My Jet2 holiday trip to Ibiza and the Cala Verde hotel with two active boys

A recent anonymous social media post from a mom relayed how she was lacking in confidence when it came to holidaying with her young children. She was worried because things had changed. When her second child came along she said holidays have become more stressful and challenging.

I really get it. Travelling with two children (and even one) can be stressful. But for some reason I got a bee in my bonnet about booking a trip for the boys and I to Ibiza. As the holiday drew nearer, I admit I was getting a bit worried.

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Get a free book that’s designed to teach your child about investing and saving

Children are generally more interested in spending their money thank tucking it away for a rainy day. It’s been a tough battle to get my eldest to save even though he’s got a bank account.

Here in the UK the children are spoilt for choice when it comes to kid’s accounts. There are more options than there are in South Africa and the apps here for accounts such as GoHenry allow you to monitor their spending and earnings with your own parent access while the child gets their own version.

Teaching them to save for major events such as Christmas isn’t an easy thing to do. Once they see that little pot grow, they realise that if it hits a certain amount then there is a plethora of toys that they can buy.

What’s worse, websites like Amazon and Takealot in South Africa make accessibility to toys and games even easier. Kids soon realise they can get instant gratification within a matter of days. It’s just too easy to buy stuff in stores and online. You don’t even need to get out of the house!

So, I was very pleased to see that one investment house, Foord Asset Management, have made an effort to educate children about the advantages of saving. They’ve published a beautifully illustrated book, More Than Enough, which tells the story of a little squirrel who is collecting acorns with her mom. The little squirrel’s mom gives her offspring lessons about gathering enough for the future and unpacks the basics about investing. The book is available to parents for free.

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What’s that old man doing in the park reading a book near my children?

This was a question raised by a concerned mom on a social media platform. To put it further into context, the woman who posted her concerns said: “Lone gentleman in the playground reading a book on a bench. Feel awful to think negatively but a bit odd don’t you think?”

It made me stop and think twice and I was of course intrigued to scroll down and read through the over 74 responses (and counting) made to the question posed about two hours before I wrote this up on my blog.

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Two day budget beach holiday in Eastbourne with my six-year-old

As family holidays go you can’t beat a getaway to the beach. Sand, sea and surf is all you need and it’s enough to keep even the most active of kids happy. So now that we’re in the long summer break in the UK I thought it would be nice to catch a family break in the sun.

Unbelievably it’s been extremely hot here in the UK, with the second hottest day on record ever recorded yesterday. I don’t really remember a time when the weather has been so charming. I lived in London for nearly ten years between 2000 and 2009 and I don’t remember summers being this generous and winters being this mild.

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What fashion style will baby Sussex wear?

Since I’ve returned to England with my family from Cape Town, South Africa, there’s been much talk about Brexit and the upcoming birth of Harry and Meghan’s baby, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. As this is hardly a political blog I’d be much more inclined to talk about the new royal baby.

As ever there’s speculation about the baby’s sex, due date (rumoured to be end of April or early May because of an apparent slip by Meghan herself) and of course what he or she could be wearing.

Here to talk to us about royal baby fashion and trends is Erica Williams, Zulily senior buyer of infant apparel:

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Getting to the England from South Africa with our family – what we learnt

We made our decision to move from Cape Town back to England (specifically Sevenoaks in Kent) last year but the execution of it all only started in the middle of 2018 when things started lining up for my husband and I (work and visa wise).

There are so many things to consider and prepare for. But here’s what we learnt:

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Win a NutriBullet Baby Bullet worth R1599

One way of guaranteeing that you have all the nutrients you need for your baby is to make your own baby food. Don’t get me wrong, shop bought food is OK but you get peace of mind making your own food because at least you know what’s in it.

Making your own baby food can be time consuming – but there is help!

Last year NutriBullet launched Baby Bullet which enables parents to easily whiz up healthy, delicious meals from scratch. The meals created with the Baby Bullet are ideal for children aged between six months and three years (as they adjust to finger foods).

Mombabbles is giving away one NutriBullet Baby Bullet worth R1,599 with a one year warranty to one lucky Mombabbles follower. To stand a chance of winning simply comment below about why you’d like to win this prize or make a comment on our Facebook page. To double your chance of winning, subscribe to the Mombabbles newsletter.

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The ‘loss’ kids feel when you’re moving home and how to deal with it

They say moving home is one of the most stressful things you can do. If you need to throw stuff out because you’re downsizing or moving country, it can be difficult to part with items. Often, when were going through our ‘junk’, such as that box of cables you keep convinced that you’re going to need it one day or those dresses that you think you’ll fit into one day, you find excuses not to throw them out.

So if it’s difficult for you, imagine how your kids may feel, especially if they are sensitive souls. Mom Bronwyn Mann Jacobs today penned some tips on Facebook group ‘South Africans Immigrating to the UK’ on how to deal with the stress and loss your child may be facing if you’re moving abroad and have to do away with some of their toys. Here’s what she said:

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How to get creative with your kids in Cape Town

There’s nothing quite like a child’s imagination, and you can harness that creativity in so many ways. It’s all about coming up with new activities for them to try and giving them the opportunity to explore different things. The more you do with them the more they learn.

There are a lot of fun ways to get creative with your kids at home and out in Cape Town and the surrounds if you don’t want the mess at home! (Scroll down for a list of fun, creative workshops and classes that you and your children can attend together).

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