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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South African apps that’ll make your life easier as a parent

Ever feel like the hours in your day just aren’t enough? Here’s a list of South African apps that’ll help make your life just a little bit easier!   Best South African Apps Prim-U Prim-U is an app that works a lot like Uber, but it’s for the moms that really need a mani, haircut, massage or a makeup session done in the comfort of their own home. The apps connects you with beauty therapists across the country that come to you at a convenient time and venue.   Tammy Tailor Nails Speaking of working in some mom-time, the Tammy Tailor App is one of the best South African apps for moms that need to book an appointment at one of the franchise’s 10,000 branches across the country.   Minderz Minderz is an app that can help connect you with a trusted pet sitter in your area. The app has about 600 pet minders ready to house-sit, check in on pets on a daily basis, and take your dog for walks when you can’t be there. It also works like Uber and allows you to …
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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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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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Proper parenting etiquette and how to bridge the dilemmas

Part of the rules of parenting etiquette states you can’t yell at random kids in the playground, but there is a way to enforce good behaviour during play dates. Here’s some advice on how to deal with unruly kids, overbearing grandparents, and a few other sticky situations.   Parenting etiquette 101 Inviting the right guests to your kid’s birthday party It’s unkind to exclude three or four kids from your child’s class when sending out the invites for a party, so that’s why it’s better to only invite a select few. You still need to be polite and discreet, though, because you don’t want to hurt any child’s feelings.   When your kid isn’t thrilled about a gift Aunt Sue feels hurt because your kid CLEARLY hates the gift she got her. You’re also mortified. But that’s where parenting etiquette comes into play. You need to show the gift giver that you acknowledge the fact that your kid’s response wasn’t exactly tactful.   You host a playdate, and there’s a…
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Life hacks for parents we refuse to live without

Life hacks for parents make the whole idea of raising little humans just a little easier. Here are some of our favourite smart tips to help make life an easier journey with kids.   Best life hacks for parents Plan your to-do list by how long it takes to complete the tasks Your beleaguered memory needs a little break from time to time, and this is a life hack for parents we can’t do without. By giving your items on your to-do list a time-based label, you’ll be more efficient and effective. You can also make use of electronic apps to help you keep track of what needs to be done.   Use a dish drainer to organise colouring supplies You can slide colouring books into the slots of a plastic dish drainer to make it easier to store these items neatly. Crayons and markers can go into the attached cutlery drying cup. This way, your supplies will be contained, ordered, and easy to move from point A to point B.   Keep your kids from rolling out the bed with a …
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What not to say to a working mom if you value your life

When it comes to what you can and can’t say to a working mom, there’s a very fine line. The working mother faces a never-ending balancing act while always being subjected to judgmental input from others. Here’s what NOT to say   Things you shouldn’t say to a working mom Why won’t your husband let you stay at home? Men DO NOT dictate the choices women make about their work status. Sadly though, a lot of people still think that’s the way it works. In most cases, the working mom isn’t being forced to work. It’s a mutual decision. Plus, she didn’t ask your opinion, so shut it, Sharon.   You must miss your kids! This is something that you should not say to a working mom because frankly, it cuts very deep. It’s not easy for them to go back to work after having kids, but it’s what they have to do. It’s a gaping wound that will never close and heal as long as people keep being stupid about this subject.   Are you okay with having other people raise your ki…
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