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my baby a few days old back in may, and me back in 1994 🥲


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Kennie wishes you all a safe and happy new year!

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Me the father (picture taken 1988) and my newborn daughter(born 2020).


Me the father (picture taken 1988) and my newborn daughter(born 2020). submitted by /u/AcaveGlowWorm
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Christmas (a little late 😂)


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What to do with the kids 10 January 2021: 5 fun things to do at home on a budget


1. Have a picnic

Pack a picnic basket filled with your family’s favourite treats and set it up in your back yard for a fun day with the kids. You can plan a treasure hunt with clues in the garden or try one of these fun outdoor games. If you feel like an outing, drive to your nearest park and set up your picnic there. Remember the ball and Frisbee to keep the little ones busy while you relax under the trees.

ALSO SEE: 7 great picnic spots

2. Have a bake off

Kids love making anything from cupcakes and cookies to pizza, because they get to squish the dough with their fingers. Get the whole family together in the kitchen for a baking contest – you can have a cookie decorating contest or the panel of judges (Mom and Dad) can decide whose pizza tastes the best. Click here for an easy cookie dough recipe. You can buy ready-made pizza bases from the supermarket or make your own from scratch with this quick and easy recipe.

3. Beading

Kids love beading. Buy a bag of assorted beads at a craft shop and let your kids sort the beads by shape and colour. They can string bigger beads on a shoelace and smaller beads on an elastic string. You can also buy a book about beading or go to your local library to find books about beading to help your child with original ideas. Remember to always supervise beading if young children are taking part, as they can easily swallow and choke on the beads.

4. Treasure hunt

Children of all ages enjoy treasure hunts. Start by drawing a map with clues to follow. Draw pictures on the map, as your child would probably not be able to read written clues or instructions. Hide all kinds of objects (fun stuff) around the house and garden. Challenge your child to find as many hidden treasures as possible.

5. Create a kiddies garden

Creating a kiddies garden is something the whole family can get involved in and can be loads of fun. Find a suitable place in your garden and get to work with your child. Make sure to use child friendly potting mix as many mixes contain fertilisers that are not safe if consumed. Also make sure that the plants are child friendly. A good choice to consider is everyday herbs as they are edible, and some are very aromatic or have colourful flowers. Good choices are: spearmint, fennel, parsley, chives, basil, lettuce, carrots, primrose, daisies, pansies, petunias and lavender. Place the plants in such a way that it spells a word or your child’s name.

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What to do with the kids 3 January 2021: 5 fun things to do at home on a budget


1. Have a picnic

Pack a picnic basket filled with your family’s favourite treats and set it up in your back yard for a fun day with the kids. You can plan a treasure hunt with clues in the garden or try one of these fun outdoor games. If you feel like an outing, drive to your nearest park and set up your picnic there. Remember the ball and Frisbee to keep the little ones busy while you relax under the trees.

ALSO SEE: 7 great picnic spots

2. Have a bake off

Kids love making anything from cupcakes and cookies to pizza, because they get to squish the dough with their fingers. Get the whole family together in the kitchen for a baking contest – you can have a cookie decorating contest or the panel of judges (Mom and Dad) can decide whose pizza tastes the best. Click here for an easy cookie dough recipe. You can buy ready-made pizza bases from the supermarket or make your own from scratch with this quick and easy recipe.

3. Beading

Kids love beading. Buy a bag of assorted beads at a craft shop and let your kids sort the beads by shape and colour. They can string bigger beads on a shoelace and smaller beads on an elastic string. You can also buy a book about beading or go to your local library to find books about beading to help your child with original ideas. Remember to always supervise beading if young children are taking part, as they can easily swallow and choke on the beads.

4. Treasure hunt

Children of all ages enjoy treasure hunts. Start by drawing a map with clues to follow. Draw pictures on the map, as your child would probably not be able to read written clues or instructions. Hide all kinds of objects (fun stuff) around the house and garden. Challenge your child to find as many hidden treasures as possible.

5. Create a kiddies garden

Creating a kiddies garden is something the whole family can get involved in and can be loads of fun. Find a suitable place in your garden and get to work with your child. Make sure to use child friendly potting mix as many mixes contain fertilisers that are not safe if consumed. Also make sure that the plants are child friendly. A good choice to consider is everyday herbs as they are edible, and some are very aromatic or have colourful flowers. Good choices are: spearmint, fennel, parsley, chives, basil, lettuce, carrots, primrose, daisies, pansies, petunias and lavender. Place the plants in such a way that it spells a word or your child’s name.

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What to do with the kids 1 January 2021: 5 fun garden activities for toddlers


Throw a tea party

Set a table in the garden and have a tea party with your toddler. This will allow you to spend quality time with your little one and afford her the opportunity to engage in imaginative play. Choose a scene and different names for each other and act out a little play.
If it’s too hot for tea, this yummy lemonade squash recipe will be the perfect beverage to quench your thirst.

Bubble burst paintings

Your toddler will adore this game. Mix 15 drops of food colouring into ½ cup of bubble solution. Tape a large piece of paper against a tree or to the wall or fence and let your little one blow the bubbles against it. Your tot will love watching the coloured bubbles hit the paper.

Create an obstacle course

Running, jumping, kicking and throwing is an essential part of your toddler’s development. Stimulate these gross-motor skills by getting him to kick a ball to the fence or jump on one leg through a simple obstacle course, and throw a tennis ball into a bucket. Use hula hoops or other objects you have on hand to create a simple obstacle course your little one can manage.

