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How Are We Preparing Our Kids for Careers of the Future

January 22, 2018

It is either very scary or very exciting to know that in another 10 years from now, our children will find themselves either in, or working towards, a career that does not even exist today. How that makes you feel depends on how prepared you are. According to the World Economic Forum, approximately 65 percent of the children entering primary school now will fall into this category. So, how are we preparing our kids for something that doesn’t exist yet?

Of cause sending them to the best schools, able to meet and exceed their specific needs, is a wonderful opportunity and one many of us are aspiring to. Sadly the reality is not everyone can afford to; and even though a good education is without a doubt necessary, I believe the true leaders of tomorrow, the ones who will be more resilient, innovative, tenacious, passionate, and even just likable, are not only made in the classroom but also at home.

I had an interesting conversation with my GP the other day. After confirming my ear infection we got to chatting and both discovered the other’s love for books. She confessed her obsession was to the point where she no longer had any available space for the books she keeps bringing home, but was caught by surprise when one afternoon she found her almost two-year-old daughter, on her own, completely drawn-in by one of her many story books. Right there she vowed to never give up on her love for reading, no matter how insane her obsession was. It was clearly developing her daughter into a great leader.

It’s okay to expect the school we pay hefty school fees to, to ensure our kids get the best education to prepare them for the brightest future, but in order to survive in an ever-evolving society we have to understand it is simply not enough for kids to learn – they need to LOVE to learn. By teaching our kids the value of sharing with others, we’re creating team players, by teaching them to respect others’ differences we’re creating compassionate leaders. Vocational learning and STEM education are, therefore, most effective when balanced with a healthy dose of emotional intelligence which is sure to be among the top 10 job skills by 2020.

We do not have control over the future, or what it has in store for the next generation, but we do have influence over our kids – at breakfast, the dinner table, while driving or walking them to school or putting them to bed at night. Every opportunity we are given to interact with our kids is an opportunity to shape them, nourish their passions and encourage their dreams. 

 

The future is now! Here are 10 careers that are here to stay; and the soft skills required to not only excel at them but also be happy in them:

 

Healthcare

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Love people, empathy, coping skills, prioritizing, teamwork, communication, love to learn
Information Technology

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Communication, ability to listen, teamwork, mentor, creative, managing conflict, leadership
Sustainable energy technology

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Passionate about the earth’s future, curiosity, communication, love for knowledge, integrity
Content Creation

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Good communication and writing skills, highly creative, original, self-motivated and self-disciplined
Digital Marketing

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Creativity, excellent communication, enthusiastic, positive, adaptable, dependable, diplomatic, patient
Finance

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Exemplary people skills, leadership, adaptability, the ability to handle stress, humble confidence, love to learn
 Space

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Adaptability, physical fitness, mental endurance, Love to learn
Web & App Developing

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Reinventing yourself, vigilance, integrity, communication, punctuality
Robotics Engineers & Drone controllers

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Excellent communication, excellent reading comprehension, active learner, disciplined and good decision maker, persistence
Gamers

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Capacity to listen, write and speak, social Intelligence, enthusiasm, likeability, integrity

It is never too late or too early to start saving for this future by choosing an investment plan to suit your budget and take care of your child’s education, while you take care of the important stuff.  

Love,

 

Sources:

University of Kent

Fast Company

Salary.com

World Economic Forum

Inspiration, Lifestyle

We’ve decided to grow our already big family, even bigger!

January 7, 2018

I cannot remember ever being this excited about entering a new year as I am about 2018. Allot has happened leading up to the new year. We’ve moved house (I’ll tell you all about that in another post) and we’ve also decided it’s time to open our hearts a little wider and make the family a little bigger! I know right now you’re thinking I’m crazy since we already have three kids, but I can assure you my mental status is just fine. In fact, it’s a fabmom proven fact that the bigger the family grows, the bigger one’s heart becomes and the more love there is to share.

But, you can relax, because the new family member that will be occupying our hearts and home, while she is indeed my baby, is a fur baby.

You may be sighing with relief, but, Paris, our miniature schnauzer will in many ways be my fourth child. And I’m okay with that. We’ve prepared for her arrival for a long time. We’ve discussed and debated – between myself and Lesley, between us and the kids – and the right time has finally arrived. Jada cannot wait to have another girl in the house, and the boys I’m sure is just happy to have another partner in ‘crime.’

