There is a rumour about an online game going around the teen and preteen world, known as “Blue Whale” (also called VT) that is creating a sense of panic amongst parents. So how do we save our children from becoming “Blue Whales” in the first place, or bring them back from the brink of death if they are already involved in something like this?Read more
Stimulating your baby correctly can be tricky business. That is why I sat down with Una Van Staden from Pikanini Baby Academy to get the details on what we should be doing with our babies.Read more
I recently heard about a mother who was quite literally still wiping her child’s bum at the age of eight. I was horrified. Now when I have such a strong judgemental reaction to any trait that I come across in another I like to look and see where I might be doing that too.Read more
My 12-year-old daughter is experiencing extreme anxiety. She describes her symptoms as waking up at night and being unable able to get back to sleep, an inability to concentrate at school because she’s exhausted by lack of sleep, a decrease in appetite and hyperventilating if she’s put on the spot at schoolRead more
Babies at birth can already recognize a story that has been told to them in the womb, can distinguish between different languages and ecognize their mother’s voice. The sounds that they hear in the womb and in early life are literally changing the structure of their brains as they make new connections.Read more
Many people are unaware that there is a difference between a tantrum and a meltdown. While both may involve screaming, kicking, shouting, biting and even swearing, there are some fundamental differences.Read more
Mommies and Daddy’s’ don’t despair! Or Maybe still do just a little lol.
On a serious note, don’t we all know of that one bad habit or attachment that we so desperately try to break our babies or toddlers away from?Read more
If your child loves his/her devices and often has to be nagged to just *move*, you need to read this article. It’s about actualising more of the brain-and-body-potential that’s inside our children, using easy brain-boosting activities. Plus, research shows that stimulating both sides of the brain enables children to learn better, become more creative, deal more effectively with challenges and emotions, and build enhanced confidence, self-esteem and understanding of their environment.Read more
Teenagers are in a stage of life that entails high growth and a lot of personal development and investigation. Time on their own is absolutely essential for them to navigate this time in a healthy way and to get to know themsleves and their bodies, and to get to trust their own decision making and develop independence.Read more
When a child has a fever we often reach for the meds to get rid of the high temperature and return our babies to normal…but is this the right approach?
Fever itself is not an illness. In fact, an increase in body temperature is a great indicator that your child’s immune system has switched on and is fighting off an infectionRead more
Potty training isn’t the easiest thing to do, but for the most part it runs fairly smoothly – a couple of accidents here and there, a bit of frustration, many hours of potty entertainment, and eventual mastery. But what happens when you seem to have got it all down and suddenly your 3 year old is afraid to make a poo?Read more
My five-year-old, like most five-year-olds, has no concept of money – But I’ve seen what this attitude becomes in adult form, and it isn’t pretty. As such, my littlie is now expected to earn monthly moolla, so she can learn about saving, delayed gratification andRead more