Kids say the darndest things

It is International Children’s Day today.

International Children’s Day is observed on June 01, 2017. The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland, proclaimed June 1 to be International Children’s Day in 1925. After the conference, different governments around the world decided to declare a day as Children’s Day to draw attention to children’s issues. Many countries chose June 1, so this is the reason, why International Children’s Day takes place on June 1. This text has been taken from www.cute-calendar.com

So I decided it would be a great opportunity to focus on how cute children can be and put together a few of the funny things kids have said.

Aaron (when he was about 4, now 9)

Me: “Now wash your forehead!”

Aaron: “What’s my forehead?”

Me pointing to my head: “This is your forehead.”

Aaron: “Oh, the wavy lines GINA”

via GIPHY

Haylee-Turning 3: “Mommy I’m not a baby I’m a girly.”

Blake once when saying goodbye : “See you later escalator .”World Childrens Day|SA Mom Blogs

Sarah-Jane started talking and must have had a vocabulary of only 10-15 words when my husband walked in one evening and she said: “Hi Babes!”

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Emily 2.5:

I said to her this morning, “You are beautiful.”

She says: “I am not beautiful, I am a hamster!”

Aidan 4y1m.

I had to give him a suppository for fever : “How is this is supposed to be better zactly, you should have put it in my mouth it would find its way to my bum.”

J* is 5: “Mom, it’s easy to have a baby, but it’s not easy to babysit a baby.” Shared by MomOfTwoLittleGirlsWorld Childrens Day|SA Mom Blogs

Emilie (then 3 now 10): “Mom you are the best cooker in all the land.” (On being presented with 2min noodles). Shared by Venean

Mira age 3. “I want to be a scientist”

“What kind of scientist?” I asked.

“A mad one.”

I asked my son: “Do I look beautiful?”

He says back: “You look like a mommy.”World Childrens Day|SA Mom Blogs

James – age 5 at the time. “May I please have a cookie for safekeeping in my tummy?”

Zach age 4. “The boy with asparagus is a kind, clever boy” (Aspergers syndrome)

My son Joshua has been in hospital quite a few times in his life. It would always be a treat for him to go to the vending machine within the hospital. I remember the one morning him asking if he could go to the “falling fridge” to get something…. so cute as he did not know what it was called. I think he was about 5 years old at the timeWorld Childrens Day|SA Mom Blogs

When my son was 5 we went to the parking machine to pay for the ticket and when the machine gave the change he shouted: “We won, we won!”

What cute things have your little ones said?

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Teen Motherhood is still Motherhood

This is a sponsored post written by Angela Starr from addictions.com.

I was 17 when I found out I was pregnant. It was not news I was happy to hear. In all honestly, I didn’t know how to process it. I had known teen mothers at my high school, but I didn’t feel like them. None of my friends were even having sex that I knew of and I had never told anyone I was because I didn’t really want to be. I was scared about the pregnancy, but I was also upset that it gave everyone an entrance into my sex life. That was what worried me, to begin with.

I had left high school before I got pregnant because I wasn’t being taught as much as I wanted to learn. I knew I was going to community college and that I would go on to a four-year school, so what was the point in having a diploma? This meant I was a teen mother and a high school drop-out. I am extremely privileged that both of my parents supported me in having a baby. They weren’t thrilled initially, but it felt like the best decision that could be made.

With the help of my mother, I made it to all my pre-natal appointments. I took birthing classes. I bought a crib. I worked at the beginning of my pregnancy and attended college toward the end of it. My boyfriend had left me a letter stating that he would be back when the baby was a year old and he left. I was doing all of the things I knew how to do as a teenager to be a good mom. I read all the parenting books I could get, and I listened to and followed my parent’s advice.

I gave birth to my son on October 31, 1995. My labor was induced and it was an easy delivery in comparison to the horror stories I would later hear. But, they took my son away and they didn’t bring him back. As I drifted to sleep on a wave of post-delivery painkillers, a doctor woke me up demanding to know if I had done any drugs while pregnant. I hadn’t. I didn’t smoke, drink, or use drugs. They suspected my baby had hepatitis, and they would be keeping him in the nursery and giving him treatment for it as they waited for test results to come in.

