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Child DevelopmentParenting
October 24, 2017

Watch out for toxic toys

Kids usually want everything they see in stores. And whether it's their birthday, Christmas or just the fact that the neighbour's child has one - our little ones can become very persuasive to get what they want! Before you give in to their pleas, though, make sure you're not purchasing something that could be dangerous to your little one's health! According to Safe Kids Worldwide a non-profit organisation, each year throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury. Almost every one of them was preventable. Toys are meant to be fun, but if your child needs to…
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Parenting
September 27, 2017

10 Easy ways to stay fit as a family

Between the demands of school, work, and extramural activities, who has the time to exercise as a family? But an active lifestyle is necessary for you and your kids. We’ve found a few ways you can incorporate fitness into your family’s routine. Make weekends active Find a physical activity that the whole family enjoys, even if it’s just a relaxing stroll on the beach. Make an effort to set aside at least an hour over the weekends to get active. Sign up for a Park Run in your area, or go for walks or hikes on your local routes. You can…
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Child HealthParenting
August 29, 2017

From the dietician: how to help your child gain weight

Your child is smaller than his friends. He’s not putting on weight as he should, and it’s beginning to worry you now. With the help of Kerryn Gibson, a dietician based in Durban, and Bridget Surtees, a dietician from Cape Town, we look at why this is happening and how you can sort it out. Undernutrition The primary cause of growth failure in children is undernutrition. This means not getting enough energy and nutrients to grow and maintain good health. Undernutrition can be caused by: Not enough nutrients. When children aren’t given the right types of foods to eat or are…
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Parenting
August 1, 2017

How to make slime for your kids

Oozing gooey slime. The kids love it and here’s why you should too. Slime can help you de-stress, relax, and calm down a buzzing brain. Gooey goodness What’s so great about this messy playtime? Well, it involves all your child’s sensory skills and abilities which means not just a fun time – but an educational, stimulating one too. Amongst its many benefits, getting stuck in slime allows your child freedom to be creative, explore his imagination, build fine motor and coordination skills and, if nothing else – get rid of all that excess energy that keeps you on your feet!…
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Child HealthParenting
July 3, 2017

“Help! My child got injured!”

It’s the law of parenting: Your child is playing and you take your eyes off him for two seconds to answer your phone. Like clockwork; he falls, trips, bangs his hand against the wall and all hell breaks loose. With children around, “oops” moments’ happen frequently and often, in the blink of an eye. It’s perfectly normal and happens to most parents. Kids are naturally curious and inquisitive, and this curiosity often sends them flying off the rails, or diving into a bush. Here’s a guide to treating those cuts and bruises, because we all know – they are inevitable!…
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Parenting
June 29, 2017

Feeling guilty about how you are parenting? Here’s what to do.

Don’t beat yourself up No matter how much you love your kids, being a parent can make you feel bad. When it comes to parenting, guilt is inevitable, and all parents feel it at some point! Our lifestyles today are so hectic that we are all spread thin. Work, carting children around, cooking, relationships, house work; there are only so many hours in a day and sometimes we simply can’t fit everything in. Enter: feelings of guilt. You feel guilty that you can’t help your kids out with their homework, that you can’t be at a sports match or drama…
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Parenting
February 27, 2017

Five easy ways to soothe a colicky baby

All babies cry. It’s their way of telling you that they’re hungry, tired or in need of a nappy change. But if your baby constantly cries for no apparent reason, he may have colic. Colic is characterised by repeated stretches of inconsolable crying. It’s a common condition, affecting many babies during their first few months. Your baby is colicky if his crying: Lasts for three or more hours at a time. Persists for three or more days a week. Happens for at least three weeks in a row. Other symptoms include: Crying intensely and furiously, even after being fed or…
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Mental & Emotional HealthParenting
February 4, 2017

How to win at parenting

Every parent wants a good relationship with their kids, but it can be hard work, and sometimes - it can feel like an uphill battle. Even though it's hard work, the good news is that a closer connection with your child doesn’t need to cost you a cent. Bridge the gap and make your relationship stronger than ever with these tips. Make time There are plenty of hours in a week. Use at least one or two of them to nurture your relationship with your child. Set a reminder on your calendar just like you would any other appointment, and…
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Child HealthParenting
January 6, 2017

Prevent peanut allergies in your baby

Want to hear something nuts? Peanut allergies kill more people than any other food allergy. Even the smallest trace of peanuts, slipped into your restaurant order or snack, can be fatal for someone who is allergic. Your throat swells up, you find it difficult to breathe... it's truly an awful experience. But science has found a way to prevent this. The answer? Fight fire with fire, or rather, peanuts with peanuts. (more…)
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DepressionParenting
September 18, 2016

I’m a new mom, why am I so unhappy?

“I’m having panic attacks, feeling scared, helpless and overwhelmed. I don’t know who to talk to, am I alone? It’s been a few months - surely by now I’m supposed to be happy with my new baby?” (more…)
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