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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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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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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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How to protect your children against abduction

UPDATED: These simple rules could save your children’s lives.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dear feminists, my girls won't be damsels in distress, but they can be princesses if they want to be

Why are we so obsessed with princesses? And is it a good thing? Sure, why not.

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6 steps to help children deal with losing a parent

This is how you can help a child with the grief process after losing a parent.

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Kids movie alert: Does Show Dogs groom kids for sexual abuse?

Show Dogs seems like a wonderful family film to take the kids to watch this school holiday. But before you do, you should know about the international outcry after parents and experts alike noted that the film indirectly grooms children for sexual abuse.

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Practical tips on how to deal with bullying, the OT way

After attending the 17th World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Congress in Cape Town, I discovered that occupational therapy could be an out-of-the-box solution to combating bullying.

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Is there a link between ADHD and bullying?

Bullying is often directed at insecure and passive children who display physical weakness and poor social skills. However, as a response to the unfair treatment they receive on the playground, some may end up being the bully, to protect themselves.

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INFOGRAPHIC: 70% of babies dying on the road could've been saved by seatbelts

Child car restraints are vital to ensuring your child's safety on the road. Not convinced yet? This is why you should invest in one.
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