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Does my child have autism or is this ‘normal’ behaviour?

For many parents, sorting the “normal” quirkiness of childhood behaviour from the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be anxiety provoking.

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How to help kids cope with anxiety

Anxiety is a normal emotion but for some kids it can become a problem – here’s advice on how to help your child cope.

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Why is my pre-teen being so difficult?

Your pre-teen’s life has just become a roller-coaster ride – and yours too!

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Should parents ask their children to apologise?

The impact of apologies on children will teach them to be more respectful, learn from their mistakes and understand the power of forgiveness.

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It's more than just bunnies, princesses and evil pirates

Diversity in children's books is now more important than ever. Representation matters and it's time our children saw themselves represented in the books they read.

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Teach your kids gratitude in 5 easy ways

Christmas has a way of upping the bratty ante in all of us. Here’s how to remind your little ones to be thankful in 5 easy ways.

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“How boys learn domestic abuse, and how girls learn to forgive it”

We need to be mindful of the things we say to our kids. They quite often use the same coping mechanisms later in life.

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Bullying: what we learnt in 2017

Stories of children turning to suicide because of bullying have reminded us that anti-bullying should be a never-ending discussion.

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Sulky kids and broken hearts: Help your kids deal with rejection with these 5 steps

If we don't encourage our kids to open up when they're feeling rejected, it might have negative effects on the way they deal with things later in life.

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Jobs and paid-for schooling can keep Tanzanian girls from early marriages

Many girls in Sub-Saharan Africa drop out of school because of the costs involved. This, however, makes getting married at a young age look like a more attractive and viable option than continuing their studies.

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Christmas comes early for sick boy who ‘might not make it’

All Jacob wanted was to celebrate what could be his last Christmas.

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WATCH: We could learn a thing or two from the way these kids see difference

When these kids were asked, “What makes you two different from each other?”, they innocently responded in the best possible way.

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Mom’s heart-warming message after kids point and stare at her disabled son

An American woman was so touched by another mom taking the time to educate her children about kids with disabilities.

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Making memories: great app connects you with kiddie activities in your hood

The Adventure Clubs app is a great way to get your kids out of the house and learning through play.

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Unruly children or empowering active citizens? Our readers respond to introducing politics in schools

While some of our readers felt introducing politics in schools might be a good idea, others said it might divide learners.

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Politics in schools? Yes, if we want our children to be active citizens

Children have the right to express their opinions and be heard. Heidi Matisonn, lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, explains why we should introduce politics in school.

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Let them be silly! It could be exactly what they need

Positive emotional states are not only valuable, but also have the potential to inspire creative thinking, feed children’s curiosity, and nourish their motivation to learn.

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Mom receives backlash for not inviting bully to children’s party

"It started in nursery, with hitting, spitting, shoving and not letting anyone speak to my child."

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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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