“Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, and story-tellers…” Pam Brown is certainly on the right track here. Kids across the country will be celebrating their dads on the 18th of June, honouring their strength, guidance, and affection – after all, that’s where love and care is born. The difference a dad’s love can make is simply incredible; but getting dad a gift isn’t always easy. Keedo has released an exclusive Father’s Day t-shirt, so moms can spoil dads while spoiling their keedos too. With the slogan “I’m as lucky as can be for the world’s best dad belongs to me”, the long-sleeved t- shirt is the perfect addition to any winter wardrobe – and one that will have dad beaming with pride, with his little one on his arm.
*Orders must be placed online, before the 13th of June. CLICK HERE to order now! As modern dads do so much, one Father’s Day promotion simply isn’t enough… Enter the Father’s Day Competition before 16 June and stand the chance to win a R1000 Keedo voucher! Enter by liking the Keedo Facebook page, posting and sharing your favourite ‘Daddy and me’ photo with the hashtag #Keedodaddyandme. CLICK HERE to enter now.
In a technological age, it’s crucial to maintain your child’s sense of wonder, their appreciation for adventure and their spirit of exploration. While this may be every parent’s goal, budget constraints and the constantly increasing cost of living can put a damper on your plans for fun escapades. There are five things, however, that every parent can do with their keedo’s that won’t break the bank.
When the weather is good, why not go to a park with a blanket, take off your shoes, and enjoy the outdoors and green grass? If your kids love books, there are many libraries around that offer free story telling sessions. Give you local library a call to find out when their readings take place.
For some adrenaline fueled fun, take your children sand boarding at your local sand dunes. A simple flattened packing box is ideal for speeding down the hills.
Most children love animals. Why not take your child to a petting zoo? There are many smaller petting zoos around the country that charge low entry fees and which will give your children the opportunity to hand-feed tame bunnies and other animals like goats, cows and donkeys.
Sometimes a shoestring budget means not leaving the house. Implementing a family games night is an incredibly entertaining way to bond.
Kids Just Want to Have Fun!
A nutritious Easter breakfast is a must before the bunny comes to visit, and the chocolate egg hunts begin. Easter is family bonding time, and there’s nothing quite like waking up to a delicious meal, and enjoying it together.
Treat your “keedos” to a breakfast with a difference, using the Easter theme to your advantage. For something sweet, make some breakfast bunnies. Bake some flapjacks of different sizes. Use the larger flapjacks as the body, a smaller one for a head, and some fruit cut to shape for ears, to complete the bunny look.
If you’re after something a little more savoury, why not create some croissant “carrots” – the perfect snack for the kids to share with the Easter bunny. Cut the croissants into a cylindrical shape, stuff with egg-mayonnaise and finish with a sprig of fresh parsley. These look great, and make for wonderful breakfast food.
For a more traditional South African breakfast option, create a likeness of the Easter bunny with your staple ingredients; eggs, bacon and berries. Fry an egg keeping the yolk in the middle, as this will serve as the bunny’s face and nose. Use two rashers of bacon as the bunny’s ears, and a couple of blueberries as eyes. Add a few sprigs of chives as whiskers, and the bunny is ready to be enjoyed.
In an increasingly technologically driven world, 21st century kids are often holed up indoors, on an iPad, watching television, or playing TV games. This can lead to sensory issues and stunts certain elements of development. The key to getting them back into nature is to make it more appealing than the tech.
Start off by buying your keedos an outfit to garden in. Purchase some gloves, and get them their own tools. This will give them a sense of ownership, and getting dressed for the job will be an exciting step to getting into the dirt. Start off with plants that are easy to grow, such as tomatoes, lettuce or sunflowers. Show them the basics of preparing the soil and planting seedlings – and once they understand that process, show them how to plant cuttings to turn one plant into two.
Encourage your children to channel their natural curiosity into something beneficial. Something that will result in much beauty, and possibly even fruit and vegetables for the family table. Gardening offers kids an avenue to explore the environment in an engaging way, and can be something fun for you to do together.
Through gardening, kids can also be taught to appreciate the limited resources Earth holds. Teach your children to make compost from kitchen off-cuts, mulch and promote new nutrients in the soil. Gardening holds valuable life lessons, such as; responsibility, patience, and the natural circle of life.
February is the month of love and there’s nothing more valuable than kids that value each other. While Keedo strives to design clothes that teach kids to love and nurture Mother Nature, fostering a loving attitude is something that moms and dads do best. Parenting is tough, and despite all of its glorious moments, it can be tricky. Here are some tips to help you raise future adults that respect, support and love one another.
Kids will emulate what they see at home and on television, and what they read or hear you read to them. Filter what you expose your keedos to – read them books that emphasise love through friendship, and teach the value of kindness. Watch a few episodes of the cartoons on their favourite channel to determine whether the correct behaviour is being encouraged.
When you’re driving home from school, ask your kids how they demonstrated love to their friends that day. Remind them that love can be shown in many unique ways, such as helping a friend carry their books, paying someone a compliment, or simply smiling at someone and wishing them a good day.
Lastly, build a giving, compassionate culture by example. Get involved in your local community, taking your children along to witness the power in compassion – and the incredible way that lending a helping hand can show love (and change someone’s life).
As the saying goes, if you can’t beat them – join them. While many parents struggle with maintaining a balance between how much technology to expose their kids to, and how much time should be spent outdoors, some apps are making the task that much easier. As a designer kids clothing brand that is passionate about educating children to respect and appreciate Mother Nature, Keedo highlights these incredible, nature loving innovations.
