Commandments of shopping with kids

We live in a rat-race world where time is our most precious commodity. Many times, we’re forced to spend the little time we have with our kids on a trip to the shops. We have no other choice than to try and make great memories on the run. That said, there are a few commandments of shopping with kids that will make the time spent together more memorable.   Here’s how to make shopping bearable for you and your kids What you want to do is to engage with your kids to create a bonding experience with every opportunity that arises. We have so many opportunities for teaching our kids self-control and the ability to cope in confined spaces when we’re out shopping. We also have loads of time to chat to our kids while we’re scanning the aisles.   Here are the basic commandments of shopping with kids Don’t tackle rush hour shopping If it’s after 5 pm, it’s just not a good idea to go shopping with the kids. End of story. The same thing applies for weekend shopping and …
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Co-parenting with a toxic ex

Here’s the sad reality: co-parenting with a toxic ex is damn near impossible. Even if you’re super flexible or firm. Regardless of how hard you try, all your attempts to “be the bigger person” will essentially fail. Psychos and co-parenting just don’t fit together. And the reason for that is quite simple. Co-parenting requires shared effort and intent.   Why co-parenting with a toxic ex will never work When you consider the word “co” it translates to together, mutual, and in common. Toxic people don’t have the same goals as you. They can’t and don’t put their kid’s best interest before their own. Trying to co-parent with a toxic ex is like attempting to row a boat with just one oar. Even if you try your best, your boat will still go in circles, stopping only to sink eventually.   In the interest of your kid(s), it’s best to give them a relationship with both biological parents. But in this case, it isn’t a matter of co-parenting anymore, but rather Parallel…
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Best family-friendly online stores

Thanks to technological advances, online shopping has become a great alternative to the real thing for many families. Gone are the days where we have to brave end-of-season sales and the chaos they are associated with. You don’t have to stand in, what feels like 100-man-deep queues, with a screaming tot, just to pick up the week’s bread and milk anymore. But are there really family-friendly online stores?   If you’re anything like us and would rather spend your time creating memories on a Saturday morning than shopping, we’ve got just what you need. Here is our list of some of the best family-friendly online stores, stocking everything a family could ever want or need.   A roundup of the best family-friendly online stores Spree If you need to pick up new clothing, shoes or accessories for any member of your family, Spree has it. The site caters to a wide range of budgets, and there’s almost always something on sale. We love that the website and free app is…
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Best family-friendly markets in Gauteng

There’s nothing quite like strolling around a food or craft market and listening to the people around you. And what about enjoying a good coffee in the shade of a tree while the kids laugh and play? Enjoying time with your family, those are the moments that really matter. The good news is that there are loads of family-friendly markets in Gauteng that you AND your little ones can enjoy. Here are the ones you need to try ASAP.   Must-visit family-friendly markets in Gauteng Riversands Farm Village Market The Riversands Farm Village Market in Fourways is kid-and-pet-friendly. It’s best known for its amazing baked goodies and the immaculate natural scenery. Grab a bite to eat from one of the providers, scout for some home-made delicacies, and enjoy the live music on offer. You can swing by on any given Sunday between 09:00 and 16:00.   Hazel Food Market Open every Saturday from 08:00 to 14:00, the Hazel Food Market is Pretoria’s premium foodie destination. Exp…
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Western-Cape family-friendly markets

There’s nothing quite like strolling around a food or craft market and listening to the people around you. And what about enjoying a good coffee in the shade of a tree while the kids laugh and play? Enjoying time with your family, those are the moments that really matter. The good news is that there are loads of Western-Cape family-friendly markets that you AND your little ones can enjoy. Here are the ones you need to try ASAP.   Must-visit Western-Cape family-friendly markets Market at the Barn Located in Durbanville, this market runs 10:00-15:30 every Sunday. It’s crammed full of everything and anything including crafts, arts, food, and entertainment galore.   Wollowbridge Slow Market Willowbridge’s Slow Food Market is the place to be if you love a huge variety of foods and crafts. Open every Saturday 9:00-14:00, you can rest assured that there’s a little something for everyone here. After your shopping spree has come to an end, the kids can play in the s…
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Fun and innovative business ideas for older kids

