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Why climbing trees is important for your child

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Why Climbing trees is important for your child

Climbing takes brain power

As children growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, we used to play outside a lot.  Climbing on jungle gyms, riding bikes, climbing trees etc.  We had no problem getting in and out of a tree.  Fast forward a few years and I find myself standing in front of a tree, trying to figure out how I am going to get up, and more importantly, how I am going to get down.  See, I joined this outdoor fitness group and it’s really amazing.  It challenges you physically but more so it challenges you mentally.  As I was watching the others getting up and down the tree, I realised something.  A simple thing like climbing in and out of a tree, even with little steps added to make it easier, requires not only physical strength, but it makes your logical brain work in ways that you don’t realise. 

What goes up must come down

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Most of the people got up pretty easily, but when they were up in the tree, they suddenly struggled to find a way down.  You could see their mind working trying to figure this thing out.  Some got it right, and others had to be guided down.  This whole experience taught me one important thing:  Children need to climb trees.  Learning to make decisions while you are up in a tree, feeling scared because you think you are stuck, is extremely important for developing problem solving skills under pressure.  It is something that some of the young people in our fitness group struggled with.  Figuring out how to get out of a tree was an extremely difficult thing for some of them to do.  The older people in their 40’s had it easier to get out even though the younger kids were fitter and stronger. 
Children need to develop their skills through climbing.  Climbing develops more than their physical muscles.  It promotes brain development, problem solving, decision making and working under pressure.  
As parents we tend to overprotect our children.  In some cases this does more harm than good.  For example if your child is in a tree or on a jungle gym and he can’t get off, do not immediately go and take him down.  Rather direct him.  Teach him to make a plan to come down.  Guide him by asking questions like ‘where do you think your left foot must go to get down?’, or ‘can you find an easier way to tilt your body to get down etc’.  This guidance will teach him to think and to solve problems and will improve his learning skills.

climbing trees & jungle gyms improves:

  • Physical strength
  • Decision making
  • Logical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Working under pressure

Quick Reminder: Safety comes first.  Always make sure that you supervise your child while climbing.  

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Creating kindness in your child

Recently there was an insert on CNN about a $20 million donation to the UCLA College to do research on kindness.  The research will include exploring how witnessing acts of remarkable kindness can cause an uplifting emotional experience that in turn motivates the observer to be kind.“Our vision is that we will all live in a world where humanity discovers and practices the kindness that exists in all of us,” said Matthew Harris, the foundation’s co-founder and a 1984 UCLA graduate. “Much research is needed to understand why kindness can be so scarce in the modern world. As we seek at Bedari to bridge the divide between science and spirituality, through the establishment of the UCLA Bedari Kindness Institute we hope to educate and empower more and more people in the practice of kindness.”

This study really made me think.  Is kindness such a rare event these days that people have to study it in order to help people be kinder to one another?  When you think about it, it sounds absurd.  But then I viewed my everyday surroundings, and I was shocked. 

The first acts of unkindness I noticed was on the roads.  As I was driving I realised how impatient people are on the roads.  People drive fast, swerve in front of other cars and bully other drivers.  Driving on the tail of other cars is a daily occurrence. Besides the obvious fact that this is extremely dangerous, it also amounts to bullying and setting a very bad example for your children.  It also shows the narcissistic nature of society.  

Another example of the unkindness of society I noticed recently was the story of a woman who’s car broke down in peak traffic.  People could see she was in trouble but honked, cursed and yelled at her.  In the end it was only a taxi driver that helped her while everyone else got angry because she was in their way.  

There are many stories out there that shows the unkindness of people, but instead of focusing on that, let’s teach ourselves and our children to be kind:

  1. When driving with your kids in the car, be kind to other drivers.  Give them space, don’t drive too fast and don’t curse and yell at other drivers.
  2. Always greet people respectfully no matter if they are hobos or CEO’s.  Show the example of treating all people with respect. 
  3. Easy on the gossip.  We tend to gossip about others without even noticing it.  Rather talk about the good in others.
  4. Show acts of kindness.  Help someone to cross the street.  Visit an animal shelter or old age home.  Pick up garbage and throw it in the bin to be kind to the environment. 

By showing kindness we teach our kids to be kind.  

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Watching rugby with toddlers

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Watching rugby with toddlers can be a challenge.  Toddlers are the spiders of the human world.  They invade your personal space, they can appear and disappear at will, you have to keep your eye on them and you are too scared to upset them as it might cause a terrifying reaction.  

With the rugby game the first issue is always the use of the tv.  Even though there might be 3 other tv’s in the house, chances are good that your toddler will want to watch his show on whatever tv you want to watch the rugby on.  Try to create a distraction to get him away from the tv and pray he doesn’t return crying in mom’s arms.  