I was so committed to breastfeeding that my mother got the hospital to rent us an empty room near the nursery where I slept after I was discharged. The nurses taking care of my son would call me when he needed to eat and I would drag myself over to his little bassinet and nurse him. He was in the hospital for days and I showed up every time he was hungry. It didn’t feel like there was any alternative. I had to be there for him.

My son is an adult now and I am so proud of him, but I am also proud of me. I single handedly raised my child and I earned my BA and my MA. I may have been young when I got pregnant, but I did better than a lot of women much older than I was. I wouldn’t let anything stop me.

 

 Angela Starr graduated from Washington State University with an MA in English and went on to teach college writing and to work in college writing centers. Now, she puts what she used to teach into action as a writer. She shares an apartment with her son and 3 adorable, yet annoying, cats. Basically her writing focuses on addictions, abusive behavior and other trending topics in the community.

 

Reasons why you need to vaccinate your child

It was Africa vaccination week on the 24 April. Vaccinations are one of those topics that often divide moms but in a continent like Africa especially, they are not an option.

Immunization currently averts an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year. It averts an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year. An additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided, however, if global vaccination coverage improves. In 2015, an estimated 7.8 million children under the age of one in the African Region were un/under vaccinated in the AFR. sourceVaccination Week|SA Mom Blogs

We have put together a few reasons why you should vaccinate your child. All four of my children have had chicken pox. The younger two got it through school which resulted in basically everyone getting it. It was not a fun time for us as parents, the children or the teachers. 

Vaccinating your child can save  their life.

Vaccines are quick, safe and effective. Yes there are sometimes a few side effects but they seldom last longer than 24 hours.

Getting your child vaccinated can save you time and money.  When my kids had chicken pox, I had to take time off work with the older two. There were Dr’s visits, meds etc. These far outweighed the cost of the actual vaccine. Vaccination Week|SA Mom Blogs

It is pretty easy to get your child vaccinated today and while some medicals don’t cover them, you can get the government vaccines done at Dischem or Clicks for a small admin fee. Remember the more people who vaccinate their children the less likely the risk of an outbreak of something like measles is.

This is a great post on what to expect when you take your newborn for their first vaccinations. 

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That time my mother-in-law broke her hip in Russia (Why you need travel insurance)

 

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Pain. Agony gripped her hip as she lay on the bathroom floor.

All she was trying to do was figure out the Russian shower handles. Confounded things. And then the mat had gone one way and she had gone another, her head narrowly missing the toilet seat. But her hip connected with the floor.

Merle lay there calling for help until her husband helped her to the bed.

They were in a Russian town called Mougorob. Between St Petersburg and Moscow on a tour. Her husband, Tony tried to phone out from the room unsuccessfully. Merle survived on painkillers and got through that Saturday night somehow.

The next morning Tony met with the tour operator in the foyer of the hotel, where they managed to dial out to the insurance and medical assistance. They were told that Moscow would be a better place to receive the care that was needed.  The tour was headed that way anyway. Merle, together with her painful hip, clambered back on the bus. It was an excruciating trip that lasted one day.

Once in Moscow, Merle was admitted to hospital on the Monday morning. It had been a long hall but at last she received the attention she needed. They allowed Tony to move into the hospital to be with her the next day. After figuring out what would be best, to have the hip replacement operation in Russia or in SA, they decided to go ahead with the operation two days later.

About two weeks later they returned to SA, accompanied by a doctor on the airplane. This was also a long trip via Dubai and Cape Town before they returned home to East London.

A terrible ordeal it was for both of them, but the important lesson they took away from this experience was: travel insurance is just not negotiable. You simply cannot afford to go overseas without it; in fact it was a compulsory portion they had to pay for as part of their tour through the travel agent. Everything was paid for by the insurance. They only had to pay in an excess of R1000.

It’s very easy to buy Medifin Travel Insurance. In just a few clicks you can go online, get a quote and buy your insurance policy. Within minutes the policy documents will be emailed to you.

