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Ashleigh gives her 6th birthday party money to SPCA

On Saturday we went to Ashleigh’s 6th birthday party.  Before her party my friend Evelyn asked Ashleigh what gifts she would like for her birthday, Ashleigh replied that she has enough toys and would like to give her gifts to poor children.  Evelyn explained to her that some people may be offended if she gave their gifts to her away.  ... Read More »

On being the Anti-Mom

This picture is a notice which my 6-year-old son Fjord created and hung on his door before closing himself off from me.  What did I do to provoke his ire and rejection?  Well I stopped him from spending his own money, accumulated monetary gifts and pocket-money, kept in the safe.  You may think I’m mean too. He had a dream ... Read More »

No Halloween is not the Devils birthday

Here in South Africa Halloween is not a big deal and I have never given it much thought other than it being my childhood friend’s birthday and her always having a fancy dress party to celebrate.  Last year Cliff decided that it would be fun for the children if we bought a pumpkin to carve and have a bit of ... Read More »

The Johannesburg Planetarium at Wits University

Since 2011 we seem to have developed a habit of making an annual trip to the Planetarium at Wits University in Johannesburg. Fjord (age 6) loves the kids show and he currently has to do a school project on the solar system. The planetarium’s very special star projector reminds me a bit of one of those alien things on the ... Read More »

St Raphael’s Pre-Primary school – Boksburg

  Last year my son Fjord attended St Raphael’s Pre-Primary school in Boksburg.  The school is run by the Boksburg Anglican Church and it was through church that I heard of the school.  Cliff and I take the education of our children very seriously and therefore visited 5 pre-primary schools in Boksburg before making a decision.  We took Fjord along ... Read More »

Ann’s Aqua World – Boksburg swimming lessons

We do not have a swimming pool at home but a top priority for us was to get our children water safe and able to swim.  When Fjord was 2 we took him to swimming lessons in Boksburg but after enjoying the 1st class it was all downhill from there.  The swim school which we attended teach according to the ... Read More »

Kids Crafts – Painting wooden letters and shapes

I love finding something different for the children to do in terms of craft.  We bake a lot together but I run out of ideas for things to make.  When Fjord was a baby I bought painted wooden letters to spell his name on his bedroom door.  I have been looking around for some for Acacia without much luck.  Last ... Read More »

Lessons from a 3rd birthday party

At 45 I’m not having any more children, these are lessons which I sometimes forgot when birthday time came.  As parents we want to do everything possible to make our children’s lives special, we are driven to create perfect memories for them.  Parents can be guilty of going over the top when birthdays are celebrated.  The cost of outside venues ... Read More »

Fairy Houses and the magic of childhood

The Children splash and play in the bath.  Suddenly they stop, ears pricked, listening with their whole bodies.  Outside the window, Tinkerbell (a.k.a. Grampa) rings a silver bell.  The children are rapt.  “Did the fairies find the house that we built for them?”  “Will the fairies drink the juice which we left for them?”  Their imaginations dance like fireflies Later ... Read More »