Inspiration, Lifestyle, Slider

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

Books/Movies, Entertainment

New Movie Review: Breathe

January 18, 2018

Coming to life on the big screen: an inspiring love story of hope and determination

What would you do if your husband’s life suddenly changed irrevocably and he is about to give up hope?

Breathe, a heart-warming and highly emotional celebration of bravery and human possibility comes to life on the big screen around the country on 19 January 2018.  Based on real-life events, this inspiring film featuring Claire Foy (Season of the Witch, Going Postal) and Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, The Amazing Spiderman, Silence, Never Let Me Go), is a love story about living every breath as though it’s your last.

This motion picture is actor, Andy Serkis’s (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Rise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) directorial debut and he worked very closely with scriptwriter, William Nicholson (Gladiator, Les Misérables, First Knight) to tell the story of his best friend and producer, Jonathan Cavendish’s (Bridget Jones’ Diary, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) parents with the sensitivity and empathy that it deserved.

Adventurous and charismatic, Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) has his whole life ahead of him when he is paralysed by polio whilst in Africa at the age of twenty-eight. Against all advice, Robin’s wife Diana brings him home from hospital where her devotion and witty determination transcends his disability. Together they refuse to be imprisoned by his suffering; dazzling others with their humour, courage, and lust for life.

They also use their own story to inspire other people who are going through similar circumstances. Clever technology makes it possible for Robin to ‘get out of bed’ and experience new adventures and enables him to become an advocate for disabled people across the world.

The movie, which is set in the 1950’s, not only boasts a beautiful set and costume design, but also a star-studded cast.

“The most important thing to get was their love for each other. I didn’t want to over-sentimentalise her; and she definitely doesn’t want to be seen as a saint, or an angel, or incredible sort of nurse. It was actually just true love,” says Foy about getting into character for this part.  Foy has been praised for her accurate portrayal of Diana Cavendish.

Hugh Bonneville, who has already been nominated for BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his role in Downtown Abbey, and Tom Hollander (Mission Impossible, About Time, Pirates of the Caribbean) can also be seen in the movie.

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and was also screened at the Opening Night Gala at the BFI London Film Festival. It has already been nominated for an Archie Award for Best First Feature at the Philadelphia Film Festival and Best Makeup and Hair Design and Sound at the Independent British Film Awards. During the Heartland Film Festival, it won the Truly Moving Picture Award.

It will appeal to audiences of all ages, but especially if you enjoyed The Theory of Everything, Lion, The Imitation Game and Brooklyn.

This inspirational movie is distributed by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment and will be at the following cinemas from 19 January:

 

Cape Town

Tyger Valley Ster-Kinekor

Cavendish Square Ster-Kinekor

Somerset Mall Ster-Kinekor

V&A Waterfront Cinema Nouveau

V&A Waterfront Nu Metro

Labia Orange Street

Garden Route

Garden Route Mall Ster-Kinekor

Port Elizabeth

Walmer Park Shopping Centre Nu Metro

Windhoek

The Grove Windhoek Ster-Kinekor

Durban

Gateway Mall Ster-Kinekor

Water Crest Mall Ster-Kinekor

Jo’Burg

Cedar Square Ster-Kinekor

Movies@Monte

Rosebank Mall Ster-Kinekor

Sandton City Ster-Kinekor

Hyde Park Corner Nu Metro

Cresta Shopping Centre Ster-Kinekor

Greenstone Mall Ster-Kinekor

Mpumulanga

i’langa Mall Ster-Kinekor

Pretoria

Brooklyn Mall Cinema Nouveau

Kolonnade Centre Ster-Kinekor

Irene Village Mall Ster-Kinekor

Woodlands Nu Metro


SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Twitter: @BreatheMov

Instagram: @breathemov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BreatheFilmUK/

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_YnYrLfjxA

 

From your Amateur Cineaste 🙂

 

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,

Health, Slider

Lush – Scrubee body butter – Review

December 19, 2017

I’m not a very good gift buyer. At all. In fact, unless you tell me exactly what you want, chances are I will get you a bar of soap for Christmas, your birthday, your graduation, wedding, and even for the birth of your dog’s puppies if that’s a thing.

How amazing then when I stumbled upon a little gem, hidden deep in the trenches of the Canal Walk shopping Centre, selling exactly that – soap!

(Also, I need to put it out there that I’m not fond of big malls like Canal Walk. They are ALWAYS bustling, I end up bumping into everyone, falling over kids or losing mine, and there’s just way too many things I simply cannot afford I wanna scream!)

So while lost in the bustle looking for gifts, I found Lush,  and I could not be more thrilled with my discovery. These little honeys are no ordinary soap; the store is filled to the brim with fresh, handmade, natural products and so many gorgeous pre-wrapped gifts on offer too. However, it’s likely the smell that draws you in at first.

Now, I don’t know if the Lush staff goes to special Customer Service bootcamp, but I’ve been in there a few times and each time I’ve been attentively helped, each product explained in detail and it’s while my arms were being washed (yes, in the shop!) that I fell in love with Scrubee. I mean, there’s plenty of gorgeous products I’m sure you will no doubt get addicted to, like their amaaaaaaazing edible lip scrub, but Scrubby is the reason I keep going back. It is a total body exfoliating and moisturizing bumblebee-shaped soap bar leaving your skin feeling soft and smelling good the entire day.

Scrubee is the perfect gift to anyone for any occasion, and they’ll thank you every time they jump into a shower or someone compliments them for always smelling so good.

