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Your Baby & Toddler - - Contents - HE­LEN SCHÖER

How has your year been so far? Here at Your Baby and our sis­ter mag­a­zines Your Preg­nancy and Baba & Kleuter we’ve set­tled in and found our stride.

All our lit­tle ones are back at school and new rou­tines have grad­u­ally mor­phed into reg­u­lar rou­tines. As all moms know, a few small wob­bles and some tears are to be ex­pected at the be­gin­ning of the year, as well as some ad­min has­sles, ex­tra bills and new ar­range­ments for af­ter­care, lifts and ex­tra-mu­rals. But with that all sorted, we’re look­ing for­ward to the lovely long week­ends that we South Africans get to en­joy in March and April.

If you’re home with a new­born, you prob­a­bly can’t imag­ine that soon you’ll be re­search­ing play schools, then pack­ing a lit­tle back­pack for your child and plan­ning your life around a school cal­en­dar.

In the mean­time, like so many of us, you prob­a­bly rely on the pres­ence of a nanny to help you with your home and new fam­ily. There are one mil­lion women in South Africa do­ing this job, and many more who would like to. If you are con­sid­er­ing em­ploy­ing some­one, please read our ar­ti­cle on p. 24 on how to find the bal­ance be­tween af­ford­able and fair pay. Re­mem­ber, in most cases th­ese women are moth­ers too! Look af­ter the woman who is look­ing af­ter your child with re­spect and kind­ness. It’s the only at­ti­tude that re­ally makes sense.

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