Savour special memories this Father’s Day & WIN an A2 stretched canvas from PrintWild

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Guys, why have we stopped printing photos these days? I remember back in the day (waaay back) when we used to develop every single spool of film and then eagerly march around the shops while we waited the one hour for them to be developed. I loved it! Modern technology means that we can capture great pics so much more easily, but the flip side is that we just don’t get around to printing them. Digital albums are great, but I know I’m not the only one who has wept over lost photos when a phone has been stolen, when digital files have somehow been corrupted or when your hard drive has crashed. I say, ‘Let’s bring back the printed photo that will stand the test of time!’ Yes, that’s what I say.

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”
― Karl Lagerfeld

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How to explain Youth Day to your 5 year old

Have you told your kids why Youth Day is a public holiday in South Africa? Here’s how I tried:

Before you were born we had a bad president who had a bad government. This president said ‘white people you must live here’, ‘coloured people you must live here’ and ‘black people you must live here.’ He said that white people can’t be friends with black people. This was very wrong. One day the government decided that all the kids need to learn in Afrikaans at their schools, even the kids who only knew how to speak Xhosa or Zulu. This wasn’t fair because it’s hard to learn in a different language that you don’t know. The government didn’t want the black people to get too clever which was very wrong.

One day these children (they were actually big kids) from three different schools in a place called Soweto decided that they had had enough and made a plan to get together for a peaceful protest. They all got together early on the morning of June 16 to march to the stadium.  Their principal said, ‘Good luck everyone. Please be peaceful and behave well.’ All the children were very excited to march and sang songs together – there were about 10 000 kids all together. Continue Reading

Eureka, it’s International Bath Day! WIN a Yookidoo Bath Toy worth R600

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Legend has it that on this day, exactly one week before the beginning of summer, Greek mathematician, scientist and scholar, Archimedes, discovered while taking a bath that an object’s volume could be accurately measured by being submerged in water! Unable to contain his excitement, Archimedes leapt out of the bathtub and yelling “Eureka, Eureka!” as he ran through the streets of Syracuse, Greece.

Bath time has always been a highlight of the day in our home and I look forward to it too because despite the inevitable wild splashes (and sibling squabbles), the kids are contained and they’re getting clean! It’s a fun, watery play pen. Our kids love playing with their plastic tea set and they have an assortment of bottles for decanting and pouring. Water play is a great way to learn the basic properties of physics such as empty/full, float/sink, heavy/light, and cause and effect all while having fun in the tub. Continue Reading

Meet the Mama – Marileze Feldmann, single Mom who adopted in her 40s

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Let’s hear from Marileze, a Heart Mama who became a Mom in her 40s by welcoming little 8 month old Nina Katlego into her family. Thank you for sharing your story, Marileze!

Tell us a bit about yourself and your family.

I’m a single white female from Springs, Johannesburg, who adopted a child in my 40s. I’m a qualified bookkeeper, working as a credit controller at a French freight company and currently studying further toward a Project Management Diploma. I have Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and have never been able to fill my heart’s desire to become a Mom naturally. I decided in 2014 to take a chance and try adopting a family. It worked and 8 months later I had my daughter! Continue Reading

Has adoption been fixed yet? #fixadoptionSA

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Well, the answer is not yet but we’re getting there! I’ve loved being a small part of Team #fixadoptionSA, led by Arise Cape Town‘s Director, Steven Nicholson. On behalf of all adoptive parents in South Africa, we want to say a massive thank you to Arise for putting your time and resources behind this campaign!

Let’s have a look back and see what Team #fixadoptionSA has been up to and how close they are to their goal.

Phase one: Way back in April, Arise  launched #fixadoptionSA with an open letter to Home Affairs Minister Gigaba. Home Affairs was given two weeks to respond with answers to their questions:

1. What is the process for changing your adopted child’s name?

2. How do you apply for your adopted child’s new unabridged birth certificate? Continue Reading