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Honey Tales Africa

Honey Tales Africa are beautifully written poems about animals, insects and birds written by Carole Honey who originally wrote them for her two lovely grandchildren! The books are: Completely Self-Published Conservation and animal friendly Teaches children to be kind to all animals Illustrated by Graphic Designer Lisa Oosthuizen (Carole’s neighbour) Printed on high quality papers in Cape Town Entirely local ... Read More »

The importance of play in childcare

  By  Ruth Kloppers (Help At Home)        Play is not just about fun – it’s about learning, developing the mind, building self-awareness and self-confidence, and developing social and physical skills. It is therefore absolutely crucial that whoever is tasked with caring for your baby, toddler or child, is not only equipped with the ability to nurture and tend ... Read More »

Helping children to express their feelings

  I came upon this article when doing some research into how to help children to express their feelings in appropriate ways. And it is such a fantastic article, I have to share it with you. Article Source: vanderbilt.edu/csefel Does This Sound Familiar? Maggie is playing with her four-year-old son. He selects a truck puzzle and begins matching and placing the ... Read More »

Whose project is it anyway?

By Heidi Meyer My son came home with a project on ‘hydroelectricity”. “Being the first child and wanting him to do well, both dad and myself got heavily involved, leading to a lot of tears and tantrums.” How can you prevent such a situation which should be a positive learning experience, to become a nightmare and how much should you ... Read More »

Sensory activities for the home environment

By Romy Kruger I was recently asked to share some sensory activities that can be done in the home environment. Truthfully, the list could be endless as almost any activity we do engages one or more of our senses. The types of activities you choose to do will come down to your child’s preferences and what resources are available to ... Read More »

Is your child safe with a nanny, creche or school?

By Ruth Kloppers   With the recent viral videos that have been doing the rounds on Facebook and Youtube – where two nannies, namely in Uganda and here in SA, have been caught abusing the children in their care – one cannot begin to wonder if having a nanny is the right thing. Also within recent months, there have been ... Read More »

Dealing with the anxious child

By Claudette Jordan Anxiety is a natural emotion which is adaptive, for example, you smell smoke in your house, become afraid, and run out. Everyone gets anxious, the difference with pathological anxiety is the DEGREE of anxiety experienced, and the person becomes more EASILY anxious, more OFTEN, and more INTENSELY. There are 3 aspects to anxiety, namely, physiological, cognitive(worrisome thoughts), and ... Read More »

Tactile defensiveness

So my child is tactile defensive… Now What? By Romy Kruger You’ve done the research, you’ve succumbed to the hair washing battles, shoes are a matter of absolute necessity and the food repertoire is limited but it works. It’s clear that your child is experiencing an over sensitivity within his tactile/touch system but how can you help him to further ... Read More »

Insane Parenting!

By Mia Von Scha “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” – Albert Einstein. There are times in parenting when predictability is useful. When children see that certain behaviours always produce the same results they are less and less likely to try to push the proverbial envelope. They get it. X=Y. There are, however, ... Read More »

Cultivating confidence

By Mia Von Scha Our kids are living in a very different world to the one we grew up in. Gone are the days of walking to friends, taking buses to school, riding bikes around the neighbourhood, staying out until dark. For the most part our kids are dropped and carried, continuously supervised and never leave our sight. Of course ... Read More »