Analogue Parents – Digital Children

Analogue Parents – Digital Children

Dear Parents, Educationally speaking, much has been written and spoken about on the subject of Information, Communication and Technology (I.C.T.) in the last few years and rightly so. Some of the information has been biased either for or against the topic, other articles have been aimed at being sensationalistic with a high “shock content” and… READ MORE

Preparing for Assessments

Preparing for Assessments

We are nearing that time of year again where we head into our year-end Assessments, and this can bring about a lot of anxiety, stress and pressure for both us as parents and our children – in fact, at times, we feel it more than our children do! I do believe, however, that much of… READ MORE

HELP – My child hates reading!

HELP – My child hates reading!

Do you have to beg your child to read a book? When you see other children reading books do you wonder what you’ve done wrong? Do you love reading but can’t get your own child to read? Let’s face it, having a reluctant reader is hard. It’s hard to know what to do or even… READ MORE

Five Steps to Mindfulness

Five Steps to Mindfulness

You can learn how to create a moment of joy, a feeling of happiness, at any time of the day. Explore these 5 simple steps to enjoy more mindfulness. Mindfulness is the energy that helps us recognize the conditions of happiness that are already present in our lives. You don’t have to wait ten years… READ MORE

Heritage of the Rainbow Nation

Heritage of the Rainbow Nation

This Sunday, 24th September, we South Africans celebrate our National Heritage Day… so get together with friends and family, slap some boerewors on the braai, eat, drink and be merry. Even better, sleep in on Monday, since we (some of us) have the day off from work. Heritage Day is a time to celebrate our… READ MORE

Change your words, change your mindset

Change your words, change your mindset

I remember being about 15 and listening to a conversation my mother and father were having. My mother told my father, “don’t say stupid, children believe what you tell them, if you tell them they are stupid that’s what they will become.” My father promptly looked at my two younger brothers and said, “Rich, rich… READ MORE

PLAY – Essential Occupational Occupation of Childhood

PLAY – Essential Occupational Occupation of Childhood

Play provides a window through which development can be understood and appreciated. Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Research continues to point out that young children learn best through meaningful play experiences. As parents and teachers strive to provide increasingly organized… READ MORE

A calming toolbox for your child

A calming toolbox for your child

Create a calming toolbox for your child, which can be carried with you in the car etc.  The toolbox contains practical things to help your child reduce their anxiety or anger. It should contain things like: Balloons Bubbles Stress ball Calming bottle (plastic bottle filled with rice and little objects-buttons/charms) Dough Glitter globe Objects with… READ MORE

The holidays begin…

The holidays begin…

As we begin our August holiday, I thought I would consider the benefits of school holidays and the impact that they have on our families.  Like everything in life, school holidays affect people differently, so how do the holidays affect you? Young people always look forward to school holidays and often make plans to be… READ MORE

Developing Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence

Developing Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence

One of the roles that both parents and teachers share is the development of your child’s emotional intelligence. We all like to think our children are academically ‘on-track’ and perhaps yours does show an early affinity for numbers or is reading at a Grade 5 level while still in Grade 2, but are they also… READ MORE

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