Breakfast ‘ice cream’ recipe

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By Abigail Courtenay

This is a simple and delicious treat that is ideal for mom’s and tots alike! The frozen banana creates a delicate ice cream texture and the strawberry and vanilla adds a special oomf to the dish! Ice cream that you can with good conscious serve to your kids for breakfast!

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Heritage Day – Why do we celebrate it?

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By Jayshree Sita

My daughter(13) asked me, “ Why should I dress Indian and not South African for Heritage Day assembly. Surely it caused more conflict to emphasise the differences between cultures?”

After doing some homework and having a healthy debate with her as well as having a discussion in a kids philosophy class which she attends, we decided that it would be okay to dress in traditional Indian clothes, but Heritage Day gives us an opportunity to learn and grow which is so much more valuable.

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Three-year-olds. Not big nurturers. Are they?

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By Tiffany Markman

I’ve had occasion recently to try to judge how much committed mommying my three-year-old daughter is able – or keen – to do.

She loves dollies, prams and putting toys to bed. And it seems that, in her imagination at least, they get sick and need cosseting quite often. (Her pet giraffe – one of the beaded ones from the roadside – ‘dies’ with alarming frequency.) But beyond the odd period of involvement, my littlie doesn’t bond with one toy for long.

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Nurturing mom

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By Mia Von Scha

Did you know that nature supports mothers taking time out for themselves? And that if you mess with nature you end up actually being a less-caring mother – on a PHYSICAL level?

We have a little hormone running through us called Oxytocin. You might remember it from your pregnancy and birth – it’s the one that facilitates birth and helps with lactation and bonding with your baby. It is even sometimes referred to as the “bonding hormone”.

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Boyhood : a review by Daniel Janks

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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

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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

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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

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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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