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Being mindful of our mental health during times of social unrest

Being mindful of our mental health during times of social unrest At the beginning of this year, who could have guessed that we would see ourselves battling the third wave of the pandemic and protests across KZN and Gauteng triggered by the arrest of Jacob Zuma. As the protests progressed into looting and total chaos, we realised that this was more than just about the …

Youth Month – Daring to Dream

The Month of June is celebrated as “Youth Month” in South Africa, in remembrance of the massacre of school children during the Soweto Uprising of 1976. The purpose of this time includes paying tribute to the brave young people that took a stand against inequality in our country. Its also a time for us to reflect on the resilience of our youth of today.  The …

Importance of a Father in a child’s life!

Importance of a Father in a child’s life! Fathers, like mothers, are crucial for a child’s healthy development.  Children look to their parents, both mum and dad to provide for their needs.  They look to their parents, especially their fathers to provide them with a sense of safety and security, both physically and emotionally. As we commemorate Child Protection Week at the end of May …

Care Givers need Self Care

‘Self-care’, sounds so indulgent, doesn’t it? “Self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you” ~ Katie Reed Well you will be pleased to know that self-care really does matters! And if we are to be intentional in how we care for our children, we need to be able to take care of ourselves first. As we say in …

Dealing with Anger in Children

Dealing with an angry child is exhausting and may often leave you feeling helpless and even hopeless.  As parents we often react, which invariably exacerbates the anger, not helping the child and later leaves us feeling guilty and inadequate. In these types of situations its helpful to understand that behaviour whether good or bad is a form of communication. A few years ago, we had …

Helping your kids cope with school and learning during Covid-19

Introducing Mandy Goble Hi, I have been working here at DCYCC for the past 31 years. Now many of you will be saying…WHAT 31 years!!! Yes, it sounds improbable, however it is true and one thing that I can say without a shadow of a doubt is that after 31 years I am still learning, every day brings a new lesson, and for that reason …