Dealing with early childhood separation anxiety
Separation anxiety is often played down as a tantrum. Believe me when I say this – it is not. Separation anxiety is real for children. Throwing a tantrum is just a coping mechanism for kids to deal with this anxiety.
This week my Sunday photo features VWS
Yesterday we attended the annual Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) Open Day held at the Newlands Fire Base. A fun filled family day with so many activities. The activities included a demonstration of firefighting skills, rides in the firetruck, abseiling, a snake display, helicopter display, firefighting equipment, food stalls and later a foam party.
My flippin’ good flapjacks will make you come back for more. This no-fail recipe takes little effort. It is super easy to make and takes less than 5 minutes to make the batter.
Flapjacks are most probably the ultimate comfort food and inexpensive. Delicious all year round and could be served for breakfast, as a snack or dessert.
Enjoyed either sweet or savoury with it’s endless possibilities of toppings.
Flippin' Good Flapjacks
Delicious all year round and served either plain, sweet or savoury.
Prep time: 5 min plus 20 min to rest
Cooking time: 10 min
- 1 cup cake flour
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tbsp butter, meltd
- Sift the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, beat egg, milk and butter until blended.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and beat well using a whisk.
- Do not be alarmed if batter looks lumpy. Cover with clingwrap and let the mixture rest for 20 min.
- Lightly grease a large pan and place on medium heat.
- Add 2tbsp of batter per flapjack and cook until bubbles form and brown.
- Turn the flapjacks and cook on the other side until nice and brown.
- Serve with toppings of your choice.
On World Premature Day
Giving hope to new NICU parents
To the new NICU mom and dad, it is undoubtedly not your desire to become one. Whatever the reason for your baby being born too soon; it was a situation that you had no control over. You did not envisage this to be part of your birthing plan. Even more so that your tiny little human will be lying in an incubator hooked to beeping machines, struggling to breath and fighting for his/her life.
As you sit in the chair staring at your tiny baby, you look tired and worried. The minutes turn to hours but it feels like a lifetime. You experience multiple emotions at once – joy, love, fear, sadness, anger and frustration. Feeling helpless and alone and thinking that nobody understand your heartache. A feeling of uncertainty about what the future holds is not strange.
This week’s Sunday photo features the beautiful Lourensford Wine Estate.
A couple of months ago we visited Lourensford Wine Estate. Situated in Somerset West and is approximately 50km from Cape Town. Being one of the oldest wine estates in Somerset West, this estate is full of rich history and scenery.
Reasons why getting a pet is good for your child
Many of us have fond memories growing up with either having a pet dog or cat. No matter our cultural backgrounds, those of us who had and still have pets have this special attraction to them. We consider our pets a part of our home and family life.
I was always a dog lover as grew up having them as pets. I remember having my first dog when I was about 6 years old. A cross between a poodle and a border collie. His name was Spotty as he was white with big black patches. He was so cute and adorable.
On the eve of my dad’s 70th Birthday, I find myself writing this blog post but feel a little perturbed. The whole time my main focus was on his milestone celebration. Joyful and grateful that God’s grace was bestowed on my dad’s life.
But with all this hype – I failed to take into account that my dad is ageing. Not just my dad but that I lost focus that my parents (including in-laws) are ageing.
There is so much excitement when your child start school. They embark on this new adventure in their life. But parents brace yourself – with school comes a guarantee that your child will pick up a bug and bring it home.
School is a breeding ground for all sorts of bugs. Spread via personal contact, transmitted through contaminated surfaces and airborne droplets.
Today as I’ve organised the shoe section of my cupboard, I realised I own way too much shoes. To confess, I have a little shoe fetish. I often find myself purchasing a pair of shoes instead of a clothing item.
But today as I organised my shoes, one type of shoe caught my eye. I’ve looked at those high heels and had a bit of an aha moment.
The importance of nurturing your child’s natural curiosity
Children are born curious. From a young age, they learn from this curious nature. Sometimes parents are too cautious for safety reasons. However nurturing this natural curiosity is the best thing you can do for your child. By doing this your child will construct their own knowledge. Their little brains are switched on to learn and discover new things. Curiosity makes your child more observant and gives them confidence. It gives them the opportunity to see the world from their perspective.