Topic “2011”

Pressure test

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that poses serious risks for you and your unborn baby
Child magazine

Money’s too tight to mention

Teach your children the value of money as soon as they can count
Paul Kerton
In austere times, as Greece, Spain and the entire eurozone hover on the brink of fiscal disaster, money matters are something children neither know nor care about.
Look at it from a child’s point of view. There are shops wherever they go and there is always something in those shops that they want.

Teens and drugs

Why are our children tempted to experiment with dangerous substances?
Dee Koch
The day I discovered dope I also discovered what it felt like to “belong”. I came from a loving home and went to an expensive school, but as I sat in the lonely transit lounge awaiting adulthood I still needed to know I was going to be okay with a capital “O”.

“Please Can I Get a Hamster?”

One dad has made up his mind: he is not a hamster man
Charles Starling

Throat Sore

What is strep throat and how is it different from other throat infections?
Tamlyn Vincent
Sore throats are par for the course for young children, but a bacterial infection called strep throat could cause serious complications if left untreated. Johannesburg-based specialist family physician, Dr Mary Rouhani, says strep throat is caused by a particularly virulent species of the Streptococcus bacteria. The infection is contracted “about three days after contact” and while most cases are mild, it can develop into a more severe infection.

Raise Media-Savvy Cyber Citizens

Keep your children safe by showing them how to behave responsibly in the digital playground
Marc de Chazal
Even if you were not a fan of the sci-fi TV series Star Trek, you’re probably familiar with the line from its opening sequence: “…to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no-one has gone before”. Today, all that our children need to explore the sinister world of cyberspace is a computer or cellphone with internet access.

Is Your Child Getting Enough?

We look at which essential vitamins and minerals your children need as they grow
Tamlyn Vincent
We all want what is best for our children, and we want to make sure that their nutritional needs are met.

Dealing With Difference – Your A-Z Guide

A directory of conditions and disorders, and where to find help and support
Tamlyn Vincent
Scroll down to the bottom of the article for downloadable versions of this guide, either in A4 or A3 format.
Children experience difficulties in certain behaviour, including inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.
Contact (CT): Eversdal Primary School ADHD support group 021 976 8134 or
Durbanville ADHD Support Group
Contact (National): Adhasa Stuart Wilson: 011

Toys for Children with Different Needs

We offer advice for choosing entertaining and educational toys
Jacqui Tooke
I have often walked the aisles of toy stores searching for a plaything that won’t be discarded a few moments after unwrapping, but will instead inspire play. In my case, the recommended age guides on the toy box labels offer little help. My son Matt has a rare genetic condition called Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome. So, when he was younger and I was still struggling to come to terms with his diagnosis, these labels would just remind me of how different he was from other children.

Baby Moves

5 motor milestones that play an important part in your baby’s development
Tamlyn Vincent
During the first 18 months of their lives, babies go from being absolutely helpless to being little people who can walk. Melodie de Jager, from BabyGym, says “the motor milestones are viewed as beacons of progress” that enable the brain, heart and body to function properly. The quality of a baby’s development during these early months “determines the quality of her emotional, social and intellectual development” going forward.
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