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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 »

Sensory Integration

By Romy Kruger The world is a busy place, and it only seems to be getting busier. Life is fast paced, there always seems to be a lot going on and the to-do list is ever growing. So how do we manage to take in all that is going on around us, whilst still remaining focused on what’s important? The ... Read More »

How to instill compassion in our children

By Heidi Janit Reading the headlines in the newspaper or sitting and watching the news is depressing – there is so much turmoil and sadness wherever we look. Animals and humans are suffering, be it because of crime, greed, war or homelessness.With so much hatred and intolerance in the world, it is vital to raise children who can be understanding, ... Read More »

Tattling trials and tribulations

By Talya Ressel A very common occurrence among children is the ongoing behaviours of tattling. While this can be very frustrating, it is also a very natural part of their development and can be a great opportunity to enhance children’s social interaction and awareness. Why do children tattle? This is a developmentally appropriate and typical behaviour for children as they are ... Read More »

Your child is enough

By Heidi Janit Too often, parents compare their children to their other children. You find yourself saying” But John was so easy with potty training, and Michael just cannot get it right”. You may even sit and discuss it with your friends, saying things like “I don’t know what is wrong with my child, he is not like his brother ... Read More »

Play – what’s it all about?

By Romy Kruger  In the last few articles I have stressed the importance of getting down on the floor and playing with your child. Play is after all, the primary occupation of children but it is also so much more than that! In this article we will look at the various age appropriate stages of play and why playing is ... Read More »

Factors to consider when choosing a playschool/nursery school

By Heidi Janit When it comes to choosing a creche or nursery school for your baby or toddler, it can be quite a daunting adventure at first. There are so many factors to take into consideration. Of course we all think of the distance, the monthly fee and the hours. We may ask ourselves things like: Will I get to ... Read More »

Temper tantrums in toddlers

By Heidi Janit You are standing in the queue at the shops waiting to pay for your groceries. Your toddler wants the doll she saw, you say No. Your toddler starts to scream and cry, she may even begin to stomp her feet and heaven forbid throw herself on the floor kicking and screaming, fellow shoppers are staring at you and ... Read More »

Exam writing age children

By Claudette Jordan Do you have a child in matric – the following information will help them NAIL their exams!!!   Nutrition and Exercise As your brain is largely made up of water, essential fatty acids and proteins, and is fuelled by carbohydrates, it needs these ingredients to grow/develop and function optimally. Drink plenty of water regularly. Increase meals high ... Read More »

Nanny, creche, au pair – what’s best for you?

By Ruth Kloppers There are few things in life that are more daunting for any parent than handing over your precious little child to someone else to care for. Whether it is a Mom returning to work after maternity leave, or a stay at home Mom needing some help at home, finding the right child care, and the right person ... Read More »