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Three's A'loud


Take me back to the beach

Spring is here! And with that the thought of holidays. Working in an industry where we generally take care of others while they are on holiday, our family’s occasional breakaways are even more of a luxury than it is for most people. We always promise ourselves we will go away after peak season when everyone is back at work and the beaches are empty but somehow, after peak season, there is always more work to be done and we put if off just a little bit longer…

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Don't be an asshole for your cause

Recently I was attending a birthday brunch for a friend at a popular local restaurant. We had a great time and were almost ready to order when the table across from us called the waiter over first. “Excuse me!” a beautifully dressed but slightly overweight woman in her forties demanded all his attention. “I am Banting…”

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Virtually living for real

Early morning stumbling out of bed. Only one thing on my mind: C*A*F*F*E*I*N*E. It’s a beautiful morning outside but first I plonk down in front of my computer. First sip of scalding hot coffee as I open up my browser. I log into News24. “Racism out of hand” it screams is large black letters on a white background. I read the article. Apparently the end is nigh. Everyone hates everyone. We are headed for a major disaster…

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Fitting in or standing out

First day of school and my nerves are shot. My eldest is moving on to grade two. Not too worried there. Same school, same friends – she will be okay. Her baby brother is moving onto a bigger class in his crèche. Not too worried about him either. Same school, same teacher – he will be okay. The reason I have been lying awake for the past week is all about my 5-year old and her first day in Grade R (the year preceding first grade to my international readers.) She could have attended grade R in her crèche but after weeks of deliberation we decided to send her to the grade R class in the school she will be starting grade 1 next year. A real school, not a crèche. All grown up. No nap time…

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Meet the family

Susan is a thirty-something mother of three, manager of four and wife of one. She juggles all these responsibilities with her professional interest in red wine. Possibly she juggles all these responsibilities because of her professional interest in red wine…

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A handy guide on when to tell other parents that they are raising their kids the wrong way

Rewind to 1992 and little Santjie Meyer (my primary school-alias) has to complete her first school assignment. The first step was to page through 378 issues of grandma’s old Huisgenote to find the handy weekly school-project pages with information and pictures on everything from the life-cycle of the house fly to the American civil war…

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