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6 tips to explain Youth Day to your toddler

6 tips to explain Youth Day to your toddler

Here’s how you can help your toddler understand this important moment in history… By counselling psychologist Reabetsoe Buys While we as adults understand the history and significance of Youth Day and our country’s emotional, political history; our children don’t yet have the life experience, psychological or emotional maturity to fully understand the details. However, this [...]
How is COVID affecting kids’ mental health?

How is COVID affecting kids’ mental health?

The pandemic and lockdown have changed children’s lives in many ways. Disrupted routines, uncertainty and parental anxiety can have an impact on children’s mental health. We spoke to counselling psychologist Reabetsoe Buys about the mental health effects she is seeing in kids, and tips for how you can help your children navigate this strange time. [...]
Understand your child’s learning style – and help them to use it effectively

Understand your child’s learning style – and help them to use it effectively

Over the past couple of months, parents have been faced with a grave task – remote learning and helping our children navigate this territory Supervising and helping out with homework is one thing, but ensuring our children are learning new concepts everyday is something else. Parenting in a pandemic is no easy feat, which is [...]
Self-care is not selfish: a must-read for busy moms

Self-care is not selfish: a must-read for busy moms

In the safety briefing before a plane takes off, we’re always told to “secure your own oxygen mask first before you attempt to assist someone else with theirs” This is because in an emergency, we need to equip ourselves with what we need (in this case oxygen) to have the capacity to help others effectively. [...]
Parenting styles – and how they influence our children

Parenting styles – and how they influence our children

Our parenting style refers to various elements of parenting such as warmth and nurturing, communication, control and disciplinary strategies Research over the past few decades highlights four main parenting styles: • Authoritarian • Authoritative • Permissive • Uninvolved Authoritarian parenting These parents believe that children should follow strict rules which have been established by them [...]
How to make sure you’re communicating effectively with your child

How to make sure you’re communicating effectively with your child

One of our main roles as parents is to model and foster positive communication habits in our children This leads to a positive self-concept which later influences our child’s confidence, motivation and capacity to deal with stress and negative experiences. When communicating with your child, you need to bear their age and reasoning capacity in [...]
How to support someone with mental health challenges

How to support someone with mental health challenges

As we’ve already established, mental health is an area which is garnering more and more attention in our society. People who struggle with mental health conditions are finding it easier to speak out about it, while mental health advocates are normalizing the prevalence of such as well. However, we have not yet reached a point [...]
What is Anxiety

What is Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal emotion which we all feel at one time or another in response to a stressful situation. Situations which can cause anxiety feelings include starting at a new school, when you’re about to make a speech or just before a test. It is normal to have moments where we feel fearful, worried [...]
What is Depression?

What is Depression?

Depression is a mental health condition which affects one’s mood, body and thoughts. While we all experience feeling sad and down at times, depression is a serious condition which can affect someone’s ability to function in all areas of their lives – personally, in relationships, at school or at work. Studies have found that 20% [...]
Different Mental Health Issues

Different Mental Health Issues

According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) 16.5% of the adult population in South Africa suffer from a mental illness. All these people are susceptible to experiencing a form of mental health issue at one point or another. So what are mental health issues? In a country with ongoing socio-economic challenges, poverty, [...]
Understanding Mental Health

Understanding Mental Health

“Mental health” refers to the state of our psychological (head) and emotional (heart) well-being. Physical health refers to our bodies and we usually know we are unwell when we start experiencing certain symptoms – a headache, a fever, low energy levels or an unfamiliar rash. However, with mental health issues, there are no such “obvious” [...]
Is your child a bully? Help for desperate parents

Is your child a bully? Help for desperate parents

Bullying is one of those topics which, when it comes up, may raise alarm bells in our heads as we don’t want to see ourselves dealing with our own children being bullies So where does bullying come from? As children grow up, not only are they developing into their personalities, but their thoughts and feelings [...]
Using positive reinforcement in your home

Using positive reinforcement in your home

Discipline is a parenting dynamic that raises many differing thoughts and opinions While each family is free to utilise whatever methods work for them, there are some methods that have been proven to be more effective than others. “Traditional” discipline usually refers to the practice of training children to obey rules, and if this is not [...]
Helping your child deal with common fears (from babies to teens)

Helping your child deal with common fears (from babies to teens)

Childhood fears and anxiety are not only common, but expected throughout all developmental stages Meeting strangers, going to school for the first time, or writing a test are all examples of situations which can trigger feelings of apprehension, fear and panic in children. This article looks at some common fears and how you can help [...]
Developing emotional intelligence (EQ) skills in your child

Developing emotional intelligence (EQ) skills in your child

Children with good emotional intelligence skills have been found to perform better in school, make better choices and manage complex social situation better than others. Fortunately, emotional intelligence is a set of skills which can be taught and nurtured in our children – and the sooner we do, the better their ability to manage life’s [...]
Building Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Is Now Available!

Building Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Is Now Available!

Building Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in your child! Research has found that teaching your child emotional intelligence equips them with essential skills to be successful later on in life. Emotional intelligence allows us to not only understand ourselves, but also the people around us and helps us to improve how we function in our environments.   [...]