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Shyness is not a disease

By Mia Von Scha The drugging of our children has reached ridiculous proportions over the past century. We label our kids as having ADHD because they can’t sit still and dose them with Ritalin. We label our kids as depressed because they experience normal human emotions like sadness and grief, and pop them on anti-depressants. And now we’ve even found ... Read More »

How to create a productive homework space

By Heidi Meyer Create a bright and organised homework space with everything at hand. Working in an appealing setting will get your child’s creative juices flowing and motivate it to get work done. Despite this you should introduce a homework routine for the child to succeed. Create a workspace close to where you can supervise homework and time spent on ... Read More »

The highly sensitive child – when it is not just “being shy”

By Talya Ressel  Does it seem like your child takes a bit longer to adjust to change? Are they very aware of their surroundings, picking up on the smallest nuances? Are they often in a flood of tears, extremely fussy or overly reactive to things such as smell, temperature, hunger, noise or light? Does it feel like other children are ... Read More »

Childhood anxiety – there’s an elephant sitting on my chest: how anxiety can manifest in children

By Ashley Jay Toby is 9 years old and he doesn’t know what to do. He’s sitting in the car on the way to school and the ‘horrible feelings’ are starting again. The mice are running around and around in his head again, jumbling up his thoughts, making it hard for him to focus and giving him a headache. The ... Read More »

Play and learning

By Claudette Jordan Do you remember as a child the endless hours of fun you had climbing trees, playing hopscotch or marbles? I loved being the “banker” when I played monopoly and the challenge of learning as many words starting with “Q” and “Z” during Scrabble challenges with my family on a Sunday afternoon. I have fond memories of playing ... Read More »

Dealing with feelings

By Erika Coetzee   “It’s the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we go.” – Jim Rohn According to research, children who understand their feelings and learn about their emotions have the following advantages:  They form stronger friendships with other children.  They do better in school.  They get sick less often.  They ... Read More »

The sensory seeking child

By Romy Kruger Shhh…Quiet! Sit Still! Don’t Touch That! Be Careful!! Do you find yourself saying the above words on repeat all day every day and then still have to deal with bruises, cuts and broken furniture? Last month we looked at the sensory sensitive child but now lets look at the other end of the spectrum – the sensory ... Read More »

Raising our children to respect differences

By Heidi Janit   “Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.” – Robert Green Ingersoll   I am sure it has happened to you before, in the supermarket, infront of LOTS of people……. your child blurts out “Mommy, than man is so fat”, or “Why has that lady got a funny face?”, ... Read More »

Cyber-parenting and social media

By Talya Ressel More and more families are facing the challenges that are associated with social media. These days, it’s not a case of ‘if’ but rather ‘when’ does your child start to build their social-media and cyber life. Children as young as 5 are getting their own smart phones or tablets and parents often feel unsure regarding the appropriate ... Read More »

Teaching children to identify emotions

By Erika Coetzee Children deal with many of the same emotions adults do. They get angry, sad, frustrated, nervous, or embarrassed, but often, they do not have the words to talk about how they are feeling. Instead they sometimes act out these emotions in very physical and inappropriate ways i.e. tantrum, biting, kicking or throwing objects. In order for them ... Read More »