Putting out snacks before the start of the game is never a good idea.  It will either get halfway eaten, thrown on the floor or start a massive sibling fight.  Beware of the “wet chips” situation while the game is on.  It’s never a nice feeling to accidentally put a half licked chip in your mouth when you’re trying to focus on the game.  

As the game progresses you will start to hear a moaning sound coming from your toddler.  It starts quietly but progresses into sounding like three cats fighting in the street at midnight.  There might be many reasons for this, but it is never a pretty sight.  As you calm your toddler down he will start to climb all over you like you are a jungle gym.  Be careful as you might end up with a foot or fist in the face.

While your toddler is jumping on you like a trampoline, he will notice that your attention is not fully on him.  This is when the head-tilt technique starts to occur.  Your toddler will continuously tilt your head from the tv to him. This usually happens when a try is about to be scored.  

When the game is tight and you are tense, make sure there are no toddlers around before you start yelling at the ref.  Toddlers don’t always listen when you tell them to do something, but their ears are tuned to absorb any curse or swear words.  These words are locked into their memory and will be used next time a game is on and grandma and grandpa visits.  It might also be used when you drop them off at school in front of the teacher or the pastor’s wife.  

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Tips for traveling with kids

To travel or not to travel?

As parents we want to give our children the best.  That includes exposing them to different places and cultures.  But traveling with young children can be a nightmare.  We have a few tips to make the traveling a little bit easier:

Manage your time

When traveling with children it is important to have a looser schedule than you would have when traveling alone.  There will definitely be a few visits to the bathroom for instance.  You will also end up carrying at least one child, together with the luggage.  So to prevent you from creating extra stress, rather leave home earlier and start the vacation relaxed.

Entertain the kids

The time at the airport and even on the plane can go by very slowly for the young ones.  Make sure you have things to keep them busy like tablets, colouring books etc.  

Pack light

When traveling we tend to overpack because we want to take most of the things that our kids are used to at home with us so they will be comfortable and relaxed.  All that happens in the end is that you have to carry all the heavy luggage as well as your kid.  This again creates stress and makes traveling uncomfortable.  Rather let your child choose two or three things he wants to take with and leave the rest at home.  If you really need something you can always buy it at your destination.  

Manage your schedule

Having a rigid schedule while traveling with kids is not a good idea.  Less is more in this instance.  Make time to visit sites and interesting places, but also let them play and rest in between.  It is no fun visiting museums with a cranky kid. 


A hungry kid is a cranky kid.  Always have snacks ready to fill those empty stomachs and make sure there is enough to drink as well.  Of course bathroom breaks will be needed, so make sure you make enough visits to the restroom.  

Prepare the kids

Kids tend to behave better when they know what to expect. Give them information on what to expect at airport security, what will happen when they board the plane and what it feels like when the plane takes off. Airports are busy places and you don't want your child to be overwhelmed. Most importantly though, enjoy your holiday. These are precious times.
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Tydsbeplanning en my skoolwerk – Kry jou gratis studierooster

Tydsbeplanning is een van die heel belangrikste elemente om sukses in jou studies te behaal.  Sonder behoorlike beplanning gaan jy uit tyd uit hardloop en onnodige stres op jouself laai.  Daar is ‘n paar aspekte wat baie belangrik is wanneer jy tydsbeplanning doen.

  1.  Moenie oorhaastig wees nie.  Skryf al jou naskoolse aktiwiteite neer en beplan jou studies daarrondom.  Neem ook aspekte soos jou rustyd, badtyd en eettyd in ag wanneer jy beplan.
  2. Wees realisties.  Moenie te veel op een dag wil doen nie.  Maak seker daar is genoeg tyd vir jou huiswerk en ander aktiwiteite wanneer jy jou opsom tyd beplan.

3.  Moenie wag tot eksamentyd voor jy begin met jou opsommings nie.  Beplan jou tyd so dat jou opsommings reg deur die jaar op datum bly.  Wanneer dit eksamen tyd is moet jy net herhaal en hersien.

4.  Stel ‘n studierooster op.  Kliek hier om jou gratis studierooster af te laai.  Gebruik ‘n potlood wanneer jy jou studierooster voltooi want soms kan daar dinge voorval en moet jy aanpassings aan jou skedule maak.  Jou rustyd, oefentyd, badtyd en eettye moet ook in jou studierooster aangeteken word. 

5.   Soms kan mens ‘n studierooster opstel, net om dit eenkant te sit en nie te volg nie.  Motiveer jouself om jou studierooster te volg deur vir jouself belonings te gee.  Beloon jouself met iets lekkers om te eet of ‘n oulike fliek om te kyk wanneer jy jou dag of week se studierooster voltooi het. 

