Holiday hotspots in Joburg for little hell-raisers

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By Tiffany Markman

Remember back when we were ‘young’ and break-up day was a good thing?

These days, I dread it. Largely because, unlike my toddler, I’m not on holiday for the next three weeks – and she still needs to be entertained. …So what’ve I been doing? I’ve been frantically booking off an afternoon here and a morning there, to schlep her off to places that will stimulate, excite and (okay, I’m being honest now) tire her sufficiently to allow me to work for the rest of that day.

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Taking your toddler to the Montecasino Bird Gardens

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By Heather Step

Winter holidays are here and a great venue to take the kids to is the Montecasino Bird Gardens. We took advantage of my father visiting and decided to take my (just turned) two year old along.

I was in two minds whether to take the stroller or not, but in the end I was glad that I did. Little ones get tired of walking and adults get tired of carrying!

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Introducing a new baby to the family

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By Mia Von Scha

We forget sometimes that wonderful events, like a new arrival in the family, can also be pretty stressful. If you look at the scale of life’s most stress-inducing events, the arrival of a new baby is up there with death in the family, divorce and losing a job. And often the one who feels this the most is the older sibling of the new arrival. So how can we help them to cope with this world-changing adaptation to their family?

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Oh, pretty please for potty parity!

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By Tiffany Markman

I’m losing the battle with my husband when it comes to toddler toilet accompaniment in public. And I’m so frustrated that I need to open the issue to the floor, so to speak.

So, here we go …

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Are we drugging our children too easily?

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By Mia Von Scha

I’m absolutely horrified by the number of children now on severely mind-altering drugs. Did you know that the fastest growing market for both Ritalin and Prozac is pre-school aged children? Why are our children depressed? Why is nobody looking into the underlying causes before medicating?

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Being a dad

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By Daniel Janks

A good friend of mine once equated becoming a parent with the first time you have sex. You think you know what it’s going to be like, what it’s going to feel like, what you’ll be like doing it, but the truth is you simply don’t.

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Edge of tomorrow: a review by Daniel Janks

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Reviewed by Daniel Janks

GE RESTRICTION: [PG-13]
I’d pay attention to the restriction, this is a pretty violent and gory film.

Bottom Line
Aliens? Check. Explosions? Check. Action? Check. Interesting premise? Check. Compelling character story and development? Um … a bit? Logical well thought out exposition of the narrative? Ja … well, you can’t have it all.

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The Business of Busyness

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By Tiffany Markman

Many of us get huge personal satisfaction from moaning about how busy we are. It’s a competitive world, and busyness can drive self-worth in a host of ways.

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Fatherhood: you’re in it for life

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By Mark Allen

So what does it really mean. Quite frankly, it changes every day according to your kids age, gender, mood or feelings. BUT whatever it means, you signed up for it, so give it your all.

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It’s not easy being a dad

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By David Dadic

have been a father for over 5 years and for the last three of those to two boys Luca (the eldest) and Mika. I had always wanted children later in life (I had Luca when I was 35) in the hope that when they came along I could actively participate in their upbringing and that everything else in my life such as work commitments and social activities would unquestionably play second fiddle.

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