It’s also a very exciting time for Lesley and I. We’re becoming parents again! We’re fully aware of the amount of attention our ‘new baby’ will require, and also the chaos that is sure to follow, but more importantly, we’re excited about all the extra love and laughter that will fill our home. Even though we’ve been discussing getting a dog ever since Jada was born almost 8 years ago, we were just never ready – and it’s very important that you make a big decision like this only once you’re 100% certain you’re ready to make your pet as much a part of your family as your very own children.

Here’s how our family prepared for Paris’ arrival (who is only allowed to come home with us within another 3 weeks from now as she’s still drinking on her mama.)

1.  I’m very mildly OCD when it comes to a clean house, so I naturally wanted a dog that sheds very little hair. This is what made the miniature schnauzer so appealing to us at first.

2. We’ve always included the kids in our conversations about what dogs will be a good fit for our family. We would Google images of the dogs, read about their temperament and habits and make sure the kids understood and were happy with the kind of dog we’re getting.

3. The reason we decided to wait until the kids were bigger is exactly for this reason – to involve them in everything from the decision-making to caring for the dog.

4. Our family is big on giving back and our first thought was to adopt, but the Animal Anti-Cruelty League, unfortunately, at the time of inquiry, did not have any puppies of the particular dog we were looking for, and we really wanted the dog to grow up along with our kids. I would, however, recommend adoption as a first option if you are ever ready to grow your hearts and home.

5. We realised that getting a dog is probably the best way to keep fit as they require lots of exercise. Even this fits right in with our goal to stay healthy and active together as a family.

6. We would stop people walking their schnauzers on the beach to talk about their experiences. This has been very helpful to us in making our final decision.

7. Once our minds were made up and we’ve met with the breeder, it was all downhill from there. Although our pup cannot yet join us at home, we’ve already grown to love her immensely, the kids have already agreed on a name and although we haven’t quite pup proofed our home or ran out to the pet store for food and supplies, we cannot wait for her arrival and look forward making beautiful memories as a complete family.

Say hello to Paris our fur baby 🙂

And her gorgeous mum & dad

 

Love,

Entertainment, Fashion, Lifestyle, Slider

Sunglass Hutt Launch V&A Waterfront And why you deserve good sunnies

November 17, 2017

Good, durable, and absolutely beautiful sunglasses are a necessity. As parents, we tend to, consciously or unconsciously, shy away from beautiful things. It’s either too valuable to have around kids, or it’s too expensive considering what it cost to keep a child alive these days, or we are simply too forgetful and don’t trust ourselves around beautiful things. I agree these are all valid points, I fall into all three categories, but what if these beautiful things are not simply luxury, but essential? Good sunglasses with UV and polaroid protection is indeed essential, and it doesn’t hurt if they’re gorgeous too. Come rain or shine, when you’re a busy parent, a decent pair of sunnies should be a part of your everyday survival kit.

On Wednesday, 15 November 2017, Sunglass Hutt V&A Waterfront opened their doors to the growing number of style-seekers in Cape Town, and the stunning sunglasses I got to try on, made me see exactly what I have been missing. Sure, it’s tempting to get a pair of inexpensive sunglasses from smaller stores or from the many lovely markets we are host to, but there’s something about holding a Mui Jim, Michael Kors, Prada, Versace or even a Ray ban up to your face and seeing yourself in the mirror. With the right pair of sunnies you can literally take on the world, and if you are going to spoil yourself, you might as well do it with the friendly people over at Sunglass Hutt.

These investment pieces are a must, especially when wearing contacts, as I do – it helps with light-sensitivity, removes that annoying glare and even protects your eyes against sunburn and the risk skin cancer. Your health and that of your eyes are important too.

Find them: Shop 7206, Upper Level, Victoria Wharf, Phone: 021 4188534, Email: sgh2665@sunglasshut.co.za, Website: http://www.sunglasshut.com

After Canapés and drinks, we were treated to an evening of song and dance with the likes of Vicky Sampson, Alt Ego, Craig Lucas, Jimmy Nevis and so much more great, acclaimed South African artists. I managed to capture a glimpse of the fun on my Samsung  S8 🙂 

Enjoy and remember to rock your hot new sunnies this season!

