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On Safari, from the tip, with kids…

I’m very happy to share with you Living at the Tip’s first guest post. Bryan Milne shares his experiences on safari with young children.

There are many upsides to living at the tip of Africa, but it does leave you a rather long way from a typical Safari destination such as the Kruger National Park or the many parks in our northern neighbours. We can’t just pop down to Kruger for the weekend as easily as our Jozi brothers and sisters can; for us to get to the “bush” takes some careful planning to make it worthwhile. BC (Before Children) G and I used to travel whenever we could and one of our favourite breaks was to fly to Joburg, rent a car and drive from there to Mpumalanga. We would stay with family and spend wonderful time with them and in Kruger and surrounds.

The arrival of our sons M1 and then M2 put a solid stop to that. Until recently, that is, when a win of the General Tyres SA #AnyWhereIsPossible competition put us literally back on the road again. This entry was chosen as the winner and we were awarded a lump sum to be used on a holiday – yay for competitions!

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Life lately at the tip

After years of attempts and thoughts and stops and restarts, this blog finally seems to have found its place in my life, and looks like it might actually get off the ground. This is equal parts exciting and terrifying! Exciting because I feel like I’ve finally found a niche I can settle in to, but so nerve-wracking to put my writing skills on display.

Today possibly summed up the point where my reality meets this blog really well:
Poppet’s school holiday started today, and it’s also her 5-and-a-half birthday – she’s been asking for months when that day will be so it’s been built up a lot.
Roo still had swimming as usual in the morning, so I told Poppet we’d do something special for lunch.

This ended up being a trip to the ever-popular V&A Waterfront …

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Ten tips for traveling with kids

When we told people we were taking our 4 and 1 year old daughters to Europe for a month, many of them looked at us like we were crazy! Some smiled politely – but you could tell they’d rather have root canal.

But off we went in September 2015! There were times we thought we were a little crazy too – but it turned into an amazing and unforgettable adventure.

In future blog posts I’ll tell you more about specific places we visited and things that worked for us, but here’s a more general list of tips for a successful family holiday.

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The paradox of “Tell her she’s beautiful”

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As a mom, my instinct is to tell my daughter how beautiful she is, I always want to (and often do) say things like “Mommy’s gorgeous girl” and “love you, my pretty girl”.

But then I read articles and blogs about how we need to limit these words as they can give the impression that outer beauty is most important and make our daughters over concerned about their looks and what others think of them, and feed the culture of “you have to be pretty to be popular”.

But then I read blog posts like 50 rules for dads of daughters where number 18 says “Tell her she’s beautiful. Say it over and over again. Someday an animated movie or ‘beauty’ magazine will try to convince her otherwise.” and my heart says “yes”. Obviously I make sure to also praise her skills, her caring nature, her cute personality and so on, but I want her to know that she is gorgeous just the way she is, and doesn’t have to fit the ideals of the outside world.

So where’s the happy medium? Perhaps the perspective of this mom, in “I Won’t Stop Telling My Daughter She’s Beautiful“.

Oh, and I’m not sure “paradox” is the correct grammatical term, but it’s my blog and I’ll be grammatically uncertain if I want to, just like Alanis.

PS As a new blogger, I’m also trying to decide how much of my family, myself and especially my child I want to reveal. So this is my actual daughter in the photo, but I don’t think I’ll be showing her physical beauty in the near future.

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