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'I used to scream and shout, now I speak calmly': Why social grants need to be supplemented by family intervention programmes

Psycho-educational intervention based family programmes, like pilot project Sihleng’imizi in Johannesburg, has proven to be beneficial for disadvantaged families, highlighting the gaps left by social grants.

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Parental alienation has officially been recognised by WHO, but it's been a violation of SA children’s rights since 2005

On 25 May the World Health Organisation officially updated the eleventh International Classification of Diseases (ICD) to include parental alienation. But the very idea of alienating a child from one of their parents has always been in violation of a child's rights in South Africa. We take a deeper look.

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Unmarried parent? Know your rights

It’s important to know where you stand with South Africa’s Children’s Act, especially if you’re not married. Both parents have certain rights and obligations, and familiarising yourself with the basics could save you a great deal of trouble.

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"He loves his daughters and will do anything for them": Maintenance is messy, but it doesn't have to be

"Divorce is ugly and people get hurt all the time. I just wish that all parents would accept the responsibility that they have to the children that they have produced and those children should come first." A reader shares both her own and her husband's experience with paying maintenance.

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Want to pull a Kim and Kanye? Here's what you need to know about trademarking your child's name in South Africa

Trademarking their children's names is just one way Kim and Kanye are keeping the business in the family. And their most recent addition is no exception. How can SA parents do the same? We tell you.

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A dad's maintenance story: ‘Fathers are not always the ones in the wrong’

"The reality is that society is quick to believe claims by those, like my ex, who love telling the story of how she was bullied out of her children, how she was kept away. And nothing could be further from the truth." – A dad shares the side of the maintenance money story the courts probably won't tell you.

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A single mom shares her story: 'In my experience, the parent that refuses to pay maintenance can easily get away with it forever'

"It causes great distress to be in a position where you work hard and do everything humanly possible to support your children and the defaulting party can do whatever they like." – One of our readers wrote in to share her struggle to get the father of her children to pay maintenance. "In the real world," she explains, "some people go to court for years and never get a cent."

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Maintenance money: to some, more divisive than divorce

It's no secret that some parents dodge their obligations, but in the case of 'papgeld' the law protects kids first and foremost. We hear from a local dad, and a magistrate weighs in on the legalities of how maintenance money is spent.

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'Living alone is simply unaffordable': One reader shares the financial struggles of needing to share a roof with her in-laws

After publishing an article on how more and more UK parents and their adult children share a roof for financial reasons, we received a number of responses from our readers, and this one by a married woman living with her husband's parents, is even more relatable than the original article.

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Mothers are still being discriminated against in the US because of the colour of their skin

Low-income black mothers in the USA routinely run the risk of having authorities cast a suspicious eye on them. Here one researcher dissects the dominant negative stereotypes about black women that shape how others in positions of authority view and treat them.

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Local dad shares what it's like being denied access to his daughter

Boitumelo Sesoko is a 34-year-old father, but he says he’s been excluded from his two-year-old’s life for the past three months.

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OPINION: What the 2019 Budget means for education, child grants and your family’s wellbeing

The Budget Justice Coalition unpacks the 2019 budget speech and takes a closer look at how it will impact you and your family.

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The one question you didn't think to ask before a playdate that can save your child's life

Scary Mommy recently posted a video of the one question you're probably NOT asking before a play date. And it's an important, lifesaving, one. Is your gun locked up?

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Women open up about the pain of having deadbeat co-parents

According to family counsellor Pearl Ramotsamai, the issue of papgeld remains prevalent within our society for several reasons.

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"We can't exploit people on the pretext that half a loaf is better than nothing": Readers respond to the minimum rates for domestic workers and nannies

Opinions galore! Here's what Parent24 readers had to say about the minimum rates for domestic workers and nannies set for 2019 and beyond.

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UPDATED: What is the minimum wage for domestic workers and nannies 2019?

Here are the minimum rates for domestic workers and nannies, valid from 3 December 2018.

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Single parents react to school fee exemption ruling

Readers share their thoughts on the new Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that single parents may have their application for exemption of school fees assessed on their own financial situation, and not on a combined income with their child's other parent.

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"There is a massive difference between a spank on the buttocks and child abuse": Readers respond

What is your take on smacking children as a means of disciplining them?

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School fee exemptions made easier for single parents

Being a single parent can be rather tough, but the new Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that single parents may have their application for exemption of school fees assessed on their own financial situation, and not on their and their child's other parent's combined income, could be of some help.

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Is corporal punishment linked to lower school grades?

According to new research, children who experienced corporal punishment performed worse in maths, four years later.

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ConCourt to decide today on the use of smacking in the home

Today the Constitutional Court will decide whether corporal punishment in the home should continue to be allowed or whether it needs to be prohibited since it violates children’s rights.

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Court rules parents can inherit deceased daughter's Facebook account

After their daughter was killed by an underground train, parents of a 15-year-old girl asked Facebook for access to their daughter's data and messages, hoping to shed some light on what may have caused her death. After a long and protracted legal journey, the court today ruled in their favour.

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This is how much paid paternity leave dads get around the world

With SA's new parental leave bill taking effect soon, we look at how much time papas are getting to spend with their newborns locally and abroad.
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