That absolutely insane time of the day when you're trying to get the kids to do their homework, cook supper, feed and bath the kids and then get them to bed. It's a parent's busiest time of the day.
And then the power goes out. Great!
Quite often, thanks to handy apps, we can plan ahead, but nonetheless being without power makes this time of day far more stressful.
Here are three ways to make it a little easier for everyone.
1. Gas hot plate
If you're already got an electric stove then rushing out to replace it with a gas stove is an expensive choice. And aside from the health aspect, eating takeaway all the time can put a strain on your wallet.
So investing in a small two plate gas stove is something that has saved our suppers countless times.
My mother got one of these as a gift and I was very skeptical about it. But a lot of our Facebook fans swear by it.
The bag's insulating properties allow food that has been brought to the boil to finish cooking when all wrapped up. So you could start your food before load shedding kicks in and let it finish off in time for supper.
I suppose it's a great way to save on your electricity bill in general.
3. Candles and Emergency lights
With little kids it would be advisable to rather have an emergency light because candles are very attractive to tiny hands. But if you have slightly older kids who understand the dangers of fire then you can make bath time fun with candle light baths and an exciting bedtime too, just pretend you're camping.
Or you could use it as an opportunity to teach your kids about different eras when electricity didn't exist.
More to help you survive load shedding:
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