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Hoe gemaak as jou kind gedragsafwykings toon? Anchen Witthuhn gee raad

Change Your Child's BehaviourHoe moet ouers reageer wanneer hul kinders in die openbaar begin huil? Wat moet jy doen as jou kinders voortdurend met mekaar baklei? Hoe gemaak met kinders met gedragsafwykings?

Hierdie is ‘n paar van die vrae wat JB Roux onlangs gestel het aan Anchen Witthuhn, die skrywer van Change Your Child’s Behaviour.

Witthuhn vertel dat dit belangrik is dat ouers nie aggresief moet reageer nie, maar ferm en met deernis met hul kinders moet gesels. Ouers moet verder met kinderoppassers ooreen kom oor hoe dissipline gehandhaaf word. “Dit is belangrik vir kinders dat daar standvastigheid is,” sê sy.

Laastens gesels Witthuhn oor goeie ontspanningstegnieke, waarvan televisiekyk nie een is nie.

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“Dit is ook nie nodig om op jou kind te skree nie. Om te skree is ook ‘n vorm van aggressie en daar mag geen aggressie wees wanneer kinders ter sprake is nie. ‘n Ferm stemtoon is meer as genoeg.

“Moet ook nie wanneer jy jou kind dissiplineer, enigiets doen wat as wreed beskou kan word nie. Daar is ouers wat byvoorbeeld, wanneer ‘n kind ‘n woede-uitbarsting het, haar in ‘n kas of kamer toesluit om haar te kalmeer. Dit is nie aanvaarbaar nie. In ‘n situasie soos hierdie het jou kind liefde nodig.


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Coleen Cronje, Homeschooling Company CEO, Explains the Increased Popularity of Homeschooling (Podcast)

Homeschooling High SchoolHajra Omarjee recently hosted a conversation about homeschooling on her Power Drive radio show on Power FM.

Omarjee cites a newspaper article which suggests that violence, overcrowding and poorly trained educators in schools have resulted in more and more parents deciding to homeschool their children. In 1997, 2 000 children were reportedly taught at home, and by 2011 the number had reached 57 000.

Coleen Cronje, the CEO of Brainline Learning World, was on the line to speak about homeschooling. She says that “many homeschoolers are very active in the community”. Distance learning allows many learners to compete in sports or keep up with school despite illness.

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For more information about the hows and whys of homeschooling, read Homeschooling High School by Shirley Erwee.

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Three of the Best Parenting Books of 2015 – Change Your Child’s Behaviour, Blending Families and Party Time

Change Your Child's BehaviourBlending FamiliesParty Time

Sasha Wyatt-Minter recently compiled a list of some of the best parenting books of 2015 for All4Women – Struik Lifestyle is proud to have published three of the four books she reccommends.

Change Your Child’s Behaviour by Anchen Witthuhn, Blending Families by Flicky Gildenhuys and Party Time by Lizelle de Kock are commended as “great books by expert South African authors to help you negotiate the minefield that is parenting”.

Read what Wyatt-Minter has to say about Blending Families:

As the child of a blended family, I wish that my parents had had access to this book when they remarried. It would have provided them with help to face the challenges (and the sulky teenagers they had to deal with) of remarriage. It certainly gives me more understanding of what they went through, and why they made the mistakes they did in their quest to try to make everyone happy …

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Podcast: Anchen Witthuhn Shares Practical Tips on How to Change Your Child’s Behaviour

Change Your Child's BehaviourAnchen Witthuhn recently shared practical parenting tips from her book Change Your Child’s Behaviour on the Mommy Matters show on OFM.

Witthuhn says there are several factors that can cause children to act out and display signs of bad behaviour, for example changes at home, school or in friendships. When parenting techniques are not consistent children can also be confused by the conflicting messages they receive.

Change Your Child’s Behaviour is a self-help guide to help parents to define those dynamics in the child’s life that are causing them to act out in order to change them in a non-evasive way.

Witthuhn explains a term from her book called positive behaviour and says it is important for parents to communicate with their children about what is expected from them. She explains that children often experience emotion as a physical feeling. Witthuhn says many say anger is in their stomach. Parents should help them develop the tools and techniques to get rid of that anger.

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Blending Families is a Process, Not an Event – Flicky Gildenhuys (Podcast)

Blending FamiliesFlicky Gildenhuys recently spoke to Tamara LePine-Williams on Classic FM’s Classic Lifestyle about her book, Blending Families.

The Cape Town-based family and relationship expert wrote the book as an expression of years of working with families, combined with her own personal experience of bringing up her six children in a blended family.

During the interview, Gildenhuys talks about the various topics she discusses at length in Blended Families, including grief and the way in which families cope, and could better cope, with loss, as well as the perception of step-parents versus their reality. She also shares warning signs parents should look out for which indicate whether or not kids are dealing with the blending of families in a positive way and how they can go about turning the frowns upside down.

“It is a journey, and as things change all the time different issues and things come up,” Gildenhuys says, explaining that parents need to remember that the blending of families is a process, not an event.

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Feed Fussy Little Eaters with Recipes from Mealtimes Made Fun by Debbie Wareham and Kim Jurgens

Mealtimes Made Fun Cooking for kids can be a tricky venture. You have fussy little eaters to deal with, nutrition to consider and a budget to keep to.

