I have never loved our garden more than I have during lockdown (even though we are only on day 4) but the cooler weather and occasional rain has put a slight spanner in the works. On the cooler days we have still tried to get outside quite a bit but the rain forced us inside … More Cooler weather and more lockdown activities.
As South Africa prepares for lockdown there are a few things in the forefront of my mind, not the least of which is keeping my family safe, healthy, sane and occupied. Here are some of my thoughts on a few things that may be on your mind too. Also an update on a few of … More Lockdown time …
The order for South African schools to shut down came 3days before the school where I work (and where my eldest daughter attends) closed for a two week holiday. This is true for most 4 term schools, the 3 term schools were in the middle of a term… so they were a little worse off … More School holiday, social distancing and self-isolation
All day every day for a while now (varied amounts of time depending on where you live) we have all been reading real and fake news about COVID-19/corona virus. We have shared memes and health tips and all felt the full range of emotions.
We all have such important roles to play in the family unit. How we play our role determines the overall feeling and dynamics of the family. It is so easy for children (of any age) to feel as though their role is less important as the adults in the house. This may stem from certain … More Thank you for teaching me …
I love the idea of being outside in the garden on sunny days but I really find that having at least one focused activity helps to keep everyone happier and a little more sane. This activity is lovely because even though it requires prep ahead of time, once you have prepped you can keep the … More Ice painting – two ways
I love this activity because it is easy to set up, fun and allows us a chance to be outdoors on a hot day (I generally like to do messier activities and all painting outdoors so that the post activity clean-up is easier).
We love a good family breakfast on the weekend, something different to the rush of a school morning and usually my daughter (4years old) likes to choose what we eat and then helps us to make it. She has always helped in the kitchen, she loves it and I think it is a great way … More A healthy, family, weekend (or holiday) breakfast
I have an extremely talented friend. OK, if I’m going to be honest I have a few really clever, inspiring friends. Today I am going to focus on one of them. Basically she is resourceful, patient, honest, kind and one of the most incredible and self-sacrificing mommies I have ever seen. She moved to France … More A quick, easy, anytime activity to ignite your child’s imagination, creation and planning skills.
Over the years, as a teacher, when parents have asked me what the one thing they can do to help their child is… it primarily comes down to love. Yes, there are most definitely therapies and interventions needed for many children, as well as the basic day to day physical needs of each person, but … More One of the most important things we can give our children is love.