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Fun educational gifts for the festive season

As the year draws to a close, the holidays are in sight! It will soon be the festive season, a wonderful time of relaxing, celebrating with family, and, most importantly (from a child’s perspective), gift-giving! As parents, you want to do the best for your child, and choosing appropriate and beneficial gifts for your little ones is no exception. Presents for kids do not need to be just about keeping them entertained – they can also be used to further their education without them even knowing i

Career choices: when children and parents disagree

It is a trope that has been played out in the media for decades – a parent wants their child to be a doctor or engineer, the child wants to be an artist or musician, and chaos ensues… As your child gets older, there will be increasing pressure to decide what career path they want to pursue after completing their studies. The vocation a child chooses will inform many other choices they need to make, such as Grade 10 – 12 subject selections and university applications. Particularly during the hig

How to support your family during a crisis

Crises are pronounced adverse life events typically accompanied by some type of loss. A crisis can include a death or accident in the family, a parent losing their job, or violent crime. Sometimes, even good things – like a new marriage or a pregnancy – can feel like a crisis because of the associated stress and how these events change a person’s life. Children are very perceptive and will notice when there is something ‘wrong’ in the family. Depending on a child’s age, they may not be able to

Homeschooled celebrities who found success

There is a lot of stigma surrounding homeschooling, with many people considering homeschooled children to be strange, anti-social outcasts. However, these wildly successful homeschooled celebrities prove that is not the case! Across all fields and industries – from acting to athletics – many celebrities have shown that homeschooling does not impede achievement but is a contributing factor to it. At only 24 years old, Olympic artistic gymnast Simone Biles has over 30 Olympic and World Championsh

Supporting your child’s emotional intelligence development

Emotional intelligence (also known as ‘emotional quotient’), briefly summarised, refers to a person’s ability to recognise emotions in themselves and others, differentiate and label emotions appropriately, and adjust emotions based on different environments. Regulating, expressing, and adapting emotions is, in essence, a set of skills and behaviours which – very importantly – can be learned and refined. People who score higher on emotional quotient (EQ) tests tend to be better able to form heal

Setting boundaries with your teenagers

It’s a well-known cliché that the teenage years are some of the hardest for both parent and child, and there is a kernel of truth in this. These are the years in which children are learning more about themselves and their place in the world. Part of this journey of self-discovery often entails testing their limits and the limits of those around them. It is, therefore, important to put boundaries in place, not only to protect your teen but also to maintain harmony in the household. Apart from sa

The future is female – women in STEM in South Africa

When people think of science, technology, engineering, or maths, they tend to think only of bespectacled old, bearded men. The truth is, though, that women have been pioneers in STEM fields since humans invented them! While sadly often overlooked or forgotten in the annals of history, women have made invaluable contributions to science throughout the millennia and continue to do so to this day! As 11 February is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let’s look at what amazing thi

How our childhood personality affects us as adults, and why it’s important

Much research has been done into how our experiences during childhood shape both our personalities as children and, later in life, as adults. This is an important area of research as it has many implications for parents when it comes to child-rearing, for teachers when it comes to teaching, and for many other people working with children. ‘Personality’ can be defined as a person’s ways of thinking, feeling, behaving, and interacting with other people. Multiple researchers have determined that t

Pursuing a career in HR Management

Without hardworking and trained workers, organisations would have a difficult time reaching their goals and achieving success – human resources (also known as HR for short) broadly refers to the management of these workers. Generally speaking, this includes hiring workers, managing their benefits and financial compensation, and overseeing disciplinary action taken against employees. HR, as an industry, is enjoying steady growth and, consequently, the number of jobs in the field is growing every

Career outlook for skilled artisans in South Africa

‘Artisan’ is a term used to describe a craftsperson who uses their hands when working. Artisans, despite what the word may lead you to think, are not necessarily confined to more ‘artistic’ craft fields like carpentry (woodwork) or a jeweller who makes jewellery. Instead, artisans span many industries, from more creative and decorative pursuits like sculpture and mosaic, to more functional areas or work like mechanical or electrical repairs. The need for artisans in SA The South African govern