With Mealtimes Made Fun Debbie Wareham and Kim Jurgens brings you over 120 healthy, easy-to-prepare recipes for the whole family – from baby’s purées to meals for the entire family!

Try some of the recipes, shared by Child Magazine, to see how Mealtimes Made Fun can revolutionise a parent’s kitchen by eliminating the planning process and offering balanced meals that your kids will gobble up without fuss:

Cheesy Biltong Wheels

50ml salted butter
4 slices white bread, crusts removed
100ml Marmite or Bovril
160ml (2/3 cup) grated cheddar cheese
125ml (1/2 cup) biltong shavings

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Join Shirley Erwee and Wendy Young for a Seminar on Homeschooling in Cape Town

Homeschooling High SchoolAre you curious about homeschooling, or currently doing it but in need of some advice?

Then join Shirley Erwee and Wendy Young for a seminar titled “Homeschooling All the Way” on Saturday, 20 June.

Erwee is the author of Homeschooling High School, a book with everything you might want to know about this topic, from legal advice to testimonies of successful homeshooled graduates. Erwee is also the co-author of three literature-based home education programmes for South Africans and the author of a literacy and numeracy programme for pre-schoolers. Young is also an expert on the topic of homeschooling and person in charge of incredibly helpful websites like Homeschool Curriculum for Life and Toddler Activities at Home.

The seminar costs R100 per person, or R150 per couple, and will be hosted by the Pinelands Library in Cape Town. It starts at 10 AM and will be finished by 2:30 PM.

Don’t miss this!

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6 Books Every Parent Should Read, Including Blending Families, Bully-proof and More

Being a parent is never easy; sometimes we all need a little help. Struik Lifestyle has compiled a list of essential reading material for parents – from fostering early childhood development and nurturing good eating habits, to understanding blending families and helping your child deal with bullies:

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Blending FamiliesBlending Families by Flicky Gildenhuys: Integrating former family units into a new strong, happy and successful blended family can be a minefield, but it can also be a thoroughly rewarding voyage of discovery. Blending Families explores how the impact of the past and hopes for the future can shape the way we manage the everyday challenges of living in a blended family. Understanding both the parents’ and the children’s perceptions of the new situations in which they find themselves and their possible reactions to their new living environment is the essence of the book.
Early Childhood Development ChecklistEarly Childhood Development Checklist by Carla Grobler: Parents of babies and young children are constantly watching and wondering whether their children are reaching their developmental milestones within expected time frames. It is important to keep in mind that each child is unique and that no two children will arrive at these milestones simultaneously. Early Childhood Development Checklist aims to guide parents and teachers in the timeous identification of developmental delays a child may display.
Bully-proofBully-proof by Gail Dore: Every day thousands of South African children go to school filled with terror because they know they’re going to be bullied. Children who are targeted by bullies are at enormous risk, yet many parents don’t know why it is happening to their child, or what to do about it. Bully-proof looks at every aspect of bullying, from name-calling, taunting and rumour-mongering to physical assault, and examines why and how bullies behave the way they do, and what can be done to help them and their victims.
Mealtimes Made FunMealtimes Made Fun by Debbie Wareham and Kim Jurgens: This book follows the baby-led weaning approach and contains helpful suggestions as well as information on how to make the transition from beast milk/formula milk to solids as easy as possible for both moms and their babies. There is an in-depth section on breastfeeding as well as the right time to introduce solids. The baby-led weaning method suggests making the baby part of mealtimes and having them finger-feed from the high chair tray while the family is enjoying their meal.
Food for your BroodFood for your Brood by Sam Gates: Whether you need a rocket under your everyday menu, or posh nosh for high days and holidays, this cookbook is packed with Sam’s practical, innovative (and ruthlessly tested!) recipes that jump off the page, grab you by the hand and steer you at high speed towards the kitchen. Gather your brood together and get cooking, sharing memories and laughter over plenty of good things to eat.

A sixth book, Change your Child’s Behaviour by Anchen Witthuhn, will be released in July this year and provides sensible and stress-free solutions to helping young children with behavioural difficulties.

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Shirley Erwee, Author of Homeschooling High School, Explains the Benefits of Home Education

Homeschooling High SchoolShirley Erwee, author of Homeschooling High School, has written a letter to the Hermanus Times about the benefits of home-schooling.

Erwee wrote the letter in response to an article in the newspaper about the costs of schooling in Hermanus. She says that while home education requires that one parent does not work, the savings that result from teaching from home mean that this is still a great option financially. The standard of education is also of a higher quality, and there are significant social benefits.

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Home education succeeds because it is child-centred. The education is tailored to suit each individual child to ensure mastery and home educating parents are usually highly motivated to help their children achieve success in education and in life!

The recent growth in the home schooling community in South Africa is largely fuelled by dissatisfaction with a failing public school system. Parents are finding that home education generally offers a better quality education – and for less money too!

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Try the Simple and Delicious Slow-cooked Lamb Casserole from Mealtimes Made Fun

Mealtimes Made Fun  Maaltye Sonder Moeite Random House Struik has shared a recipe for Slow-cooked Lamb Casserole from Mealtimes Made Fun, also available in Afrikaans as Maaltye Sonder Moeite, by Debbie Wareham and Kim Jurgens.

The Casserole is delicious, wholesome and appealing for children. This recipe, like the others in this book, is designed with working moms in mind.

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