Bringing in an element of education, the Hippo Seasons app (by Hippitrox) helps kids to learn about the different seasons through fun interaction. It allows viewers to explore the joys of each season virtually, even giving South African kids a taste of what it’s like to have a snowy winter.
The Little Bug features a blue caterpillar that takes kids on an adventure around the garden, teaching them interesting facts about the other small bugs encountered there – from grasshoppers to ants and more.
Similarly, the MarcoPolo Ocean app teaches kids about 30 different types of sea life, including fish and other marine animals. This is an interactive app that allows kids to build reefs and underwater ecosystems, while teaching them about the beauty of the creatures that inhabit them.
Once their interests are piqued, these adventurous “keedos” will be begging for the outdoors, for a chance to witness what they’ve learnt in the real world.
Preschool is a big step – for both the parents and the children. Walking away from a sobbing child who wants to go home is never easy; so why not try some of these tips to thwart the separation anxiety and get the kiddies excited about school.
Amanda Kingloff from Parents Magazine suggests making a countdown calendar, starting seven days before their first day at school (like an advent calendar). This will aid in preparing your child mentally, making the transition a little smoother.
Nelia Annandale, owner of beloved kids’ clothing boutique, Keedo, confirms that a few new outfits – dedicated only to school – will give the little ones something to look forward to at least for the first week of school. By the time they’ve cycled through the new outfits, they should have settled in and made some friends.
Implementing a fun new routine relating to school will help to build excitement. Make Mondays treat days, adding something your child loves to their lunchbox. Make a big show of taking photos on the first day of school. Decide together how goodbyes will be said – read one short book, give a kiss and a hug, and say “goodbye” – that way, your child will be fully aware of what to expect, and never left in the lurch having expected more.
Try to see it from your child’s point of view – patience, positivity and preparation are key.
The proudly South African designer kids clothing boutique, Keedo, has entrenched training and development into its company culture, its ethos. It takes great pride in its people, and all Head Office staff, including those that work in the factory, are offered the chance to attend a training course every 18 months. As such, the company strives to empower its staff through education.
This investment in its people has certainly made a positive impact on its staff and their families. Tasleema, for example, began working at Keedo as a general worker in the cutting room. Three years later she attended a six-month cutting course. The skills she learnt at this course led to a promotion; she was appointed as Keedo’s Head Cutter. In 2014 she completed a Cutting Room Management course and, today, she is the Cutting Room Manager.
Similarly, Zulfa started working in the Keedo factory as a general worker, working her way up to the cutting room and then the fabric department. A few years later, Zulfa progressed into the planning division, and attended a Production Management course in 2014. Two years on, Zulfa is a Planning Manager in the Production Department.
Kauthar started as a Keedo machinist, moving her way up to the sample hand department. In 2014, she completed a pattern making course and, soon after, a Quality Control course. Today Kauthar is Head of Quality for Keedo.
Keedo is proud of all of its staff and there are many more inspirational stories to share. Encouraging its workforce to attend training and skills development programmes is paramount to Keedo; a practice that makes a real difference.
When Nelia Annandale, founder of Keedo, initially established the company, she sought a brand that would be soft on the skin of her very own twin “keedos” – and the rest, as they say, is history. In the spirit of letting kids be kids, Keedo offers some great tips on creating Christmas gifts at home; crafty gifts by kids.
One of Keedo’s true passions is to educate children about the value of Mother Nature. Why not show your children how to recycle brown paper lunch bags or brown paper wrapping into a beautiful scrapbook featuring treasured family photos and memorabilia. Simply cut the paper to size, punch a few holes on one side, thread a piece of ribbon or string through and you’re ready to start adding photos and decorative pieces.
Another eco-friendly option is to take leaves or flowers that have fallen in the garden, press them in a heavy book to dry out and flatten, and string them together to create a hanging nature mobile.
This Christmas, inventive Keedos can finally put their mom’s spare button collection to good use. Glue the buttons together, paint and add a piece of string to create unique Christmas tree ornaments – from Father Christmas to reindeer, elves and more – all it takes is a few buttons, and a little imagination.
“The best gifts come from the heart, not the store.” – Sarah Dessen
With more than 23 years in the South African retail market, designer children’s clothing brand, Keedo, fully understands two things; the value of family time, and the value of money. Parents – breathe a sigh of relief – the two values need not be mutually exclusive, and the one certainly does not depend on the other.
This Christmas, focus on the things that matter most; family, quality time, and the true enjoyment of the splendours nature has to offer. In Johannesburg, for example, a trip to the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens is a wonderful (and affordable) family affair. Pack a picnic basket, watch the kiddies play on the jungle gym and in the tunnels, and take a walk to the mesmerising waterfall.
If you’re in the Cape for Christmas, visit the Wolf Sanctuary near Plettenburg Bay (Western Cape), take a game drive through the Kalagadi Transfrontier Park in Upington (Northern Cape), go for a nature trail horse ride in Stormsriver (Eastern Cape), or take a hop-on-hop-off train trip along the Southern Line Rail Route in Cape Town (Southwest Cape).
If you’re visiting KwaZulu-Natal this festive season, visit the over 900 species of birds at the Umgeni River Bird Park; amaze your kids with incredible species from the past in the Durban Natural Science Museum (entrance is free); or go biking in the Giba Gorge.
Enjoy the festive season together!