Parenting, SchoolBreak, Toddlers

Things to do with your toddler (Winter School Break)

Things to do with your toddler

It’s been a week into the school winter break and our son is already looking bored.

Have you found anything interesting to do around Joburg?

I asked our friendly search engine for some help and these are some of the options.

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Child Behaviour, Parenting

Why we should say “Sorry” to our toddlers

Importance of saying sorry to kidsThe other day as hubby walked out the house he waved to our son and promised him that he would be home early so that they could go out to the local park together.

By the time hubby arrived it was dark, cold and really too late to go anywhere.

There was a multitude of words from hubby to our son, but none that said:”I’m sorry”.

As kids often do, by bedtime,Β that he had not gone to the park as promised had been forgotten.

I have a problem with what happened though.

I don’t want their relationship to be one of empty promises and no apologies, due to the lack of ability to fulfill what you as a parent had agreed with your child. As a parent, I don’t think we should be ok with because they are still so young to understand, as a parent it then makes it OK to disappoint them and not apologize for it. Happy with the notion that “they will get over it”. Continue reading “Why we should say “Sorry” to our toddlers”

Family, Parenting

Life as a Stay-At-Home-Dad

Stay-At-Home-Dad

Growing up I don’t recall ever hearing or knowing of a household with a stay-at-home-dad. It was always the mother’s who brought up the kids. I still travel home to Swaziland frequent enough to know that although I still don’t know of any stay-at-home-dads, there are more mothers working today. In South Africa, it’s a different story. There seems to be a growing trend of men opting to stay at home rearing the children while the partner goes off to a 9 to 5 job.

According to Statistics South Africa reported back in 2012 that there were about 60,000 stay-at-home-dads in South Africa. This trend is being fueled by the country’s economic difficulties, company retrenchments that force some dads to work from home supported if they are fortunate, by a domestic helper. However, the cost of childcare are on the rise, so couples sometimes see the option of dad staying at home as the most feasible.Β  Continue reading “Life as a Stay-At-Home-Dad”