Our child-friendly holiday getaways for 2017

I thought I’d wrap 2017 up with a post about the recent trips we took with the kids over the December holidays. We took three trips in total – yes three! But for one of them I decided to leave the youngest behind (I’ll explain why later in the post).

Some of you may think we’re mad travelling with a two-year-old and a four-year-old. Granted, it wasn’t always easy keeping this energetic bunch in check but I’d say with the places we chose we had an awesome experience and I’d definitely go back to each and every one of them in the future (provided I had the money of course).

I’m also including some money-saving tips at the end because unless you’re related to Zuma or the Guptas, I’d imagine most families need to get a good deal to make the financial burden of going away that much more easy on the wallet. December is, after all, a very long month considering that you have to stretch your salary and bonus all the way to January.

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Should you ban access to social media during exam time?

Now that matric finals are in full swing it’s understandable that you want to take away all distractions so that your children concentrate on the final hurdle and get the best marks possible.

Mother did it, or tried in any event. She wanted me to cut back on my sport. I had to give up drum majorettes, which took hours of practice and a large chunk of my day. To be fair, I agreed with her.

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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.

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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.
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#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.

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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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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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