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What is mindfulness? And why is it so important to teach it to our children?

Today, 12 September, people around the world are celebrating Mindfulness Day – a day to highlight the health and wellbeing benefits of practicing mindfulness. Co-founder of WISE (Wellbeing in Schools and Education in South Africa), Carol Surya, explains why teaching children mindfulness is so important and how you can do so at home.

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WATCH: This 4-year-old motivational speaker will make you want to grab your favourite book this Read a Book Day

“Thank you for having me. I’m here to speak to you about the importance and benefits of reading," began Caleb, the 4-year-old motivational speaker that delivered a speech at a Texas middle school teachers’ night and stole our hearts.

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9-year-old Joburg boy becomes author after being bullied in school

“I thought by writing a book I could help other kids who are going through the same thing.”

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Dad turns kid’s drawings into reality using Photoshop

While other parents stick their children’s drawings onto the fridge, one dad decided to showcase how his son’s creations would look in reality.

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Here's the key to lifelong good mental health for your kids

We need to help our kids to deal with life’s challenges and stresses in a healthy and positive way. Here's how, and why it will be beneficial for them later in life.

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OPINION: How is representation in children's movies and TV stacking up in 2018?

Many children spend a large amount of time watching movies and TV shows. While there are tons of different story lines, the characters often lack diversity. Here's me, ranting about it.

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WATCH: Why we should let our kids be rebels (and have cereal milk in every shade of pink)

We've always considered rebelliousness an act that should be reprimanded, even punished. But Harvard Business School professor Francesca Gino suggests we shift our thinking of "effective rebels". And she may be on to something.

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A parent reviews the SA developed video game Semblance

Gamer, blogger and mom of two Zayaan Schroeder Mollagee gives the parental review of the puzzle platformer game Semblance.

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Beautiful black SA dolls your child will love

Children need to see themselves represented in a positive light, and these locally made dolls do just that.

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What it's like growing up in the Big Dry in Australia

This short insert by BBC News highlights the big impact a drought has on a farming family's life. How has the drought affected your family?

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Protecting your kids from failure isn’t helpful. Here’s how to build their grit

Failure is a gift disguised as a bad experience. This Australian study shows that small failures can help your child become more resilient, if handled properly. Here's how to help your child develop resilience.

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This is how Iran is tackling smartphone addiction in children

An art teacher in Iran has designed art class courses to get young children away from their smartphones, and other countries have taken similar steps to reduce cellphone usage among young children.

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WATCH: Remember this paddabekkie/quackie/paper origami game? What did you call it?

Here’s a throwback for you: Remember this paper fortune teller game? What did you call it? And are the kids still playing it? If not, let them watch this video. They too should experience the joy of anxiously awaiting the answer to the questions, ‘What does my future hold?’ and ‘Does Billy really like me?’.

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OPINION: Why labelling a 5-year-old girl the "most beautiful" in the world is problematic

We're not denying that this little girl could very well be the "most beautiful" girl in the world – she's stunning! But placing so much weight on the way she looks, at just 5 years old, can be psychologically damaging.

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These 5 things will boost your child's ability to learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Here's how can you teach your child good spatial reasoning skills that will help them grasp complicated concepts later in life.

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"Be a good fart machine today, dad!" – This viral video of the cutest little hype man will make your day

This viral video of one super adorable hype-man will have you laughing and crying at the same time.

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Childhood bullying can cause lifelong psychological damage – here’s how to spot the signs and move on

People who have been bullied can experience mental health problems later in life such as stress, anxiety and depression. So it is vital that children who have been bullied work through the past in order to move on and forward.

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WATCH: 5 easy and creative DIY bookmarks for the new school term

We've put together a DIY showing the kids how to make quick and easy bookmarks they can make from things you've most probably already got lying around in the house. Scroll down for the video and a few handy tips and tricks.

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Toothbrushes, shoe laces and baths: Milestone guidelines for your preschooler

There are no hard and fast rules for when your preschooler should pick up certain skills but being aware of these guidelines help to keep them on track.

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How Harry Potter is used to teach college students about child development

There are lots of life lessons we can learn from the Harry Potter series, including the ever-important identifying who we are and understanding that we're not all the same. This can foster empathy and lessen prejudice, which is just one of the reasons we should encourage our children to read the popular series by J. K. Rowling.

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"I have no life": Madonna shares the woes of every parent

Mom Madonna recently said that she's choosing her son's busy soccer schedule and spending time with her kids above her career for now.

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The trashy playground every child dreams of

One man's trash is another's playground. At the FreeRange playground in the US, cardboard boxes, old tyres, plastic baskets and PVC pipe are used to create a play space childhood dreams are made of.

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Vlogging, upcycling and mixology: The new face of the Girl Guides

One of the biggest international volunteering organisations for girls and women has just introduced exciting new changes.

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More than 66% of children in Nigeria are working to support their families

From gangsterism and drugs to rape and teenage pregnancy – these are the dangers children face when they start working to supplement the family's income. Policies must be put in place to reduce child labour and protect our children from the world's dangers.

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4 ways playing board games with your kids will boost their brains

Apart from providing families with an opportunity to develop their relationships, board games also strengthen the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of the players' brains. This results in improved cognitive functions such as IQ, memory, information retention and problem-solving, making playing games physically and mentally good for you.

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6 things you can do to help prevent developmental delays in your child

We spoke to Cape Town based physiotherapist who is trained in neurodevelopmental therapy, Julia Lee-Sylvester, about what parents can do if they feel their child might have a developmental delay and what they can do to prevent it.

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A third of Gauteng pupils still travel more than 5km to school

Despite the 5km catchment areas of schools, many kids still travel more than that to school. The long and short of South African school commutes: children may be travelling very far to get to school, which ultimately becomes costly, but it could be for a better education. So what do you do, as a parent, in this situation?
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