind! Here’s some tips that I’ve come up with to make your beach trip a pleasant experience. My family and I learned most of these lessons the hard way, so take heed so you enjoy your beach excursion rather than curse it.