10 Toys that cause injury and death

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Kirstie Haslam, partner at DSC Attorneys is warning parents to be aware of the dangers some toys can pose to the health and well-being of their children following a report by non-governmental organization (NGO) World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.) that was issued in November last year.

The NGO listed the ten most dangerous toys for 2017, which have caused injury and even death.  WATCH was created 45 years ago to monitor and prevent these kinds of accidents by highlighting which toys have the potential to hurt children.

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Chore chart tips for parents

Today I made my first chore chart for my kids. They’re very rudimentary and basic but I’m certain (read: hoping) they will get the message across. Some of the chores on my list my kids already do. But there’s no consistency. Often my four-year-old, Hayden, will leave the bed a mess and needs to be reminded to make it up. But one day he made it up without me asking him too. Since then, he’s generally left it untouched unless I ask him.

These chores are simple but are things that I expect them to get a handle of, or at least try. They include: feeding the dog, taking the dishes back to the kitchen, which Hayden and Sebastian (2) are generally very good at, tidying the playroom and, of course, making their bed as I mentioned. With Sebastian, the task may be a bit more difficult as his cot is a bit higher than his head. But I’ll encourage him to do the basics – like at least pick up the blankets that he tossed to one side in the night. Continue reading “Chore chart tips for parents”

Flying with kids

*In collaboration with Travelstart

There was a magical time (before kids) when you got on a plane and only had to worry about yourself. Now with a family in tow you’re the one that solo flyers pray that they’re not sitting next to. You’re the one with the screaming child who everyone glares at with a ‘you’re not doing it right’ smirk on their know it all faces.

For parents struggling with active children in a confined space or with a toddler or baby that’s not so sure of this massive tin can that makes lots of noise, it’s hard not feel overwhelmed and underprepared – no matter if the trip is a cheap return flight to Cape Town or a long haul flight to Disneyland, Florida. It’s also hard not be aware of how you’re being judged by other passengers ALL THE TIME.

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Win a Kaspersky Internet Security product to the value of R584

Are you growing concerned about how much time your children spend on their mobile phones? Or are you worried about who they message or call? What about whether they’re online or active on social network platforms and who they may be connecting with? Do you also worry about what content they may come across when online?

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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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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.
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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*.

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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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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!

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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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