If you want a collection of bedtime stories that are bound to help your children relax then look no further than ‘The Sleepy Pebble and Other Stories: Calming Tales to Read at Bedtime’
Wow – another festive period is over, and the children are going back to school this week in South Africa. Here in the UK where we relocated, schools already started, so you have a bit of catching up to do in terms of getting into a rhythm with school hours. But it’s nice to see all the smiley, familiar faces returning to school!
As parents, we all want the best for our children, and this often includes being able to give them the best education that we can afford.
Below I thrash out some of the common mistakes that parents make when saving for education, with some sage advice from Allan Gray, Sanlam and Old Mutual.
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.
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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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.
*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.
This month sees Cool (Kids) Cabs launch in Cape Town. This cab service for kids promises to be a safe form of transport, with drivers that ensure your child is strapped in safely. Its focus is solely for transporting children from school.
Black Friday is an informal name for the day after Thanksgiving in America and is supposed to usher in the festive season shopping. Shoppers have been known to stand in long-snakelike queues outside shops before they open and then stampede in to get the best deals. Injuries and fights have often made the headlines.
But you don’t have to be in a bricks and mortar store to land a bargain. In South Africa some are offering online bargains too. I’d recommend avoiding the crowds and shopping online. It’s less hassle and less pressure. Remember, most stores will have their deals feature till what people often refer to as CyberMonday. So if any sites crash, look again over the weekend and on the 27th. Here, Mombabbles, has rounded up a few deals for moms and families.
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?
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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