29.5.2019 08:25 am
SA has one of the highest obesity rates in the world, and the problem is starting at ever-younger ages.
South Africa has the highest rates of childhood obesity in the world, with an alarming figure of 13%. The global average stands at 6%. One of the main causes of South Africa’s rate is the rapid growth of the country’s commercial food industry. This has led to increased consumption of cheap, easily accessible and ultra-processed food that is high in sugar.
Consciously parenting is knowing when to lean back and when to lean in. How can a parent know when to do what?
You as a parent want only the best for your child. And the best might not necessarily mean the most expensive, but rather that you will not tolerate a poor level of training, especially in your child’s developmental years
Encourage your child’s creative juices to flow when they become bored. Kids today hardly ever have the opportunity to get bored, they are always surrounded by a buffet of entertainment, but creativity comes from learning how to create your own entertainment.
Everything truly fell apart once we got home and the weight of responsibility for this barely 2kg wrinkly alien being, who relied on us, completely hit home. What I wish someone had told me about the reality of the first 16 weeks of motherhood.
A lot of moms kept giving me advice about how being a mother does not come with a handbook.
I wanted to write this post for last years mothers day, but as we all know, life just gets so busy and I put it aside. Now, that I get to experience yet another Mothers Day, I thought it high time I put pen to paper.
Where is the goofiness, the fantasy of the kid’s TV shows of old? Where is the type of crazy that we grew up with in the 80s and 90s?
With the world’s focus on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor it can seem like it is the only baby which was born this week. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth.
Parenthood presents us with a new reality that we have never been confronted with.We walk into a hospital as single individuals and we walk out with a plus one. We stay with the little ones for four to five months and one day we have to go back to work and this gives any parent some form of anxiety.
As one mom on Facebook, so eloquently put it: “People say ‘well what did people do before vaccines/antibiotics/pasteurisation?’ as if that’s an argument for going natural. They died, Carol. A lot of people died.”
In this day and age, while technology rules the roost, getting our kids outdoors can be difficult. Surfing the Web on Ipads, “connecting” with friends through social media apps on smartphones, or (if you’re old-school) playing games on Xbox or PlayStation, often takes preference over getting out, running around, rolling on the grass and jumping in the pool.
How can a parent KNOW their child is safe with the people we employ to care for them when we are not there to do it ourselves?
The reason I have tried to breastfeed for as long as possible is that I believe in the amazing benefits of breastmilk, over and above just feeding and hydrating her. It really is miraculous stuff.