Evaluating whether moving schools can help

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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

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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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Book Review: The Dark by Lemony Snicket

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Reviewed by Fiona Ingram

The dark is a very interesting thing. There’s a lot of it when the light is off, as young Laszlo finds out when his night light bulb fails. Then the dark comes into his room.

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It’s never too late to change schools

Susan Friese
By Susan Friese

I often receive queries from parents asking “Isn’t it too late to change my child’s school?” It may be the end of the first term, mid year or in the last few weeks of the school year. My answer is always – no, it’s not too late if your child is unhappy.

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Don’t say DON’T to your children

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By Mia Von Scha

Have you ever wondered why your kids do exactly what you asked them not to? It’s a general complaint that parents have and yet the answer and the solution are not that complicated. The solution comes in understanding how our minds process information.

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Banana oat flapjacks

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By Abigail Courtenay

These flapjacks are honestly not only good for you, but are actually delicious! These would be great for a healthy breakfast for your little one, whether they have just started eating or are almost done with school… A definite crowd pleaser!

The ones I have made are egg and dairy free (as well as vegan), but if you like you can substitute the milk alternative for cow’s milk and I am sure the results will be just as great!

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Avo-basil whole-wheat pasta recipe

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By Abigail Courtenay

This is a quick, satisfying, super healthy meal idea that can be eaten as an alternative to a cream based pasta. It’s creamy and crunchy and just utterly delicious!

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Beat the bullying

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By Joanna Kleovoulou

Bullying is rife and not something new in our schools. Often parents and teachers minimise this problem either because they are not sure how to deal with it effectively or they do not comprehend the severity of the impact this may have on a child’s overall development.

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Beware: bullies come in all shapes and sizes!

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By Sholain Govender-Bateman

Within two months of Isobel(now 6) starting at a new preschool last year, she began complaining about a little boy, who I’ll refer to as A, who was mean to her….and we brushed it off.

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Hurt children hurt other children

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By Mia Von Scha

What has always interested me most about bullying is who is bullying the bully? Bullying is never just a cut and dried case of this child here is the bully and that child there is the victim. In fact, it is very much a group dynamic. In 90% of cases of bullying you will find other children either standing by and not doing anything to help the ‘victim’ or actively participating in the bullying along with the ‘ringleader’ of the problem.

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