How to effectively do your errands quicker

Doesn’t ding your errands quicker sound like fun? These little tasks eat up hours of your day that could be spent doing things you actually enjoy. Here are some pointers that’ll help you get through your to-do list faster, easier and with less stress.   Tips for doing errands quicker Group them together Running single errands at a time is a total waste of time and energy. Save time, petrol, energy and stress hormones by grouping your errands into batches. If you’ve got to drop your kid off at hockey practice, you might just as well swing around at the bank to deposit that check and pop into the shop for milk and bread on your way back.   Do them during the quiet times If you want to do your errands quicker, don’t try and do them over weekends, when the vast majority of people do theirs. Make sure all your service providers (like the dry cleaner, bank, supermarket and doctor) are close to work so you can get these mundane tasks out of the way on your way to …
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Financially savvy kids and how you can raise them

We all want to raise financially savvy kids that will become successful adults in life. But how and where do you start? Here are a few tips and tricks.   Tips to raise financially savvy kids Show them how the money goes in If all your kids see is you withdrawing money from the ATM, they’ll assume that machines hand out money. You also need to show them how you deposit funds, or in our modern world, transfer funds online to a savings account.   Help them set goals and save Label a jar with a set amount of money that your kids can use for something special. Start small with R50 that’ll help them buy a small treat. Help them save and collect R50 worth of change and then count it out before buying the treat. Once at the store, have your child pay for their own item with the money they saved up.   Teach them the difference between wants and needs You need shoes, but you want the latest fashion brand. You need food, but you want to have pizza. Apply thi…
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Toddler parenting mistakes you need to avoid at all costs

It often feels like you’re navigating a minefield when it comes to toddler parenting. Your kids are now at a critical age where they learn at the speed of light and seem to change every day. Here’s a look at some of the mistakes most of us make when parenting toddlers.   Toddler parenting mistakes Being inconsistent Toddlers are slaves to routines and they thrive when they know what to expect and what is expected from them. Toddler parenting requires keeping them on a regular schedule with regards to meals and bedtime, and being consistent when responding to bad behaviour, like throwing food to the floor.   Not doing one-on-one time Although family time is special, kids love spending some alone time with one parent at a time. You have to ensure that each kid gets some alone time with a parent as often as possible. And it really doesn’t matter what you’re doing, as long as you’re playing together.   Helping too much Of course, it’s tempting to want…
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Table manners that still matter today

If you think that table manners don’t matter in today’s life, think again. One soup slurp or picking at your teeth is enough to put some people off completely. Here’s a list of the necessary table manners you really need to teach your kids.   Table manners: the basics 1. Arrive with a clean face and hands. Teach your kids to wash up before dinner. This shows respect for the person that prepared the meal plus it’s also an important hygiene habit.   2. Ask to help Regardless of whether you’re dining at your house or at a friend’s, it’s important to always ask if there’s something you can help with to get ready for dinner.   3. Don’t just dig in It’s good table manners to wait until everyone is served before you start eating. Teach your kids to wait until everyone is seated and served before they start eating.   4. Don’t chew with an open mouth Chewing with a closed mouth and talking with food in your mouth are two solid table manner rules …
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Mom advice: What moms should teach their daughters

When it comes to mom advice, the kind of tips and tricks that were passed on to us from our mothers are golden. Here are some of the basics that we love and reckon all moms should aim to teach their daughters   Mom advice we absolutely love Deal with it Some of us were told we need to deal with what we did and learn from it. Although it might have felt like your mom was unfeeling if she said this to you, she was actually teaching you lessons you needed.   Find the humour in the situation In every little occurrence in life, there is a funny storing hiding somewhere. Stories that include love and humanity that can change the moment or even your entire life for the better.   It’s your life This is one of the best ways moms can help their kids grow up and help them realize what life is going to be like depending on how you perceive it. This is also a great way for moms to help their kids take responsibility for their decisions and ultimately, the pers…
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Why you’ll always be a learning parent