Kids love dreaming big and planning their futures. Which is why we need to teach them business basics from a young age. Some folks believe that the age at which you start your first business impacts just how successful you’ll be in life. That being said, here are some brilliant business ideas for older kids, just to get them started on the right track.   Best business ideas for older kids Recycling service Your kid can set up a recycling service where they collect paper, glass and cans from folks that don’t have time to do it themselves. It might not pay the biggest bucks, but parents can reward their kids accordingly for the work they do.   Author or illustrator of children’s books Kids know best what resonates with their age group. If your kid loves writing stories, they can put together their own book and get it published. If your kiddo is somewhat of a little Picasso, he could start offering illustration services to the authors of children’s books. &…
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Best baby shower venues in Johannesburg

Are you in charge of arranging a baby shower? Aside from the guest list, you’ll also have to consider whether or not you’re going to host it at a venue. If you choose to host at a venue and live in Gauteng, you’re in luck! Read on to see our selection of the best baby shower venues in Johannesburg.   A roundup of baby shower venues in Johannesburg Petitfours Petitfours has a European dining style and has a team of catering specialists who can help you plan everything down to a T. From designer cakes to scrumptious meals; this is one of the very best baby shower venues in Johannesburg. Location: Heathway Shopping Centre, Blackheath Call: 011 431 0319   Buitengeluk With their stunning, manicured gardens and immaculate glass house, Buitengeluk is ideal for a baby shower. The great news is that they also have a variety of menus on offer to cater to every need. Location: Broadacres Lifestyle Centre Call: 011 540 1556   Secret Tea Garden Tea…
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How to find the best baby thermometer

Taking your baby’s temperature can seem like a near impossible task and can be traumatising for both of you. But with the best baby thermometer on hand, it becomes a whole new ball game. Wondering how you should go about selecting the best from the rest? Here’s a quick and easy guide:   What to look for in the best baby thermometer Some thermometers work best for specific age groups. Rectal units are fine for kids of all ages but come highly recommended for newborns since they’re the most accurate. Older kids, on the other hand, can and probably will protest against the backdoor method. Kids older than four generally do well with oral thermometers. Younger kids might not be able to hold oral thermometers correctly, so in this case, a digital under-arm thermometer is a better choice.   Best baby thermometer picks 1. Nuk Baby Thermometer 2-in-1 The Nuk Baby Thermometer comes with an extra-small measuring tip and an infrared transmitter. Temperature can be mea…
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Kid-friendly restaurants in Pretoria

When was the last time you headed out for dinner as a family? It can seem much easier said than done to find kid-approved joints, but with a little planning, it’s really not that hard. To give you a helping hand, we’ve rounded up a list containing the best kid-friendly restaurants in Pretoria.   Six kid-friendly restaurants in Pretoria C’est La Vie Specializing in breakfasts and light lunches, C’est La Vie is a Centurion favourite for families. It has a big, outdoor play area with fabulous jungle gyms and other toys. The large trees provide plenty of shade, and to avoid intimidation, play area are separated by age. Area: Centurion Website: www.c-estlavie.co.za   Afroboer Afroboer is pretty much a self-explanatory name, but you’d be surprised to see what’s really on offer here. The menu is HUGE and consists of proudly South African dishes and treats. For the little ones, the jungle gyms and walkways provide hours’ worth of fun. Families can sit outside…
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Multiples and schedules: How to make it a reality

Taking care of more than one baby is hard work that requires a proper plan. The words multiples and schedules might seem like something impossible to correlate, but with a little planning, it can be done. If you need some help with getting your twins into the same routine, here’s our two cents.   How to make multiples and schedules work The first thing you want to do in order to get the basics of multiples and schedules in place is to organise. After organising your home, you’ll work on a schedule. Let’s explain it in detail.   Organization Simple changes can make a world of difference in the life of a parent of twins. Here are some tips: You’re better off preparing bottles in advance and ensuring that you have nappies and wet-wipes on hand in just about every corner of the house and your car. Keep the outfits for your twins simple so you can easily swap them if they make a mess. If it’s possible, hire someone to help you with the household chores…
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