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Month: July 2018

RESEARCH: CHILDREN RAISED BY SAME-SEX PARENTS ARE AS HAPPY & HEALTHY AS CHILDREN RAISED BY STRAIGHT PARENTS

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows children raised in same-sex-parented families do as well as children raised by heterosexual couple parents. The study further puts to rest homophobic theories that imply that children raised by same-sex parents are at risk.  This recent research involved 25-year-olds with sexual-minority parents and was conducted by Nanette Gartrell M.D, Henny Bos Ph.D., and Audrey Koh M.D. The researchers compared relationships, educational/job performance, and behavioural, emotional and mental health problems in the two samples and found that there were no significant differences in measures of mental health. Nanette Gartrell started recruiting families...

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IMPROMPTU OVERNIGHT STAY AT VALLEY LODGE & SPA

Hubby surprised the son and I with a last minute invite to stay over at the Valley Lodge out in Magaliesburg. We weren’t celebrating a milestone. On our way to the lodge though we took a Sho’t Left and made a stop at the Sterkfontein Caves out in the Cradle of Humankind.  Only an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Sterkfontein Caves are world famous for their fossil finds. From my last visit a decade back, the caves have undergone a facelift bringing it to the modern age. The Sterkfontein Caves site now has a stunning restaurant, conferencing...

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HOW TO HAVE FUN IN A TOY KINGDOM STORE

WELCOME TO TOY KINGDOM We arrived at Sandton City slightly earlier than 11 am, just to make sure we were on time for our appointment with the folks from Toy Kingdom. At this point, I wasn’t sure who was more excited, us dads or our son. It’s not every day that you get asked to visit a toy store and play to your heart’s content … or is it?  If you’ve watched or read about Charlie and how he got to experience the Chocolate Factory, this honestly seemed to be a similar experience, like we had bought THE last...

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THOMAS & FRIENDS™: BIG WORLD! BIG ADVENTURES! THE MOVIE – LAUNCHES IN SOUTH AFRICA

If you’re a parent with toddlers or preschoolers I’m quite sure you’ve been exposed to the world of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends through one of the many TV Kids channels. Thomas is a steam engine and has a number 1 painted on his side. All of the locomotives in The Railway Series were based on prototypical engines; Thomas has origins in the E2 Class designed by Lawson Billinton in 1913. Thomas first appeared in 1946 in the second book in the series, Thomas the Tank Engine, and was the focus of the four short stories contained within. Thomas’ best friends are Percy and Toby. The...

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HASBRO WINTER GAMES CHALLENGES YOU TO RE-INVENT THE CLASSICS

Winter has arrived and the families around South Africa will be spending a lot more time indoors as the days get colder and the nights longer. To add some fun to indoor time Hasbro, one of the world’s largest toy, game and entertainment experience companies, challenges families and friends to put a new spin on classic fun by adding a fresh twist to the games that they have come to know and love including Jenga, Twister and Monopoly amongst other newer options including Speak Out and Cranium Dark.   FOR THE ADULTS: How about organising some parent time-out and...

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