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Teaching kids about trauma with Elmo, Big Bird and everyone's favourite Cookie Monster

Sesame Street started a great new initiative to help children cope with traumatic experiences and let out all their frustration in simple and safe ways. Something South African children can hugely benefit from.

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Are you raising a perfectionist?

Tips for helping your perfectionist child.

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"How bullies changed my life": A reader explains why you should work through childhood trauma instead of burying it

"My nightmares of the robbery merged with childhood memories of being mocked, ridiculed and bullied." Journalist Nurene Jassiem talks about what she learned when a traumatic experience of being robbed as an adult brought back painful memories from her childhood.

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Children and sleep: How much do they really need?

There are recommended hours of sleep that are associated with better outcomes for children of all ages and stages of development.

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4 ways stories make your kid smarter

Learn how you can use reading and storytelling to help your child excel.

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Spotlight on rape of girls

Government needs to do more to protect girls from being victims of sexual violence

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What does a teacher make?

Take a listen to this amazing response of a teacher after he was asked what he "makes".

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Childhood cancer myth vs. fact

Up to 1000 children living in South Africa are diagnosed with cancer before their 15th birthday every year.

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Building castles with my nephew at his new school

How Montessori schooling can make a difference in your child's development, should the mainstream schooling system present particular social challenges.

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Don't open the gifts at the party

Is opening gifts at the party a faux pas or part of the fun?

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Help, my child is being emotionally bullied!

“She’s been sidelined and spends school breaks alone."

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Moving autism on TV beyond the genius stereotype

We could do with more nuanced representations of autism on TV that merits inclusion and encourages acceptance.

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Want to improve your kids’ writing skills? Let them draw

We might see drawing as a bit of fun, but the contribution to learning is more than we might think.

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REVIEW: Politically Correct Bedtime Stories

Sympathetic portrayals of wicked witches, giants and wolves, and princesses who go on to become entrepreneurs - James Finn Garner's Politically Correct Bedtime Stories is a refreshing and hilarious read.

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Think disability is a tragedy? We pity you

Two high school friends and now university professors explain how ableism nearly destroyed their friendship and how disability prejudice in the classroom wrongfully teaches children early on that some lives are more worthy than others.

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How to speak to your son about puberty

Speaking to your kids about puberty can be a daunting task at the best of times – even more so when a mom has to speak to her son. We give our top tips for tackling this conversation.

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When it comes to kids and social media, it's not all bad

Social media can actually prove to be a useful tool for kids as it encourages learning and provides social avenues for participation in online public spheres.

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Could breakfast and lunch at schools reduce stunting in South Africa?

Due to high levels of food insecurity, stunting – a condition which severely impacts the cognitive and physical development of children – continues to have a high prevalence in South Africa.

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The science behind the power of sibling bonds

This is why sibling bonds are so important for your child's development.

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I'm pretty smart... for a girl

We often don't pay very much attention to the generalisations we make and end up facilitating the development of particular stereotypes.

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These Zarpies: avoiding stereotypes when talking to kids

Most of us want to avoid teaching our children stereotypes. But we often talk in ways that we don't even realise put groups of people in boxes. Here's a great way to look at your words differently.

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Is it possible to discipline your child without reward or punishment?

Research shows that giving your child the scope to be self-directed is much more powerful than traditional notions of punishment or reward. But they do need limits, here's how.
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