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Days Out UK, education, Holiday, motherhood, Our Relocation Journey, Parenting

Our British Summer Staycation Bucket List

I have decided to put together our British summer staycation bucket list, as we settle in to our first proper summer holiday. When I lived in the UK previously I was a completely different person. I was a young twenty something in a relationship, basically playing at being an adult, but not really embracing it to the max. Now that I am back living in sunny (for now) Yorkshire, as a mom of two little girls and a bonus daughter. I almost feel like I am somewhere completely new to me. One thing’s for certain, I am a different person to who I was back then.

I am a more confident person, a more secure person. When I lived here previously, I was also a step-mom. Every second weekend my bonus daughter would come stay with us, and it almost felt like I was play acting the role of a mom. We used to try get out as often as we could, but we certainly struggled a lot financially back then.

Being back in North Yorkshire, memories from that time have come back to me. Days out and the fun things we used to do as a much smaller family. Two adults and children, vs the reality now which is two adults, one teenager and two little girls. Continue reading “Our British Summer Staycation Bucket List”

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education, motherhood, Our Relocation Journey, Parenting

Our New Version Of Normal | School In The UK

When we decided to move to the UK, the one thing that stressed me out the most was how my girls were going to adjust to the school system here. It is different, but we’re embracing the changes, and the challenges.

Moving without kids is tough, but moving with kids is even harder. That said, we are trying to embrace the new version of normal. I thought I should do a catch up on how the girls are getting on at school, and how we are adjusting.

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social-media-and-our-kids
education, motherhood, Parenting

Social Media And Our Kids – Are We Ready?

My kids are tech kids. They love watching the TV, iPads, YouTube and generally anything screen related. I don’t object to them using technology at all, in fact I embrace it. They have to understand it and know how to use it. But when it comes to social media and our kids, should we be cautious? At what age should we start to worry, or be concerned, or limit their screen time? Whether we like it or not, their future will revolve around technology.

It’s that last bit that scares me.

I recently attended a talk organized by our school. The talk was by social media law expert, Emma Sadlier of The Digital Law Company.

I attended the talk more as a mommy blogger, rather than as a parent. I was interested to hear a professional talk on the subject. At the back of my mind I always tell myself that my girls are still young, I don’t have to worry too much about all the bad stuff on the net, yet.

I mean, I watch them watch YouTube, right? I put the PG rating setting on so they’ll be okay, right? I’m a blogger, I run a parenting blog. I know social media, I will be able to protect them when the time comes, right? Continue reading “Social Media And Our Kids – Are We Ready?”

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education, motherhood, Our Relocation Journey, Parenting

Why I Chose Wise Eye Reading Academy

When we decided to make the move to the UK, I was filled with huge anxiety. The main trigger for this, at the top of my quite extensive list, is helping the girls to adjust to their new lives as we make them move across the world to a place they’ve never been. One of the biggest issues I know they are going to face is with their schooling. That is why I contacted our local Wise Eye Reading Academy.

What Did I Want To Achieve? Why is their reading ability so important to me?

Children in South Africa go to Grade One when they are six-years-old turning seven, or later. Children in the UK go to Grade One the September after they turn four! Now, I am not a teacher, I have not thoroughly compared the curriculum between the two countries educational systems. I am just a mom who is filled with anxiety as I stress and worry about how I can best help my children to ‘catch-up’ as much as they can before we get to the UK. Continue reading “Why I Chose Wise Eye Reading Academy”

Essential Personal Documentation
education, Immigration, marriage, motherhood, Our Relocation Journey, Parenting, Travel

Essential Personal Documentation

Living in South Africa, or anywhere really, having your family’s paperwork in order at all times, is essential! There are some essential personal documentation that you want to ensure are always in your possession and current!

Why?

Well, simply, you never know what you will need until you need it. You don’t want to be caught out in the situation where you need something urgently and then it takes Home Affairs MONTHS (or years) to get you the one piece of paper you require? Holidays have been ruined and cancelled, huge amounts of money have been forfeited, and family functions devastated because people book their holidays in advance without checking to make sure they have all the required paperwork. It’s not just people living in SA trying to get out, but holiday makers trying to get in as well! Continue reading “Essential Personal Documentation”