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This is a quick craft to make, so it can be a perfect  project for hands on scissor practice in the classroom as it doubles up as a wonderful decoration.
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Family
Dear husband, Today started like a train wreck and ended like a sinking ship. I made breakfast in a trance and it was not good. I told the kids it was good, but it wasn’t. The eggs were hard and burnt. They cried and I wanted to cry too, but I didn’t. I just willed...
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anxiety
As much as most of us would like to banish anger, anxiety and other undesired emotions from our experience forever, these feelings are part of being human. And motherhood is one of those knock-you-over-the-head-with-a-2×4 experiences that tends to bring us face to face with our issues. For example, many parents have deep-seated fears about something...
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Do you have an old set of fairy wings laying around the house? Chances are you have a set or two if you have a little girl in the house. And chances are they’re torn, as the nylon stocking material rips so easily. MATERIALS 1 old set of torn fairy wings (or a strong but...
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children sleeping
Up to 70% of children under age five have sleep problems. Sleep issues are complicated and have many causes. They’re hard to deal with because when children aren’t sleeping, parents aren’t sleeping, and that lack of sleep affects every minute of every day for every person in the family because lack of sleep isn’t just...
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These tips are intended to help the parents of babies and toddlers, but could also be of use to parents of older children. Allow your child to explore and try new things. Children like to know where they stand, and constantly feel for boundaries. Whenever you communicate with your child, make sure you are listening,...
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As a Teacher and Mom I have realised that words can make an enormous difference in a child’s outlook of life. Often we think that the words that come out our mouth don’t impact a child. However, studies have shown that the words you use hold immense power. Power to ignite your confidence and self-esteem,...
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I’ll be the first to admit I’m occasionally guilty of checking my phone “one last time” before bed, only for 30 minutes to pass as I scroll through Facebook. Not surprisingly, kids are susceptible to the same temptation—and a new study shows it’s costing them valuable hours of sleep. But that’s not all: Kids and...
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Outdoor Play
Kids are naturally drawn to playing outside and there are numerous benefits of outdoor play: it allows them to explore their environment, develop muscle strength and coordination, and gain self-confidence. Playing actively outdoors also increases flexibility, fine and gross motor skills, and is related to the development of a wide variety of physical skills, including those...
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Parenting Lies
5 lies I seriously believed when I first became a mom Let’s be honest— the first few weeks and months of your baby’s life can be the worst. We all know it’s true, but for some reason, many moms downplay this in order to play up the beauty of the newborn. Yes, it’s magical when...
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Baby Milestones
A stage-by-stage guide to your baby’s language development. Talking is one of the biggest milestones there is, and the latest research suggests there’s a lot you can do to help your child become a master chatter. Months before my daughter Ella spat out her first official word (“bath!”), she was a Chatty Cathy in terms...
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grandparents
Guiding children to follow rules requires awareness, understanding, patience and, let’s be honest, a little creativity. You work so hard to create a set of rules that work for your child and your family—and then another adult (a grandparent, aunt or a friend) breaks those rules. The behaviors of others can cause frustration and even...
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happy parenting
Because parenthood is challenging, we can sometimes forget how to just be happy in the midst of it all. So I invite you to consider which of these 15 things keeps you from happy parenting. My advice? Let them go. When a baby is born, a parent is born Allow yourself to be a happy...
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toddler to stay asleep
How to help your toddler go to sleep + stay asleep (so you can get rest, too) If you are parenting a toddler, you are my hero. From potty training to tantrum managing, and learning your child’s little personality, life is nothing short of an adventure. You might be enjoying sleep as a part of...
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child not listening
Our children are often the best mirrors. Over time, I have gracefully taken a step back and realized I needed to clean up my communication. I replaced my judgmental, negative, threatening tone with a neutral, problem solving, empathetic, encouraging one (this took TONS of practice, and I’m still a work in progress) and my little...
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Baby Sleep
I get it. I get that a lifetime of being an overachiever to suddenly not isn’t so simple a metamorphosis. You will always be that little girl in the front row, waving her hand for the 13th time that day because you have the right answer and you figured it out yourself. You will always...
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February babies
Mamas expecting babies this month are a special bunch—and not just because it’s statistically unique to have a birthday during the shortest month of the year. Science shows babies born in February already have advantages with everything from physical growth to creativity to even presidential elections. (It’s no coincidence that President’s Day is this month!)...
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Positive Parenting
When my son was four years old, he was sweet, funny and quite mischievous. Just a moment unsupervised and something was likely to get opened, spilled or broken. Most days my son was content to play with his toys in the garden or to make an art project. Other days, it seemed like he was...
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Childrens behavior
There are times when less is more. In writing, for example, less means leaving room for readers to fill in some details via their imagination. In cooking it means allowing just a few ingredients to shine. And in parenting, it means permitting children to grow and develop without parental involvement and attention to every minute...
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exceptional leaders in the workplace
Work Just think about all the special skills and talents that moms bring to the table. While some people might have considered motherhood an “inconvenience” for business, the truth is that moms can be a major asset to an organization. And if given the support and resources needed to thrive, such as flexibility, they can...
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C Section
The effects of C-sections last long after baby is born, new study finds Every mama-to-be has a vision for how they’ll give birth. For me, I planned to deliver my son vaginally, without pain medication or need for induction. But, because life rarely goes exactly as you imagine, that’s not what happened—not by a long...
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Parents Love
Dear Mom: Thank you for supporting me even when I pushed you away Dear Mom, There are a few things that I need you to know. My perspective of you has shifted. Since becoming a mother, I’ve been able to see you so much clearer now. I’ve always loved you, of course, but I’ve realized...
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Parenting Tips
Hi honey, I’ve been waiting all day to see you. Mostly because I love you and your company and everything is more fun when you’re here with us. But also, to be honest, because I need an extra set of hands. That is why, the moment you walk in the door from a full day...
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Santa Shoe Box
Petra Lombard extends her deepest gratitude to Kerry Hofmeyr, the Santa Shoe Box 2016 & The Jhb North Team for organising the wonderful gifts for the Hanover Library kids. Also a huge thanks to Wendy Ruiter for helping Kerry pack the bags and a special thanks to Genevieve Thomas for making the bags. One last...
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United Soccer Schools Fourways
In November, our founder Petra Lombard arranged for SuperSport United Soccer Schools Fourways to take a trip down to Hanover in the Northern Cape, to help educate and uplift the children of this region through the game they all love.  Over the course of the weekend Coaches Mike Semosa, Lesego Ngwenya and Adam Albyn took...
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Finding your wings
It is almost Christmas and it is never too early to say happy festive season moms. Observing the beautiful butterflies out here in the Karoo is breathtaking and the journey from caterpillar to Butterfly warms my heart. We are fortunate as moms that our children don’t find their wings so early, however the stages in...
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Santa Shoe Box
Happy October to all my moms out there! The year is getting sunnier and longer with every spring day edging toward the end of the year. Before you start to panic about planning your yearly holiday or shopping for Christmas presents I have to share a story I thought was pretty funny and reminded me...
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About Us

The Moms and Tots Group was founded in 1993 by Petra Lombard after she became aware of the keen interest of mothers to learn more about how to stimulate their young child in a healthy and balanced way. Since then, the Moms and Tots Group has not only grown to become one of South Africa’s most popular Educational Franchises providing child-parent workshops and toddler playgroups, but has also expanded internationally. READ MORE>

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