Grooming, hylery, Parenting, Review

Our Moroccan Barber Grooming Experience

Moroccan Barber JHBOur son is not one for haircuts.

If he could get away from having one he would.

Nothing has every happened, at least that we’re aware of, that would have put him off.

We’ve gone to a few places, always ending in tears and screams and us having to pay for a barely finished haircut.

Until we came across the Moroccan Barber’s Facebook page. We decided to try them out and what would you know, our son is almost 100% comfortable having his hair cut here.  Continue reading “Our Moroccan Barber Grooming Experience”

#technology, hylery

Is technology killing our family life?

Do we spend more time on technology than engaging with our kids?

The last few weeks I’ve picked up that our son is in his own way, yet subtle, demanding more engagement with me. I guess it could be any number of things contributing to this. Reflecting though, and looking around us at home there was one major, you can’t miss it, sign. Continue reading “Is technology killing our family life?”

Cycling, hylery, Kidical Mass Ride

Critical Mass Cycle with Kidical Berario 

KidicalMass Cycling - Berario

For a while now I’ve been keen to get our son cycling with other kids, for no reason other than to boost his cycling confidence and away from the iPad.

Last week hubby mentioned that there was a group called Kidical Mass – Berario. An unofficial “Critical Mass” bicycle pace around the suburb of Berario as per the groups Facebook page.

Sounded fun.

Off we went. I was extremely surprised by the turnout… quite large for a Sunday afternoon. Continue reading “Critical Mass Cycle with Kidical Berario “

Father's Day, hylery

Father’s Day 2017… Gift Ideas

Father's Day 2017

If you are a regular reader, you will be familiar with my feelings about Father’s and Mother’s Day. They should both be cancelled and replaced by one, a Parent’s Day. One day in the year, be it commercial or not, that we can appreciate our parents.

For now, it’s there in our calendars every year.

Schools make a fuss about.

The ever-growing number of stores at the malls and shopping centres milk it.

And there’s really not much we can do about it.

So …  Continue reading “Father’s Day 2017… Gift Ideas”

hylery, Parenting, SchoolBreak, Two Oceans Marathon

Our Two Oceans Break…

Two OceansOver the last two years, since becoming more active on the road either cycling, running or swimming, hubby and I have tried to turn our trips to “out-of-town” races into the family breakaway. This year we’ve managed a break per quarter of 2017, taking our current life position, I’m thrilled we’ve managed Continue reading “Our Two Oceans Break…”

hylery, Parenting, Toddlers

School is OUT! Things to do with your toddler

School Break - Things to do

I’m stunned at how quickly we have come to the end of the first school term. Our son has certainly achieved so much this term, still that we’re already at the point that we need to have some idea of how our son will be kept active.

If that doesn’t happen, I am sure hubby will not be a happy camper as he works from home.

What have you got planned?

Continue reading “School is OUT! Things to do with your toddler”

hylery

International Childhood Cancer Day

Cup Cakes of Hope Cancer Foundation15th February 2017 was International Childhood Cancer Day, highlighting how childhood cancer is threatening to overtake infectious diseases as a cause of child mortality.

In South Africa Cupcakes of Hope Cancer Foundation hosts Continue reading “International Childhood Cancer Day”

Child Behaviour, hylery, Parenting, School, Toddlers, Vaccination

When Kids Bite Their Mates

When Toddlers Bite

Yesterday hubby picked up our son and was informed that one of the other children in our son’s class decided to take a bite of our son! According to the teacher, they were all outside when the incident happened.

Like really!?

Last year we had a similar incident at the playschool. Both times as per feedback from the teachers, it was unsolicited.

Does my son give out some serious “bite me” pheromone? Continue reading “When Kids Bite Their Mates”

Adoption, hylery, Love, Same Sex

World Adoption Day – Gay Dad Darren share’s his story

World Adoption Day
Our First World Adoption Day as a family 2014

Today 9th November 2016 is #WorldAdoptionDay celebrated worldwide, the wonderful blessing that adoption can be.

Adoption Statistics in South Africa based on a review of the Registry of Adoptable Children and Parents (RACAP) as at November 2013

  • 297 unmatched parents registered – 14 Black, 190 White and 43 Indian
  • Girls are preferred to Boys
  • 50 applicants would consider a child with special needs (HIV, Mental or Physical disabilities)
  • 29 possible parents for around 429 children registered on RACAP
  • 2013 only 1699 adoptions took place, down from 2840 in 2004

That said, today being World Adoption Day I thought I’d share with you our personal story. So here are Darren’s thoughts back in 2014…

The decision to adopt a baby was not our first option as we desperately wanted to father a child or two of our own. However having considered the exhaustive process as well as the reality that surrogacy would still not guarantee us a baby, we Continue reading “World Adoption Day – Gay Dad Darren share’s his story”