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Disappointment is good for children

What do you think your number one job as a parent is? Do you feel like it’s your responsibility to make sure your child is happy all the time?  To make sure that they get whatever they want to make them feel happy?  To avoid them ever feeling unhappy or disappointed? Well, it’s time you let yourself […]

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Our school holiday ideas to keep you all smiling

Wahoooo it’s holidays!!  We hope you’re just as excited as your kiddos are! We really love school holidays, but so many parents don’t feel quite the same way.  The trick is to ‘lightly’ schedule things and have a bit of a routine going, and of course you know we’re going to say that you need to […]

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Interview: Blogger Belinda Mountain from Making Mountains

We’ve recently launched an interview series, aimed at digging a little deeper into how childhood experiences shape the way we feel about exercise in later life.  Part research, part entertainment.  And also, we just like speaking to interesting people. I came across Belinda Mountain around the same time that I came across Ash from Fitmom who featured in […]

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Healthy Recipes: The best burgers ever

I bumped into an old friend the other day who I haven’t seen in a couple of years, and while we were talking about ‘the good old days’, she told me that she’ll never forget the ‘best burgers ever’ that I used to make.  The funny thing was that I made the recipe up one night out […]

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Interview: Ashleigh Iovino from FitMom

We’ve recently launched an interview series, aimed at digging a little deeper into how childhood experiences shape the way we feel about exercise in later life.  Part research, part entertainment.  And also, we just like speaking to interesting people. This week we’re interviewing someone with quite the opposite exercise relationship compared to our previous interviewee, Kathryn Rossiter from Becoming […]

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An open letter to useless coaches and teachers

An open letter to useless coaches and teachers UPDATE: I need to say that this post was not directly about any one person or school that I work with or interact with. But, there may be elements of these ‘useless coaches’ in ALL OF US who work with children, and we need to check ourselves ALL […]

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Interview: Kathryn Rossiter from Becoming You

We’ve recently launched an interview series aimed at digging a little deeper into how childhood exercise experiences shape the way people feel about exercise in later life.  Part research, part entertainment.  And also, we just like speaking to interesting people. Our first interview is with Kathryn Rossiter, one of Cape Town’s most well-respected lifestyle, travel and family […]

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Healthy Recipes: root vegetable pizza

When I ask my kids what they want for supper, the answer is always pizza.  And you know us weird Fit Kids people, we’re always trying to make healthy recipes out of less than healthy foods. So here’s our vitamin and mineral rich version of our family’s favourite food. Ingredients 4 large pizza bases of […]

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I’m not sporty, but I still like exercise: A few words from Fit Kids’ biggest fan

My wife wrote this article.  I like it because she’s better at writing than me! – Simon. Do you know what I love most about Fit Kids? The possibility that the children Simon and his coaches are working with will end up with a healthier, more fulfilling relationship with exercise than I have. As a very young […]

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Join Fit Kids at the Super Hero Charity Dash

DATE CHANGE: SUNDAY 28TH MAY 2017 One thing that Fit Kids stands for is creating great exercise memories for children and their families – what better way to instil a life-long healthy attitude towards staying active, right?  So when we heard about this really inspired new event concept, the Super Hero Charity Dash, we were all over it. Here’s […]

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On instant gratification: Why learning to wait makes children nicer

Learning to wait for things is a learned habit, and one that we all need to practice, for ourselves and our children. I’m not proud to admit it, but when my WIFI takes too long to load a page, I shout at my screen.  When a car drives too slowly in front of me, I […]

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Shaping the way children feel about exercise

I was recently reading the September 2009 President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Research Digest, which found that ‘positive character development achieved through physical activity is linked to positive adult role models.’ This means that the more chances a child has to be exposed to an adult that shows them care and respect, and at the same […]

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Pineapple Coconut ice lollies

It’s a nice hot day for ice lollies!  These will take you less than a minute to make (yes, we timed ourselves!) Ingredients 1 tin of crushed pineapple 1 tin of coconut milk Method Pour the contents of both tins into a mixing bowl or jug and whizz with a hand blender. Pour into your […]

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Encourage everyday exercise, not sporting achievement

  If I could give every school a word of advice, it would be this: Separate the practice of exercise from the practice of sport. I’m willing to stick my neck out and say that every single adult who lives a less-than-active lifestyle does so because of a negative association with sport-based exercise as a […]

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Are our kids overdoing it?

Are our kids overdoing it? Or is it the opposite: do they actually need to move more? This week a mom was telling me that her 8 year old came home and cried for the third Tuesday in a row. School’s too hard, he said. He doesn’t have any friends. The teachers are nasty to […]

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Cranberry oat breakfast biscuits

We’re a big fan of oats. They’re highly nutritious, packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, healthy carbs, protein and fats. They’re amongst the most nutrient dense foods you can eat, which is why they’re absolutely the perfect breakfast food for busy children and adults alike, and pretty much a staple in our house all year round. […]

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Hidden veggies: Chocolate avocado pudding

This avo chocolate pudding had us giggling all weekend! In general our daughter has a problem eating anything that may possibly have been of plant origin.  Avocado’s have been a particular food hate of hers even though the rest of the family can’t get enough of them. So when she spent over an hour savouring this super […]

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Why obstacle course racing is great for Fit Kids

I was really excited to meet the guys from The Grind Obstacle course racing a couple of weeks ago to find out more about their family obstacle course event on 3rd December. I was even more excited when they asked if Fit Kids would like to run their Little G course for kids aged 4 […]

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Eggy ‘muffin’ cups

You know how we like our quick and healthy snacks. An old magazine recipe inspired these – our own variation of egg ‘muffins’ that can be whipped up in under 1 minute (excluding cooking time).  They’re really handy for keeping in the fridge to be thrown into lunch boxes or popped into hungry mouths at […]

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10 non-boring ideas for spending quality time with your kids

I realised the other day that spending time with my kids is not really quality time unless both of us are enjoying it. When I force myself to play a 4 year old’s game that is beyond boring for me, there’s no fun, and no real connection.  And I’m sure my kids feel the same […]

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