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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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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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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