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Birthday parties

Taking the pain out of birthday party planning

Your hassle free guide to the perfect birthday celebration.

WATCH: These moms are all of us when it comes to planning parties

The Breakwomb moms put together this hilarious video on exactly what caffeine does to and for us when it comes to planning a party, and we just can’t stop laughing.

How to throw the ultimate prehistoric dinosaur party

This dinosaur themed party is perfect for the intrepid explorer, the lover of detail, of knowledge, dinosaurs and all things creepy, crawly and fantastic. Here are some ideas.

Make your own piñata! and 11 other ways to throw the best Mexican fiesta party

The vibrant colours, festive food and traditional games make a Mexican fiesta a fantastic theme for a child’s birthday party.

WATCH #ParentingHacks: How to make Oreo Pops!

A quick video on how to make Oreo pops: the perfect treat for a themed birthday party.

Cute ideas for a spooky Halloween party

Get ghostly with these easy, effective party ideas.

Child

How to help little ones conquer night-time fears

Children with a sensitive temperament are likely to become more anxious.

This 12-year-old girl can lift the equivalent of a baby hippo!

Elle Hatamiya was crowned the USA Weightlifting National Youth Champion in 2016.

Help your child deal with anxiety

Sadly, many children have to deal with these paralysing feelings on a daily basis.

The latest trend in SA: the flipped classroom

A lecturer at the University of the Free State shares her experiences and success with the flipped classroom method of teaching - the idea of using videos, worksheets and interaction between students to introduce them to new concepts.

WATCH: Preschooler doing the Dougie to the ABCs

This preschooler broke out some serious moves at his annual school concert, and the video's been seen more than 9 million times

Family & Parenting

Sunday is Grandparents Day! Watch the world’s sweetest grandpa comforting preemies and download our greeting card printables

Grandpa David is a "baby buddy" and "professional snuggler" who volunteers to care for premature babies in the NICU and it's the sweetest and most adorable thing ever!

How moms and sisters can push new moms to work longer hours

Turns out, every choice you make as a working mom has already been made for you by family and friends, and you have no idea it's happening.

Sweatpants and messy buns: This mom went viral after her hilarious and relatable post

This mom went viral after hilariously writing a post to connect with a fellow mom she passed in the supermarket.

Juggling a career and motherhood: a Joburg scientist tells her story

This working mom shares her challenges of having to balance work and motherhood, and shares a few tips on how to make it just a little easier.

Pregnancy & Baby

IN PICS: A special moment between moms and their rainbow babies

A rainbow baby is the beautiful life that comes after a tragic loss. And these pregnancy shoots of these gorgeous moms show us just how beautiful a rainbow baby can be.

Like your almond milk? Here’s why it's not ideal during pregnancy

Most milk substitutes are low in iodine. Iodine deficiency in pregnant women, however, has been linked to lower IQ and reading scores in their children.

Here’s how having a doula by your side can ease your pregnancy

Enlisting the help of a doula can help assuage your fears and manage your anxiety during pregnancy.

Four babies in one year for British mom who struggled to conceive

"We couldn't believe it. It was a massive shock but we were obviously delighted."

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