How to fund your studies

Studying, whether full-time or part-time, whether a short course through a college or a degree through a university, can be very expensive. Many students often don’t have the financial resources from savings or family and friends to fund their studies, which can be discouraging. However, there are multiple ways to accumulate the money needed to pay for your studies. Quite a few students choose to get a job before or during their studies to earn money and pay for their

Benefits of playing games with kids

Children of all ages learn through engaging with many different forms of media, including games. Games include board games, video games, and even online games, despite what you may have heard! Playing games help children develop many core skills like mathematical or language skills, social skills and healthy interaction, and logic and problem-solving skills. We all know playing is fundamental for young children’s development, but this is true for pre-teens and adolescents, too! Of course, the t

Working around last year’s academic challenges or failures

Failing a year, or even just a subject, can be quite devastating for learner and parent alike. In this situation, many parents tend to experience guilt and blame themselves, wondering if they did enough to help their child. Other times, many parents experience deep disappointment in their child, sometimes even anger. And likewise, many learners are often disappointed in or angry at themselves. Regardless of what you and your child feel, it’s important to remember that repeating a subject or a gr

Helping your child set goals for the new year

It’s a new year and, for many, that means New Year’s resolutions. Children don’t necessarily need resolutions – after all, they are unlikely to have many of the same vices and bad habits adults need to break – but it is a good idea to help children set goals for the year, both academic and personal. The ability to set goals – and create a game plan for achieving them – is a lifelong skill that is vital for success, whether that be at the office, on the sporting field, or even within the home. A

What to do if you don't get into the institution of your choice

Not being accepted to the college or university you had your heart set on can be devastating. Often, people have feelings of shame surrounding this rejection, as a many people consider academic achievement to be a reflection of a person’s ability or worth. However, not getting into the institution of your choice is not the be-all and end-all! Regardless of your feelings, know one thing – you will be okay! There are plenty of option

How to upskill in high demand fields with College SA

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, hundreds of thousands of South Africans have lost their jobs, and this number could increase into the millions. Despite this, people with skills in information technology, business management and accounting are still in high demand. It’s well-known that South Africa is faced with a huge skills shortage, but this is a challenge that can be overcome through “upskilling” (increasing your skillset) by taking a vocational course in some of these in-demand sectors.

How to help a learner prepare for university

University presents learners with a range of challenges whether they will be moving out or staying at home, so prepare well ahead of time to avoid any nasty surprises! When living in residence or off-campus accommodation Living away from home can be nerve-racking for even the most adventurous of learners. Here are some tips on how to prepare for living away from home: • If the student accommodation doesn’t provide food, learners should learn how to cook easy, nutritious meals if they don’t kno

Life after matric – guiding your child during this next chapter

At this point in their education, your child’s mind is most likely preoccupied with passing their final school year – the final and arguably most daunting year of their school careers. That said, matric learners do need to start considering what they plan to do after they finish school and, more often than not, they need guidance in this endeavour. From the time children are first able to speak, they are consistently asked: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. As is only natural, the ans

Helpful tips for managing your child’s academic anxiety

While most children experience some anxiety when it comes to their studies, particularly when it comes to assessments, some children are more prone to severe or chronic anxiety than others. Often this anxiety can be quite debilitating, for both the child and the parent. It seems obvious, but a child who is overwhelmed by anxiety is not going to be able to concentrate or absorb any information. Therefore, a child’s anxiety must be managed appropriately for them to be productive and, more importan

Why exercise is important for good academic results

Previously, we have written about why a healthy, balanced diet and getting a good night’s sleep is important for studying and concentration. We all know exercise is important for our general health, but what many of us may not know is that exercise has many benefits specifically in relation to our brain’s ability to perform optimally. Let’s have a look at some of these benefits: When we exercise, our hearts work harder to pump more blood around our bodies because our muscles are working harder
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