Gifts for kids that help with emotions

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If your child has made it onto Santa’s naughty list more than once this year, it might be time to give them some gifts that will help them to manage their emotions in the coming year.

Here are some of my favourites for helping kids manage and work through difficult emotional states.

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Teaching kids the gift of giving


We have once again reached the time of consumer mayhem, and it is easy for our children to get the message that this time of the year is about buy buy buy and what’s in it for me. Now I’m all for children having wish lists and receiving gifts, but I’m also all for teaching the kind of gifts that last you a lifetime.

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The Boxtrolls is a sweet animated 3D fantasy adventure.


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Help! My kid has too many toys

My kids have too many toys
By Tiffany Markman

I don’t know about you, but my kid’s playroom fills me with anxiety.

There are overflowing bookshelves.
There is a play kitchen – well, a play kitchen post a small earthquake.
There is a large blackboard, with multiple stompies of associated chalk.
There are enough plush animals, dolls and characters to fill an ark.
There is Lego. Crayons. Puzzles. Fluffy boas. Masks. Bottles of bubbles.

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The Drop: a review by Daniel Janks

Reviewed by Daniel Janks

There is much to keep the kiddies away. This is a slow paced, suspenseful, thriller with more than it’s fair share of gore, be it is ever so subtle and understated.

Bottom Line

It isn’t often I give a film 5/5/. It requires a special mixture of style, panache, deep integrity, subtle grandeur and the ability to utterly enthral me. The Drop knocks it out of the park in every way.

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Tarzan 3D : a review by Daniel Janks

Reviewed by Daniel Janks

This isn’t a good film. The story is a bizarre and incomprehensible take on a classic narrative that has stood the test of time practically unblemished. The animation is far below the standards we’ve come to expect from contemporary visual effects. And the rhythms and nuances of the film are just off enough to be jarring.

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Study tips for exams

By Brad Wilmot

Around the country students are running critically short of time to learn all they need to ahead of the exams. Moms may well be anxious and taking on a helicopter approach to guide their child through the exams, and anxiety is very quickly becoming the order of the day. My advice at this time of the year is: keep it practical and uncomplicated.

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Exam stress

By Fatima Kazee

November always seems like the longest month of the year to me. There’s the end of year functions, school prize-giving’s, concerts and…. Exams. The stress of the exams alone is enough to warrant a long beach holiday where there are no books, pens, Annie apples or Uppie umbrellas.

These days I know that I don’t have much to stress about since my boys are in the foundation phase of school, yet I still do. What if my son fails grade 1? …

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When the game stands tall : a review by Daniel Janks

Reviewed by Daniel Janks

There’s not much to prevent kids from watching this. Some folks die and stuff, but not on screen, and it’s pretty boring, but that’s a note for adults too, so …

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Understanding your child’s values and priorities

By Mia Von Scha

Every child, just like every adult has a set of values, a hierarchy of things that are from most to least important to them. With children under 10, their highest value will usually have something to do with play, although this will differ from child to child. For example, one may like playing with dinosaurs and another with dolls and another may like playing ball games.

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