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6 Habits & Activities that Stimulates Young Minds

by Annabel Taylor on 10-01-2014
6 Habits & Activities that Stimulates Young Minds

A young mind is like a giant sponge, constantly absorbing new knowledge and findings. Today’s kids are not only fast learners but are constantly in search of activities to keep them amused and entertained. It is exhausting just trying to keep up with their latest obsession. As parents, you can help to encourage the following habits and activities that helps to stimulate brain growth and development in young kids.

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Kids Education

Let 2014 be the year to power up your parenting!

by Annabel Taylor on 02-01-2014
Let 2014 be the year to power up your parenting!

With New Year’s Eve came and gone, I’m sure most of you have already worked on a list of goals for your New Year resolution. As parents, we play an important role in shaping the way our children think and act now and the type of person they will become in the future. These goals will help to kick start 2014 to become a memorable year for you and your family.

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Kids Education

There's no need to ever spank again!

by Virginia O'Neill on 28-12-2013
There's no need to ever spank again!

I am the first to admit that while I love my kids, it is not always easy to keep my cool when they misbehave. The argument of whether it is ever ok to smack your child as a form of discipline is an old one. Studies have found connections between spanking and development of “mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse/ dependence, and personality disorder” later on in life. Before you give into the temptation of spanking your kids next time, give these alternative methods a try.

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Kids Education

Do your kids know the true meaning of Christmas?

by Bec Wilson on 19-12-2013
Do your kids know the true meaning of Christmas?

Whether your family is religious or not, Christmas is a time to reflect, to show gratitude to those that have been good to you during the year and to acknowledge the importance of your family. I don’t want my kids to grow up thinking that Christmas is just about eating a lot of Christmas pudding, playing Playstation all day at home and being spoiled with presents. This festive season, we should all aim to teach our kids the true meaning of Christmas - showing gratitude, compassion, empathy and learn the joy of giving to others. Let’s get started!

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Kids Health & Fitness

Make that first swimming lesson stress-free and anxiety-free!

by Bec Wilson on 11-12-2013
Make that first swimming lesson stress-free and anxiety-free!

As parents, I’m sure you are well aware of the many health related benefits of learning to swim from a young age. A recent research conducted by the Griffith Institute for Educational Research in Australia revealed that children who learnt to swim from a young age are on average 11 months ahead of the population in oral expression, 6 months ahead in mathematics reasoning and 2 months ahead in brief reading. If you’ve been thinking about putting your kids through swimming lessons, now is the time to start!

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Kids Education

It's Never too Young to Start Acting Responsibly!

by Bec Wilson on 04-12-2013
It's Never too Young to Start Acting Responsibly!

A friend of mine raised a very interesting conversation topic earlier this week: “Are kids today growing up in a ʻbubble wrapped, over-protectiveʼ environment?”. Early childhood experts are having growing concerns that Australian parents and schools are being too soft on kids, resulting in a national culture that “every child gets a ribbon”. Take these 7 tips as starting points to teach you kid responsibilities from a young age.

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Kids Health & Fitness

The key to 'indulge moderately' this festive season!

by Lauren Reeves on 28-11-2013
The key to 'indulge moderately' this festive season!

It’s that time of the year again - end of year festive party season! Like my family, I am sure you’ve already started receiving end of year Christmas party invites from family, friends and work. With all the sweet temptations around this time of the year, parents should also keep an eye on their kids’ food intake at Christmas gatherings and parties. Here are a few handy tips to keep your kids from over indulging this festive season!

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Kids Play

Make it Fun, Creative & Economical this Summer!

by Grace Harawira on 22-11-2013
Make it Fun, Creative & Economical this Summer!

Summer is all about making the most of the abundance of sunshine and spending it outdoor with the kids. This summer, I’ve put my family to the challenge of coming up with kids activities that are fun, creative and economical. I want my kids to enjoy mother nature as much as possible during summer but at the same time, I want them to do something fun and creative that won’t break my bank account.

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Kids Hobbies

Is Technology Killing Your Kid's Brain?

by Bec Wilson on 12-11-2013
Is Technology Killing Your Kid's Brain?

Here’s an interesting observation that I’ve made when out for dinner the other night. There was a family of three dining in the table next to us and when the youngest son started crying out loud, seeking for attention, I saw his dad handing him the latest mini iPad. He then immediately stopped sobbing and sat quietly swiping away at his new gadget. It raised the question in my mind that “Are parents using gadgets such as iPad and PS3 as more than just entertainment and toys for their kids? Or as substitutes to babysitters?”

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Kids Parties

How to have a fun and worry free Halloween this year

by Lauren Reeves on 30-10-2013
How to have a fun and worry free Halloween this year

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to get creative and bring out the Jack-o’-lanterns and candies! If you’re like me and have concerns about losing your kids in a crowd of children high on sugar on Halloween night, here are some handy tips to help you breeze through the experience and make your family’s first Halloween experience a safe and memorable one.

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Kids Health & Fitness

Is your Road Smart kid ready for 'Walktober'?

by Bec Wilson on 23-10-2013
Is your Road Smart kid ready for 'Walktober'?

October is the International Walk to School Month, known as ‘Walktober’. Grab your joggers and take this perfect opportunity to walk your kids to school and get fit together. This is also your chance to see how much your kids know about street rules and teach them the basics on road safety.

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Kids Play

Create a dream games room for your kids!

by Lauren Reeves on 04-09-2013
Create a dream games room for your kids!

If you love playing fussball, ping pong or darts with your kids, having a dedicated room makes it more special – and probably more likely to happen! Check out these tips for the perfect games room, where family time and kids’ activities come together.

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Kids Arts & Crafts

Safe jewellery making for kids

by Lauren Reeves on 30-08-2013
Safe jewellery making for kids

Do your kids love dress ups? If so, you might be tired of them wearing and breaking your necklaces, and asking if they can borrow your diamond rings! Solve this problem and keep them occupied too.

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