This week the tooth fairy or as we know it in the Afrikaans culture ~ die tandemuis ( tooth mouse) made a suprise visit in our house!

Francois het dit vir die eerste keer  reggekry om nie sy tand in te sluk nie (die vorige vier het die roete gevolg) en ewe trots sy gewisselde tandjie vir ons gebring!

We left the little tooth in his shoe under his bed, and in the night the mouse collected his tooth in exchange for a R5 coin.

We told Francois that the mouse only collects very healthy little teeath for his house!

Franscois proudly with his baby tooth


“At such a moment it is not the physical pain which hurts the most (and this applies to adults as much as to punished children); it is the mental agony caused by the injustice, the unreasonableness of it all.”


Terrible as it was, Viktor Frankl’s experience in Auschwitz reinforced what was already one of his key ideas.
Life is not primarily a quest for pleasure, as Freud believed, or a quest for power, as Alfred Adler taught, but a quest for meaning.

The greatest task for any person is to find meaning in his or her life. Frankl saw three possible sources for meaning:
a] in work (doing something significant)
b] in love (caring for another person)
c] and in courage during difficult times.

Suffering in and of itself is meaningless; we give our suffering meaning by the way in which we respond to it. At one point, Frankl writes that a person “may remain brave, dignified and unselfish, or in the bitter fight for self-preservation he may forget his human dignity and become no more than an animal.” He concedes that only a few prisoners of the Nazis were able to do the former, “but even one such example is sufficient proof that man’s inner strength may raise him above his outward fate.”

Finally, Frankl’s most enduring insight, one that I have called on often in my own life and in countless counseling situations: Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation. You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you will feel and do about what happens to you.

Viktor Frankl

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 My favourite restaurant in the Cape Town region is…….drumroll…..Eaglevlei wine farm.

Situated near the Joostenberg deli (directions below), it is the most wonderful place to dine with children.

One thing that I learn about eating out and children is…..if the children’s not occupied, your dining experience will be hell!!

Running around after children while you food gets cold and your wine warm is no pleasure.

Eaglevlei has the biggest outdoor jungle gym in the Western Cape.  The service is excellent and the food affordable(really) and divine!

Click here for the menu and prices: http://www.wine.co.za/attachments/PDF-View.aspx?PDFID=1794

(They do have a kiddies menu)

Vir die kleiner kinders is daar ‘n springkasteel en ‘n groot grasperk.

Geniet ‘n fantastiese maaltyd terwyl jou kinders heerlik speel ~ en dit hoef nie by die SPUR of McDonalds te wees nie! 🙂




The outdoor Jungle gym!

Find them:

Take the N1 – direction Paarl.
Take the first turn-off after the Engen 1Stop – Exit 39 (Klipheuwel/Stellenbosch)
Turn right – direction Stellenbosch
You will go over the N1 and see Joostenberg Deli on your left.
Turn left on the R101 (Old Paarl Road that runs past Simonsvlei) immediately after Klein Joostenberg
Eaglevlei is 1.5km down the R101 on the right.
Contact them:
 +27 21 884-4713

Mother Otter with her little baby

A child may be ready to be toilet trained from as young as 18 months or as old as 3 years. Every child will be different on when he or she is ready to be trained. On average, most children are ready by the age of two to two and a half years old.

Some of the signs that indicates a child readiness for toilet training are as follows:
• Able to stay dry for a couple of hours
• Wakes up dry from sleep
• Will let you know when he or she soiled the diaper
• Can tell you when he or she wants to go to the bathroom
• Has bowel movements about the same time every day
• Able to follow simple instructions such as, “let’s go and pee”
• Knows how to pull his/her pants up and down
• Able to understand simple words

In addition to the above, you can also watch out for some behavioural change in your child. When your child wants to do things himself/herself, starts imitating what the others do and learns to questions your actions, this will be a good time to start training your child.

Let the training sessions be a fun learning experience for your child. Do not rush and let your child learn at his/her own pace. This will reduce stress on both you and your child.

Give encouragement and be generous with your praises at every successful attempts at using the potty. On the other hand, do not pressure or punish your child for unsuccessful situations or accidents. You will need a lot of patience and your child will eventually learn to use the potty.

Source: http://www.parentingtoddlers.com/pottytraining.html

Ek weet nie hoekom nie maar ek het ‘n ding in my om “potty training” so maklik en pynloos te maak. Ek is gedurig op die uitkyk vir produkte wat die proses vir ouers en kinders  makliker kan  maak.

Some of the products on our online shop to make the potty training process a fun and easy process:

1.  Our magic potting training stickers:

My Wee Friend potty training stickers

Children loves these stickers! WHY?  It works on a simple concept – you paste the little sticker at the bottom of a potty, the sticker is black, when your child wee on it – a colourful and bright picture pops up!

One sticker last about 3 months – and one is enough for your potting training.

2.  Tinkle target training aid for little boys:

As enige van julle seuntjies het sal julle die produk verstaan!  Seuntjies het nog die probleem om reg te korrel…nie langs die toilet nie, maar IN die toilet!

These paper targets (15 in a packet) are the perfect solution – they are expensive – but the idea is to teach your little boy the concept of aiming correctly – and after

one packet the concept will be enforced!  I think it is money well spend!

3.  Inflatable Potty Seat – On-The-Go:

Designed for your fast-pace lifestyle, this e Inflatable Potty Seat – On-The-Go is super easy to throw in a bag and head out the door.

You can bring all the familiarity and comforts of home with you and your child wherever the both of you might go.

Inflatable Potty Seat – On-The-Go

Find all these products here:


Till next time  and good luck with potty training!




Happy Easter!