MediFin has Medifin Travel insurance which will protect you in a medical emergency and cover the loss of your personal effects. You can choose from a premium to a basic insurance cover when travelling. Find out more here.

Your holiday should be a carefree time to relax. You deserve that. And when that mat slips from underneath your feet, you will have the security of knowing that all your medical expenses will be taken care of.

 

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Pregnancy Survival Guide

While being pregnant is a magical, special time, not all expectant mothers are prepared for just how their body transforms during the 9 months they are pregnant. Each trimester brings with it a new set of changes and challenges. We have put together a survival guide for pregnant moms to make their pregnancy easier so you will have time to enjoy being pregnant.Pregnancy Survival Guide|SA Mom Blogs

Rest. The first trimester is often characterised by an exhaustion only another pregnant mother will understand. It does get a little bit easier during the 2nd trimester but returns during the last few weeks. Listen to your body and rest as much as you can.

Get Comfortable. Once your tummy starts expanding it will become increasingly uncomfortable to wear your regular clothes, especially those with restricting waistbands. Find clothes that are comfortable and allow your belly space to expand. It might also be a good idea to swap your high heels for a more comfortable option, especially if you are on your feet all day.

Stay active. There are a lot of safe exercises you can still do while you are pregnant, like yoga and Pilates. It is important to try stay as active as possible, even if it is just a walk around the block every afternoon.

Eat well. You don’t need to increase your calorie intake for the first 6 months of your pregnancy and after that an increase of around 200 calories will be fine. Make sure though, that you are eating healthy balanced meals that include fresh fruit and veg and good proteins that contain the vitamins you and your baby need. Try to cut back on the amount of caffeine you drink daily.

Take your vitamins. Ask your health care provider to recommend a good pregnancy multivitamin that you can take during your pregnancy. It should ideally contain folic acid and Vitamin D.

Ditch the stress. It is normal to worry while you are pregnant but try to focus on the positive. If you are worried about something, ask your midwife or gynae about it but try not to overthink every ache and pain (because there will be a few).

The most important thing to focus on while you are pregnant is enjoying the experience while you look after yourself and your unborn child.

Pampers has a dedicated pregnancy section where you will find out everything you need to know about pregnancy.

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What would you do when your medical aid won’t assist you for the operation that you need?

As South Africans we have come to accept that our medical aid doesn’t always help us for everything. Sure, in an emergency, they are there for life threatening situations. But what about those times when you really need an elective surgery and you have no idea how you are going to pay for it?

I know I put off fertility treatment because of the exorbitant cost of IVF. When we finally decided to do it I was 38, not a great age, but maybe we knew time was running out. We took money out of the bond to pay for a procedure that should be covered, but it was not. In the end we were lucky. I was pregnant the week we were meant to start. 

Did you know that up to 15% of South Africans experience infertility? These are many people who need to have a family, but don’t always have the funds to proceed with the treatments.

Other examples of elective (non- emergency) surgeries are cosmetic. If you had an awful nose, wouldn’t you want to do something about it? And how would you pay for that?

I still have a gap in my teeth where an implant should be. Even on a comprehensive medical aid, I’m not sure that is covered. Or if it is just going to drain my medical savings account.

There is a company which has looked at this problem of where medical aids fall short and come up with a solution. Medifin is in the business of financing your dreams. Instead of turning you away, they will work out a way to make that procedure happen.  With one simple credit application and affordable rates and terms you will be in for a great sense of relief with their compassionate customer service.

They are founded by two SA entrepreneurs who have over 20 years experience in financial services. They started off in the Western Cape in 2012 (the same year that Nicky was born) and by the following year had spread to Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

If you’re looking for a way to make an operation happen that is important to you and will make a difference to your life, you have the choice to make it happen.

Sometimes we put these things off for too long and we look back and wish we had done it sooner. I do wish I was younger and could go for  IVF.

Don’t live with regrets.

Go to Medifin’s website and apply here.

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All your baby skin care questions answered.

