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Why exercise shouldn’t be ‘FUN!!!’

Children’s exercise programmes that are ‘FUN!!!’ drive me crazy. I don’t mean that exercise shouldn’t be fun.  Of course it should.  What I mean is that exercise shouldn’t be ‘FUN!!!’  With at least three exclamation marks. As in, ‘our classes are non-stop fun!!!’ and ‘sign up with us for loads of fun!!!’ and ‘your kids will have […]

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How Fit Kids went from zero to super hero!

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Loving our new logo? Here’s how it came to be…

Strong. Able. Confident. That’s what I want my children to be, and that’s what I want my Fit Kids to be.  It’s the reason why I created Fit Kids, and it drives everything I do as I deliver my classes each week. I’m so pleased with my new logo which I think conveys this purpose […]

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Article: Setting a good exercise example

Last month I was asked by Mamas and Papas magazine to write an article about exercise which would be helpful to parents. Here are my thoughts, and you can read the published version by clicking here.     SETTING A GOOD EXERCISE EXAMPLE Our children’s little bodies were designed for locomotion – it’s essential for the […]

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Healthy snacks: Roasted chick peas

Next up in my series of healthy snack and lunch box ideas is my new favourite savory snack, roasted chick peas. I’d seen this recipe a couple of times before I tried it, and it definitely ticked all of my cooking boxes – less than 5 ingredients, less than 5 minutes prep time, and very […]

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Holiday Adventures: The first anniversary

I grew up fishing off the catwalk, walking up to Peers Cave, catching tadpoles in the wetlands and looking for little creatures on the rocky shore. To me, these little activities are what make a childhood in Fish Hoek so special, and they’ve left me with a respect for our local environment that I’ve been […]

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I’m a fan of children hitting each other with pool noodles

I’m sure parents wonder about my sanity and effectiveness as a teacher when I allow their children to smack each other with pool toys… so by way of explanation, here are some reasons why I find these pool noodle games so valuable. Pool noodle battles are an incredible tool for physical development, not to mention […]

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What happens in our bodies when we switch to organic food

My family and I don’t always eat organic food, but this video has sure as heck got me wondering why not! The Swedish Environmental Research Institute, IVL conducted this research project, and the full report is available here: https://www.coop.se/organiceffect I hope it got you thinking too!

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Healthy snacks: Chocolate coconut date bars

I wouldn’t call myself fanatical about clean eating – hey we all enjoy a little junk food once in a while!  But I’m definitely aware of how what we eat can affect our mood, productivity, energy levels and well-being. Always on the look-out for decent quick snack and lunch box ideas, this post is the first […]

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Why I’ve banned ‘sharing is caring’ from my classes (and my home!)

We’re all doing our best with our 1 or 2 or 3 or more children. I’m lucky enough to be doing my best with hundreds of children.  Doing my best for them, in the short space of time I have to inspire them every week. And here’s what I know about children:  they’re eager to […]

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Off the wall! Line fishing in Kalk Bay

I’ve been running my really popular Holiday Adventures for a couple of holidays now, and it’s really highlighted the need for a programme for older boys and girls to do something a bit more challenging.   Looking around at the other holiday programmes on offer, there’s so much going on in the way of crafts […]

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My, how 2014 has flown!

Fit Kids has attracted an astounding amount of interest and support during its first few months of existence, launching itself into the Fish Hoek valley a whole 8 months ago.  So, I’m taking this opportunity to say “thank you” to YOU, and everyone involved. I started out in April 2014 as ‘The Fit Life’, and thought that […]

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