You’re going to be a parent until you die. Even when your kids are all grown up and have kids of their own, you’ll still be a parent. And the need to always be there for your kids is what will ensure that you’ll always be a learning parent. Here are some of the lessons you’ll learn on this amazing journey:   Life lessons of the learning parent You need to back off and try to trust them when they say they’ve got it Arguments shouldn’t turn into contests of wills. This is especially true for parents of teens. And when they shut you out or slam the door in your face, it’s in everyone’s best interest to just back off. You’ll get back to the topic later, when you’re calmer and can see the whole situation from a different perspective.This is a life lesson for the learning parent that'll probably take a decade to set in.   Don’t hold past failures in their face It’s hard to bite your tongue when you want to remind your kids of why they’re not allowed to do somethi…
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Make parenting fun again with these amazing life hacks

As amazing as kids are, raising them can be a LOT of work. From changing baby diapers to dealing with toddler tantrums and keeping tends out of trouble, parenting can take a real toll on parents. But you can make parenting fun again with the help of these tips, tricks, and life hacks that’ll help make your life just a little easier.   A roundup of our favourite ways to make parenting fun again 1. Buy yourself a baby stroller and scooter hybrid These things are for real and can really make walkies a lot more interesting. We’re not sure where you’ll find them in SA, yet, but we’re pretty sure they’ll be around soon enough.   2. Use a rope to swing yourself Tie a rope to the swing and sit your ass down while you swing your kid. It’s a win-win where you get to chill for two minutes while your kiddo swings away.   3. Make your kids get along with a get-along shirt You’ve seen them on Pinterest, and it can be an interesting way to make parenting fun aga…
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Homeschooled kid truths everyone needs to be aware of

There are some homeschooled kid truths that are generally unknown to the public, and it’s time we aired things out. Here’s what it’s like to homeschool your kids versus sending them off to public school.   Homeschooled kid truths Yes, the vast majority of homeschoolers are Christian But they’ve got a healthy mix of granola-crunching hippies too. This is one of those homeschooled kid truths that often get misunderstood. Although there are a lot of Christian families that choose to homeschool, it’s just as popular among religions like Judaism. The real reason why parents choose to homeschool their kids is that they don’t like what the local schools offer. It really hasn’t got anything to do with religion. It’s time to ditch the stereotypes.   The guidelines vary widely In some countries, you need a high school diploma to teach your kids at home. You also need to follow an approved curriculum, and you need to test your kids regularly. In others, you don’t have…
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The meaning of a parent, according to Denmark, the world’s happiest country

Denmark is the world’s happiest nation, and part of the country’s secret lies hidden away in how its people are raised. Here’s the meaning of a parent, according to the Danes.   Denmark’s meaning of a parent P is for Play Our kids have days that are crammed full of classes and activities with even their play times running according to schedule. But in Denmark, the meaning of a parent has a lot to do with proximal development, which states that kids need space to learn and grow. Kids in Denmark are left to pursue their own interests, which allow them to gain trust in themselves. Parents in Denmark are present and available, but they’re not in control of or in the middle of activities.   A is for Authenticity The Danes are a little hell-bent on not always making things seem like they have Hollywood-style happy endings. The Danes have a very realistic outlook on life, and they share it with their kids. They praise their kids for the right reasons and in the ri…
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Rookie parenting mistakes that will ultimately make you a better parent

Rookie parenting mistakes is what shapes the best of parents out there. You can’t become brilliant without learning from some honest, funny, and cringeworthy mishaps along the way. Here are some valuable lessons about parenting we all have to learn.   Best rookie parenting mistakes to make Tiptoeing around the house when your baby naps If you’re looking for a surefire way to ensure your baby wakes up at the slightest noise, this is it. It’s much better to let your baby get used to the sounds that get made in the house during the day. This includes the vacuum, radio, and the rest of the family living their lives.   Rocking the baby to sleep Once your baby gets used to this, she’ll need it to fall asleep every time. You’ll also face the added challenge of putting your sleeping baby down without her waking up. It’s best to put your baby down before he or she is totally asleep, so they learn to put themselves to sleep. Rocking and snuggling do have their place …
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