It can be so tempting to want to bath your baby in all the gorgeous smelling baby products you received and use all the creams and powders, but does your baby really need it all? Probably not because a baby actually needs very little in terms of a skin care routine. We answer some of the questions mom may have about their babies skin care.Skin Care|SA Mom Blogs

My newborn has pimples? 

Many newborns are born with what looks like little pimples all over their face, it can also develop in the first month. These little red bumps are caused by the mothers hormones that are working their way out of the babies body. These bumps are not pimples and should not be squeezed, in fact you can just leave them, they will eventually clear up.

Can my newborn have a bubble bath?

Your little one’s skin is sensitive so try to use more organic, natural products and don’t over do it. Bathing your newborn is a great way to calm them and is also a good way to expose your little one to new textures but be careful not to use too many products on your babies skin. In those early days, you can just wipe them down with a warm facecloth. If you do use soaps and washes, chose ones that are unscented.

Try to avoid using a range of products, stick to one brand, so that if your baby does have a reaction you know which one it is and can stop using it.

Should I use creams to moisturise my babies skin?

Once again, be careful what creams you apply to your babies skin. While they may make your baby smell absolutely divine, they may not be necessary. Use a little bit of cream after your babies bath to massage them before bedtime but don’t over do it. We used unscented aqueous cream which worked really well.

Do not apply a bum cream if your baby does not have a nappy rash. If they do have a rash, make sure their bum is completely dry before you apply the cream.

Sunscreen – yes or no?

Sunscreen in South Africa is always a yes except on your newborn. It is not recommended that you put sunscreen on your baby until they are 6 months old, so try to avoid taking your newborn out into the harsh mid day sun and if you have to, dress them in protective clothing and keep them in the shade. 

What detergents must I use to wash my babies clothes in?

You do get detergents specifically for babies but you can use normal washing powders. If your baby does seem to have a reaction, then you can look at changing the soap you are using.  I used normal washing powders for all four of my kids and they were fine. 

Overall when it comes to skin care for babies “less is better” because if they do have a reaction then it is easy to eliminate products to figure out which one is causing the reaction. 

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Have you got your Portable North Pole video yet?

I have been doing Portable North Pole videos for over 5 years now. I love them and the look on the kids faces when he says “HELLO JACK!” is priceless. I think I managed to get an extra year with Cameron still believing because of these videos. The Santa looks so incredibly real that you want to believe in the magic.Portable North Pole|SA Mom Blogs

You can personalise the videos, add photos in and chose from a selection of messages. There are some free options which are cute but the Magic Passs videos are actually really worth it AND as a Christmas bonus we have 20% off the Magic Pass for you 🙂

Go to www.portablenorthpole.com and register for an account, then to redeem their 20% go to: http://bit.ly/2g1F2RT.

Your  20% will automatically be deducted and you will see the price difference right away!

Make Christmas magic for your little ones with #PortableNorthPole‘s FREE personalized videos from @PNPSanta! http://bit.ly/pnp1617

Have you done these videos before? How did your kids respond?

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10 Tips for Getting Your Fussy Eater to Eat

It was National Nutrition Week earlier this month. Keeping your child healthy is one of the biggest worries new moms have. It is made even harder when you have a fussy eater who refuses nearly everything you place in front of them or pick at a few things. Fussy eaters can cause moms huge amounts of stress.

I decided to ask our awesome group of moms how they deal with their fussy eaters. Below are some of the responses I received with some really cool ideas.

Give it a cool name like ‘picnic lunch’ then cut it all up so they can’t see what it was & seat them on a blanket on floor. @momof2lgs

I love this idea. Many kids don’t like the idea of sitting at a table and having to eat, so moving them away from that setting may encourage them to eat. Also finger foods are also great, not only to get them to eat, but they also help your child to touch and feel various textures.

Sometimes I tell them they can’t have it, it’s only for adults. Haha they’ll eat it right out of my plate. @momlifeiscrazy

This sounds a little funny but this never fails to work in my house. If I have it on my plate, a child wants it. Emma especially will ask for whatever I dish up on my plate.