6. Glo in jouself en werk hard.  Dan sal jy sukses behaal.  

Kliek op die prentjie om jou gratis studierooster af te laai

Woon ons studie metodes werkswinkel by en leer hoe om te studeer volgens jou leerstyl.  Ons leer jou op ‘n praktiese manier hoe om op te som, te memoriseer, sleutelwoorde te herken en nog baie meer.  Ons help jou ook om jouself beter te leer ken deurdat ons ‘n persoonlikheidstoets en breindominansie toets met jou doen.  Kliek hier vir meer inligting 

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Studie hulp: Hoekom is leerstyl belangrik?

Leer kan oorweldigend raak.  Werk is baie en tyd is min.  Soms spandeer leerders ure lank om te leer, maar kom eksamen tyd, dan bereik hulle glad nie hulle potensiaal nie.  Daar kan verskeie redes wees hiervoor.  Een daarvan is dat die leerder nie bewus is van sy of haar leerstyl nie.  Om te leer volgens jou leerstyl is van kardinale belang.

Daar is 3 tipes leerstyle:  Visueel, ouditief en kineties.  Elke leerstyl het unieke karakter eienskappe en voor- en nadele.  Geen leerstyl is beter as die ander een nie.  Die belangrike is om te weet WAT jou leerstyl is.

Leerders wat bewus is van hulle leerstyl, is geneig om vinniger en meer effektief te studeer.  ‘n Ouditiewe leerder wat byvoorbeeld saggies deur sy werk lees, gaan minder suksesvol wees as die ouditiewe leerder wat sy werk hardop herhaal.  Die visuele leerder wat net uit die handboek se swart en wit bladsye leer, gaan sukkel om sy werk sinvol te onthou, terwyl die visuele leerder wat kleurvolle opsommings maak, geneig sal wees om sy werk makliker te herroep. 

Wanneer ‘n ouer bewus is van die feit dat sy kind ‘n kinetiese leerder is, sal hy minder gefrustreerd raak indien die kind nie kan stilsit terwyl hy leer nie.  Die kinetiese leerder moet beweeg wanneer hy leer en leer die beste deur te doen.  


Elke leerstyl het ook sy beperkinge.  Daarmee word bedoel dat daar in elke leerstyl sekere dinge is wat vermy moet word ten einde die maksimum uit studie tyd te kry. Die ouditiewe leerder moet byvoorbeeld in ‘n stil vertrek leer, terwyl die visuele leerder liefs nie voor ‘n venster moet sit en leer nie.  Die kinetiese leerder moet nie gedwing word om doodstil te sit wanneer hy leer nie.  

So wat is my leerstyl?

Die eerste stap om jou kind te kry om sy volle akademiese potensiaal te bereik, is dus om ‘n leerstyltoets te doen.  Daarna kan die kind leer hoe om sinvol te studeer op grond van sy leerstyl.  Kliek op die skakel hieronder om ons werkswinkel by te woon en uit te vind wat jou kind se leerstyl is. 

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Eie opsommings vs gekoopte opsommings

In vandag se tye is gemak ‘n belangrike deel van ons lewe. Almal is besig en as ons tyd kan bespaar deur iets makliker te maak, hoekom dan nie?

So gebeur dit dan ook dat baie ouers in vandag se lewe dit makliker vind om opsommings te koop as dat hulle kinders hulle eie opsommings maak. Dit maak dit vir die ouer makliker en die kind spaar ook tyd omdat hy net die klaargemaakte opsommings kan leer.

Die groot voordeel van klaargemaakte opsommings is natuurlik tydsbesparing. Ouer en kind hoef nie ure lank te sit en opsommings maak nie. Maar is klaargemaakte opsommings net so effektief soos selfgemaakte opsommings?

As aanbieder van studie metode werkswinkels besef ek die belangrikheid van opsommings. Ons moedig kinders aan om hulle eie opsommings te maak. Maar hoekom kan ‘n mens nie net klaargemaakte opsommings gebruik nie?

Kom ons doen ‘n eksperiment. Kry jou gesin of ‘n paar mense bymekaar. Gee elkeen opdrag om die woord “vakansie” te teken. Vergelyk nou die tekeninge met mekaar. Lyk elkeen se tekening presies dieselfde? Beslis nie.

Elkeen van ons se brein is uniek en vanaf geboorte begin elkeen se brein om assosiasies vir woorde en konsepte te skep. Noem dit kortpaaie. Dit is daardie eerste gedagte of prentjie wat in jou kop opkom wanneer jy aan iets dink. Kortpaaie is ‘n baie belangrike deel van opsommings. Elkeen van ons se kortpaaie is uniek. Wanneer jy jou eie opsommings maak, gebruik jy die kortpaaie wat jou brein reeds geskep het. Wanneer jy iemand anders se opsommings gebruik, moet jou brein eers daardie persoon se kortpaaie leer, en dan kan hy die inligting weergee. Dis makliker om jou eie kortpaaie te onthou as wat dit is om iemand anders se kortpaaie te leer en weer te gee.