You can read more about its ingredients and the amazing reviews here.

 

 

Located: Shop 263 LL, Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century Blvd, Century City, Cape Town, 7441, South Africa
Website: https://za.lush.com/
Phone: 021 555 3634

 

Happy Shopping!

Health, Slider

Keeping The Family Safe During Summer

December 11, 2017

WATER

According to 2016 stats from the NSRI, 600 children drown every year in South Africa. That’s 10 busses full of children! That’s shocking! What is even more shocking is that I haven’t taken the time to check out the National Sea Rescue Institute’s website before doing my research on this post today.

 Drowning is the leading cause of death among children

Let that sink in for a just a moment. With Summer in full swing, and still a long way to go, this should be alarming for us moms. Although we are always on high alert to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our kids, Summer is definitely a time of year when the alert shifts way up into turbo gear. Even more so when we remember Jane Fraser’s story that shook us all last Summer and the thousands upon thousands stories likes this. It’s always important to continue talking to our children about the dangers of going near the pool unsupervised, or if possible, send them for swimming lessons during the year where they will no doubt also be taught these valuable lessons.

We personally couldn’t be happier with the Arena AWT Soft Armbands we got for the kids last Summer from Sportsman’s Warehouse. It’s possibly the best decision we made to give our then 3 year old, 4 year old and 6 year old more confidence in the pool. A year on and it still provides the little ones with the same comfort and security, whereas the older one now swims on her own.

However, it is always important to be extra careful, especially with smaller kids. Here’s a good place to start:

Make sure the pool is enclosed with a fence
Put your mind at ease by getting your kids a pkaboo Extra Wristband Pool safety Angel
Be prepared, and book a SafeKids first aid training class for you and others responsible for the safety of your children.

 

HEAT

 Hot vehicles are the primary non-crash, vehicle-related killer of children in the US. 

And every Summer it happens in South Africa too, certainly more frequent than it ever should. A child’s body temperature can rise up to five times faster than an adult’s. Opening a Window and parking in the shade while you ‘quickly’ run into the shop is not sufficient safegaurds. Car windows act like a greenhouse: they let in sunlight and heat, trapping it inside the vehicle. It doesn’t take long for a child to suffer from a heat stroke. At a body temperature of 41.7°C, cell damage occurs in a child and internal organs shut down.

Here are a few other important things to be mindful of during the harsh South African Summer:

Always lock your car and if a child is missing, check the swimming-pool first, then the car, including the boot.
Make sure all kids have plenty of water even before they leave the house .
Lather kids in Sunscreen as often as possible during the day while out.
Dress them in lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

Look out for these danger signs: 

Dehydration: 

Thirst, dry lips and tongue, lack of energy, and feeling overheated.

Heat cramps: 

Painful cramps of the abdominal muscles, arms, or legs.

Heat exhaustion: 

Dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headaches, weakness, muscle pain and sometimes unconsciousness.

Heat stroke: 

A temperature of 40 degrees Celsius or higher and severe symptoms, including nausea and vomiting, seizures, disorientation or delirium, lack of sweating shortness of breath, unconsciousness, and coma.

 

LARGE CROWDS

Cape Town is ALWAYS chock a block with people from all walks of life when the holidays swing around, making it a scary time to be out and about with the kids. Kids will be kids and the likelihood of them running off for whatever reason is great.

I think it’s important for us as parents and childminders to make a conscious decision when taking our kids into large crowds such as amusement parks, malls, concerts, and beaches, to put away our cell phones and to never, for a second take our eyes off our little treasures (the kids, not the phones).

Either that or leave them home. However, parents get distracted and we don’t always have someone to watch our kids, so if you ever find yourself in a situation where you absolutely have to take your kids into large crowds, then here are a few ideas to keep those wandering ruckers as safe as we possibly can:

write your name and number on the inside of your child’s wrist or on their belly with a permanent marker, or use school clothing labels on the inside of their clothes. This way, should they get lost, the authorities or a good Samaritan will be able to call you immediately.
An alternative, or addition to this, would be to tuck a business card of the Hotel where you’re staying in your kids’ pockets.
Take a family pic before leaving the house or hotel room. This should be easy in the digital obsessed world we live in. Should it be necessary, you will have updated pictures of your kids.
Find ‘safe strangers’ by pointing out park officials, security, or even moms and dads with kids of their own as you make your way through the crowd with your kids. It will be useful and life-saving should you get separated from your child.

 

INSECT BITES

I didn’t think the wasp invasion of Cape Town a couple years back was a big deal until a screaming Jada limped into the house. She was stung by a wasp on her foot. Poor baby. Fortunately, the pain didn’t last too long and she wasn’t allergic or anything, but things could have turned out so much different had she been. However, many are, and some insects (flying and crawling) are poisonous, so how do we protect our inquisitive kids from getting into trouble while playing around the house or out walking in foresty areas?

Teach kids to always steer clear of beehives and other potentially dangerous insect’s territory or call pest control for removal
Wear light coloured clothes as bugs are attracted to darker colours
Opt for insect repellant or unscented products rather than perfumes or scented lotions.
Like sweet smells, insects also love sweet drinks, so look before you drink!

Although most stings and bites are harmless, if allergic or poisonous can be fatal if untreated. When in doubt call 0861 555 777

 

Sources: safekids.co.za / health24.com / health.usnews.com / www.healthline.com / allaboutfencing

 

Stay safe this Summer.

Love,