I mix what veg I can with meat etc so it is hidden. Somehow he always eats it the hidden food! @MeganKeith085

This is another great idea. I have actually shared my veggie sauce recipe. I don’t really have fussy eaters but I do struggle getting veggies into them so this is a great way to disguise the veggies.

We use distraction – reading a book while feeding. He also gets his own spoon which helps.@CapeTownInsider

This is also another good idea. Jack often moans about eating, so we will carry on, talking to each other and distract him from the dishing up process and then while we are eating if we keep the conversation going, he will eat without even realising it. If your child has a doll, get them to bring the doll to eat as well.

Playing with food helps encourage them to taste.

Making a platter of goodies to eat, and allowing them to dish for themselves. Eating with food adventurous friends.@CassieS_101

Both of these suggestions work well. While playing with food may not be something you want to encourage it can really work well with a fussy eater, especially if you have just started introducing solids. Don’t get too worried about the mess, you can clean it all up. Let them explore tastes and textures. In our house, generally having siblings who eat does work. No one wants to miss out on seconds.

Finger foods, colourful foods. Worked a treat! Cath@cathjenkin

The more colourful and appealing a plate looks the more likely a child is to eat. Make your child’s plate fun and exciting with lots of colours and foods they are able to eat themselves.Fussy Eater| SA Mom Blogs

To be honest, I have cut down on snacks. That way my daughter (3 years old) is hungry enough by the time meal time comes and then she eats. I don’t starve her though. Also I don’t give alternatives. I always explain to her that if she doesn’t want to eat what is being served, there’s nothing else to eat. She used to be the worst when it comes to eating but I started doing this after she turned 2 years old and it seems to be working…she’s eating a bit more lately. @kbearandmommy

I have snackers, they eat all through the day but often refuse food at meal times, so this makes sense to me.

Cut down on unnecessary liquid intake. And one biggest one is to just make peace and accept it for what it is. You are your own worst enemy. @cherycolagirl1

This some sage advice from a mom of 3. Sometimes kids just aren’t big on eating, keep offering but try to avoid turning meal times into a war zone. It will teach your child to associate meal times with negative emotions.

You can eat it now, or for breakfast tomorrow.” Haven’t had to follow through yet. @melbli

When all else fails then you can give this a try 🙂

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Seven Tips on Using Showmax for Kids

showmax for kidsWe’ve been using Showmax for a few weeks now and I thought I would share some tips on how to get the most out of Showmax for kids.

  1. Make sure your internet is up to speed or make sure you download beforehand in case you have a problem. You should have a minimum speed of 2 megabits per second (Mbps). An uncapped 4Mbps connection or faster is recommended for the best experience. We’ve had some problems in the past week, not only with our host but also with our Telkom line. This doesn’t make it easy for streaming Showmax, but if we have downloaded items already then that certainly does help and can provide a safety net if your internet goes wonky.
  2. Make note of the length of the program and make sure it finishes before you want them to stop. Putting Nicky on the IPad while I make supper? Great plan. Putting him on a program that is an hour and a half when bath time is 45 minutes away? Just plain stupid. And tantrum inducing. He wanted to watch the “whole thing”.
  3. Note that Showmax automatically cues the next episode. I’m embarrassed to say that Nicky probably watched a lot of the first season of Dora The Explorer just because the next episode kept coming. (Dora’s not just for girls, yo. My son loves it.)
  4. Thank goodness there are pictures. You’re going to need them. My son wants to watch “ants”. Apparently that’s Uki. Good thing he can point to it.
  5. Use the search function or Kids in the menu. You can find your favourite programs by searching for them and also using the menu (click on those three stripes at the top and scroll down to “Kids”)
  6. Download on individual episodes. When you click on a program it often gives you the option to stream it immediately. Click on the individual episode below to get the downloading option. Items will be on your device for thirty days.
  7. If using a tablet it’s a good idea to get a hardy cover. I obtained a durable one (Speck) from the Brightwater Commons flea market.

The first seven days are free. There is a free trial. Take advantage of it and download what you can.

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