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.
Since long before I was even married I have always loved making a gingerbread house at Christmas time. When I lived at home with my parents it took ages to eat them and it almost seemed pointless to spend all that time making it with no one to eat the finished product. I can’t explain … More Making a gingerbread house – a Christmas tradition that has become a fun family activity.
The more you get to know my family and I the more you will see that health, food and diet are a big part of our lives. I love food, trying new restaurants, baking, cooking etc. and have evolved over the past decade to become a person who really cares about healthy eating (largely influenced … More Why we chose to attempt a sugar free/reduced sugar diet for our children