Opsommings is deel van die leerproses. Dis een van die stappe wat nodig is om leerwerk beter te kan onthou en beter te kan weergee. Hoe gouer ‘n kind leer om sy eie opsommings te maak, hoe beter is dit vir hom. Op Universiteitsvlak en in die werksplek gaan niemand vir hom opsom of sy werk vir hom doen nie. Hoe gouer hy leer om dinge self te doen, hoe beter is dit vir sy toekoms.

Om korrek op te som is soos om te leer hoe om ‘n musiekinstrument te speel. Mens begin nie dadelik ‘n liedjie vlot te speel nie. Dit vat tyd en oefening. Maar wanneer jy genoeg geoefen het, raak dit al hoe makliker en vinniger om liedjies te leer en te speel. Opsommings is dieselfde. As jy geleer het hoe om sleutelwoorde te herken en dan hoe om daardie sleutelwoorde in sinvolle opsommings te omskep, gaan jou leer tyd baie vinniger en meer effektief wees.

As jy nie seker is hoe om self op te som nie, kom woon een van ons stude metodes werkswinkels by. Gaan na vir meer inligting of om jou plek te boek.


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Toy Story 4

Release date: 21 June2019

Looking at the trailer of Toy Story 4, it is going to be a good one. Since the release of the first film in the series back in 1995, the characters have become a part of us. Sort of like our friends. Now Toy Story 4 is coming to cinemas with a fun new toy called Forky”.

Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.

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Eksamen Gedaantes

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Vakansie is hier.  Die eksamen stryd is vir nou eers verby.  En met dit bedoel ek letterlik die eksamen STRYD.  Trane is gestort, boeke is gegooi, woorde is geskree.  Nou kan die jongspan uitsien na ‘n heerlike wintervakansie en ma en pa kan weer asemhaal.

Eksamentyd bring snaakse dinge in ouer en kind na vore.  Sommiges ondergaan skoon ‘n gedaante verwisseling.  Ons het ‘n paar tipes eksamen en leer gedaantes geidentifiseer.  Hierdie gedaantes kom in alle ouderdomme en onder alle kulture voor.  Hulle is kanniedoods wat jare reeds bestaan en sal voortbestaan tot die einde van die wêreld.  Ek is seker almal ken of is ten minste een van hierdie gedaantes:

Die “maar juffrou doen dit anders” gedaante

Hierdie gedaante kom veral voor tydens wiskunde huiswerk en wanneer daar wiskunde geleer moet word . 

Die “ek het my boek by die skool vergeet” gedaante

Hierdie gedaante verskyn gewoonlik die dag voor ‘n groot toets, taak of eksamen en verkies om so laat as moontlik in die namiddag of vroee aand sy verskyning te maak.  

Die “tranedal” gedaante

Die tranedal gedaante is baie strategies en begin sy aanslag gewoonlik sodra mamma op haar besigste of moegste is.  Die tranedal gedaante is soos dronkverdriet vir minderjariges en kan baie skielik verskyn.  

Die “kriewelrige” gedaante

Hierdie gedaante kom algemeen tydens huiswerk en leerwerk voor, veral wanneer daar ‘n vol glas op die tafel is wat omgestamp kan word.   Die kriewelrige gedaante word gewoonlik gevolg deur die tranedal gedaante.  

Die “kyk gou” gedaante

Hierdie gedaante omskep alledaagse, vervelige dinge in iets baie interessants.  Waar daar op enige ander stadium geen belangstelling in iets sou wees nie, veroorsaak die kyk gou gedaante dat onmiddelike ondersoek ingestel moet word.  Onder andere sal die kyk gou gedaante sy slagoffer skielik laat onthou hy het laasweek ‘n doring in sy voet gehad wat dadelik ondersoek moet word.  Of dat die hond moontlik ernstig siek is en dadelik moet hulp kry.  Die kyk gou gedaante is baie kreatief.

Die “ek is moeg” gedaante

Hierdie gedaante kan enige tyd van die dag voorkom, maar verkies om  tydens huiswerk of leersessies te verskyn.  Net so vinnig soos wat hy verskyn kan hy verdwyn.  Sy verdwyning gaan gewoonlik gepaard met die wegpak van boeke en leerwerk.  Hy verskyn gou weer wanneer daar geleer of huiswerk gedoen moet word. 

Aan julle almal:  Geniet die vakansie en wees veilig

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