Helping sensitive kids to cope with stress

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By Mia Von Scha

here are many children incorrectly diagnosed as being either ADHD or as having Oppositional Defiance Disorder who are really just highly sensitive children who are overwhelmed by the rush of sensory input that they’re unable to filter out. I know; I’m one of them. When I’m in a noisy restaurant I can’t block out the background noise, I struggle to hear the people I’m sitting with and I tend to become frustrated and irritable.

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What is Colic?

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By Dr Mike Marinus

It is estimated that 15 – 25% of families with babies deal with colic. I say families on purpose because the effects of a colic baby can be as devastating for the rest of the household and have a lasting effect on the family dynamic way after the crying stops.

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Creamy Penne and Tuna Casserole

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A rich and creamy tuna pasta casserole that is a delicious main plate or side dish and very inexpensive to make. It’s the perfect cold pasta salad to bring to a braai or pool party. Or you can have it served warm as a main dish.

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Cheesecake Recipe

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A delicious light, rich and creamy cheesecake, decadently indulgent. An easy-to-follow recipe, and the result will leave you feeling proud of yourself. A must try recipe that will delight all your guests.

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Open letter to a depressed teenager

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By Mia Von Scha

I know it feels like nobody can understand. I know it feels like nobody has ever felt that much pain; nobody has ever felt so restricted and constricted and constrained; nobody can possibly know how dark the darkness gets. But I have been to the bottom of those unchartered depths; I have cried the disregarded tears that never seem to end; I have etched out the pain onto my wrists and thighs and screamed it into the darkness. I know how you feel.

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Teenage suicide – missing the signs

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By Kate Shand

I woke up on Thursday morning (12 August) and saw a message posted to my FB timeline “Dear Kate, it seems it was also suicide like with your boy, same age.” Along with the mother’s message “My daughter, Klara (14) died tonight.” And I remembered the angelic face of missing Klara Göttert, with her blonde curls and clear blue eyes that I’d seen go viral on FB the previous day. And I felt that the sharp shard pierce my chest, like I’d been winded, like I’d never breathe again and I was taken right back to day I heard the words “come home, he’s killed himself”.

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Women’s Day – “Dresses are preferred”

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By Sholain Govender-Bateman

There is something fundamentally wrong with a school giving their female students a civvies day treat for Women’s Day but then saying “the dress-code is smart-casual, but of course, dresses are preferred…”.

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How to help your crying baby

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By Dr Mike Marinus

Brand new babies have no reference as to what it is to be too hot, too cold or what hunger feels like, let alone how to fix it. They reflexively let go the crying signal when they become uncomfortable but they need to ‘Borrow your Brain’ in order to figure out what their specific needs are and how to fix them

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Why do babies cry?

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By Dr Mike Marinus

There are not many noises that have the ability to send you flying into action more than the sound of a baby crying. To come the aid of a crying child is so deeply rooted in our genetic code that it is virtually impossible to ignore. I have worked with babies for a little over ten years now and have not yet developed the smallest amount of immunity to it…and that’s exactly what nature intended.

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Beating the baby blues

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By Mia Von Scha

Having a baby is a momentous event. The kind of event that kicks you so far out of your comfort zone that you don’t even know what planet you’re on.

We all know about the nice side of it – the miracle of a new life, the immense and overwhelming love, the snuggling baby at your bosom. In fact, we’re inundated with images and articles and information about how wonderful it is to have a baby. But what about the dark side?

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