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WATCH: Can these traditional dolls really take all your child’s worries away?

In Guatemala it is believed that if children tell all their troubles to their worry doll, slip it under their pillow and rest their head for the night, when they wake all their worries will be gone.

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Play-date etiquette: Muslim moms share a few things to keep in mind

No, not all chicken is halaal, and you may be surprised to know you can't just hand out droëwors sticks to all the kids at the playdate. We spoke to our community of Muslim moms who shared a few things to keep in mind on playdates with their kids.

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Children under the age of two are watching double the amount of screen time they should be, with lasting consequences on their development

64% of children under the age of two are watching over two hours of TV and videos every day. That's double the amount the World Health Organisation recommends. And with research indicating that in the first three years of our lives, our brains develop rapidly, tripling in size, we need to ensure our kids spend far less time in front of screens.

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"Teach manners and morals first please": Our parents weigh in on school sex-ed policies

Our readers share their thoughts on how sex ed is taught to primary school learners, largely disapproving of the recent suggestions posed by the Department of Education.

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Department of Education slams claims of masturbation lessons for Grade 4 pupils

Confirmed by the Department of Education: Masturbation will not be included in the new Life Orientation curriculum for Grade 4 pupils.

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Boys’ attention and social behaviour is linked to earnings 30 years later

Behaviours identified as early as kindergarten have always been clues for how one may turn out in adulthood. This study explores boys’ attention and prosocial behaviour and found a link to their potential earnings.

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"ANC? Or did you say KFC?" – We asked kids what their thoughts are on the 2019 elections and got the best responses

What are the elections? What would you do if you were president? And what do you know about the EFF, DA and ANC? – We asked kids a few very important questions about the 2019 elections and got the best responses. Most were pretty insightful, others wondered why exactly we'd ever ask them about the "KFC"?

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Fill your child’s emotional cup with these tips

"Imagine that every child has a cup that needs to be filled – with affection, love, security, and attention. Some seem to have a full cup most of the time, or know good ways to get a refill. But most children get a little nervous when their cup gets near empty."

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Gary Kirsten is using crowdfunding to give 13 young cricket players a chance of a lifetime

“When I was their age I just had so many great opportunities to become better at cricket. Travelling around the world is just what cricket gave me."

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Irish 9-year-old collects 1 000 Easter eggs for sick kids

Touching snaps that have gone viral show a schoolgirl surrounded by mountains of Easter eggs she’s collected for sick kids.

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WATCH: Bunny bait, rocky road bunny bark and bunny twists – 3 easy Easter treats to make with the kids

Buy a bunch of ingredients, smother it in chocolate and have it all – we're making bunny bait, bunny bark and bunny twists for Easter. Grab the kids and join in!

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9 ways to protect your child against online gaming dangers

Do you know who your child is playing with online? These expert tips highlight just how cautious parents need to be when it comes to online gaming and their kids.

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Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro, here’s an idea for you: sensory-friendly screenings for kids

Regal Cinemas in the US introduced the My Way Matinee program – a sensory-friendly movie-going experience that turns the lights up and the volume down, ensuring children who are on the spectrum, have sensory-processing disorders, or are just a little afraid of the dark, can enjoy a good movie at the cinema too.

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WATCH: 3 easy muffin recipes even the kids can make

Looking to get rid of overripe fruits? Trying to keep the kids occupied? Already thinking about which healthy snacks you’ll be packing in their lunchboxes for school? Bake a batch of muffins, and another batch, and another batch! Watch the video here and scroll down for the full recipe.

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The costs of learning difficulties: How to budget if your child needs help

From ADHD to dyslexia and speech delay, here’s what you need to know about the importance of getting the right diagnosis and treatment for your child.

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5 tips to build your kid's resilience (Spoiler: Cheating on school admissions doesn't help)

Bubble-wrapping children doesn’t work. They need to experience mild adversity to know how to overcome it when they inevitably face it in life. Here are five tips to promote resilience in your kids.

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Good news: Child mortality is on the decrease in SA

The under-5 child mortality rate has decreased dramatically from 75 deaths per 1 000 live births in 2006 to 34 deaths in 2016. Here's why.

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Tune in every Tuesday: This school teacher is using Facebook Live to read to learners!

A teacher and first-year principal in the U.S. is using Facebook Live to read bedtime stories to her learners once a week, and we absolutely love the idea!

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Win tickets to see Wonder Park!

Parent24 and UIP are giving away 148 tickets to see the new kids' movie Wonder Park!

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Kim Kardashian wants YouTube to remove Momo challenge that tells kids to harm themselves

Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, Kim Kardashian West has once again used her influence for the benefit of others.

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The Film & Publications Board urges us to know what our kids are doing online

Parents, know what your children are doing online. This is the message sent by the Film and Publications Board.

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Future skills: How to teach kids empathy, kindness and patience

We’re launching an exciting new series called Future Skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Which skills do our children need to master now for when "the robots take over"? (They won't, not entirely, but bear with us!)

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FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: The story of 4 transgender children

6-year-old David is part of the new trans generation of people who don't identify with the sex they were assigned at birth, and who chose to make the transition very early. This moving film explores the transitioning through first-hand stories told by four young people.

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WATCH: Just a reminder from Pantosaurus that what’s in your pants, belongs only to you

Baby Shark is fun and all, but we’ve been sleeping on this catchy song by the NSPCC of one dinosaur’s important message about consent.

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WATCH: Be still my beating… Rice Krispies heart! The easiest, yummiest Valentine’s Day treats you can make for your kids

We transformed every child's favourite snack into the quickest and easiest treat you can make for Valentine's Day.

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5 ways to raise a genius child: "Talent is made, not born"

Early starts are key to developing children’s talents, experts say. But so is deliberate practice, a center of excellence, and singleness of purpose.

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What ‘Into the Spider-Verse’ can teach kids about resilience

It's not all web shooting and fighting bad guys. This Spiderman movie will leave your kids with some valuable life lessons... plus a whole lot of web shooting and fighting bad guys – yay!

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Nine-year-old’s heartfelt letter to Disney requesting princess characters who wear glasses

“I wanted to write the letter to make a difference. I don’t want other girls to think the way I did.”

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Piers Morgan got into a fight with a dad in an Elsa costume on Twitter and obviously lost

Let [your gender stereotypes] go! Let it go! Can't hold us back anymore! This dad dressed up in an Elsa costume to sing Let It Go with his son, and while some were moved, Piers Morgan, was not.
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