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61 of the worst names parents actually gave their kids

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Unsure of what name to settle on for your baby? Here are 61 examples of what not to name them compiled by author and self-professed name-collector extraordinaire, Russell Ash. By Lesley-Anne Johannes.

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Here's a list of all the matric subject pages where you can find past NSC matric exam papers dating from 2008 to February 2018, to download and practise on. Please send to a matric who can benefit from this free resource!

Speaking gently: 20 things you should never say to your children

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Words can be extremely damaging, and while we cannot always protect our children from the words they are exposed to in their surroundings, we can make sure the ones we use when speaking to them are nurturing, supportive and full of love. By Jesse Jade Turner.

Birth control pills for men? Here's what you need to know 

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Men on the Pill? Sounds rather unlikely but actually, may soon be our reality. Although still in its trial phase, scientists say male hormonal contraception is looking rather promising. Here’s what you need to know about male birth control pills. By Jesse Jade Turner.

8 reasons we may wrongly believe we’re infertile

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When you’ve been trying to fall pregnant for so long, you can’t help but wonder about the dreaded ‘I’ word: infertility. But the factors misleading us to believe we’re infertile may not necessarily be a case for medical intervention. In fact, it could simply be about understanding and listening to what our bodies are telling us. By Bashiera Parker.

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Fertility

"The infertility journey is hell – there is no sugar coating it"

Desperate to become a mom herself and waiting for her IVF appointment next month, one of our readers wrote to share her infertility story and all the emotions that come with the "long and lonely", and often hellish, journey. By Adene Heinz-Kruger. 

WATCH: See every step of your unborn baby's development in this incredible animated video

This amazing animation video shows in detail how two separate cells combine to become a bouncing baby. By Lesley-Anne Johannes.

Pregnancy

IN PICTURES: An Insta mom, her brood and a baby bump

Forget grand pregnancy announcements, maternity photoshoots and gender reveals, the way this mom is celebrating her fourth pregnancy might become the latest trend on the parent-to-be block. By Lesley-Anne Johannes.

INFOGRAPHIC: 12 anatomic reasons you feel like crap during pregnancy

From dry eyes and shortness of breath to an increased spinal curve and overworked kidneys, here are 12 body parts that work overtime during pregnancy. By Lesley-Anne Johannes.

New Zealand minister welcomes baby boy 2 days after cycling to hospital

It was a beautiful morning, according to New Zealand's minister for women, so after 42 weeks of pregnancy she decided to hop on her electric bicycle and head to hospital to get induced.

Baby

The real reason Serena Williams stopped breastfeeding

Even champions find parenting tough! A new clothing line coupled with a gruelling training schedule for the upcoming US Open are demanding on new-mom Serena, who says she is still working hard on her work, life, and parenting balance. By Lesley-Anne Johannes.

Preschool 

Why Chrissy Teigen "projectile puked" at Luna's new school

What's the worst thing you've done at your child's school?

Child 

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. By Mandie Shean.

Learn & Exam Prep 

Maths: 6 ways to help your child love it

Maths doesn't have to be an inaccessible, boring subject. Make maths fun, make it about real life, feed kids' curiosity, and it will capture their attention – and imagination. By Sue Johnston-Wilder

The hidden agenda of school dress codes

Girls are often the target of moral dress codes, like "no tank tops" or "no spaghetti straps". These strict dress codes goes far beyond "school rules" but instead, underlying issues of societal and cultural norms regarding gender, sexual identity, faith or systemic discrimination. There is space for teaching kids about decorum and etiquette, but let that not be clouded by sexism, rather let the same rules apply to all. By Dianne Gereluk.

All the right moves: SA's chess siblings on winning, Bollywood and Darth Vadar

South Africa saw two sets of siblings making us proud at the continental chess championships this weekend. We chatted to the twin brothers and two sisters about their major achievements. By Sophia Swanepoel. 

Matric exams 2018! Here's all you need to know

The matric 2018 end-of-year exams start Monday, 15 October. But first, the mocks are here! We've compiled all the information to help you get through them.

15 things that should be taught in SA's schools

Somewhere between all the letters and numbers, children should be taught valuable lessons and skills they can actually use in their daily lives, ones they'll carry with them for a lifetime. Here's a list of things I feel should be incorporated in the school curriculum. By Jesse Jade Turner.

Family 

The cuteness overload in these viral kids videos is the cure for a bad day

They're hard work but the things they do and say are so entertaining. We found these viral video gems of the cutest and funniest toddlers on the web to turn a crappy day around. By Lesley-Anne Johannes. 


If Kylie Jenner's latest interview reveals anything, it's that she only wants the very best for baby Stormi and she's doing everything she can to give her just that. So isn't it time we stop judging and shaming the mom for every parenting decision she makes? By Bahiera Parker.

5 alternatives to saying "no" to your children

Are you tired of constantly telling your child "no" only for them to continue being uncooperative? Give these simple tips a try! By Jesse Jade Turner. 

Scaring or scarring: Does the Boogeyman really work for disciplining a child?

Invoking the threat of punishment via an otherworldly character might take playing the bad guy out of a parent's hands, but are we just creating future anxieties and fears for our children? By Lesley-Anne Johannes.

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