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    Build a Castle…and Explore First Grade Geometry!

     In first grade, young mathematicians expand on their early shape identification skills by going “3-D.” Now, they’ll begin to work on identifying spheres, cones, cylinders, and cubes. So Build a Castle…and Explore First Grade Geometry! You can engage your first grader with these fundamentals of geometry outside of the classroom with this homemade castle activity. In addition to being fun and educational for your child, this project utilizes reusable, recyclable materials that are easily available right at home! What You Need: Large shoebox lid, or lid from a paper carton Clean milk cartons: pint, quart, or half-gallon Cardboard paper towel or toilet paper tubes Paper cups Empty thread spools Aluminum foil Straight…

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    How important is religion in parenting?

    How important is religion in parenting? Last night my husband and I we were up until late discussing religion matters regarding our daughter. When religion plays a big role in parenting it such a pain in the …… Married to a Muslim man and I was born a Christian but later changed to nothing. Definitely have good reasons. What sparked the question of religion, you know in Muslim culture there are women who cover their faces. As I learn a little about the Quran each day I somehow feel that is oppressing women making men feel all superior above women and as a feminist that is a no, no in my book.…

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    Its back to school and I am not ready

    Where has the time gone, it’s back to school and I am not ready. Seriously, did not miss doing homework and lunch box . I also did not miss the washing all white PE clothes gosh, they make me hate Tuesdays and Thursdays. I can not believe we are back at it again, another and lots of school activities, meetings (can I resign from being a mom). Also I am back to work and back into the weekly routine. I enjoyed my holidays not having to wake up and run like a headless chicken Has Been splendid. It’s a new year, another 365 days to make our dreams come true…

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    Bullying in Primary School

    Bullying in primary school should not be happening especially at a lower grade. I have always said that school children are the meanest. Lately my daughter has been complaining about a girl in her class Grade 1. This girl has been mean towards my daughter and her other friends. Saying things like you are stupid, pushing and pinching her in the back when they are standing on a line. This morning again while my daughter and I were walking to the transport she complained again about this mean little girl. I am seriously starting to get angry about this. I told her to tell her teacher because it’s really unacceptable,…

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    Our children are in trouble

      Did you know that almost 15 percent of South African primary school children are overweight? This is according to the latest stats from the South African Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The thing that caught my eye looking at this news was our girls are very overweight than boys. Any a parent with a primary school child in their household should be worried as me and this made me understand that our children are in trouble, especially girls. It was found that girls living in the city-based have more than double the rate (30 percent) and have more body fat. It’s a fact that girls are usually heavier than boys. The World Obesity Federation (WOF) has…

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    The National Nutrition Week : Love your beans Campaign

    Did you know that since the 9th until the 15th October is The National Nutrition Week: Love your beans Campaign , I honestly had no idea until this morning? The theme for this year is “love your beans” and I am not a fan of beans or lentils. This afternoon from 1 -2pm the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) hosted a Twitter Talk which I attended because I was curious. Surprisingly, I enjoyed the educational 1 hour talk they gave tips and ideas of how to incorporate beans and lentils in your daily diet and lifestyle. When I think lentils I immediately think about winter and soup but…

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    The Sex Talk Struggle for Black Parents

    I say the sex talk struggle for black parents because I will be addressing this from my experience and from what I have seen in the black communities and what I have heard from the parents. Earlier this week I was on the line to take a taxi to work and I realised that even in this day and age black parents do not talk to their children about sex,condoms and contraception. This other lady said that one of her neighbours children is doing life orientation in action and disrespecting his mother. I said that it is because you don’t have the talk with us about sex and explain that…

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    The Bad Touch Talk With My Daughter

    I recently had the bad touch talk with my daughter because I believed that is was time for her to learn the difference and because she is an overly friendly person. I am a fan of Law and Order: SUV. I have seen enough to understand that an adult or child older than my daughter have the power to pursue my daughter to keep a secret and she won’t know if that is wrong because I as the parent I would have never spoken to hear about what is bad and what is good. I am glad to say the first my daughter learned was that secrets are bad, but…

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    Snowflake Red Velvet Cupcakes

    My daughter and I we got busy during Youth Day we made Snowflake red velvet cupcakes, we initially went to Pick n Pay to get icing and cupcake cups, but I found an amazing product from Snowflake treats it had everything we needed and it was even affordable. Snowflakes treats includes: 500g Cupcake Mix 300g Icing Mix 12 paper cups 10g Sprinkles The package makes 12 large cupcakes or one double layered cake, the box has instructions about making cupcakes and also the butter icing, its pretty much straight forward. Extra ingredients you will need are are: 2 large eggs 125 ml cooking oil 200ml water 150g butter or baking…

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    Love letter to you my daughter

    Today I write a love letter to you my daughter to let you know that, I love you so much I want you to grow knowing that and understand that every decision I make or will make believe it’s for your best interest. I will make mistakes along the day way and there will be days when you think I am ruining your life well, I will tell you to Suck It Up (yes I will). There world is a tough place and do not put your trust in everyone. I pray for a long, healthy life for you. I want you to live life to the fullest and not…

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