 

Vicky Sampson

 

Love,

 

Entertainment, Health, Health/Fitness, Slider

Flying high for mental health

November 14, 2017

This year was our family’s first time at the Cape Town International kite festival and it didn’t disappoint one bit. What first attracted me to the event is the great platform it creates to spread the message of mental health. Also, what kid does not love kites? Whether they are flying it or standing-by admiring its beauty up high,  kids are completely captivated by this windswept wonder.

It is so important that we know looking after our mental health is no less important than looking after our physical health. This is the very reason I decided to fly my kite high in support of this initiative, and I encourage everyone to get involved. One just needs to switch on the tv or read the news to see how mental illness is running rampant destroying lives. Cape Mental health brings awareness to this and provides basic care to children and adults suffering from its onslaught.

We arrived at the 23rd kite festival on a true-to-the-Cape windy afternoon in October, which of cause was perfect for the kiters. The kids LOVED all the fun rides and were in awe of the enormous, towering and colourful character kites made by experienced kiters from all over the world.  I cannot even begin to imagine how long it took them to create these beauties. Unfortunately, we just missed the free kite-making sessions earlier in the day and instead headed off to the section especially cordoned-off for the kids to fly their kites that we bought at the festival.

We also enjoyed the live performances by local artists and which added to the already amazing vibe. There was no shortage of food and drinks with plenty of food trucks and we ended up staying so much longer than we planned. We will FOR SURE be back next year.

But of cause, a picture speaks louder than words, so see for yourself!

 

 

 

Keep the conversation going:

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CTKiteFest

Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2wTJSFp

Twitter: @CTKiteFest

Instagram: @CTKiteFest

Hashtags: #RightToFly #CTKiteFest

Web: www.capementalhealth.co.za

 

Love,

 

 

Health, Health/Fitness

Porridge Brain Is Real

September 25, 2017

I just remembered how forgetful I always am, so let me jot this down real quick before I forget again.

Do you ever feel like you have to write everything down to remember it later? If you even remember to read what you’ve written in order to know what it is you have to remember.

Confusing, right? Well, that’s exactly what my brain looks like after having three kids! Yet it’s been an age-old debate whether porridge brain is actually “a thing” and if it is, whether it’s a biological or social phenomenon. It’s probably one of the conditions that baffle medics and scientists the most – mainly because we don’t go to the doctor for medication every time we forget something important, it’s not exactly life-threatening (but can be), and it’s not constant like amnesia.

But it’s real. Like the other day when I was driving my kids home from after-care, on a route I follow almost every single day, and for a second or two I completely spaced out and forgot where I was going. Although I’ve been suffering from bouts of forgetfulness since my first pregnancy with Jada 7 years ago,  this particular occurrence scared me the most. Like many other people (even those without kids) I’ve driven in the wrong direction before, like when we moved house and I’d drive to the old house for a good few days thereafter before my brain finally caught on that that’s no longer where we lived. That’s pretty normal and can happen to anyone.

But you know something’s not quite right up there when you leave the keys in the door and go out for a whole afternoon, or you leave the stove on throughout the night – not just once or twice.

After 7 years of being a mom, and going through these and many other mishappenings, I’m convinced that with the birth of each of my three children, I’ve lost a little more function in my brain. Or have I just become busier and therefore more distracted?

Biological or social?

While some moms may have it worse than others, and while porridge brains have not yet been added to the medical journals, it most certainly is there. Often it helps to speak directly to the source if you need more convincing. Bring up the conversation with the mommies at school, or in the doctor’s waiting room, or while enjoying a braai. You’ll soon discover you are not going nuts, you are perfectly imperfect, and that we’re all in this mess together.

So what is causing this strange pregnancy phenomenon?

Medical tests from various doctors around the world have come up with the following explanations:

Biological reasons include the production of more progesterone and estrogen during pregnancy which are hormones that affect all kinds of neurons in the brain; huge surges of oxytocin during birth, which is necessary for the uterus to contract and the body to produce milk, and also affects the brain circuits; and deficiency of iron in the body during pregnancy which, if too low, can cause forgetfulness.

Social reasons include not getting enough sleep and multitasking, in which state nobody’s memory is good, and your priorities change.

Until more research is done on the subject of porridge brains and while we all continue our journey in blissful forgetfulness, “remember” to write things down, get more sleep, and try not to be so stressed and anxious all the time.

Love,

 

 

Image credit: thementalwizzard, 

Sources: WebMD, LivingandLoving