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RAIS­ING A STRONG­WILLED CHILD

Your Baby & Toddler - - Just For You - BY CATH JENKIN

The ar­rival of spring usu­ally inspires a whole lot of clean­ing and re­ar­rang­ing, but there’s no need to end up fraz­zled while you try to stay on top of ev­ery­thing that needs to get done. Try a few of our handy tips to keep you or­gan­ised and stress free.

CRE­ATE A FAM­ILY COM­MAND CEN­TRE

Some­times, in the bus­tle of your fam­ily’s daily life, it can seem like a mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion is re­quired to keep ev­ery­thing in check – em­brace it and cre­ate a fam­ily com­mand cen­tre. De­vote a wall in your home to your com­mand cen­tre and paint it with chalk­board paint. List im­por­tant tele­phone num­bers, ap­point­ments and other es­sen­tial dates on the chalk­board so ev­ery­one knows where they need to be and when. Al­ter­na­tively, in­vest in large year plan­ners for each mem­ber of the fam­ily and stick them up on the wall. That way, you’ll know at a glance who’s do­ing what. The best part about both of these op­tions is that you can let your chil­dren dec­o­rate them as they please.

GO DIG­I­TAL

Throw away your pa­per di­ary and use an online cal­en­dar sys­tem that syn­chro­nises across all your de­vices, in­clud­ing your lap­top, cell­phone and tablet. By us­ing an online cal­en­dar or di­ary ser­vice, you’ll know where you need to be at all times, no mat­ter where you are. For ex­am­ple, Google pro­vides you with a free cal­en­dar ser­vice that’s at­tached to your Gmail ac­count.

Aside from a cou­ple of very im­por­tant doc­u­ments, like your mar­riage cer­tifi­cate, car war­ranty and other items, there are very few pieces of pa­per that you need to file. Scan what you’d like to keep and store them “in the cloud” online, us­ing Drop­box or Google Drive. As for stor­ing im­por­tant re­ceipts, check out Mys­lips. A South African in­ven­tion, Mys­lips stores dig­i­tal copies of re­ceipts or slips in the cloud. All you do is take a photo of your slip, and send it to your unique Mys­lips email ac­count that you’ll re­ceive upon reg­is­ter­ing. It’s as sim­ple as that. Check them out at www.mys­lips.co.za.

THINK AHEAD

It’s a well-known trick, but pre­par­ing ev­ery­thing you need for the morn­ing the night be­fore is an in­com­pa­ra­ble san­ity saver. When you’re busy with din­ner, pack the school lunches for the next day, and make use of leftovers that you can pop into the mi­crowave, rather than spend­ing money on cafe­te­ria salad for lunch at work. Not only will you save time, but you’ll save money too! Make sure all the work and school­bags are packed and ready to go be­fore bed­time and you’ll be ready to race out the door ev­ery morn­ing, with­out scram­bling to find a lost shoe or school hat or blazer.

SELF-SERVE FOR A SU­PER­SMOOTH START TO THE DAY

Make break­fast fun by let­ting your kids serve them­selves. Store plas­tic cups and dishes on a low kitchen shelf, within easy reach of chil­dren. A wide va­ri­ety of break­fast foods are child-friendly, in­clud­ing dry ce­real, fruits and other fin­ger foods. Let­ting your chil­dren pre­pare their own break­fast will save you a lot of time, and lit­tle peo­ple love to prac­tise their in­de­pen­dence.

KEEP CLUT­TER DOWN

Chil­dren come home with all sorts of in­ter­est­ing and gor­geous art­works they’ve cre­ated at school – but there is so much of it! Don’t let them be­come dusty piles that an­noy you. Cre­ate or buy art files for each of your chil­dren, and sim­ply file each art­work away once they bring it home. Then, dur­ing the hol­i­days, you’ll be able to make fun col­lages or col­lec­tions to adorn your home’s walls, or frame the very best ones as gifts for fam­ily mem­bers. YB

Baby­head­bands is an online store that caters for all your pre­cious princess and prince’s needs. They stock all kinds of baby and tod­dler ac­ce­sories – from head­bands,leg warm­ers,footies,and tutu’s,to ties, leg­gings, pet­tiskirts and princess dresses. Their items are spe­cially made with great care and love for your spe­cial lit­tle hu­man and they of­fer con­ve­nient online shop­ping in the com­fort of your home – snug­gle up with baby in bed, click-click and open the door for the courier. All Baby Head­bands’ de­liv­er­ies are com­pleted within two busi­ness days. Visit www.baby­head­bands.co.za for more.

FIT­NESS TRACK­ERS

Fit­ness track­ers are gen­er­ally worn on your wrist and, depend­ing on the make and model, mon­i­tor your steps, calo­ries and dis­tance cov­ered each day. These stats can help you mon­i­tor your habits, and get you set­ting goals such as tak­ing 10 000 steps a day – and achiev­ing them. Most can be synced with free apps, so you can ac­cess your stats and con­nect with other users easily.

FIT­BIT FLEX

This tracker also mon­i­tors your sleep cy­cle, and helps you to learn how to sleep bet­ter. It can wake you each morn­ing with a silent alarm, and it syncs to your de­vice so you can ac­cess your stats on your smart­phone, tablet or com­puter. The recharge­able bat­tery lasts about five days, and you can check the LED lights to see how far you are from your daily goal. pretty straps, plus the Flex is wa­ter-re­sis­tant too.

FIT­BIT CHARGE HR

The Charge HR goes a step above the rest with con­tin­u­ous heart rate mon­i­tor­ing with­out hav­ing to use a strap – it uses Purepulse tech­nol­ogy that tracks your heart rate from your wrist. Along with steps and calo­ries burned, it also tracks work­outs, floors climbed and sleep, and call no­ti­fi­ca­tions with com­pat­i­ble smart­phones. that lasts up to a year. It even re­minds you to stay ac­tive through­out your day with its move bar with au­di­ble alert that lets you know when you’ve been idle for an hour or longer.

Choose from more than 16 hours of ready-made yoga and med­i­ta­tion videos, which are fil­tered by level and du­ra­tion. There’s a li­brary of more than 280 poses with de­tailed in­struc­tions, and you can cus­tomise or cre­ate your own video classes.

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