KC-NL-June-2018

How exercise improves your child’s physical and mental development

The benefits of exercise for children It is no secret that a physically active child is a healthy child. Physical activity and exercise has been proven to strengthen bones and muscles in children. It also prevents obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Health professionals recommend that children get at least 1 hour of exercise per day … Read moreHow exercise improves your child’s physical and mental development

The importance of a healthy diet for children

How to ensure your child is getting the nutrients they need With parent’s fast paced lives and busy schedules, making food is often a matter of convenience, rather than a matter of nutrition. Busy moms and dads often resort to fast food or take-away, just because it takes less time to prepare. However, these foods … Read moreThe importance of a healthy diet for children

How to improve your child’s maths skills at home

Guiding your child to understand maths According to the World Economic Forum’s global information report of 2016, South Africa was ranked 137 out of 139 countries for its quality of maths and science education. The report ranked South Africa’s mathematics and science education lower than Nigeria, Mozambique and Malawi. With these statistics and the worry … Read moreHow to improve your child’s maths skills at home

How to keep your children entertained and stimulated over the holidays

Children

Ideas for the school holidays Children can become very restless over the school holidays, because they are used to having every single moment filled with busy activities at school. On one hand parents may feel relieved and happy about the change in the usual rushed morning routine. Finally you can have a break from preparing … Read moreHow to keep your children entertained and stimulated over the holidays

Take it outside- the importance of outdoor play

Child playing outdoors

The benefits of children playing outdoors Jack is sitting on the computer, Ella is watching her favourite TV programme and Jordan is playing a video game. In our technologically dominated society, this is a common scenario. Today’s children spend less time outdoors, despite the fact that child care experts have proven that playing outside is … Read moreTake it outside- the importance of outdoor play

My Own Two Hands – the Creative Connection

Doing creative activities with your child

I am the first to admit that my “mom enthusiasm” to spontaneously plunge into a creative activity with my children, is often hindered by the thought of the mess. Rather than thinking about the quality time I will be spending with my children, I get distracted by the thoughts of cleaning up afterwards. As mothers, … Read moreMy Own Two Hands – the Creative Connection

How to teach your child to love reading

Mother and child reading

According to research carried out by the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, between 2011 and 2016, 58% percent of grade 4 children in South Africa cannot read for meaning and 29% are completely illiterate. With these dire statistics, it’s no wonder that parents are determined to instil a love of reading in their children. … Read moreHow to teach your child to love reading

The fundamentals of discipline

The fundamentals of discipline

As a parent it is always difficult to teach your child how to behave – as well as how not to behave. This is where the fundamentals of discipline come in. Discipline, if applied correctly, can guide a child towards appropriate social behaviour. All discipline strategies work better when you have a warm and loving … Read moreThe fundamentals of discipline