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play, ponder and progress

A new approach to learning, designed to improve critical thinking and problem-solving skills, has been introduced at this school
Michelle Myburgh
Much has been written about the skills learners need to equip them to cope with the demands of society and adult life once they leave school. And there are certain skills that regularly appear on most educators’lists: Complex problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and imagination, collaboration and teamwork, and cognitive flexibility and adaptability.

finding fun

Most moms keep a scrapbook to record their children’s “first”, but this mom got to have her own “first”. Sometimes the best things in life really are free.
Anél Lewis
We recently spent some time at the coast and I was struck once again by how reliant our children have become on external – often digital – stimulation to keep them entertained. For the initial day or so, I found myself constantly explaining to Conor that yes, there was no Wi-Fi, and no, there would be no screen time. The first trip to the beach drew mixed reviews from my city slicker children. “There’s so much sand,” wailed Erin.

special occasion treat

A cake to grace any party table ... classic baker Martjie Malan’s cookbook, Baking Secrets: Recipes for Every Occasion, is filled with an essential selection of quality recipes. Martjie shares not only her passion for baking, but also some of her secrets giving you the confidence to try and master even the most technical of cakes.
Child magazine
Raspberry-and-lemon sponge cake
Basic sponge cake
This is my go-to recipe: A soft sponge with a fine crumb and beautiful texture that can be transformed by adding any number of excit

20 reasons your preschooler should do gymnastics

20 reasons your preschooler should do gymnastics that have nothing to do with learning gymnastics.
Anne Josephson
What if Johnny never learns a cartwheel? Or how about if Janie never masters holding a handstand? Would there still be any value in putting your preschooler in a gymnastics class? Yes, I say. Absolutely, yes.

what to do if your child is depressed

Growing up can be an emotional rollercoaster for young people as they navigate through the highs and lows of school, friendships, puberty and other adolescent milestones.
Dr Hayley van Zwanenberg
While it’s normal for tweens and teenagers to feel sad from time to time, depression causes such intense low moods that they impact on a young person’s ability to do normal everyday tasks and enjoy activities and hobbies that were once important to them.


Is your child paralysed by perfection? Here’s what’s really going on and how you can help her.
Linda Stade
It’s Sunday night, bed time. Your daughter is upset about the assignment for English due the next day. She’s had a week to do it and you’ve seen her sitting at her desk writing and making notes. She has spent hours at it, so you assumed she’d finished. It turns out she hasn’t started. Well, she has. Several times. But each start she made, she deleted.

everything’s eiré about ireland’s family adventures

Ireland is an excellent option for families. There is a great deal to keep all ages entertained and it’s exceptionally easy to see a lot in a short time.
Child magazine
Keep a keen ear out for the sound of tapping when you head to the home of the last remaining leprechauns in Northern Ireland. Legend has it these little mischief-makers were in fact the shoemakers for fairies and, if you listen hard enough, you can still hear them tapping away at shoes with their tiny hammers.

do children really need supplements and vitamins?

Nutritional experts believe that these can be helpful at times.
Tori Hoffman
There’s a reason why there are so many vitamin supplements on the shelves today, for parents and children. It’s not just because popping a pill has become a marketing ploy and a quick fix for a poor diet and a busy lifestyle. It’s because picky eaters, over-processed food and trying to pack too much into an often stressful day has left the majority of us needing a supplement in one form or another.

safe at home

A dad and his 10-year-old daughter have differing thoughts on sleepovers.
Patrick and JL Hempfing
Jessie is a blessed girl. In her young life, she’s already had many wonderful experiences. She’s been to the beach, the zoo, and even to Disney World. She takes dance classes and plays a musical instrument. She has many friends and spends quality time with her grandparents and her uncle, aunt, and favourite four-year-old cousin. She even gets to use more than her fair share of hot water to take the long showers she finds so relaxing and conducive for singing.

age-appropriate birthday party themes

Planning your child’s bash? Here is a list of easy-to-organise, fabulously fun activities for children of all ages.
Elaine Eksteen
Age 2–3 years
Bike, trike and scooter rally
Ready Children will need to bring along their pushbikes, trikes or scooters, so remember to send out a request with the invitations.
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