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End Screen Time without the Drama!

At the beginning of this year we had the usual school meetings. The teachers told us – “no screen time during the week”. Does that sound a little crazy? It may do. My daughter never had much screen time during the week but we decided we would follow through. Since she had more homework and […]

Peter Pan and Tinkerbell Party

We had a fun Peter Pan and Tinkerbell Party in our family recently. Here are a few ideas if you are planning your own. We have also included a free PDF invite template. Click here to download the free invite template We gave each child a picture of either Peter Pan or Tinkerbell and put […]

Craft: Fairy Butterfly Wands

Getting your children involved in preparing for their own birthday party can be lots of fun and teaches them important life skills. You can teach them how to budget for their birthday, help prepare and decorate treats such as cupcakes and help them to create party favours like these adorable Fairy Butterfly Wands which we have […]

Craft: Butterfly Princess Crown

So, we decided to go with a Butterfly Princess Crown but you can go for a prince crown and decorate it with whatever you find more “princely”. What you will need: White cardboard (you can use paper but the cardboard is less likely to break) Colouring pencils or crayons Decorations – eg. sequins, glitter, fuzzy […]

RESPECT – Tell me what it means to you?

What is Respect? Wikipedia says: “Respect is a positive feeling of esteem or deference for a person or other entity (such as a nation or a religion), and also specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem. Respect can be a specific feeling of regard for the actual qualities of the one respected (e.g., “I […]

Win with FarFaria: Children’s Books for iPad / Android

FarFaria is a new Children’s book app that is available for iPad or Android devices and while there are quite a few apps with children’s books that are available, FarFaria definitely stands out from the crowd. FarFaria is more than just books, it is an adventure! There is a whole little world inside this app and children […]

Helping your Child make Friends as they start School

Grade R/Grade 1 is an exciting time for many children and their parents. With that excitement, however, comes some challenges. One area of concern for many parents is fostering friendships for their Grade R child. Every parent wants to be sure their child has a friend. Here are some suggestions on how you can help your child in […]

No Violence Against Women and Children

Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children is an international campaign which runs from the 25 November every year. During this time, the South African Government runs a 16 Days of Activism Campaign to make people aware of the […]

Should I post pictures of my Child online?

I think this question has an individual answer for each parent. I am often asked why I don’t post pictures online and here are some of the reasons why: Firstly, my child did not ask to have her picture posted online, once pictures are posted online (even if you have ‘deleted’ them) they are there […]

Kids ‘road trip’ Snacks

With the holidays just around the corner, you may be planning a drive down to the coast or up to see the family. Whatever your plans are, here are some great ‘road trip’ snack ideas for the kids. Snack Necklaces Get creative with the string and thread a selection of snacks suitable for threading such as pretzels, […]

Easter Crafts

Scouring the web, I found some great ideas for Easter projects to complete with the Kids. (Simple enough to include even the littlest members of the family) Egg Carton Chicks You can find the directions here: http://paperplateandplane.wordpress.com/2011/03/19/easter-egg-carton-chicks Bunny Plate Face An easy but fun craft, all you need is some cotton wool, paper plates, some colour […]

Valentine’s Idea: Heart “Attack”

Give a loved one a “Heart Attack” on Valentine’s Day! This is a fun way to involve the kids and teach them about kindness. What you will need Different colour papers A pair of scissors Colour Pens/Crayons Prestik or Tape Directions Cut out different size hearts from the colour paper Write sweet messages about/for your […]

Treats for kids with Allergies

While I have created, found, dreamed up some fabulous treats for my family, sometimes…just sometimes…it is nice to purchase something from the store that is safe and that they will enjoy. Wellness Warehouse has some great treats, if you are in Cape Town. If not, I see that you can also shop online and have […]

10 tips for School Time with your Toddler

Creating a special time (if you are at home or have time in the evenings or weekend) with your toddler to learn about words, numbers and the wonders of the world is a wonderfully rewarding experience. You may not be able to manage this everyday but it is worth the effort to try at least […]