Make a balloon kite

Your tot may not have the skills to fly a normal kite yet, but that doesn’t mean he can’t play along. Balloon kites are easy to fly even when there’s no wind. Simply buy a large helium balloon, kite string and some paper streamers.
Tie a long piece of kite string to the balloon and the other end around your child’s wrist. You can attach a couple of pieces of paper streamers to the balloon to make it look more like an actual kite.
Sit back and relax and watch your tot amuse himself while you and your partner catch up.
Click here for more fun outdoor activities for toddlers.

Have a backyard car wash

Do you need to wash your car and look after your toddler at the same time? No problem. Toddlers love to do what their parents do – so instead of risking his little hands on your brand new car, get him his own bucket with water and soap and a selection of his toy cars. While you clean your car, he can be right next to you washing and drying his own cars. Leave the cars upside down in the sun for a while to make sure there’s no water left in any crevasses.

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What to do with the kids 2 January 2021: 4 fun DIY games you can make for the kids

These DIY games are not expensive to make, and your toddler will have hours of fun helping you make them and then playing with them afterwards.

ALSO SEE: 8 fun play dough crafts your toddler will love

Tin can bowling

This game may be a little noisy, but it’s tons of fun.

You will need

  • 6 empty, clean cans with the labels removed
  • Craft paint
  • Paintbrush or foam brush
  • Googly eyes
  • Pom-poms
  • Craft glue
  • Ball

Method

  1. Paint the tins and allow to dry.
  2. Glue on the googly eyes and pom-pom nose and allow to dry.
  3. Stack them three at the bottom, then two in the middle and one on top.

DIY Games - tin can bowling

Paper plate ring toss

A little skill and a touch of luck is needed to get the rings over the centre tube.

You will need

  • Paper plates
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Pencil
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Paint brushes or foam brushes
  • Tape

Method

  1. Paint the backs of the paper plates.
  2. When they’re dry, cut out the centre of places leaving the outer ring.
  3. Take the cardboard tube and draw around it, on the centre of two plates and cut out.
  4. Push the cardboard tube through the centre of the plate. If it’s a bit wobbly, secure on the underside with some tape.

Paper plate ring toss

Clown game

This game is good for hand-eye coordination, as your little one moves the box around to get the ball through the clown’s nose.

You will need

  • Cardboard box with sides
  • Pencil
  • Craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft knife
  • Plastic ball

Method

  1. Draw the circle (the clown’s nose) on the inside of the box and then draw the outline of a clown face.
  2. Make sure the hole is big enough for a ball to fall through.
  3. Paint the face and outline it with a thin line of black paint.
  4. Cut out the centre of the hole.

Clown game

Shape and colour matching

Playing this game is a perfect time to discuss colours and the names of shapes.

You will need

  • Large piece of cardboard
  • Paper
  • Marking pen
  • Scissors
  • Velcro tape
  • Glue
  • Felt

Method

  1. Draw different shapes on a piece of paper and cut out.
  2. Use the shapes as templates to trace the same shapes onto the cardboard.
  3. Make matching templates on the felt and cut out.
  4. Cut 2cm strips of Velcro (the side with the hooks) and glue into the shapes on the cardboard.

DIY games shape and colour matching

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Understanding the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance

Food sensitivity among South Africans is increasing, with more children showing levels of food allergies early on.

Preliminary data from a study conducted by the South African Food Sensitisation and Food Allergy (SAFFA), shows that there is a 2.5% true allergy rate in children aged one to three. This translates to 50 000 children with a food allergy in this age group alone.

ALSO SEE: Everything you need to know about food allergies and weaning

However, it’s important to know that there is a difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance.

A true food allergy causes an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs in the body, which can cause a range of symptoms, according to Dr James Li, chair of the Division of Allergic Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine and a board-certified asthma and allergy specialist at the Mayo Clinic. In some cases, a reaction to a food allergy can be severe and even life threatening. A food intolerance, on the other hand, is less serious and often limited to digestive problems.

People with a food intolerance can often still eat those foods in small amounts without any trouble, or even prevent a reaction. If you have a food allergy – eating any foods that affect you – can cause a life-threatening reaction, called anaphylaxis.

Symptoms of a food allergy:

  • Breathing problems
  • Throat tightness
  • Hoarseness
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Hives
  • Swelling
  • A drop in blood pressure
  • Itchy skin.

ALSO SEE: How to recognise if your child has a food allergy

 Symptoms of a food intolerance

  • Nausea
  • Gas
  • Cramps
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness

 WebMD offers the following advice to tell the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance:

 A food allergy:

  • Is usually a sudden reaction
  • Can be triggered a small amount of food
  • Can occur every time you eat a certain food.

A food intolerance:

  • Is usually a gradual reaction
  • May only happen when you eat a lot of a certain type of food, or if you eat the food often.

Common food allergens

Peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, nuts, eggs, soy and wheat cause about 90% of food allergies, according to WebMD. Interestingly, the SAFFA study found that egg was the most common allergen, followed by peanuts, cow’s milk and fish.

Common food intolerances

The most common childhood food intolerance is lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance occurs when your body’s unable to break down the sugar in the milk. This may be due to an insufficient lactase enzyme.

Click here for a lactose-intolerant food substitution list