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These simple rules could save your children’s lives

How to protect your children against abduction.

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'No means no': A teacher explains how to gently teach consent to 3-year-olds

"Consent is something I am big on teaching. Mostly because I am alive in the 21st Century, but also because I have survived a sexual assault by someone who was a partner and lover at the time."

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Kidnapping prevention - 8 tips that could keep your child safe

It is a frightening reality and every parent’s nightmare, but a prevailing issue in South Africa. Here's how to minimise the risk.

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What’s the best way to teach children a second language? New research produces surprising results

Is it really true that children soak up language like sponges? Researchers talk best practice when teaching children multiple languages.

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What The Lion King teaches us about children and grief

For more than 20 years, The Lion King has taught children lessons about the circle of life.

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Grudges come naturally to kids – gratitude must be taught

Research suggests that young children aren't naturally geared towards kindness and must learn the principle of direct reciprocity in order to apply it.

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The proposed 'no repeat policy' will be 'placing the needs of the education system above the needs of our learners'

"Through this policy revision, the DBE will be putting a band-aid on a scratch that will eventually become a deep wound."

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The Little Mermaid doesn't have to be white and blue-eyed to be beautiful, and our girls don't have to be either

It was recently announced that Halle Bailey will play Ariel in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. Of course, the trolls had a lot to say, but we, and a lot of other parents, think she's going to make a gorgeous Ariel. Kudos to Disney for promoting diversity – something our kids absolutely need to see.

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Google has a free course teaching kids to spot fake news, and you should probably try it too

Be Internet Awesome is a free digital safety and citizenship children's course Google has been offering for the past two years. They've now added spotting fake news to the curriculum and tech experts are saying the course may prove just as beneficial to adults as well.

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The era of discovery: Teaching children to think like entrepreneurs

Growing the next generation of entrepreneurs is key to job creation and economic growth in South Africa. But how do you ensure this mindset is bred among learners, and streamlined in schools?

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A chess program helped this 8-year-old raise $240,000 and get his family out of a homeless shelter – here’s what to look for in a chess program for your child

A former U.S. Women’s Chess Champion shares her top tips for parents searching for a chess program for their child.

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10 modern-day heroes who are inspiring our kids

Our kids latch onto cartoon heroes and here's why that's okay.

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Teach your child how to talk about someone with a disability, without being a jerk

Sometimes we talk to people with disabilities unaware that the words we use and the way we use them might be considered insensitive and offensive. Here are a few guidelines to ensure you're a little less of a jerk next time you do.

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Mom shares experience of raising an intersex child

Finding out the gender of your baby is one of the most memorable pregnancy milestones. For Amie this came with a lot of questions as her child was neither male nor female. She shares her experience of raising an intersex child.

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UJ study finds that children on social grants go to school earlier and are less likely to be obese

Our government has highlighted the importance of access to quality early stimulation, education and care for all children, and University of Johannesburg research is showing that this is becoming a reality for SA's children.

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It’s not about the braids, it’s about the bond: SA could do with a hair school like this, helping adoptive moms care for their children’s kinks, coils and curls

Naturally curly, coily and kinky hair is more prone to knots, meaning combing and hair care requires special tricks and techniques. Here's how to take better care of your little one's hair.

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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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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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South African Teachers Union threatens to boycott Grade 4 curriculum

Parents have been up in arms since it was incorrectly reported that the new Grade 4 curriculum would include classes on masturbation and gender nonconformity. It appears that teachers are just as against the idea of the inclusion of these subjects...

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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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Local kids may set a new world record in Mathematics

Do you believe that a Level 3 Menger Sponge constructed just of cardboard pieces and rubber bands is possible? These students might have done it in the shortest time.

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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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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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