Boyhood : a review by Daniel Janks

Reviewed by Daniel Janks

What a great film. Unique in many ways and beautifully ordinary is many others.

Boyhood took 12 years to film. It follows a boy as he grows up between the ages of five and 18. Uniquely Linklater chose to allow his cast to age in real time, filming each section of the film when appropriate over a twelve year period. This gives the film an amazing sense of time and growth, as we literally watch a boy become a man, adults move through significant stages of their lives, and the world slowly change over more than a decade.

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If I stay : a review by Daniel Janks


Blech! It’s like a tablespoon full of saccharine. It’s sweet but completely artificial.

I can’t help but draw parallels between If I Stay and A Fault in our Stars. On paper they seem so comparable. Both deal with young women and their relationships to young men. Both look at first love, budding adulthood and young life on the brink of death. Both feature brave young actresses emerging out of the world of child stardom into the dubious and treacherous arena of adult stardom. But where one is fresh, and enchanting and seductive, the other is boring, sentimental and left me thinking halfway through the film: “Should I Stay … till the end?” Can you guess which is which?Untitled

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“Learn the News”- a paper for kids reviewed

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Reviewed by Sholain Govender-Bateman

Durbanite, Duncan Guy has created an online kids newspaper that is suitable for any primary school child, locally and internationally called Learn the News

My hubby and I are news people and we encourage our two girls to be aware of what’s happening in the world around them. I also know how careful we have to be about which news stories they are exposed to since headlines often contain news of violence and crime and other non-child friendly topics.

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Homework blues

By Fatima Kazee

So I recently posted on Facebook about how excited I get when the kids come home with no homework for the day. Of the 32 people that liked the post, 1 was my husband purely because I think he can sense from the mood when he comes home that there’s been no frustration on that day. The other 31 were all mothers who probably feel the same way as I do. And I’m guessing that there are many more that can relate.

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War & Peace: The myth of the happy family.

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By Mia Von Scha

There’s a rumour going around that you know someone with a happy family – one where everyone is calm and respectful and kind and everyone gets along brilliantly; a family where everything flows and nobody fights. We’ve all heard of them. We all know they must be out there… somewhere.

Rubbish! I’m here today to break the illusion of the happy family so that you can all go back to your real lives and stop judging yourselves by unattainable standards.

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Review of Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World

Reviewed by Tiffany Markman

In Tech-Savvy Parenting: A Guide to Raising Safe Children in a Digital World, parenting expert Nikki Bush and tech guru Arthur Goldstuck put their considerable brains together to guide us, ‘digital immigrants’, through an increasingly scary world.

This world is peopled by ‘digital natives’ – our children – who are tech-savvy but not always life-savvy; application-literate but not always emotionally literate; conversing but not always listening. And we, the immigrants, barely speak the language.

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A Lesson in Savings for Children

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By Lisa Illingworth

As South Africans we do not have a culture of saving as indicated by the Savings Institute of South Africa, 75% of household income is going towards paying off debt as our countries economic recovery from the 2008 crisis is taking longer than most other emerging market economies.

Teaching children financial literacy is not just about giving them an allowance once a week or every month and telling them to spend it wisely, it means teaching them about concepts like taxation, credit and different ways of saving

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Financial freedom for parents (is that even a thing?)

By Tiffany Markman

It was with no small measure of trepidation that I rsvp’ed for Dr John Demartini’s talk on achieving financial freedom.

For one thing, it was in the evening – ruling out my involvement, after a long day’s work, in bath-time and bed-time. For another, Demartini looks exactly like one of those twangy Texan quacks motivational speakers who are always being caricatured in TV comedies. And for a third, I anticipated a roomful of Joburg’s financial down-and-outs – hardly scintillating sunset company.

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Evaluating whether moving schools can help

Susan Friese
By Susan Friese

A multitude of factors play a role when removing a child from one schooling environment and placing them in another, from professional assessment to mummy knows best to what does the child WANT to do.

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Whether to smack your child or not

by Kirsty Marais

What an insanely difficult topic to contemplate. In my opinion, only a question you can answer for yourself. I, myself was smacked as a child, to the extent that I would call it child abuse today. Let me put it to you this way, the thought of hitting my children with a belt or a sjambok has never crossed my mind and never will.

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