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Bilingual or mother tongue? What experts say is best for your child’s development

Many households are bilingual, which may affect a child's linguistic development. Should cultural requirements be put on the back burner for your child's healthy development? Meg Faure weighs in on the subject.

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5 math skills your child needs to get ready for preschool

Here's why it's important to teach our preschoolers simple maths, with a few ideas to get you started.

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Baby Shark got Kylie Jenner too, doo doo do-do doo doo

Kylie Jenner's Instagram post is proof that Baby Shark will hunt you down, and no matter how fast you run away, you'll never be safe.

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Here’s why you can’t get Baby Shark out of your head and how it made it onto the UK Top 40 chart

"Baby shark, doo doo do-do doo doo. Baby shark, doo doo do-do doo doo. Baby shark, doo doo do-do doo doo. Baby shark!"

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10 reasons why reading bedtime stories should be part of your daily routine

Reading a bedtime story to your child is a delightful and fun experience where you can bond before they set off for dreamland. As fun as it can be, it is so much more than just that. Here are a few of the advantages of bedtime stories.

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5 valuable life lessons from 4-year-olds

Thanks to BBC Earth, we're able to get a closer look at the whimsical world of 4-year-olds. They may be young, but they could seriously teach us a thing or two about life.

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

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

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8 easy ways to keep your toddler occupied this weekend

We've rounded up a list of fun and exciting things for your toddlers to do this weekend.

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How child-safe is your home? Check the washing machine!

One mom shares her story about finding her 3-year-old locked inside the washing machine (yes, it can happen!). Here are some tips on keeping your home safe.

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WATCH: Let them draw on walls! 3 easy play stations with contact paper

All you need is contact paper, masking tape, and a whole lot of imagination for these easy play stations.

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Mome and Tol Ass Mo’s daughter gets her own brand of beauty products

Mome says their daughter came up with the idea of having her on products.

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Preschooler left with second-degree burns after playing on scalding hot slide

Mom urges municipalities to cover play parks with shading nets after her daughter's skin got burned on a plastic slide. [Warning: picture could upset sensitive viewers.]

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10-year-old girl who danced with AKA on stage: ‘It’s a moment I’ll never forget’

In the video, the little girl, Sangenkosi Mkhungo, can be seen getting her groove on alongside the Supamega.

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WATCH: How to make edible jelly raindrops

When kids use their hands to create something, especially when the materials are geared towards a sensory experience, it helps their brains to learn as well. So here's a cool way to get your tot's hands dirty... with wobbly, squashy "rain drops"!

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"I feel like I don't exist, she just cries for daddy!"

A mother shares her frustration with her toddler daughter wanting daddy. All. The. Time.

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Who said going to the dentist is scary?

A video of US pediatric dentist Dr Eyal Simchi has gone viral, showing him dazzling his patients with his amazing magic tricks! Where can we sign up?

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"3 crucial ways daycare centres can improve reading in SA": reader responds

International literacy consultant Thomas Benjamin comments on South Africa's reading crisis by identifying three real obstacles in preschool level - and offering a few solutions.

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Liar! Liar! Pants on fire: watching children learn how to lie

It's not a very good deed, but it’s actually a big developmental milestone.

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It happened to me: My child was attacked by a dog

Preschoolers are particularly vulnerable to attacks from dogs. Here a mother shares how her 3-year-old was mauled by a boerboel and experts give advice on handling dogs with care.

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How to help that parent struggling in public

Be kind, because the struggle is real.

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Is your tot addicted to your smartphone?

It may be good at distracting the kids but is it as harmless as you think or should you be worried about how much time your toddler spends on a digital device?

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Q&A: How can I encourage my child to interact with others?

Educational child psychologist, Sheryl Cohan answers a reader who is worried about their child's social skills.

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From classics to new stories: new books for your 3- to 6-year-old to discover

Journey to a Hundred Acre Woods or see how Ricky becomes a part of the river pride. These are new books for your 3-6 year old being released this year.

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School at 3? "Let my kids be kids, president Macron"

After French president Emmanuel Macron announced his plans to make school compulsory for children from the age of 3, our readers responded, some agreeing and some wishing we'd just let our kids be kids.

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Dangerous children's toys and hazards to look out for

With their 2017 list of toys most likely to cause harm and injury, World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H) mentions the potential dangers we should look out for on our next trip to the toy store.

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How to help your little one to not be racist

While we know that babies make categorisations based on race, the attitudes that children develop as they grow up are based on what they are taught at a very young age. Nathalia Gjersoe explains one thing that's for sure though: "We are not naturally inclined to be racist".
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